Sesame Street
Telly falls from his pogo stick
Air date April 20, 2004
Season Season 35
Written by Belinda Ward
Sponsors L, 11
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout
Releases Online Streaming


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN My Favorite Sesame Street Moments: Seth Green credits the show for inspiring him to get into acting. Clips of the Sesame Street Cast in sketches are shown through the song, "Somebody Come and Play".

SCENE Telly welcomes the viewers to Sesame Street and tells everyone that he is boinging on his pogo stick. He shows off his boinging to Maria and two other ladies, who clap for him. Telly declines Big Bird's offer to go roller-skating, and Steven's offer to ride bikes, preferring to boing instead. Telly sings "Boinging Is for Me," backed by two Anything Muppet kids on pogo sticks.

SCENE, cont'd As Telly does his big boing, he flips through the air and crashes. Maria and Big Bird check to see if Telly's okay. Telly says he's fine, but is also shocked that he fell off his pogo stick since it never happened to him before. When Maria hands Telly his pogo stick, he imagines what would happen when he started boinging again and decides not to go on. Maria gives him the expression, “When you fall off the horse, you've got to get right back on," and tells him if he needs her help, she'll be at the Mail It Shop.
SCENE, cont'd Telly worries that he can never get back on the "horse." A nearby horse overhears Telly's problem, so he helps Telly up on his back and starts galloping wildly. Telly clarifies that he fell off a pogo stick, not a horse, so the horse starts boinging. The horse assures Telly that if he can boing on a horse, he can boing on his pogo stick. The horse then trots away to help someone who's fallen off their tricycle.
SCENE, cont'd Telly attempts to try again, but after he imagines himself falling off a second time, he still doesn't want to do it. Big Bird understands how Telly feels and recalls when he tripped over a chicken while roller-skating the day before. He remembered what his Granny Bird told him, "When you fall off your roller skates, you have to get right back on." However, Telly disagrees, arguing that he fell off his pogo stick for no reason while Big Bird fell over a chicken.

SCENE, cont'd Big Bird reminds Telly that everyone falls sometimes, using the nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty" as an example. Humpty Dumpty himself arrives after hearing his name and gladly helps out with Telly’s problem. As Humpty sits on the wall near 123 Sesame Street, Telly explains his fear of falling down. Humpty says falling's no big deal, adding that he falls down every time someone says his nursery rhyme. Telly tries to understand and, as he recites the nursery rhyme, Humpty falls off and cracks. All the king's horses and all the king's men have to pick up his remains. One of the king’s horses mentions, "When you fall off a wall, you've got to get right back on."
SCENE, cont'd Telly doesn't feel any better and considers giving up boinging. The two AM kids on their pogo sticks ask Telly to join them, but Telly says he's giving up because of his fear of falling off. The two kids try to comfort Telly, saying "When you fall off the pogo stick, you have to get right back on." The phrase resonates with Telly, so he tries boinging on his pogo stick again, and finally succeeds. Telly and the kids reprise "Boinging Is for Me," as Maria and Big Bird congratulate him.
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