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Sesame Street
Plot Telly's magic pencil
Air date January 1, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Sponsors R, X, 9

SS-2390

Picture Segment Description
2390a
SCENE 1
Telly welcomes the viewer, as he struggles to write an X. Maria shows how to make a proper one and assures him with practice, he'll be much better at writing.
2390b

2390c
SCENE 1 cont'd
Telly muses that one day, he'll be able to write the whole alphabet, when a puff of smoke appears (which Oscar thinks is his furnace exploding). It's actually Telly's Fairy Godmonster, who provides him with a magic pencil that can write anything. He uses it to write the entire alphabet. She poofs herself away and Oscar requests more smoke.
ManDogDiscussion2
Cartoon
A dog has a discussion with his master about where to go.
Artist: Dan Haskett
Firestationfieldtrip
Film
A kindergarten class takes a field trip to the fire station.
(EKA: Episode 1451)
Xnightsky
Cartoon
The letter X
DavidLinda
Cast
David sings "Mary Had a Little Lamb" while Linda signs it.
(EKA: Episode 2283)
SandX
Animation
Sand Alphabet: X / x
2390d
SCENE 2
Maria is impressed with the multiple alphabets Telly has written, but doesn't buy his "magic pencil" story. Telly is upset the tip was been worn down, until Maria points out there's a pencil sharpener at the Fix-It Shop. Telly rushes over.
2390e

2390f
SCENE 2 cont'd
Luis takes a call from Oscar about his furnace and agrees to fix it in a week. Telly appears and sharpens his pencil, noting it's shorter than before, which (as Luis explains) is what happens when pencils get sharpened. Luis then asks Telly to relay to Maria he's in the basement when she arrives. Telly doesn't want to wait and his Fairy Godmonster re-appears. She can't say the message; only Telly can see/hear her. She does point out that the magic pencil can write notes and Telly writes one for Maria.
2390g
SCENE 2 cont'd
Telly runs out just as Maria comes in and she sees the note. She doesn't understand how Telly has gotten so good at writing so fast and goes to show Luis. Telly's Fairy Godmonster is enjoying how the proceedings are going and attempts to leave in a puff of smoke. Instead, she remains in the store. She decides to walk, needing the exercise.
2125v
Cartoon
Song: Serving Dinner for Nine Tonight
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(EKA: Episode 1736)
2107-Stretch
Film
A gym instructor helps children perform a variety of stretching and bending exercises.
(EKA: Episode 1018)
Song.healthyfood
Muppets
Cookie Monster sings "Healthy Food."
AlphonsoX
Cartoon
The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(EKA: Episode 0299)
ErnieSholaBertX
Muppets
Muppet & Kid Moments: Ernie, Bert, Shola and a letter X
(EKA: Episode 0560)
EdgarTurtle.BirdSong
Cartoon
Edgar Turtle plays the banjo as some kids sing the "Bird Song."
2390h
SCENE 3
Maria tries to explain the situation to Luis, when Telly runs back in to sharpen his pencil. He's been writing a story, but doesn't think the pencil was last to finish it. His Fairy Godmonster appears in a bubble above him and gives him a vote of confidence. He runs out, as Maria and Luis are left confused.
Busstopgiant
Cartoon
A man sets up a bus stop sign so that a giant can eat the buses that come.
(EKA: Episode 1813)
GuyVacation1

GuyVacation2
Muppets
On Vacation with Guy Smiley
Guy Smiley and his tour guide have difficulty taking pictures of animals in the jungle because of Guy's uncontrollably loud voice. A tiger recognizes him, and offers to take a picture of him and some other animals. "Say TREES!"
0011.R.Radio
Cartoon
A man (voiced by Casey Kasem) explains the letter R with a radio. Once he starts singing, the radio decides to turn him off by tweaking his nose.
(First: Episode 0011)
ShapeDancers.rectangle
Insert
Big Bird watches the shape dancers make a rectangle.
(EKA: Episode 1646)
Hardworkindog
Song
"Cow Dog Song"
(EKA: Episode 0796)
1845o
Cartoon
Nine sheep (Swedish)
(EKA: Episode 1845)
2390i
SCENE 4
Telly is concerned his pencil will reach its end before his story is finished. His Fairy Godmonster appears and encourages him to keep going with a cheer. Telly heeds her message and continues writing. "And I didn't even have to use my pom-poms!"
Toon.R.Robber
Cartoon
R is for Rooster, Robber, and Rake...
Artist: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0011)
News-ZooAnimals
Muppets
Sesame Street News Flash: At a zoo, Kermit asks the patrons what their favorite animals are. He happens to be standing by a cage with three attention-craving pigs, who desperately assume the mannerisms of each animal mentioned. One pig finally calls the attention of a little boy who apparently loves every animal. As it turns out, the pigs' favorite animal is the frog.
Painter9
Film
The Mad Painter #9
(EKA: Episode 0338)
Cap010
Cartoon
Two men try to go over a very steep hill.
OneFineFace
Muppets
Ernie and Elmo sing about the parts that make up "One Fine Face."
Noimage
Film
Circles in everyday objects
(EKA: Episode 0817)
2096g
Film
Blocks form a ramp and a tunnel.
(EKA: Episode 1446)
2390j

2390k
SCENE 5
Telly's pencil lasts just long enough for him to write "THE END," meaning he's finished his story! He calls out Luis and Maria to show them, but is upset that he won't be able to write anymore. His Fairy Godmonster appears (unseen) again and assures him with all the practicing he's done today, he won't need a magic pencil anymore. Telly is given a crayon and successfully writes his name. His Fairy Godmonster takes her leave and, from beyond, bids Maria and Luis farewell, which only they can hear.
Raposo.Dolphin
Film
A dolphin walks backwards on the water.
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0278)
Grandmotherbirthday
Muppets
Waiter Grover prepares a table for a family who's celebrating their grandmother's birthday, but Grover doesn't know her name, so when each family member refers to her as a different relative each time, Grover thinks there's more than one party going on, so he ends up bringing out seven cakes.
2485e
Film
Photographic collage demonstration of ALL, MOST, SOME and NONE of an apple.
Artist: Frank and Caroline Mouris
(EKA: Episode 0979)
3144x
Cartoon
A curious cat chases after a ball of string and explores various places in its home.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(EKA: Episode 2238)
2390l
SCENE 6
Telly has written a new story and reads it to Maria and Luis. His Fairy Godmonster appears in her bubble and announces the sponsors.

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