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SESAME STREET
Plot SLIMEY wants to go to the moon & enrolls with WASA
Air date November 15th, 1999
Season Season 29
Sponsors H, 8

3696 rerun

Picture Segment Description
Star Worms
COLD OPEN
A Star Wars-esque introduction opens the episode, titled Star WORMS, Episode I: SLIMEY Sends a Letter.
3696 teaser
COLD OPEN
BIG BIRD notices that SLIMEY has been getting a lot of mail lately, as a delivery woman rushes by with a special delivery for SLIMEY.
3696 Gordon

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SCENE 1
SLIMEY & OSCAR are reading books about the moon. Gordon steps out of 123 SESAME STREET & notices the stack of magazines including Moon Explorer, Moon Voyage, The Moon & You & Bang! Zoom! to the Moon! OSCAR explains (with a flashback) that SLIMEY’s interest in the moon began a few nights ago when he was getting ready for bed & wondered what the big white ball in the sky was. SLIMEY was so fascinated with the moon that he stayed up watching it for 2 hours. As the flashback ends, the delivery woman shows up again with another package for SLIMEY.
3696 Right Squiggle

3696 Maria Gabi
SCENE 1
cont'd
A promotional film (narrated by JERRY NELSON) for WASA is shown; they're looking for a few good WORMS who have [[w:c:muppet:The Right Stuff The Right Squiggle]]. After the film, Maria comments how she'd write to WASA if she were a WORM. OSCAR states that SLIMEY already wrote his letter & is anticipating a response back. The WORM Mail Express arrives with a tiny letter for SLIMEY. Gabi reads it with a magnifying glass, revealing that it's from WASA. SLIMEY has been accepted to try out for their WORM Moon Mission. He's instructed to go to the WASA offices tomorrow to take the WORM astronaut test which will determine if he has The Right Squiggle.
3696 astronaut visits school
Film
A girl narrates a segment about astronaut Mario Runco visited her school & answered kids' questions.
I'm Talkin' Love
Muppets / Celebrity
Trisha Yearwood sings "I'm Talkin' Love" to explain to Herry Monster about how she feels when she misses her friend who is very far away (further than China or New Jersey even). Baby Bear & Grover happen by to help sing back-up before her friend arrives. At the end, a Martian materializes & Herry notes, "Some guys have all the luck."
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Film
Milo Counting: 8
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Cartoon
8 children dance in a colorblock grid.
Callomouse here & there
Cartoon
Cab Callomouse demonstrates here & there in song.
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SCENE 2
OSCAR calls WASA to confirm his appearance for the tests. Maria & Gabi overhear the conversation & caution OSCAR that he might not want to get SLIMEY too excited; it sounds like there's going to be some hefty competition, & there's a chance SLIMEY might not make the cut. OSCAR, however, is confident that his WORM has The Right Squiggle.
Rockin' Rockets
Animation
An Elvis Presley-type man sings "Rockin' Rockets" as he blasts off into space.
H paint
Animation
H / h (space paint)
Wegman dogs H
Film
Wegman's dogs form the letter H.
Planet H
Animation
Planet H / h
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SCENE 1
OSCAR & SLIMEY have arrived at WASA & are waiting in a room full of other WORMS who are all warming up for the test.
3697 WASA
SCENE 1
cont'd
A training officer enters the room & explains the process the WORM must go through to qualify for the space program. Before they begin, she notes that there are WORMS here from all over the world, & calls the roll to make sure that everyone is present. In addition to SLIMEY from SESAME STREET, there's Spaghettini from Italy, Squishta from Romania, Legusano from Colombia, Squashimi from Japan, Slogoshki from Poland, other WORMS from Puerto Rico & Zambia, & Selma WORM, who is actually a chicken dressed as a WORM. The WORMS head into the next room, leaving OSCAR behind to watch the tests from the window.
Zork Australia
Cartoon
Zork lands in Australia, where a kangaroo greets him.
(EKA: Episode 3023)

Lake song
Song
"(Sittin' On) A Boat on a Lake"
Elmo Planets Moon
Muppets
Elmo sings about the "Planets, Moon & Stars"
(EKA: Episode 3782)

Flash Gizmo Here There
Cartoon
Flash Gizmo, Space Cadet
Here & there
(EKA: Episode 3697)

