Sesame Street
Plot Slimey wants to go to the moon and enrolls with WASA
Air date November 15, 1999
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Sponsors H, 8


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN A Star Wars-esque introduction opens the episode, titled Star Worms, Episode I: Slimey Sends a Letter.
SCENE 1 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.

SCENE 1 cont'd Slimey and Oscar are reading books about the Moon. Gordon steps out of 123 Sesame Street and notices the stack of magazines including Moon Explorer, Moon Voyage, The Moon and You and 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 and wondered what the big white ball in the sky was. Slimey was so fascinated with the moon that he stayed up watching it for two hours. As the flashback ends, the delivery woman shows up again with another package for Slimey.

A promotional film (narrated by Jerry Nelson) for WASA is shown; they're looking for a few good worms who have 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 and 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.
Film A girl narrates a segment about astronaut Mario Runco visited her school and answered kids' questions.
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 and Grover happen by to help sing back-up before her friend arrives. At the end, a Martian materializes and Herry notes, "Some guys have all the luck."
(First: Episode 3840)
Film Milo Counting: 8
(First: Episode 3554)
Cartoon Eight children dance in a colorblock grid.
(EKA: Episode 3115)
Cartoon Cab Callomouse demonstrates here and there in song.
(EKA: Episode 3711)
SCENE 2 Oscar calls WASA to confirm his appearance for the tests. Maria and Gabi overhear the conversation and caution Oscar that he might not want to get Slimey too excited; it sounds like there's going to be some hefty competition, and there's a chance Slimey might not make the cut. Oscar, however, is confident that his worm has The Right Squiggle.
Animation An Elvis Presley-type man sings "Rockin' Rockets" as he blasts off into space.
(EKA: Episode 3805)
Animation H / h (space paint)
(First: Episode 3218)
Film Wegman's dogs form the letter H.
(EKA: Episode 3291)
Animation Planet H / h
(First: Episode 2851)
SCENE 3 Oscar and Slimey have arrived at WASA and are waiting in a room full of other worms who are all warming up for the test.
A training officer enters the room and explains the process the worms must go through to qualify for the space program. Before they begin, she notes that there are worms here from all over the world, and 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 and Zambia, and 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.
Cartoon Zork lands in Australia, where a kangaroo greets him.
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 2912)
Lake song
Song "(Sittin' On) A Boat on a Lake"
(First: Episode 2807)
Muppets Elmo sings about the "Planets, Moon and Stars."
(EKA: Episode 3782)
Cartoon Flash Gizmo, Space Cadet
Here and there
(EKA: Episode 3697)

SCENE 4 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 and 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, and Selma gets nauseous from watching the disc spin.
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, and that's what's important. Oscar feels proud of Slimey, but becomes worried when he hears there's a second test coming up.
Film Girls sing a jump-rope rhyme about naming a puppy.
Cartoon A girl overcomes her fear of scary things in the dark by singing with them.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie can't sleep, because he's afraid of dark shadows and spooky things. Bert comforts him, and the two sing "Imagination" before falling asleep.
(First: Episode 3820)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie and 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
(First: Episode 3701)

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.
SCENE 5 cont'd Only five worms can be admitted into the space program; making the cut are Spaghettini, Squishta, Squashimi, Legusano...and Slimey! Selma walks off, insulted, and Oscar feels proud again.
Cartoon An arrow doesn't know which way is up.
(EKA: Episode 3681)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Meghan pretend to go to the moon.
Animation H in space (with astronauts)
(EKA: Episode 3697)
Film The floating kids form an H.
(EKA: Episode 3118)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Samantha pretend to go to the moon.
(EKA: Episode 3711)

SCENE 6 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 and the Kids gather around Oscar's trash can. Elmo and Zoe 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 and even the sky. The further out you go, you find the moon; further, the planets and stars. Elmo thinks that space is a very interesting place.

SCENE 6 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, and 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 and Neil Armstrong preparing to go to the moon. When they were ready to leave in the spaceship, there was a countdown, which Elmo practices.
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.
Cartoon "Captain Spacey" counts 8 planets until the 25-cent rocket machine runs out of juice.
(EKA: Episode 3554)
Film Ornate 8s stroll through a gate and pose in other remarkable places.
(EKA: Episode 3231)
Cartoon Clown Honking #8
(EKA: Episode 3224)
Film A girl named Shirley performs in the circus; her father is famous Ringing Bros. clown David Larible. Other acts in the circus include elephant training and elephant jumping.
(EKA: Episode 3529)
Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings "Moonshine."
(First: Episode 2775)
SCENE 7 Oscar wants to know what it is about the moon that has him so interested. Slimey lets him look through his tiny worm 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 could open up a whole new world!").

Oscar looks through the telescope again, and 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 | Slimey's Birthday | Missing Slimey (2) )

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