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Telly the Tiebreaker
Air date September 22, 2008
Season Season 39 (2008)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Production February 25, 2008
Sponsors A, 9
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout
Releases Hulu


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN What's the Word on the Street?: Unanimous
SCENE 1 Alan serves some customers some drinks and hears arguing outside. Zoe, Rosita and Devon want to put a square on their block tower, while Elmo and Dylan want a circle. Alan solves their problem by having them take a vote. The square gets the most votes, so they put it on top and use the circle as the swimming pool.
SCENE 1 cont’d Rosita and the two kids must go, leaving Zoe and Elmo alone. They both decide to pass the time by singing a song. Zoe wants to sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, but Elmo opts for “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”. They decide to take a vote on which song, but end in a tie. Zoe points out they had more people last time so they leave to get more voters.

SCENE 1 cont’d Zoe returns with Rocco and Elmo comes back with Dorothy. Zoe and Rocco vote for “Twinkle, Twinkle” and Elmo and Dorothy vote for “Row, Row, Row”, which still is a tie. They call Alan for help and he points out that to settle the tie, they’ll need a tiebreaker.



SCENE 1 cont’d Telly strolls in singing a song. They give him the deal and make him the tiebreaker. He has a hard time choosing which song to vote for, so he makes them convince him which one to vote for. Zoe and Elmo go out of their way to persuade Telly to vote for each of their songs by promising outlandish ways of performing the song. Zoe promises that they could sing it on a pogo stick or on a swinging star with a chicken (Eric Jacobson). Elmo claims they sing his song on pogo stick on a boat and in a boat with a hula-dancing pig. Telly can’t decide which one to vote for and wishes he had an easier choice, like The Triangle Dance (where you dance with a triangle). Zoe and Elmo (plus their pets) think the dance sounds interesting and take a vote on it. They all vote to do the dance and it’s unanimous! A triangle whooshes in and they all do The Triangle Dance.
Song “Your Vote Is Worth Counting”
Muppets / Celebrity LL Cool J, Elmo and Abby Cadabby try to show “unanimous” by agreeing to go to somewhere, but Oscar intervenes and disagrees with them, making it not unanimous. They turn the tables on him by all agreeing to not go anywhere too, and then when Oscar changes his mind, they agree with him again.
Animation A mother and daughter walk through a park. After coming home, the child draws a picture of the things she saw there.
(First: Episode 3955)
SCENE 2 Letter of the Day
Elmo, Zoe and a letter A (Stephanie D'Abruzzo) vote to see a film about the letter A. It’s unanimous!
Film In yoga, two women form the letter A.

Muppets A's Anatomy: Dr. Grover, alphabet specialist, reassembles an injured letter "A" that has had an accident.
(First: Episode 4137)
Animation A clay animation orange sings "One Fine Face" as fruit forms her features.
(First: Episode 4025)


Muppets Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray’s lamb gives him clues to the secret escuela they’re visiting. The clues she gives are musica (music), zapatos (shoes) y baila (dance). The school is revealed to be Irish Step Dancing School. Murray struggles learning how to kick, but with practice, he is able to do a jig.
cut from the Hulu version, cut from the Sprout version
Cartoon Hop, Hop and Shake Your Head and Wriggle Like An Octopus.
(First: Episode 4030)
SCENE 3 Number of the Day
The two monsters vote on seeing a film about the number 9, but said number (Matt Vogel) says otherwise and wishes to see a film about sheep. They compromise and watch a film about 9 and sheep.
Cartoon Number Guy: "How Many Sheep Will Jump Over My Bed?" The answer is 9.
(First: Episode 3364)
Film Milo Counting: 9
(First: Episode 3578)
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Ernie sings "I Love My Room" about all the things he can do in his room - which is also Bert's room.
(First: Episode 3950)
Film Kids in Jamaica play bongo drums.
(First: Episode 3160)
Muppets Elmo's World: Building Things
(First: Episode 4120)
SCENE 4 Zoe and Elmo take a vote to see how many people want to say goodbye while doing the limbo. They both agree (and so does the viewer), making it unanimous! Alan uses his broom as a limbo stick. Elmo announces the sponsors as the A and 9 limbo too.


Picture Segment Description
Muppets Global Grover: Grover has just taken a trip all over the globe and learned about the different ways people bathe. The film clip features Hoots the Owl singing "This is How We Take a Bath." Dirty from his trip, Grover intends to clean up himself, but there is no water coming out of the faucet. An elephant named Stevie helps him out by using his trunk as a shower head.
(First: Episode 4033)
This segment replaces "Murray Has a Little Lamb" in the Sprout and Hulu versions.

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