Sesame Street
Plot Telly is Grand High Triangle Lover for a Day
Air date March 16, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Sponsors V, W, 5


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Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Telly shows Gina his triangle collection, when Norman signals the arrival of The Grand High Triangle Lover! The GHTL is taking his annual vacation day and has decided to recruit Telly to replace him for the day. Telly can barely contain his excitement.
SCENE 1 Telly, now with a GHTL hat and several triangular phones, is told what his task will be - answering triangle questions from all over the world. Telly isn't sure he can handle the responsibility, but takes it up when he sees how stressed the GHTL is from work. Gina even offers to be his assistant.

SCENE 1 cont'd Telly gets his first call, from a nervous man who isn't sure where the top of his triangle is. Telly assures him any point can be the top; it depends on how he holds it. Telly is proud of how he handled the call and sends Gina away, claiming to not need her help anymore. He begins taking some more calls.

SCENE 2 Telly now gets a call from a lady monster, who wishes to know what color triangle shower curtains she should use. Telly could care less, but she choses on her own. Telly is interrupted by a man, wanting to know if the shape he has is a triangle (it's a square). Telly tells him it's not and sends him off, as he answers a call from a farmer: which came first - the chicken or the triangle? "Nobody knows the answer to that one," he tells the farmer.
SCENE 2 cont'd The man comes back with a smaller square, asking if it's a triangle. Telly sets him straight on the issue. He then starts to receive more triangle calls, including another from the monster, wanting to know which washcloth to use.
SCENE 3 While a distressed mother depends on Telly to solve a conflict between her two kids, who are fighting over a triangle drawing they made together, the lady monster calls again to ask for his advice on which bath mat she should use.
Oscar, who loves to handle arguments, suggests they tear it in half. The girl points out to the boy that Oscar was right: there's two of them and only one drawing, ergo, they should go home and make another triangle drawing! The happy family goes home, and the grateful mother kisses the disappointed grouch, who also leaves.
Right after Oscar leaves, the phones start ringing again, and the lady monster comes to Telly to ask for his advice on which squeaky bath toy to use.
SCENE 4 Telly is overwhelmed between answering calls and putting official GHTL stamps on letters to club members. Gina and the kids arrive and they call cooperate to get the work done. Telly has Gina stay with him on the phone lines, so that she can deal with the lady monster and her next ridiculous question.
SCENE 5 Telly stops everyone from working, remembering a note from the GHTL saying they must watch an important triangle film...
Cartoon A young bespectacled man with an accordion asks how much it costs to cross the bridge. The Bridgekeeper says admission is free, but requires that the young man show him three triangles. Two of them are found in the bridgework, and the man uses the bridgekeeper's staff to draw a third triangle in the dirt. Although the bridgekeeper has his order filled, he asks the man to play a tune on his accordion. This additional request takes the young man by surprise, but he is told to do so for the opportunity to cross the bridge.
(EKA: Episode 2254)

SCENE 6 The GHTL and Norm return from vacation and are pleased to see Telly's done an excellent job. So excellent, in fact, that he decides to spend another day on vacation, leaving the club in Telly's hands again! Telly, Gina and the rest struggle with the work (and the lady monster once more) while announcing the sponsors.

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