Sesame Street
The invisible worm
Air date May 3, 1983
Season Season 14 (1982-1983)
Production January 20, 1983
Sponsors I, O, 10
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar cheers Slimey on as he practices a worm magic trick. Susan, Olivia and the kids witness as Slimey does his disappearing trick, a lesson in some, none and all. He does the trick again, but Susan and Olivia begin to fret when Slimey doesn’t reappear. Oscar says this is Slimey’s (and his) favorite part of the trick: staying hidden.
Cartoon Either none, some or all of a pony's legs are on the ground as it runs and trots.
(First: Episode 1719)
Moving Across the City.jpg
Film A woman and her daughter sing about the different ways they can move across the city.
(First: Episode 1685)
Cartoon Leaves falling.
Muppets Grover sings "I Stand Up Straight and Tall" while using some fast cutting camera trickery.
(First: Episode 0916)
Film Cold things that begin with the letter I
(First: Episode 0618)
Cast Luis and Gordon have a hard time picking apples by themselves, but all it takes is cooperation.
(First: Episode 1399)
Cartoon "I in the Sky"
(First: Episode 0368)
SCENE 2 As Maria is about to eat her lunch, Telly asks her for help. Oscar, before stepping out to the dump, told him to watch Slimey and give him his lunch, but Slimey is still invisible. Maria tells him to listen for any sounds that a worm might make, and they soon hear Slimey munching … on Maria’s peanut butter sandwich. Maria forgives Slimey, because worms also need to eat. Slimey also drinks her glass of milk, then burps.
Cartoon Capital I, he's quite a guy
(First: Episode 0368)
Film Buffalo in the water (jazz soundtrack)
(First: Episode 1736)
Toon heavylight.jpg
Cartoon Heavy and light characters are weighed on a scale.
(First: Episode 0843)
Muppets Ernie explains how a scale can determine what is heavier than another object. With the scale, he was planning to split some cookies with Bert, but can't figure out how to do it. Cookie Monster shows him his way of solving the problem: he eats the cookies off each side of the scale until there are no cookies left. Ernie is disappointed since all he's left with is a "really good scale". Cookie disagrees--he's tasted better.
(First: Episode 0264)
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Transition Bridge #14 - Hour Glass Slow/Fill
(First: Episode 0303)
SCENE 3 Oscar sets out some clothes to put on Slimey, who is still invisible. Olivia and Susan turn it into a “One of These Things” game.
Cartoon A construction worker explains the uses of a folding ruler.
(First: Episode 0572)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird points out the different body parts of Dr. J.
(First: Episode 1701)
Film The Mad Painter #10
(First: Episode 0328)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster shares a bathtub and help each other get clean. They are discouraged when they are finished and drain the tub, but find joy in drying.
(First: Episode 1449)
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
SCENE 4 Mr. Snuffleupagus is spooked when he sees a miniature coat and hat moving by themselves. Big Bird explains to him that Slimey is invisible today, which means he’s there, but nobody can see him. Snuffy then thinks he must be invisible, because Big Bird’s friends never see him. Big Bird, leaping at this exciting notion, fetches Olivia, Maria and Susan over to his nest so they can see his invisible friend. Before they arrive, Snuffy decides to “do what Slimey did” and disappears. When they arrive, Big Bird calls out for Snuffy to reply, but they hear nothing.
Muppets Kermit the Frog reports on a musical tribute to the "Oogle Family" as performed by Cookie Monster and Old McDougal.
Cartoon A woodpecker drills through a tree to demonstrate entrada and salida.
(First: Episode 0808)
Cast Bob and Luis put together two halves of a painting of a train tunnel. When they fit the parts together, a train goes through the tunnel and zooms to take up the entire screen, frightening Bob and Luis so much, they take down the tunnel again.
(First: Episode 0549)
Cartoon The man is only afraid of one thing: FEAR.
(First: Episode 0816)
SCENE 5 Snuffy re-emerges, wearing a hat and snuffle-warmer, so everyone will know he’s there in case he’s invisible around them, like Slimey. Meanwhile, the women are lounging on the steps, deciding which movie to go see. As Susan and Olivia go inside to fetch their money, Maria listens to her walkman, completely oblivious that Snuffy is standing behind her, trying to call her attention. Snuffy returns, frustrated, and Big Bird confirms that Susan and Olivia didn’t see him. Knowing this, Big Bird starts think Snuffy might really be imaginary after all, and marvels at his own imagination!
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Cartoon The O falls off a man's grocery store sign; he tries replacing it with a donut, then a pizza, neither of which work. Finally, the sign man paints it on.
(First: Episode 1242)
Muppets "I'm Going to Get My Hair Cut"
Cartoon Sand O/o
(First: Episode 0621)
Cartoon "Measurin', Measurin'" - a song about tools that are used to measure.
SCENE 6 Big Bird tells Maria the good news: he figured out that Snuffy really is a figment of his imagination, since only he (and some of the kids) could see him, but not the grownups. He displays Snuffy’s snuffle-warmer and hat to Maria, thinking they’re also imaginary, but Maria confirms they’re real, since they are tangible. By that logic, Snuffy is indeed as real as the clothes he wears! Olivia and Susan arrive, and Big Bird happily gives Maria credit for setting him straight that his friend is real.
Cartoon A boy chases a butterfly, and watches the clouds form into different objects.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1736)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog interviews the Invisible Man, who tap dances for him, and later introduces his family which crowds Kermit. All that is seen of the Invisible Man and his kin are their hats.
(First: Episode 1009)
Toon wiseman.jpg
Cartoon The weary traveler seeks advice from the Wise Man on the difference between heavy and light.
(First: Episode 0945)
Film The Alphabet Dancers form a capital I.
(First: Episode 0462)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I for Island.
(First: Episode 0314)
Transition Bridge #15 - Hourglass Fast/Fill
(First: Episode 0287)
SCENE 7 Maria, Olivia and the kids gather to watch Slimey reappear, but Oscar says Slimey is shy, so he wants them to turn around and count down from 10 to 1. When they turn around, they cheer when they see Slimey wearing his hat and shirt. The sponsors are announced.

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