Sesame Street
The Earthworm's Book of Magic
Air date April 1, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors I, L, 12
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Picture Segment Description
Insert Olivia sings "Children of the World."
(First: Episode 1012)
Cartoon How they say "good night" in Haiti and in India.
(First: Episode 1824)
Muppets Biff asks Sully to recite the alphabet, but recites the whole thing without giving him a chance to speak.
(First: Episode 0873)
Cartoon Billy Jo Jive looks for the missing batch of strawberry shortcakes.
(First: Episode 1261)
Film Time-lapse of seeds growing.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0416)
Cartoon L for life, love, lizard, leap and lump
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1833)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finds a pencil with a broken point, and demonstrates the fun you can have with it.
(First: Episode 2096)
Cartoon "The Story of Princess Twelvia".
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1676)
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SCENE 1 Maria and David stand by as Slimey reads "The Earthworm's Book of Magic". Oscar explains that his pet worm is going to try a new magic trick, but Maria and David need to keep it down so he can concentrate.

Slimey's first try produces a puff of smoke which enlarges his book. He's frustrated that the trick didn't go exactly as planned, but everyone encourages him to try again. Following another puff of smoke, Slimey's small stature is swapped out for a body nearly ten times in size.

Acknowledging his size, Maria comments that he's still cute. Oscar: "Yeah, well, I guess he just can't help it."

L Leopard Confetti
Film Using confetti, a letter L turns into a leopard.
(First: Episode 2160)
Muppets Alphabet Chat: Lord Chatterly's poem on the letter L ends in chaos as usual.
(First: Episode 0762)
Cartoon A boy has fun with his wood plank.
(First: Episode 1503)
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SCENE 2 Oscar tells Linda and Bob to scram now that they've gotten a chance to see an embiggened Slimey. Buster drops by and calls him enormous, prompting a warning from Oscar not to call him names. Buster explains that enormous means very, very big.

When three of Slimey's worm friends wiggle along atop the construction doors, Buster gets an idea to play a game. Oscar can't stand the joviality, so he leaves when Buster sings "Three of These Things".

Oscar returns with something enormous: a hand-made sign that reads, "GET LOST". Buster concedes and trots away; Oscar: "Boy, that horse sure likes to talk."

Cartoon Two balls follow an arrow down a hole.
(First: Episode 2035)
Film A bulldozer moves dirt up a construction site.
(First: Episode 0799)
Cartoon A duckling dresses itself, naming all the parts of its coat.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 1195)
Muppets / Cast "Dandy David" sings a song about tying shoelaces as Herry watches. Herry then asks David to tie the laces on all the shoes in his shoe collection.
(First: Episode 1574)
Cartoon A boy's friends bring him flowers to cheer him up, not knowing that he's allergic to them.
(First: Episode 1524)
Film Elephants in the zoo.
(First: Episode 0283)
Cartoon At a construction site, a blue man builds a cuckoo clock, which gives him his lunch.
(First: Episode 1924)
Muppets Grover sits in a park and recites a poem about a butterfly that he sees.
(First: Episode 1967)
Film A film of butterflies
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0406)
Cartoon A black cat chases after a white one, until a white lion steps in.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0255)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird lures Bob and Maria over to Oscar's trash can where he says that Mr. Snuffleupagus is going to try his first trick ever. He's been reading "The Earthworm's Book of Magic" and is ready to make an attempt to reduce Slimey to his normal size.

He says the magic words, "A-la spaghetti and meatballs", and creates a puff of smoke. After it clears, Slimey is still big, but Snuffy is now tiny. Big Bird says he must have put a little too much oomph into it.

Cartoon Children and animals numbered 1-12 race in a marathon. The #9 runner wins.
(First: Episode 0926)
Muppets Two Anything Muppet kids argue over a cookie. Cookie Monster arrives and says that the smallest person should get the cookie, and then, as the kids argue over which one is smaller, Cookie Monster shrinks himself.
(First: Episode 0253)
Cartoon "The Little Letter L: A Poem by Louise"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1526)
Film Footage of a city neighborhood; includes shots of a sno-cone vendor.
Singer: "¡Linda paloma!"
(First: Episode 0426)
Cartoon The Typewriter: L for lion
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0762)
Muppets Ernie and Bert sing "But I Like You."
(First: Episode 1952)
Cartoon Sign Cartoons: Hand
(First: Episode 1179)
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SCENE 4 Big Bird sits on a stool in the arbor wondering where Snuffy could be. He never used to be hard to find when he was big, and hopes he's okay now that he's so little. He enlists the help of a still oversized Slimey who looks behind some boxes, but Snuffy is nowhere to be found.

With a tiny voice, Snuffy shouts out that he's underneath the stool Big Bird was just sitting on. He says it's fun being so small, he's only ever been able to fit under a blanket before. Big Bird asks if he wants to get back to being his big old self, but Snuffy says he likes it down there. Big Bird concedes that he'd still be his best friend no matter what size he is, but he misses him being so far away.

Snuffy sees the problem, and asks Big Bird if he can make him big again. Big Bird gives it the old college try; he says the magic words, "a la meatballs and spaghetti", and Snuffy returns to his normal size in a puff of smoke. Snuffy's happy to be big again, but points out that he's still under the stool.

Cartoon Capital I, he's quite a guy
(First: Episode 0368)
Song Joe Raposo sings "What Do You Do With a Fruit?"
(First: Episode 2050)
Cartoon A young man carrying a brown paper bag walks up to the bridgekeeper and asks him if he works there. He orders him to show him whatever circles are in the bag, and to eat them. He is ordered to eat three round foods: a cookie, a pepperoni pizza, and a slice of watermelon. Once he is granted permission to cross the bridge, however, he tells the bridgekeeper that he was merely trying to deliver the latter's groceries.
(First: Episode 1582)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Mary's Little Lamb
After an interview with Mary, the lamb follows Kermit.
(First: Episode 1943)
Cartoon A boy tries to count to twenty while playing with a paddleball, but gets interrupted by a bird.
(First: Episode 0152)
Littlethings orig
Song Joe Raposo sings "Little Things."
(First: Episode 0655)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I for Island.
(First: Episode 0314)
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SCENE 5 Everyone has gathered to witness Slimey return to his normal worm size, but Oscar says they haven't seen the best trick of all. Bob thinks they've had enough magic for one day, but Oscar insists; he just needs a little music. The end theme music begins to play as he announces the sponsors, all while his neighbors remain doubtful. As if reciting a magic spell, Oscar declares that "Sesame Street is a production of the Children's Television Workshop", he waves his hand in an explosive puff of smoke that doesn't clear. From an echo-y void, Oscar cackles, "Poof! You're all gone!"

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