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Shalom SESAME
Air date 1991
Writer Louise Gikow
Director Moti Aviram
Sponsors The aleph-bet, 20
Telethon.title
Picture Segment Description
Telethon.scene1a

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 & wonders why it wasn’t in a newspaper, so Kippi gives him the current (blank) newspaper.
Telethon.opensong

Telethon.magic

Telethon.jerryaleph
SCENE 1
Jerry introduces the “Aleph-Bet Telethon” & sings a song about why they need the aleph-bet ("What is So Great About Letters?"). He then brings on his first act – Avi the Magician, who plans to make an aleph appear, but makes things that start with aleph appear instead - an efro'ach (chick), arnevet (rabbit) & esh (fire). When he leaves the stage, they see the letter has appeared on his back.
Telephone Rock
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 & remembers lamed & aleph make a word he knows, “lo”, which means no, which is made (LOUDLY) clear by Moishe Oofnik.
Telethon.callnow1
SCENE 2 cont'd
An announcer (Bill St. James) tells viewers to race through places in Israel to get to a phone to call.
Telethon.plant
SCENE 2 cont'd
Anne Meara calls the telethon, wishing to plant her tree in Israel. MOISHE tells her she has the wrong number & hangs up. She consoles her plant, saying she can plant him in Brooklyn.
Telethon.spaceletter1

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

Cap005
SCENE 3
Jerry receives a call from Mrs. Naftali’s speed reading class, who donates a Zayin, Samech, Ayin, Tsadie, Shin and a Tav.
Telethon.shapelineup
Cartoon
A woman looks at a line-up of shapes to find her purse.
Moishe calls Oscar
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 instantly makes his way to Israel in order to help MOISHE redeem himself.
Ernie & Bert the alphabet story remake
Muppets
Ernie writes a dramatic story, which is actually the alphabet. (remake)
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</span>]] accepts them both.
Telethon.callnow2
SCENE 5 cont'd
The announcer tells the views to call quickly.
Telethon.Grouchplan1

Telethon.Grouchplan2
SCENE 5 cont'd
Backstage, MOISHE & OSCAR finish making their fake letter (the "Yuchalechale") that they’ll use to screw up the telethon. But when they find a Yod, they hide it on their fake letter so no one would notice.
20 Pickle Pie
Cartoon
Uncle Ned likes to make a "Twenty Pickle Pie".
Artist: Jeff Hale
Telethon.nellcall

Telethon.nellpay1
SCENE 6
Kippi receives a call from Nell Carter, who gives him a special surprise – a Pey, which was the only letter that room service has to offer.
Healthy Food
Muppets
COOKIE MONSTER sings "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 & he and his mom make pitas together.
Telethon.clothing
SCENE 7
The Beged Clothing Factory of Tel-Aviv donates a Bet, a Gimmel & a Dalet, which spell beged (clothing) in Hebrew.
Telethon.balletmem
Film
Ballet dancers in Israel get a special teacher. They learn a lot from him, but don't forget the telethon & 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 & a Reish, which spell kinor (violin). Itzhak comments, "Music - the universal language."
Telethon.studentdad
Cartoon
A boy tells a story about how his father, Rabbi Akiva, became a student at his school because of his lack of formal education. He then became one of the great teachers of Israel.
Telethon.onemoreletter
SCENE 9
Kippi points out they’re only one letter away from their goal.
Count von Count the 1st day of school
Muppets
The Count sings about his 1st day of school. (YouTube) (YouTube) (YouTube)
Telethon.fakeletter1

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 & the # 20. MOISHE yells for no more letters, then asks if anyone will his fake letter cheap.
Telethon.selfpity
SCENE 10
cont'd
Backstage, MOISHE & OSCAR moan & sob as the letters on the street sign re-appear.

NotesEdit

  • During the sequence where OSCAR calls the telethon from SESAME STREET, the set is noticeably not the actual street set from the show but rather a replica. The red door behind OSCAR, which was 1 panel on the show at the time, has 2 panels.

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