Sesame Street
Plot Telly is important to Rosita
Air date January 15, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors Q, 12
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly is practicing his tuba in the Arbor, and has declared today as "Tuba Day," meaning he only wants to practice his tuba and not be involved with anything else. Carlo notices Rosita listening to him in awe, and admits how Telly's pretty important to her. He suggests telling him how important he is, so Rosita walks up to Telly and tells him, but afterwards thinks it wasn't enough. She decides to show him something more to express his importance and heads off.
SCENE 2 Rosita returns with flowers and a basket of fruit, which she thinks is the perfect way to show Telly their friendship. She presents them to him, but he's more interested in practicing his tuba and says to "just put them anywhere" before resuming practicing. Rosita thinks he still doesn't understand his importance to her and thinks of another method.
Animation Fred the fish needs water to swim in, and Betty the bird needs air to fly in. Vanessa the vacuum cleaner sucks up all the air and water, but can't hold it all in. (narration by Jim Thurman)
(EKA: Episode 2642)
SCENE 3 Rosita comes up with another way – singing. She runs up and sings to him "You're Important," backed up by a mariachi band. Telly strongly assures he understands that he's important to her (to Rosita's delight) and returns to practicing, hopeful he won't be interrupted again.
Animation Planet Q / q
(EKA: Episode 2838)
SCENE 4 Telly's still practicing when Rosita comes she wants to hear from Telly's side if there's anything he feels is important to him. He firmly states that his tuba, practicing, and getting better at it are all important to him, but especially practicing alone. Rosita asks if there's anything else, but he says nothing else is important to him, causing Rosita to walk away in shame.
SCENE 5 Rosita returns as Telly finishes his practicing session. Now free, he invites her to visit the park, but she refuses and declares in a twist on the "You're Important" song that he's not important to her anymore. Telly gets concerned and runs off to find her.
Cartoon A little boy describes a time when he got angry after his toy truck was destroyed by a big kid.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2764)

SCENE 6 Telly finds Rosita alone at the park and asks why she's upset. She rants about how Telly's tuba is all that's important to him, but he butts in to counter that Rosita is also important. She's not convinced, but after Telly proceeds to sing and play the song on his tuba, Rosita forgives him, and they both sing the song together. Carlo announces the sponsors nearby, while Telly jokes to bring his tuba on the see-saw.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Everyone sings and dances about triangles in front of the The Grand High Triangle Lover.

Known missing segments

Picture Segment Description
Muppets Elmo shows a trick you can do with the letter Q - by covering the stem of the letter, you get the letter O.
Muppets Ernie & Bert: Bert and Ernie go fishing. Ernie catches fish by yelling "Heeeeere fishy, fishy, fishy!", and they come flying into the boat. Bert tries it, but only catches a shark.
(EKA: Episode 1707)
Cartoon Q for Quiet
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 0597)

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