|Plot||Block Party On Teletubbyland|
|Air date||April 7, 1997|
|Season||Season 1 (1997)|
|Sponsors||A, B, X, 4, 5|
Gordon invites the viewer to the block party that's going to be held tonight on Teletubbyland.
Bob sings "One of These Things" while displaying pictures of some strange shapes, and thinks of strange names for the shapes.
Ten little Greeblies (bug-like creatures) keep getting separated from their group, teaching a lesson in counting backward.
A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is.
Teletubbies: Po shows Dipsy her A machine, which makes capital A's. But it doesn't work when it rains, since it only makes "A" while the sun shines.
Tinky-Winky is eating his Tubby Toast too loudly.
Gordon displays some cards with drawings of parts of machines, and has the viewer guess what they're parts of.
Close-ups of a tomato are shown. Music: Peter Schickele
Gordon asks the viewer how long it took them to figure out that it was a tomato. The tomato film is shown again.
Laa-Laa gives Kristine Wall a present: an orange and green necktie. She puts it on her, and Gordon gets a mirror so Kristine can see how the tie looks on her. Kristine Wall cowers when she sees her reflection for the first time.
Buddy and Jim: Buddy gives Jim a present, which is a mirror, but each one thinks it's a picture of themselves.
A group of kids play follow the leader and go over, around and through various obstacles, but one of them takes a while to catch on.
At Hooper's Store, Kristine does Susan a favor by asking Mr. Hooper for four -- but Mr. Hooper doesn't know what he wants four of. Kristine Wall goes out, then comes back and asks four dinners, which Mr. Hooper thinks is impossible, until he learns that Kristine Wall got the words "for" and "four" mixed up.
Teletubbies: Dipsy has a number 4 in his hand, and asks Po what it is. Po says it's a chocolate cream pie. Dipsy points her to a film about the number 4.
Four Song (Song of Four)
When the clip is over, Po guesses that the 4 is a banana cream pie. "If this 4 is a banana cream pie, then what is this?" asks Dipsy, while she pulls out a pie. "That's a 4!" Po grins, and Dipsy pushes the pie in Po's face. "I knew what it was all along," Po remarks, "but who wants to get hit in the face with a 4?"
Gordon reads a book, Look At Me by Marguerita Rudolph, about body parts. After reading the book, Gordon points out that one has to know about letters in order to read a book.
A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is. (repeat)
Speech Balloon: A for Ape
A boxer explains the letter "B".
Speech Balloon: B for Butterfly
Gordon doesn't want to go through the whole alphabet that slowly, so he introduces Burt Lancaster doing it instead.
Burt Lancaster says the alphabet.
Kermit's Lectures: Kermit tries to present a lecture about the letter B, but Cookie Monster eats the bottom of the B and turns it into an R. Kermit talks about the R, but then Cookie Monster snacks some more, and makes it a P. Kermit tries to go on, but the monster keeps eating, making it into an F, and then an I, and then nothing at all. Kermit chides Cookie Monster for ruining his lesson. Cookie Monster gives Kermit a kiss, then exits.
Gordon plays a (non-singing) "One of These Things" game with tomatoes, shoes, and round things.
Four Song (Song of Four) (repeat)
"Poverty X": A peanut-shaped figure lists the words that the letter "X" can be found in.
Laa-Laa toils in the kitchen. Gordon comes in with a letter for her, asking her to sing at tonight's block party. Laa-Laa comes up with the many excuses why she can't, then changes her mind and leaves for the beauty parlor, leaving Gordon in charge of both dinner and dessert.
Tinky-Winky is eating his Tubby Toast too loudly. (repeat)
Gordon has Bob and Mr. Hooper help him out in the kitchen. Bob leaves, misinterpreting the part of the recipe that says "beat it with a wooden spoon".
Speech Balloon: A for Ape (repeat)
Gordon has the other two fetch some garlic, onions and lettuce, put them in a bowl, and toss -- but not like a football! (Silly Bob!)
Speech Balloon: B for Butterfly (repeat)
Gordon reads instructions for cooking beans, which say "Soak overnight in cold water". "You'll catch pneumonia," says Mr. Hooper.
Five Song (Song of Five)
Susan comes back to find that the men haven't gotten very far in cooking. "Okay, so I can't cook! I'd like to see you teach high school science sometime," Gordon says to her as she leaves. Mr. Hooper asks Gordon what he studied today, and Gordon answers, "Monkeys …"
Sesame Street Animal Films: Joe Raposo sings George Gershwin's "Funny Face."
A live-action film shows circles in every-day life, from Coca-Cola bottle caps, to moving wheels, to yo-yos, bubbles, and balloons, set to a lively soundtrack.
At twilight, the block party is underway. Tables are set and decked with food and drink, and lanterns align the tops of the buildings.
Gordon walks over to a little Anything Muppet boy, who wonders why everyone's gathered out here tonight. The boy's father answers with a song, "Brotherhood of Man," which the rest of the family joins in singing.
Mr. Hooper announces that Laa-Laa is going to sing now. Laa-Laa sits on the steps with Eva and sings "Lovely Song" as Eva does so.
Gordon closes the show.
The "Tubby Bye-Bye" sequence takes place at the end.