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Sesame Street
Plot Slimey enrolls with WASA
Air date January 13, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Sponsors H, 8
Syndication
Releases

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.
3697a
SCENE 1
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.
3697-wasa

3697b
SCENE 1
cont'd
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.
3187zb
Cartoon
A St. Bernard helps Zork down a snowy hill, later finding out that Zork wanted to go skiing.
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 2882)
Tellyspacefriend
Muppets
Telly sings "My Outer Space Friend" as he gazes out his bedroom window, musing about space travel and his "outer-space friend."
3136zf
Film
Olivia sleeps over at Iesha's house, and spend the morning together. Olivia is white and Iesha and her family is black. Next time, Iesha wants to visit Olivia's family.
(EKA: Episode 3055)
FlashGizmo.HereThere
Cartoon
Flash Gizmo, Space Cadet
Here and there
3697-test1

3696.ComingSoon
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 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.
3697b
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, and that's what's important. Oscar feels proud of Slimey, but becomes worried when he hears there's a second test coming up.
3planets
Cartoon
"Captain Spacey" counts 8 planets until the 25-cent rocket machine runs out of juice.
(EKA: Episode 3554)
3976t
Film
Milo Counting: 8
(EKA: Episode 3554)
3976zg
Cartoon
Clown Honking #8
(EKA: Episode 3438)
4029k
Film
A girl named Shirley performs in the circus; her father is a clown. Other acts in the circus include elephant training and elephant jumping.
(EKA: Episode 3529)
GroverPatrick
Muppets
Muppet & Kid Moments: Grover and Patrick observe that the moon doesn't talk.
Cecille.UpDown
Animation
Cecille sings "Up Down, In Out, Over and Under."
(First: Episode 2746)
3697-test2

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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.
3697d
SCENE 3
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.
ArrowUp
Cartoon
An arrow doesn't know which way is up.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(EKA: Episode 3681)
Vegetables
Muppets
Farmer Ernie sings "Grow High Grow Low" about how some plants grow high while some grow low.
(EKA: Episode 2448)
2293c
Film
Fireworks Alphabet
(EKA: Episode 2293)
Wheredoesthecowlive
Cartoon
Where does the cow live? (Maria voiceover)
(EKA: Episode 3427)
Film.Girlrollerblades
Film
Dory and her mom learn how to rollerblade.
NoodlesNedd.Bed
Cartoon
Noodles & Nedd make the bed.
Artist: John R. Dilworth
3697-what-is-space

3697e
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 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.
H-astronauts
Animation
H in space (with astronauts)
SpaceshipH
Muppets
Spaceship Surprise: The Next Generation
The crew lands on Planet H. They are greeted by Hopalong Hamster, and see Happy Harry the Hopping Haystack and hula dancing hens.
(EKA: Episode 3195)
PlanetH
Animation
Planet H / h
(EKA: Episode 2885)
MakeBuildings
Film
Two sisters make their own buildings, both with paper and blocks.
(EKA: Episode 3686)
Song.moonshine
Song
Jerry Nelson sings "Moonshine."
(EKA: Episode 2980)
3697-man-on-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, 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.
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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.
3150f
Film
Alphaquest: H
Heading over the hills in a helicopter to a hippo's house.
(EKA: Episode 2781)
H-paint
Animation
H/h (space paint)
(EKA: Episode 3368)
3786o
Film
H for Hat - kids try on different hats as camera shutters go off.
(EKA: Episode 3368)
Denycegraves
Muppets / Celebrity
Denyce Graves tucks Elmo into bed and sings him an Operatic Lullaby.
ToMarket
Film
A visual representation of the nursery rhyme "To Market" with Wegman's dogs.
1576d
Muppets
Two-Headed Monster: One head wants to play the trumpet, but the other head wants to sleep.
(EKA: Episode 1576)
3957y
Cartoon
Mr. Tweak can't sleep because his neighbor above snores, and his neighbor below sneezes.
(EKA: Episode 0598)
3697-telescope
SCENE 6
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 trash...it could open up a whole new world!").
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3697i
SCENE 6
cont'd
Oscar looks through the telescope again, and mentions the sponsors (which appear in the stars).
3697.ComingSoon
COMING SOON
Coming soon on Sesame Street: The Count counts down from 10 to 0 as the space shuttle smokes and shakes ...


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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