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SESAME STREET
Plot SLIMEY goes into space
Air date January 14th, 1998
Season Season 29
Sponsors G, 5

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Picture Segment Description
3698 teaser Big Bird
COLD OPEN
BIG BIRD finishes a phone call by thanking the person on the other end of the line for helping him to spell aardvark. He lists today's sponsors, & tells the audience that today they're going to see SLIMEY & 4 other WORMS get into a spaceship headed for the moon.
3698 launch day
SCENE 1
Everyone on SESAME STREET (including Maria,Luis, BIG BIRD, Snuffy, Herry Monster, Telly, Elmo, Zoe, Rosita, Tarah, John Tartaglia, Ruthie, Gina, Gordon, Susan, Miles, Lexine, a Honker & various other residents) has gathered in front of the courtyard for the space shuttle launch.
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3698 film
SCENE 1
cont'd
The training officer from WASA addresses the crowd to commemorate the historic occasion & introduces the 5 WORMS who make up the crew of the space mission: Spaghettini from Italy, Squishta from Romania, Squashimi from Japan, Legusano from Colombia & SLIMEY from SESAME STREET. To define their mission, the training officer shows an animated film illustrating what will happen on their trip.
3698 questions

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SCENE 1
cont'd
Opening up the floor for questions, Telly wants to be clear on what's going on: these 5 very brave, very smart, very cute little WORMS are going to get into a tin can-looking thing, lift off the ground a& go up, up, up as high as you can get. His rather excitedly posed question is, WHY? Why would anyone want to do this? The training officer launches into an inspirational speech about doing it because it's there, because they want to explore space & the moon. To explore means that they're going to travel into space & land on the moon to see what it's like. The training officer says that they're going to be gone for many weeks. This again sparks OSCAR’s previous concerns about how long SLIMEY’s not going to be with him.
Song Explore With Me
Song
"Explore With Me" (reggae)
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Animation
Pencil box G / g
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Film
Gfor go, girls, guitar, goldfish etc.
Computer-G
Animation
Computer G / g
Count to 100 1
Muppets
Muppet & Kid Moments: At night, Grover asks Samantha if she can count to 20, & she says she can count to 100. She starts counting, & Grover says they'll be back in a moment.
Part 1
3956 t
Film
Wegman's dogs: Little Jack Horner
Count to 100 2
Muppets
Muppet & Kid Moments: Samantha is still counting to 100, & has gone past 40. Grover says they'll be back later.
Part 2
Blueberry Mouth
Song
Leon Redbone sings "Blueberry Mouth"
Count to 100 3
Muppets
Muppet & Kid Moments: Samantha is still counting to 100. Grover advises the audience to get a cup of coffee.
Part 3
Clumsy 2 holes
Cartoon
Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole, & falls into another hole.
Count to 100 4
Muppets
Muppet & Kid Moments: Samantha finally reaches 100, & Grover cheers.
Part 4
Flash Gizmo Here There
Cartoon
Flash Gizmo, Space Cadet
Here & there
(EKA: Episode 3697)

Song Over Under Ukelele
Song
"Would You Like to Go Over?"
3976 s
Cartoon
Mary Shaboom reluctantly moves to a new house, & muses about the consequences.
3698 concerns

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SCENE 2
The mission control announcer (JERRY NELSON) comes over the loudspeaker to announce that the team is getting ready to board the ship. OSCAR is adamant about SLIMEY not leaving until he's sure that his WORM has everything he's going to need in space. He gets to see inside the ship & accounts for chairs with seatbelts, beds to sleep in, freeze-dried pizza, a library of books & a bowling alley. OSCAR notes that they don't have any water wings packed, but he's told that there's no water on the moon & no pool in the ship. Appalled, OSCAR decides that SLIMEY’s not going if he can’t swim.
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SCENE 2
cont'd
Maria interjects because she recognizes that OSCAR is making excuses for how sad he’s going to feel with SLIMEY gone for such a long time. She convinces him that he wants SLIMEY to go to the moon more than he doesn't want him to go. Mission control announces a final inspection of the spaceship before boarding.
Bobby's Dog
Cartoon
Bobby's dog narrates why Bobby is sad.
Ernie & Aaron Neville
Muppets
/
Celebrity
Ernie & Aaron Neville sing "I DON'T Want to Live on the Moon"(EKA: Episode 3242)

