Sesame Street
Plot Slimey goes into space
Air date January 14, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Sponsors G, 5


Picture Segment Description
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, and tells the audience that today they're going to see Slimey and four other worms get into a spaceship headed for the moon.
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 and various other residents) has gathered in front of the courtyard for the space shuttle launch.

The training officer from WASA addresses the crowd to commemorate the historic occasion and introduces the five worms who make up the crew of the space mission: Spaghettini from Italy, Squishta from Romania, Squashimi from Japan, Legusano from Colombia and Slimey from Sesame Street. To define their mission, the training officer shows an animated film illustrating what will happen on their trip.

Opening up the floor for questions, Telly wants to be clear on what's going on: these five very brave, very smart, very cute little worms are going to get into a tin can-looking thing, lift off the ground and 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 and the moon. To explore means that they're going to travel into space and 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" (reggae)
(EKA: Episode 3532)
Animation Pencil box G / g
(EKA: Episode 3061)
Film G for go, girls, guitar, goldfish etc.
(First: Episode 3269)
Animation Computer G / g
(EKA: Episode 3112)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moments: At night, Grover asks Samantha if she can count to 20, and she says she can count to 100. She starts counting, and Grover says they'll be back in a moment.
Part 1
Film Wegman's dogs: Little Jack Horner
(EKA: Episode 3460)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moments: Samantha is still counting to 100, and has gone past 40. Grover says they'll be back later.
Part 2
Song Leon Redbone sings "Blueberry Mouth."
(EKA: Episode 3300)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moments: Samantha is still counting to 100. Grover advises the audience to get a cup of coffee.
Part 3
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole, and falls into another hole.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 0440)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moments: Samantha finally reaches 100, and Grover cheers.
Part 4
Cartoon Flash Gizmo, Space Cadet
Over, under, around and through
Song "Would You Like to Go Over?"
(EKA: Episode 3076)
This segment was cut from the 1999 rerun.
Cartoon Mary Shaboom reluctantly moves to a new house, and muses about the consequences.
(EKA: Episode 2959)
This segment was put right before the Two-Headed monster sketch in the 1999 rerun.

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 and accounts for chairs with seatbelts, beds to sleep in, freeze-dried pizza, a library of books and 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 and no pool in the ship. Appalled, Oscar decides that Slimey's not going if he can't swim.
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. Maria assures Oscar that Slimey will be back before he knows it. Oscar realizes how selfish he's being and agrees to let Slime go to the Moon. Mission control announces a final inspection of the spaceship before boarding.
Cartoon Bobby's dog narrates why Bobby is sad.
(EKA: Episode 3455)
Muppets / Celebrity Ernie and Aaron Neville sing "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon."
(EKA: Episode 3242)
Cartoon Noodles and Nedd eat lots of chocolates, but they don't litter.
This segment was cut from the 1999 rerun.
Song "Papermaking Song"
(EKA: Episode 3563)
This segment was cut from the 1999 rerun.
Animation Portraits of kids display the alphabet.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(EKA: Episode 3203)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster looks at a star and sings "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
(EKA: Episode 3245)
Cartoon Various alien creatures perform in an other wordly music performance conducted by a trumpet-nosed creature.
(EKA: Episode 1210)

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 and Eartha hug their son and Sloppy says goodbye to her big brother. Oscar gives Slimey a tiny framed photo of himself so that he doesn't forget him, and Slimey gives him a large portrait of himself. They kiss, and Slimey boards the ship. Slimey assures Oscar that he'll be fine.
Song John Pizzarelli sings about feeling "happy and proud" on your birthday.
(EKA: Episode 3421)
Cartoon A girl thinks she hears a monster doing a cha-cha outside her window, but it's only the wind and crickets. Her snores frighten the real monster.
Artist: Deanna Morse
(EKA: Episode 2951)
This segment was cut from the 1999 rerun.
Muppets Kermit shows what's inside of Herry Monster using the X-ray machine.
(EKA: Episode 2254)
Song "They're Not Alive"
(First: Episode 3661)
Film Paper crumples to reveal G, g, and Gg.
(EKA: Episode 3128)
Film Kids on a jungle safari spot an ornate G swing through the trees.
Animation Planet G / g
(EKA: Episode 2856)

SCENE 4 The time for the countdown to lift-off has come. The training officer makes sure the worms are in lift-off position, and 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 and 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!
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0: Instead of a parachute, she has a helicopter propeller.
(EKA: Episode 2363)
This was switched with the below segment in the 1999 rerun.
Song "I'm a Little Airplane," with film of kids pretending to be airplanes.
(EKA: Episode 3266)
This was switched with the above segment in the 1999 rerun.
Muppets Super Grover asks Baby Natasha, as Super Baby, to help him demonstrate big and little. But Super Baby won't sit still long enough -- she keeps flying around, and ends up crash-landing on his head.

Film A boy narrates a film of what happens when it changes from fall to winter.
(EKA: Episode 2482)
Cartoon 5 of various things found in space including 5 spaceships on Mars.
Animation "Five Waltzing Chairs"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(EKA: Episode 3036)
Animation The number 5 in space (with astronauts)
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.
On the second countdown attempt, the ship smokes and shakes, but still doesn't seem to have enough power. It looks like Slimey won't be leaving after all. Concurrently, the smoke is making Snuffy sneezy. He huffs and puffs and finally lets out a huge sneeze that sends the ship rocketing into the air, giving it the boost it needed. Everyone waves goodbye to Slimey as the ship leaves Sesame Street.

As the ship takes off, a farmer arrives and sees that his chicken was on that ship. Indeed, it is the same Selma Worm that had tried out at WASA days before.


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.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: A lady must wait for her beloved Georgie under the Sesame Street sign, but where is it?


Picture Segment Description
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.
INTRO The season 30–32 intro sequence is used in place of the season 29 opening.
Song "Shadow Show"
(EKA: Episode 3699)
This segment replaced the Wegman Dogs sketch in the 1999 rerun.
Film A child performs a poem called "Night" in sign language.
(First: Episode 3807)
This segment appeared after "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" in the 1999 rerun.
Cartoon Noodles & Nedd: Noodles tries to get Nedd to feed him while Nedd is fixated on looking at the stars through his telescope.
This segment appeared before the "Alphabet Photo Booth" film in the 1999 rerun.


Cartoon In an homage to the musical cartoons of the 1930's, Cab Callomouse attends a revue at the Lunar Lounge.
(EKA: Episode 3713)
This segment replaced the alien symphony cartoon in the 1999 rerun.
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moments: Grover and Patrick observe that the moon doesn't talk.
(EKA: Episode 3697)
This segment appeared after "Birthday Emotions" in the 1999 rerun.
Animation An Elvis Presley-type man sings "Rockin' Rockets" as he blasts off into space.
(EKA: Episode 3805)
This segment appeared before the Kermit and Herry sketch in the 1999 rerun.
Muppets Elmo sings about the "Planets, Moon and Stars."
(EKA: Episode 3782)
This segment replaced the Super Grover and Natasha sketch in the 1999 rerun.
Film A girl narrates a segment about how astronaut Mario Runco visited her school and answered kids' questions.
(EKA: Episode 3696)
This segment replaced the film about fall and winter in the 1999 rerun.


  • This episode was among a select group of Season 29 episodes that were reran during the last few weeks of 1999, shortly before Season 31 began airing the following January. This particular episode aired on November 17, December 8, and December 28.

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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