Sesame Street
Plot Telly tries to find a quiet place to count
Air date January 20, 2000
Season Season 31 (2000)
Sponsors U, 9
Syndication 123 Sesame Street, PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly is glad to see the viewer, because he wants to count to 10 with them. Just as he begins, Big Bird interrupts with the Birdketeers so they can say the alphabet with the viewer. They have a brief argument, which Alan settles by having them take turns. Telly allows Big Bird to go first and they watch the next segment...
Film Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet. (new music added and Big Bird voice-over added)
(EKA: Episode 2096)
Big Bird thanks the viewer for their participation, then tells them to go find Telly in the arbor to count.
Cartoon Leanna and her best friend Sarah have a tea party which goes well at first, until they argue over which cupcakes are better.
Artist: ArtistMike
Song "You're Important"
(EKA: Episode 3396)
SCENE 2 Telly has found a nice "counting to 10 spot" in the arbor, but as he counts, he gets blocked by Miles and his friends. Miles politely asks Telly to count somewhere else, since this is the only spot they can play basketball. Telly agrees and looks for someplace else.
Cartoon Aliens have a hard time playing basketball, until they decide to take turns.
(EKA: Episode 3814)
Song "My Friend U"
(EKA: Episode 3705)
Muppets The Martians discover a "U."
(First: Episode 3387)
Cartoon U knocks on the door of P's apartment. When she answers the door, they go UP.
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 3658)
SCENE 3 Telly looks for somewhere to count, when Oscar convinces him to count right by his trashcan and promises not to bother him as he counts. Telly begins, but gets disrupted by Fluffy and her bowling game. Telly heads off for someplace quieter...
Cartoon Underwater, there's a 9
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
(EKA: Episode 3283)

Cast Chef Ruthée hosts "Cooking By the Numbers," in which she demonstrates a fruity way to cook the number 9.
(First: Episode 3841)
Animation Rubber Stamp #9
(First: Episode 2876)

SCENE 4 Telly happens by the Fix-It Shop and explains to Maria what's been happening to him. She believes right in front of the store is a fine place and demonstrates how well she can count to 10 there. Telly goes along with it, but just as he begins, the next segment slides into frame. Telly tries to push it out of the way, but it makes it's way back...
Aardvark edited
Song Joe Raposo sings "I'm an Aardvark."
Re-filmed version
(EKA: Episode 2594)
Telly ultimately gives up on this location and moves off to a new one.
Song "It's a Long Hard Road, But I'm Gonna Get There."
(EKA: Episode 3398)
SCENE 5 Telly finds himself in a peaceful pasture, perfect for counting. However, he's interrupted by a stampede of sheep (and a goat).
Cartoon Number Guy: "How Many Sheep Will Jump Over My Bed?" The answer is 9.
(EKA: Episode 3364)
Film Milo Counting: 9
(EKA: Episode 3578)
Cartoon A girl explains why she likes the poet Grubby Groo.
Artist: Mo Willems
(EKA: Episode 3225)
SCENE 6 Telly happens upon a castle, where inside, the princess and royal subjects are planning a surprise party for the king. They surprise Telly instead just as he starts, then the king surprises all of them. Telly declines an invitation to join their festivities and heads back to Sesame Street.
Animation Luxo Jr. examines a box. A smaller lamp pops out of the box, demonstrating "surprise."
(EKA: Episode 2861)
Muppets / Celebrity Robin Williams shows Elmo the many fun things one can do with a stick.
(EKA: Episode 2835)
Film The letter U dances at the beach.
(First: Episode 3529)
Cartoon A dog learns about U.
(First: Episode 0131)

SCENE 7 Telly reaches the street and tells Maria all the ridiculous things that have happened to him today. He tells the world he's given up and won't be counting to 10 with the viewer. Maria calms him down and tells him she can put him inside the Fix-It Shop, where it's nice and quiet and she won't let anyone bother him inside. Telly gives it a try and successfully counts to 10 without any interruptions!
SCENE 7 cont'd Outside, Telly finds that the royal subjects, sheep and Fluffy have all gathered, with Maria stopping them from entering.
Muppets Elmo's World: Exercise
(First: Episode 3853)
SCENE 8 Telly and his friends count to 10 together, then announce the sponsors.

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