Sesame Street
Plot Telly plays with an empty carton
Air date March 5, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Sponsors I, N, 5
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Bob and Ruby sing "A Song for Two."
SCENE 2 Bob decides what he wants at Hooper's Store, when a seething Mr. Johnson enters and angrily orders a cheeseburger. He apologizes to Gina for the attitude and explains how his typical encounters with Grover at Charlie's Restaurant always go wrong and make him feel angry. While Gina prepares him a burger, Bob answers the ringing pay phone; it's Grover! Grover asks why "the man with the big blue head" isn't at Charlie's for lunch and claims he won't mess up his order because he has a new way of remember them. He starts to cry over the phone, Mr. Johnson relents and heads over to Charlie's. Gina still has his cheeseburger, however.
Muppets Waiter Grover has a new method of remembering orders: He makes up a poem to remember what is ordered and who ordered it. Mr. Johsnon orders a cheeseburger with a pickle and French fries, which Grover interprets as "Round and tasty on a bun, pickles, French fries, yum, yum, yum!" However, he brings Mr. Johnson a grapefruit on a bun.
(EKA: Episode 2440)
SCENE 3 Mr. Johnson returns to Hooper's and vents about the experience he just had with Grover. He asks for the cheeseburger Gina prepared earlier, but she breaks it to him that she just gave it away to someone else...Grover, who they see munching on it outside. "I should eat in more," Mr. Johnson sighs.
SCENE 4 Telly watches as Gina unloads groceries from a large carton marked "Ketchup." She asks Telly to take the carton over to Oscar's trash can, but he quickly realizes he could reuse it for many other things instead of throwing it out. A rainstorm starts and he converts the box into an umbrella.
SCENE 5 Elmo joins Telly in the carton, which they pretend is a spaceship. They blast off in search of the Planet Mayonnaise. They encounter the planet (shaped like a jar of mayo) and Elmo has them speedily head towards it. Telly stops imagining so they don't crash, but Elmo imagines one on his own. He winds up hitting his head on one of the flaps, so Telly converts the carton into the Ketchup-General-Hospital.
SCENE 6 Telly and the kids show how you can write and draw on the carton. Telly writes top and bottom so he knows where those sides are, while the kids make the features of a cat. The carton now becomes their pet, Ketchup, which they take to the park.
SCENE 7 Telly now uses the carton as a table, having a luncheon with Gina by Oscar's can. He asks her to notify him anytime she plans to throw away anything else. Oscar overhears this and states, "This could be the ending of a beautiful friendship..."

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