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Shalom Sesame
Release date 1991
Sponsors the aleph-bet, 20

Telethon.title

Picture Segment Description
Telethon.scene1

Telethon.scene1b
COLD OPEN
Jerry Stiller arrives on the street and meets Kippi Ben Kippod, who tells him about their dilemma – all the letters on “Rechov Sumsum” are disappearing! Jerry is appalled at the situation and wonders why it wasn’t in a newspaper, so Kippi gives him the current (blank) newspaper.
Telethon.opensong

Tlethon.magic

Telethon.jerryaleph
SCENE 1
Jerry introduces the “Aleph-Bet Telethon” and sings a song about why they need the aleph-bet. He then brings on his first act – Harvey the Magician, who plans to make an aleph appear, but makes things that start with aleph appear instead. When he leaves the stage, they see one on his back.
Littlejerryandthemonotones
Muppets
"Telephone Rock"
The operator's lines are dubbed to make reference to the telethon.
Telethon.joancall

Telethonlomeansno
SCENE 2
Joan Rivers calls to donate her daughter’s Lamed, while her daughter searches for it. When she tells her mom she’ll just have to buy a new one, Joan instantly gives it to her, wondering why she wants it. She replies that she was going to give it to a telethon too. So they both give it to the telethon. Jerry thanks them and remembers lamed and aleph make a word he knows, “lo”, which means no, which is made (LOUDLY) clear by Moishe Oofnik.
Telethon.callnow
SCENE 2 cont'd
An announcer tells viewers to race through places in Israel to get to a phone to call.
Telethon.plant
SCENE 2 cont'd
Anne Meara calls Moishe saying she wants to plant her tree in Israel. Moishe hangs up, saying she has the wrong number. She consoles her plant, saying she can plant him in Brooklyn.
Telethon.spaceletter1

Telethon.spaceletter2
Animation
Kippi floats through space, meeting a Qof and a Tet and inviting them to the telethon.
Telethon.speedclass

Cap005
SCENE 3
Jerry receives a call from a teacher of a speed reading class who donates a Zayin, a Samech, an Ayin, a Tsadie, a Shin and a Tav.
Telethon.shapelineup
Cartoon
A cartoon lady looks at a line-up of shapes to find her purse.
Alephbetoscarcall
SCENE 4
Moishe receives a call from Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street, who demands the telethon go off the air. When Oscar realizes that Moishe is on the phone, he is disgusted that he is a grouch helping out. Moishe denies helping, but Oscar sees different. He comes over to the telethon in order to help Moishe redeem himself.
EB.AlphabetStory.remake
Muppets
Ernie reads a story he wrote to Bert, which turns out to be the aleph-bet.
Telethon.jeremytracycall
SCENE 5
Ben Seaver from Growing Pains (Jeremy Miller) calls to try to donate a Chet his sister’s boyfriend gave to her, but Carol (Tracey Gold) gets back at him by trying to donate his Hay. Kippi gets confused about which one they’re donating, so he accepts them both.
Telethon.callnow2
SCENE 5 cont'd
The announcer tells the views to call quickly.
Telethon.grouchplan

Telethon.grouchplan2
SCENE 5 cont'd
Backstage, Oscar and Moishe finish making their fake letter (the "Yuchalechale") that they’ll use to screw up the telethon. But when they find a Yod, the hide it on their fake letter so no one would notice.
20PicklePie
Cartoon

A man sings about Uncle Ned, a cook who likes to make his less then famous “20 Pickle Pie”.

Artist: Jeff Hale

Telethon.nellcall

Telethon.nellpay
SCENE 6
Kippi receives a call from Nell Carter, who gives him a special surprise – a Pay, which was the only letter on the menu at her hotel.
Song.healthyfood
Muppets
Cookie Monster performs "Healthy Food"
Telethon.nellpay2
SCENE 6 cont'd
Nell shows that the letter Pay is the first letter in the word “pita”
Telethon.pitafilm
Film
A boy talks about how his Arabic friend and he and his mom make pitas together.
Telethon.clothing
SCENE 7
The Clothing Factory of Tel-Aviv donates a Bet, a Gimmel and a Dalet, which spell “clothing” in Hebrew.
Telethon.balletmem
Film
Ballet dancers in Israel get a special teacher. They learn a lot from him, but didn’t forget the telethon and donate a Mem.
Telethon.iztahk
SCENE 8
Kippi thanks the ballet dancer for their donation. Itzhak Perlman calls, speaking with his violin, to donate a Kaf, a Nun, a Vav and a Resh, which spell violin. Itzhak comments “Music: the universal language”
Telethon.studentdad
Cartoon
A boy tells a story about how his dad became a student at his school because he could not read or write.
Telethon.onemoreletter
SCENE 9
Kippi points out they’re only one letter away from their goal.
Youngcount
Muppets
The Count sings about his first day of school.
Telethon.fakeletter

Telethon.fakeletter2
SCENE 10
Moishe comes on stage to give them the fake letter but Jerry isn’t very convinced that it’s a real letter. He consults Kippi about it, but he notices that the Yod is part of it. Jerry sings a song thanking for the letters.
Telethon.sponsors
SCENE 10 cont'd
Kippi announces the sponsors – the letters of the aleph-bet and the # 20. Moishe yells for no more letters, then asks if anyone will his fake letter cheap.
Telethon.selfpitty
SCENE 10 cont'd
Backstage, Oscar and Moishe moan and sob as the letters on the street sign re-appear.

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