Sesame Street
Annual Triangle Toss
Air date August 20, 2008
Season Season 39 (2008)
Written by Molly Boylan
Sponsors J, 16
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout
Releases Online Streaming


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN What's the Word on the Street?: Toss

SCENE 1 Baby Bear welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, when Telly runs into him, and excitedly tells him (and the viewer) that today is the Triangle Lovers Club's annual Triangle Toss (similar to ring toss). He displays his lucky triangle vest, which is what he claims helps him win every year. When he tries it on, however, he notices it's smaller than it was last year. Baby Bear and Leela help him put it on Telly, and they notice it's such a tight squeeze that he can't move his arms, but that doesn't worry him. Just then, he hears a triangle dinging, realizes it's time for the toss to begin, and rushes over to the arbor.

Norman announces the presence of the Grand High Triangle Lover, who welcomes all the Triangle Lovers to the toss. He explains the rules, and displays his own skill at the game to demonstrate how to play it. He announces Telly as the first player, and an adoring fanboy marvels at Telly's presence. When Telly tries tossing his first triangle, he rips his vest, but still refuses to take it off. He runs off without tossing, but the fanboy still believes he'll be back.
Telly comes back to Leela, asking if she can mend his vest. She answers that it's too small for him, but he can't bear the thought of playing without his lucky vest. Baby Bear reminds him that he loves the game, and convinces him to give the toss a try without wearing the vest. They both go back, ready to have a good time.

Back at the toss, Tina (Tracie Mick) gets her first triangle on the stick-thingy, and is almost declared the winner, when Telly comes back, ready to toss his first triangle. He misses, and suddenly feels like giving up, but the fanboy reminds everyone that Triangle Lovers don't give up.


Baby Bear suggests that Telly imagine himself wearing his lucky vest. He does so, and it helps him get the last two triangles on the stick-thingy! He wins the game, and the Triangle Toss trophy! He shows the trophy to Leela, who managed to mend his vest (even adding another triangle to it). The fanboy shows up, and compliments Telly on the game. Telly realizes that his vest is just the right size for the little guy, and gives it to him. Everyone gives three triangle cheers for Telly!
Film Gymnasts form a triangle.
Muppets / Celebrity Jason Taylor and Elmo demonstrate the word "Toss."
Film "Simple Pleasures" by Bobby McFerrin is played over footage of a girl trying to play frisbee with a dog on the beach.
(First: Episode 2876)
SCENE 2 Telly shows Baby Bear his new vest, which has letters all over it. On the back is the letter of the day, J.
Cartoon "Jumpin' J:" Animals jump with the letter J.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 4051)
Film The letters J-U-M-P jump to a song.
music by Robby Merkin
(First: Episode 3528)
Muppets Abby Cadabby sings "I Love Words."
(First: Episode 4135)


Muppets Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray's lamb, Ovejita, leads him to another secret escuela with the clues of un bate (a bat), un guante (a glove), y una pelota (a ball). The school turns out to be a baseball school, where the Northport Little League Baseball Team practices playing baseball. With practice, Murray eventually hits a home run.

Cut from the Sprout and online versions (see Alterations noted below).
Animation Cecille sings "I Wanna Be Me."
(First: Episode 2791)
SCENE 3 Baby Bear now has a vest of his own, with numbers all over it. On the back is the number of the day, which is 16.
Film Kid mural painting #16
(First: Episode 3625)
Animation Monty counts 16 flowers by 2's in voiceover.
(First: Episode 4053)
Muppets Prairie Dawn sings "All By Myself" with the help of the Oinker Sisters.
(First: Episode 3968)
Cut from the online version (see Alterations noted below).
Film Kids talk about things they can do by themselves.
(First: Episode 4025)
Muppets Elmo's World: Games
(First: Episode 3967)
SCENE 4 Telly and Baby Bear help Leela announce the sponsors, which they display on their vests.


Picture Segment Description
Muppets Global Grover: When Grover mentions that he saw people play cricket, a cricket comes along to watch, repeatedly exclaiming "cricket" to Grover's dismay. After the film, Grover asks the cricket whether the film clarified what he was talking about. The cricket replies, in a cockney accent, that "of course" he knew, as he loves the game. He acts as bowler, but frustrates Grover by repeatedly calling him "guv'na". Grover replies "I have not even held public office!" The Bronx Expressway is referenced in the intro segment. (First: Episode 4087)
This segment replaces "Murray Has a Little Lamb" in the Sprout and online versions
Insert Big Bird is glad we are here because he wants to count today. He counts us and then him, which makes two. Then he counts his friends including Elmo, Telly, Rosita, Zoe, and four kids, adding up to ten.
(First: Episode 4018)
This segment replaces "All By Myself" in the online version.

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