3697 test 1

3696 Coming Soon
SCENE 2
The WASA Squiggle-robics Tests will determine who will fly to the moon. The first test is called the WORM-O-Hold-On-Tight-O test. The WORMS are placed on a disc & spun around at a high rate of speed; whoever can hold on despite the centrifugal force, passes the test. "Stickability is very important in space", says the officer. She starts up the machine, & as the disc spins faster, WORMS begin to fly off. OSCAR cheers SLIMEY on, & Selma gets nauseous from watching the disc spin.
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SCENE 2
cont'd
Out of the 15 WORMS taking part in the test, 9 pass (SLIMEY included). The training officer thanks those who didn't make it; they tried, & that's what's important. OSCAR feels proud of SLIMEY, but becomes worried when he hears there's a second test coming up.
Name my pet
Film
Girls sing a jump-rope rhyme about naming a puppy.
Toon scary things
Cartoon
A girl overcomes her fear of scary things in the dark by singing with them.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
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Muppets
Ernie can't sleep, cause he's afraid of dark shadows & spooky things. Bert comforts him, & the two sing "Imagination" before falling asleep.
Suzie Space
Cartoon
Suzie Kabloozie & Feff appear to float around in outer space, but at the end of the sketch, it is revealed that they are just pretending to be astronauts.
Artist: Mo Willems.(EKA: Episode 3701)

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SCENE 5
Moving on to the second test, the WORMS have been fastened to a rig in which they are suspended from a swinging apparatus. The Upsy-Downs-Every-Way-Aroundsy-WORMSY-Bouncy test is meant to determine which of them will be able to handle the lack of gravity in space. The training officer's assistant furiously jiggles the rig, after which the WORMS must walk along a straight line.
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SCENE 5
cont'd
Only 5 WORMS can be admitted into the space program; making the cut are Spaghettini, Squishta, Squashimi, Legusano...& SLIMEY! Selma walks off, insulted, & OSCAR feels proud again.
Arrow Up
Cartoon
An arrow doesn't know which way is up.
Grover with Meghan
Muppets
Grover & Meghan pretend to go to the moon.
H astronauts
Animation
H in space (with astronauts)
(EKA: Episode 3697)

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Film
The floating kids form H.
Grover & Samantha go to the moon
Muppets
Grover & Samantha pretend to go to the moon.
3697 what is space?

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SCENE 4
That night, back on SESAME STREET, OSCAR’s neighbors come by to congratulate SLIMEY. Having heard the news on the radio station WORM, Ruthie, Bob, Carlo, Zoe, Elmo, Gordon, Susan, Maria, Miles & the Kids gather around OSCARs TRASH CAN. Zoe & Elmo are excited for SLIMEY, but they don't know what space is. Susan suggests they let Gordon, their resident science teacher, explain. Gordon describes space as all that's "up there" beyond the confines of the Earth & even the sky. The further out you go, you find the moon; further, the planets & stars. Elmo thinks that space is a very interesting place.
3697 man on the moon

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SCENE 5
Everyone reflects on the fact that soon SLIMEY will be the first WORM on the moon. Maria recalls that she was a teenager when the first man walked on the moon, & Gordon cites that moment as what initially interested him in science. He explains the first moon mission over footage provided by NASA of Buzz Aldrin & Neil Armstrong preparing to go to the moon. When they were ready to leave in the spaceship, there was a countdown, which Elmo practices.
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SCENE 5
cont'd
As Gordon recounts the event, OSCAR begins to realize that it's going to take a long time for SLIMEY to get to the moon because it's very, very far away. Since SLIMEY is actually leaving tomorrow, OSCAR tells everyone to scram so he can get some sleep. Showing some signs of worry, OSCAR makes sure that SLIMEY really wants to go through with his long trip, since they're going to be apart for a long time.
3 planets
Cartoon
"Captain Spacey" counts 8 planets until the 25-cent rocket machine runs out of juice.
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Film
Ornate 8s stroll through a gate and pose in other remarkable places.
(EKA: Episode 3259)

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Cartoon
Clown Honking #8
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Film
A girl named Shirley performs in the circus; her father is a clown. Other acts in the circus include elephant training & elephant jumping.
Song Moonshine
Song
JERRY NELSON sings "Moonshine"
3697 telescope
SCENE 7
OSCAR wants to know what it is about the moon that has him so interested. SLIMEY lets him look through his tiny WORMS telescope so he can get a better look. OSCAR says that it's beautiful because it looks like it's full of potholes, admitting that it looks much better up close. He figures that if the astronauts left TRASH on the moon, SLIMEY can bring some of it back for him ("Space TRASH...it could open up a whole new world!").
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SCENE 7
cont'd
OSCAR looks through the telescope again, & mentions the sponsors (which appear in the stars).


SLIMEY to the Moon
The Moon | WASA | Launch | Shuttle Crisis | Moon Landing | Return
(The Spaceketeers | Missing SLIMEY | Monster Moon Watch | SLIMEYs Birthday | Missing SLIMEY (2))

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