3959 u
Cartoon
Noodles & Nedd eat lots of chocolates, but they don't litter.
The Papermaking song
Song
"Papermaking Song"
3958 m 1
Film
Portraits of kids display the alphabet.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 2 Headed Monster
Muppets
Two-Headed Monster looks at a star & sings "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
Alien symphony
Cartoon
Various alien creatures perform in an other-wordly music performance conducted by a trumpet-nosed creature.
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3698 goodbye
SCENE 3
As the inspection crew readies the ship for take-off, it's time for the families to say goodbye to the astronauts. DUSTY & EARTHA hug their son & SLOPPY says goodbye to her brother. OSCAR gives SLIMEY a tiny framed photo of himself so that he doesn't forget him, & SLIMEY gives him a large portrait of himself. They kiss & SLIMEY boards the Silver">ship</span>]].
I Feel Totally Proud
Song
John Pizzarelli sings about feeling "happy & proud" on your birthday.
Monster Cha Cha
Cartoon
A girl thinks she hears a monster doing a cha-cha outside her window, but it's only the wind & crickets. Her snores frighten the real monster.
Inside Herry
Muppets
Kermit shows what's inside of Herry using the X-ray machine.
They&#039;re Not Alive
Song
"They're Not Alive"
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Film
Paper crumples to reveal G, g, & g.
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Film
Kids on a jungle safari spot an ornate G swing through the trees.
Planet G
Animation
Planet G / g
3698 countdown

3697 Coming Soon
SCENE 4
The time for the Countdown to lift-off has come. The training officer makes sure the WORMS are in lift-off position, & the WASA Countdown specialist is called in to Count down from 10 to 0. The Count is very proud to be a part of this noble project (he's proud to be a part of anything that lets him Count in any way). As he Counts down, the shuttle smokes & shakes, but does not achieve lift-off. The training officer assures everyone that the highly trained WORM technicians are going to find out what went wrong. OSCAR can't stand the suspense!
Helicopter!
Cartoon
Geronimo 10 - 0: Instead of a parachute, she has a helicopter propeller.
I&#039;m a Little Airplane
Song
"I'm a Little Airplane", with film of kids pretending to be airplanes.
Super Grover Super Baby
Muppets
Super Grover asks Baby Natasha, as Super Baby, to help him demonstrate big & little. But Super Baby won't sit still long enough -- she keeps flying around, & ends up crash-landing on his head.
Film fall to winter

In the snow
Film
A boy narrates a film of what happens when it changes from fall to winter.
5 rockets Mars
Cartoon
5 of various things found in space including 5 spaceships on Mars.
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Cartoon
5 waltzing chairs.
Astronauts 5
Animation
The number 5 in space (with astronauts)
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SCENE 5
After the WORM technicians finish fixing an oscillator that was not oscillating, it's time for the Countdown again. The Count is hopeful that it will not work so he can Count down from 10 once more.
3698 liftoff
SCENE 5
cont'd
On the second countdown attempt, the ship smokes & shakes, but still doesn't seem to have enough power. Concurrently, the smoke is making Snuffy sneezy. He huffs & puffs & finally lets out a huge sneeze that sends the ship rocketing into the air, giving it the boost it needed.
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SCENE 5
cont'd
As the ship takes off, a farmer arrives & says that his chicken was on that ship. Indeed, it is the same Selma WORM that had tried out at WASA days before.
Wiggleprise

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SCENE 5
cont'd
As the ship leaves the Earth's atmosphere, the announcer orates their mission in a direct take-off from Star Trek. It is at this time that the name of the ship is revealed: the Wiggleprise.
Fittingly, the announcer also mentions the sponsors.
3698 Coming Soon
COMING SOON
Coming Soon on SESAME STREET: A lady must wait for her beloved Georgie under the SESAME STREET sign ... but where is it?

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 III: The Launching of the WORMS.
3698 rerun
INTRO
In the 1999 rerun, the season 3032 intro sequence is used in place of the Season 29 opening.
Bunny Shadow
Song
"Shadow Show"
This segment replaced the Wegman Dogs sketch in the 1999 rerun.
4026 s
Film
A child performs a poem called "Night" in sign language.
This segment appeared after "I DON'T Want to Live on the Moon" in the 1999 rerun.
Noodles &amp; Nedd telescope
Cartoon
Noodles & Nedd: Noodles tries to get Nedd to feed him while Nedd is fixated on looking at the stars through his telescope.(EKA: Episode 3701)


This segment appeared before the "Alphabet Photo Booth" film in the 1999 rerun.

Lunar Lounge 1

Lunar Lounge 2

3990 r
Cartoon
In an homage to the musical cartoons of the 1930s, Cab Callomouse attends a revue at the Lunar Lounge.
(EKA: Episode 3713)


This segment replaced the alien symphony cartoon in the 1999 rerun.

Grover &amp; Patrick
Muppets
Grover & Patrick observe that the moon doesn't talk.
(EKA: Episode 3697)


This segment appeared after "Birthday Emotions" in the 1999 rerun.

Rockin&#039; Rockets
Animation
An Elvis Presley-type man sings "Rockin' Rockets" as he blasts off into space.
This segment appeared before the Kermit & Herry sketch in the 1999 rerun.
Elmo Planets Moon
Muppets
Elmo sings about the "Planets, Moon & Stars"
(EKA: Episode 3782)


This segment replaced the Super Grover & Baby Natasha sketch in the 1999 rerun.

3696 astronaut visits school
Film
A girl narrates a segment about astronaut Mario Runco visited her school & answered kids' questions.
(EKA: Episode 3696)


This segment replaced the film about fall & winter 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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