Sesame Street
Plot The Grand High Triangle Lover's Success Story
repeat of 3171
Air date January 18, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Sponsors F, R, 17
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Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Telly rushes over to the kids on the playground to tell them that the Grand High Triangle Lover is visiting today and will share a story about how he earned that position. Telly wonders when the GHTL will arrive, and one kid guesses right after a song...
SCENE 1 As predicted, the theme song finishes and the Grand High Triangle Lover arrives, along with Norman, whom he sends off to dust his triangle collection. With Norm out of the way, the GHTL begins his story, which begins in the kingdom of Canarsie...

SCENE 1 cont'd In the kingdom, there was a large rock with sticks in it and whoever could pull them from the rock would become a powerful leader. "Millions" of villagers try to remove the sticks, as the GHTL counts them off, but to no avail.
SCENE 1 cont'd After Telly points out the "millions" of villagers were actually only 13, Norm arrives back, having finished his task. The GHTL takes him away for another errand (so Norm won't ruin the story) and assures them he'll be back in a moment.
SCENE 2 The GHTL returns, which means his story can resume. His story continues with him and Norman on their way to their very important job...

SCENE 2 cont'd Lou (the GHTL's real name) and Norm dance their way to the bowling alley (where they work at the bowling shoe counter), when Lou notices the rock. Norm reminds him that every day, he's tried to pull the sticks, but never does. Just as they're about to resume their walk, the rock speaks and makes him an offer he can't refuse; the rock has decided Lou will be the one who will be able to pull the sticks out. Using all his might, he pulls the sticks from the stone. But, before he can become a powerful leader, he needs to make something from the three sticks.
SCENE 2 cont'd Norm returns, telling the GHTL that his task of alphabetizing his triangles seemed futile. The GHTL suggests he name them first and brings him away to show him. Norm is getting suspicious.
Cartoon Two kids find different uses for a cooking pot.
(EKA: Episode 0825)

SCENE 3 Back in the GHTL's story, Lou has made a stick man with them, but the stone is not impressed and gives him a hint: he needs to make a shape. Norm tries to give him inspiration from his lunch. The round doughnut and square sandwich won't work, but the triangular tortilla chip gives him inspiration to make a triangle. Now that he made something, the stone appoints him the position of Grand High Triangle Lover. He tells Norm to forget calling him "Lou" and start calling him "Boss."
SCENE 3 cont'd The GHTL finishes his story with a speech about his love for triangles ever since then.
Celebrity Maya Angelou leads Big Bird and some kids in a ring game, "Little Sally Walker."
(First: Episode 3171)
Insert Celina shows the the Grouchketeers how to do "Doin' the Grouch".
(First: Episode 3203)

SCENE 4 Telly recaps the GHTL's story in amazement. Suddenly, Norm shows up, having finished his task. He mentions his favorite part of the story, where the GHTL finds a hat with triangles on it and starts calling himself the Grand High Triangle Lover. Norm is then silenced and dragged away. Telly announces the sponsors.

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