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Slimey flies a balloon
Air date November 28, 1991
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Tony Geiss
Production October 2, 1991
Sponsors L, U, 7


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Slimey sits in the gondola of his balloon, the Adventure 7. Oscar tells the viewer that Slimey is going to take an airborne adventure, explaining what an "adventure" is. Slimey starts to take off, but Oscar reminds him that they have to listen to the theme song first...

SCENE 1 Assembled around Oscar's trash can are a Grouch band (playing a knockoff of the Monty Python march), some kids, and Telly accompanying on kazoo. Gina happens by as Slimey prepares for his voyage to Gordon and Susan's apartment for breakfast. They release the weights, but Slimey's balloon still won't budge. They realize it's still tied to one of the crates of Oscar's home and Gina releases it. Telly rushes to the apartment to see the landing and Oscar panics, as Slimey has forgotten his map.
Song Lillian sings "Face Facts."
(First: Episode 2760)
Muppets / Celebrity On a rainy night, the Count brings Susan Sarandon to a locked castle. He knocks on the door just for the sake of counting the knocks, until it's revealed that the castle is his own. He then proceeds to unlock the numerous locks, counting them in the process.
(First: Episode 2528)
Cartoon Apple: a riddle
Film A gymnastics team practices tricks for the circus.
Cartoon A man jumps up onto an UP.
(First: Episode 0546)

SCENE 2 Telly eagerly awaits for Slimey to arrive at the apartment. To pass the time, he sings a round of "One of These Things" using three big plates and one small bowl. Gordon and Susan hope that Slimey arrives soon; they have school and work. Slimey finally flies toward the windows, but zips by out of sight instead.
Cartoon "In and Out Crowd"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2612)
Film Some kids talk about a garden they have in the middle of the city.
Cartoon A loud-voiced girl talks about her dog, Pete.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1266)
Muppets "Rebel L"
(First: Episode 2217)
Cartoon Leanna Williams must save the world by cleaning it.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2839)

SCENE 3 Gordon stops at Hooper's Store, asking Gina if she's seen Slimey's balloon around. Slimey then flies into Hooper's and lands on the counter; his balloon needs a fill-up. They count as they use a dropper to put 10 drops of fuel in his engine. He takes off once more, but heads in the wrong way.
Animation Luxo Sr. examines a box. Luxo Jr. pops out of the box, demonstrating "surprise."
(First: Episode 2851)
Song "Conga Counting Song"
(First: Episode 2778)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie and Bert explore an Egyptian pyramid. Bert is excited, but Ernie is afraid. They see statues that look like them. Bert decides to explore a tunnel while Ernie looks at the statues, and then the Ernie statue starts tapping and talking to Ernie. But when Ernie calls Bert back to the room, the statue doesn't move. Ernie is scared until the statue starts singing Rubber Duckie with him. Bert doesn't believe Ernie, until he says "Bye-bye, statue," and the statue replies "Bye-bye!" and laughs... just like Ernie.
(First: Episode 1621)
Cartoon A man jumps into a poster of Lake Lillian.
(First: Episode 0347)


SCENE 4 As Oscar consults his Grouch phone book (the green pages), Gordon phones him about Slimey's whereabouts. Oscar, concerned, hangs up and calls the Bureau of Lost Worms. The Grouch clerk (Rick Lyon) only finds worms with similar but not exact matches to Oscar's description, when Slimey flies past the trash can. Oscar tries alerting his worm, but he can't be heard over the balloon's engine and Slimey goes the wrong way again.
Cartoon The Ringmaster introduces seven swimming seals. (new sound effects added)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1312)
Film A girl narrates a film of herself taking care of her horse, Strawberry.
(First: Episode 2641)
Animation Cecille sings "The Game of Make Believe."
(First: Episode 2864)
Film Fay Ray dresses up as a "green elephant," a moose, and "Kermit the dog."
(First: Episode 2864)

SCENE 5 Big Bird and Snuffy discuss where to have their playdate, when Slimey and his balloon land on Snuffy's back. Big Bird gives him directions to Gordon and Susan's place, then scratches Snuffy's back.
Cartoon A detective follows a path on the street which consists of a straight line, followed by dots. He finds out that the truck that paints the dividing road lines happens to sputter every few feet, which is where the dots come from.
(First: Episode 2248)
Song Gina and Maria sing The Word is "No".
(First: Episode 2548)
Cartoon L for Laugh
Artists: Vincent Cafarelli & Candy Kugel
(First: Episode 2767)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster is in a disagreement about where to go for vacation: the mountains or the seashore. Cookie Monster says he likes both, better than going to Cucamonga for the National Cookie Convention. 2-Head gets inspired, and heads off for Cucamonga, leaving Cookie to choose between the mountains and the seashore.
(First: Episode 2837)
Song "Ja, Ja, That is the Mountain"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2780)

SCENE 6 Gordon is feeling cold from having their windows open waiting for Slimey. Susan decides to close one and sticks a "CLOSED" sign in it so Slimey won't try to fly through it. They hear his balloon approaching and wince as it approaches the closed window. He avoids it at the last second and finally makes it inside...only to head straight for the back door.
Song "My New Computer"
(First: Episode 2857)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Mr. Johnson eats at an airport restaurant and is on his way to South America. When Grover learns about Mr. Johnson's trip, he gives a big lecture on South America, causing Mr. Johnson to miss his flight.
(First: Episode 2616)
Cartoon "L Look Around Song"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1483)


SCENE 7 Telly tells Oscar, Gina, and the kids all about Slimey's exciting landing (he only flew out the door as a gag). Oscar is so proud of his worm that he has a special surprise for him - a brand new airplane, which will use to fly to Gina's for dinner. Oscar announces the sponsors, then is unable to hear Gina's protests over the plane engine. After Oscar does so, Slimey begins to take off - only to forget his map again.


  • Though the Grouchketeers are seen playing Slimey's music during the beginning and end of the episode, the music continues to follow Slimey wherever he goes.

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