Sesame Street
The Earthworm's Book of Magic
(repeat of 2192)
Air date November 23, 1987
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Production August 13, 1987
Sponsors I, L, 12

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Insert Big Bird wishes Luis, Gordon, the kids, Mr. Macintosh, Barkley, Olivia, and the viewer good morning. He sings "Good Morning Mr. Sun" afterwards.
(First: Episode 2079)
Cartoon Millie and Molly build a bookshelf.
(First: Episode 1287)
Muppets The dark-bearded half of the Two-Headed Monster wakes up to argue with itself over whether to go to the zoo or the playground. The two both end up taking naps instead.
(First: Episode 1475)
Film A film shows parts of a flower.
Music: Vivaldi's Concerto for lute, 2 violins and continuo in D Major II - Largo
(First: Episode 0008)
Cast The Alphabet Dancers: Lowercase letter I.
(First: Episode 0462)
Film Cold things that begin with the letter I
(First: Episode 0618)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” At night, Ernie reads a book that becomes sad, funny, scary, and then surprising. The book elicits the same reactions from Bert.
(First: Episode 2341)
Animation A stop-motion-animated train runs out of track.
(First: Episode 1447)
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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."

Cartoon Shooting stars form the letter I/i.
(First: Episode 2218)
Muppets Bip Bippadotta and The Androoze Sisters sing "Everybody's Song."
(First: Episode 2064)
Cartoon David reminds a boy to wash his face and brush his teeth before going to bed.
(First: Episode 1968)
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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 A large blob shoves a tiny one out of the way and declares, "I'm big!" The tiny one thinks for a moment and declares, "I'm me!"
Artist: Janet Perlman
(First: Episode 1637)
Celebrity John Moschitta Jr. and the alphabet baby
(First: Episode 2048)
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Animation Where does the triangle fit?
(First: Episode 1883)
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Muppets Bert is out of town, so Cookie Monster spends the night with Ernie. Cookie is frightened of a shadow on the wall, but Ernie shows him it's just a coat on a chair.
(First: Episode 2027)
Cartoon A man recites a poem about how curious he is.
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Muppets Later, Cookie Monster has a bad dream in which he is surrounded by flying, singing cookies who won't let him catch them.
(First: Episode 2027)
Film Kids use a magnet to retrieve a jack.
(First: Episode 0968)
Cartoon Different uses of a triangle (Spanish)
(First: Episode 1753)
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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 A bear (Jim Thurman) stacks 10 cans.
(First: Episode 1978)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Hamburger - Mr. Johnson wants a hamburger. The restaurant offers two sizes: the big hamburgers and the small hamburgers. When the small hamburgers are too small, he orders a big one, but because there have been some problems with the big hamburger, Grover tries to convince him to order several small ones.
(First: Episode 0705)
Cartoon Snacks on Parade - The Raisin
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1171)
Film Counting the circus clowns.
(First: Episode 0501)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit reports on Little Red Riding Hood's visit to grandma's.
(First: Episode 1676)
Cartoon A supermarket worker stacks 12 cans, which keep collapsing every time someone grabs one.
(First: Episode 0782)
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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.

Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks
(First: Episode 0195)
Film SCHOOL: the sign spins around.
(First: Episode 0685)
Muppets A group of Anything Muppet children wander into a classroom and wonder where they are. They lift up their desks and find the letters forming "SCHOOL" on them.
(First: Episode 1391)
Cartoon A man needs directions to Maple Street. A citizen gives him a complicated set of directions, while a little girl points out they're already there.
(First: Episode 2095)
Muppets "Rebel L"
(First: Episode 2217)
Cartoon L for locomotive, letter, lamp, light, lion, lettuce, lips
(First: Episode 1716)
Cast Luis and Gordon have a hard time picking apples by themselves, but all it takes is cooperation.
(First: Episode 1399)
Cartoon Letter I (Beep Beep)
(First: Episode 0427)
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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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