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SESAME STREET
Plot SLIMEY enrolls with WASA
Air date January 13th, 1998
Season Season 29
Sponsors H, 8

3697

Picture Segment Description
3697 teaser
COLD OPEN
BIG BIRD greets the audience to say that today is the day SLIMEY travels to WASA to test for the WORM Space Mission.
This scene was cut in the 1999 rerun. See below.
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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.
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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.
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Cartoon
A St. Bernard helps Zork down a snowy hill, later finding out that Zork wanted to go skiing.
Telly space friend
Muppets
Telly sings "My Outer Space Friend" as he gazes out his bedroom window, musing about space travel & his "outer-space friend".
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Film
Olivia sleeps over at Iesha's house, & spend the morning together. Olivia is white & Iesha and her family is black. Next time, Iesha wants to visit Olivia's family.
Flash Gizmo Here There
Cartoon
Flash Gizmo, Space Cadet
Here & there
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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, and 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 seond test coming up.
3 planets
Cartoon
"Captain Spacey" counts 8 planets until the 25-cent rocket machine runs out of juice.
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Film
Milo Counting: 8
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Cartoon
Clown Honking
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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.
Grover & Patrick
Muppets
Grover & Patrick observe that the moon doesn't talk.
Cecille Up Down
Animation
Cecille sings "Up Down, In Out, Over & Under"
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SCENE 3
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 3
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.
Vegetables
Muppets
Farmer Ernie sings "Grow High Grow Low" about how some plants grow high while some grow low.
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Film
Fireworks Alphabet
Where does the cow live
Cartoon
Where does the cow live? (Maria voiceover)
Film girl rollerblades
Film
Dory and her mom learn how to rollerblade.
Noodles & Nedd Bed
Cartoon
Noodles' & Nedd make the bed.
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.
H astronauts
Animation
H in space (with astronauts)
Spaceship H
Muppets
Spaceship Surprise: The Next Generation
The crew lands on Planet H. They are greeted by Hopalong Hamster, & see Happy Harry the Hopping Haystack & hula dancing hens.
Planet H
Animation
Planet H / h
Make Buildings
Film
Two sisters make their own buildings, both with paper & blocks.
Song Moonshine
Song
JERRY NELSON sings "Moonshine"
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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.
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Film
Alphaquest: H
Heading over the hills in a helicopter to a hippo's house.
H paint
Animation
H / h (space paint)
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Film
H for Hat - kids try on different hats as camera shutters go off.
Operatic Lullaby
Muppets / Celebrity
Denyce Graves tucks Elmo into bed & sings him an Operatic Lullaby.
To Market
Film
A visual representation of the nursery rhyme "To Market" with Wegman's dogs.
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Muppets
Two-Headed Monster: 1 head wants to play the trumpet, but the other head wants to sleep.
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Cartoon
Mr. Tweak can't sleep because his neighbor above snores, & his neighbor below sneezes.
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SCENE 6
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 6
cont'd
OSCAR looks through the telescope again, & mentions the sponsors (which appear in the stars).
3697 Coming Soon
COMING SOON
Coming soon on SESAME STREET: The Count counts down from 10 to 0 as the space shuttle smokes & shakes...

AlterationsEdit

Picture Segment Description
Star Worms
COLD OPEN
In the 1999 rerun of this episode, the cold opening is replaced with a Star Wars-esque introduction, titled Star WORMS Episode II: WASA Tests the WORMS.
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INTRO
The season 30–32 intro sequence is used in place of the season 29 opening.
Big Bird Zoe Between
Muppets
BIG BIRD talks about between by showing that he is in the middle between Zoe & Radar.
(EKA: Episode 3640)


This segment appeared after the Fireworks Alphabet in the 1999 rerun.

Ernie & Bert preparin for bed
Muppets
Ernie gets ready for bed. He puts a cup of water on the table beside his bed, so he won't need to get out of bed to get water. He brings an extra blanket in case he gets cold, & puts a fan by the bed in case he gets hot. He also brings a book to bed in case he wants to read, a flashlight so he won't turn the lights on & disturb BERT, & a pencil & pad of paper in case he wants to draw. He also brings RUBBER DUCKIE to bed with him, in case he wants his RUBBER DUCKIE, he won't have to get out of bed. But then Ernie realizes that he has too many things in his bed.
This segment appeared after the film about rollerblading in the 1999 rerun.


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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