Sesame Street
Plot Telly looks for the Muffin Man
Air date December 25, 1990
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Sponsors F, Y, 11
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Telly Monster has a question for Gordon - does he know the Muffin Man? Gordon responds with a "no." Telly launches into a spiel about the song and how the lyrical question is never answered and he wants to find the answer. When he finally does meet the Muffin Man, he has confetti and music prepared. He sets off to ask others if they know the Muffin Man, but asks Gordon one more important question - what is a muffin man?
Igottaremember
Cartoon On his way to the store, a boy gets distracted and remembers to buy different things.
(EKA: Episode 0853)
Song.frogstruggle
Song Joe Raposo sings "Frog Struggle Song."
(EKA: Episode 0592)
E&Bcircles
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie lies in bed and starts talking about how a square looks like and how many lines it has, then goes on to compare a square with a triangle, then starts to ponder about how many sides a circle has. He goes to sleep just as Bert is about to attempt to answer the question, and Bert ends up not being able to sleep.
(First: Episode 0132)
Yellowyahoo
Cartoon The life of a Yellow Yahoo
(First: Episode 0043)
AfricanFish
Film In a village in Africa, people catch fish and celebrate afterwards.
(First: Episode 2669)
Song.11Morning
Cartoon "It's A Lovely Eleven Morning"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(EKA: Episode 0514)
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SCENE 2 Telly has gotten no answers from anyone on Sesame Street about the identity of the muffin man. Gordon tries to explain that he's merely a made-up character, but Telly insists on finding him himself. He instead mistakes a mail carrier and police officer for the Muffin Man. Just as Telly loses hope, the kids introduce him to a baker, who just so happens to bake muffins. Telly declares him the Muffin Man and celebrates.
2257q
Song "What Do People Do All Day?"
(EKA: Episode 2176)
Build-clock
Cartoon At a construction site, a blue man builds a cuckoo clock, which gives him his lunch.
(EKA: Episode 2495)
Namethatsound
Muppets Grover is a guest on the game show "Name That Sound."
(EKA: Episode 1858)
Fleas!
Cartoon Fleas have fun in fur!
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 2398)
FayRay.OneofTheseThings
Song "One of These Things" (with Fay Ray)
ElmoABCDEFGHI
Insert Preston Rabbit presents Sesame Street with a large stone inscribed with a word he thinks they don't have: "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ". Elmo has no idea what it is and sings "ABC-DEF-GHI". Big Bird and the kids point out it's the alphabet, and they already have plenty of them on Sesame Street. Preston takes it away and goes off in search of a different present.
(First: Episode 2616)
DucklingDress
Cartoon A duckling dresses itself, naming all the parts of its coat.
(EKA: Episode 1195)
Blindclass.produce
Film A blind class goes on a field trip downtown, and visits a produce stand.
StonesDontGrow
Cartoon Two crows sing "Stones Don't Grow."
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 1715)
Ssnews.sixdollarman
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit explores the lab of Professor Nucleus Von Fission, who has just built a robot called the Six Dollar Man, out of parts which cost him six dollars total. The robot destroys the lab, while Von Fission laughs. Kermit is horrified, but Von Fission explains, "What do you expect for six dollars?"
(EKA: Episode 1115)
Imaginarycar
Cartoon A girl imagines being next to a tree, a house and a car. "Now I'm going over there," she says. "There's nothing here to be next to!"
(EKA: Episode 0810)
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SCENE 3 Susan comes across Telly trying to converse with a tomato. His mommy told him they're having tomatoes for dinner and since he's never had one before, he thought he should get to know it first. Susan tells him the only way to get acquainted with a food is by tasting it. Telly eats the whole tomato and enjoys it, but then starts to sob. "We were just starting to get to know each other!"
Animalseatcrunchy
Cartoon Animals who eat crunchy things have nice teeth.
(EKA: Episode 1885)
KidsWrite
Film Kids talk about the various writing methods they use.
CaptainVegetable
Muppets "It is I, Captain Vegetable!"
(EKA: Episode 2538)
3161y
Cartoon A drowsy wagoner gets across a clearing by building a bridge out of his ox-cart, and converting it back again.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 0815)
1736w
Film Saxophone factory
(EKA: Episode 1446)
3958j
Cartoon Frances Fairy displays several F words.
(First: Episode 0335)
Song.verysimple
Cast Mike and the kids perform "A Very Simple Dance."
(First: Episode 2729)
SandMonkey
Animation It's a monkey
Artist: Ishu Patel
(EKA: Episode 2581)
1708h
Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam announces that someone has bought the last box of crayons, and he wants to know why. It turns out that he just wants a crayon so he can learn how to write the letter Y.
(EKA: Episode 1708)
Dog.Yowl
Cartoon A boy can yell and yodel, and his dog can yelp and yowl. They can both yawn.
(EKA: Episode 1453)
Gilberto.bricks
Film Gilberto, who lives in Central America, learns how bricks are made.
4131zf
Cartoon Rap #11
(First: Episode 2531)
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SCENE 4 Susan now finds Telly playing a game with the kids - whenever his sign says "OPEN," they open their mouths, then close them when the sign says "CLOSED." He tries to talk to them afterwards, until Susan points out his sign is still set to "CLOSED." She then announces the sponsors.

Notes

  • This episode was taped on October 4, 1990 and was written by Josh Selig.


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