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Sesame Street
As the Worm Turns/Mr. Handford and the pogo stick
Air date February 11, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors N, V, 11


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Oscar appears as a director, giving directions to Slimey and co-star Susan Squoochy. When he asks them to act afraid, they flee the scene completely. "Know what's my problem? They're too talented!"

SCENE 1 At Hooper's Store, Gina, Mr. Handford and the kids tune into WORM-TV to see Oscar's new "mud opera," As the Worm Turns. Slimey stars as Dr. Brad, with Susan as Crystal. The two prepare for a fishing trip at Lake Mudpie, when their car runs out of gas on the way there. Will they make it to the lake? Stay tuned after these messages...
Cartoon Pirates sing a doo-wop song about how they are preparing for their journey.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2236)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover shows Torian the difference between back and front.
(First: Episode 2588)
Film Kids narrate a film of how a river is formed.
(First: Episode 2710)
Muppets / Celebrity Cab Calloway sings "Hi De Ho Man."
(First: Episode 1540)
Animation Sand H/h
(First: Episode 0630)
SCENE 2 As the Worm Turns resumes, where Dr. Brad and Cyrstal push their vehicle to the nearest worm gas station. Dr. Brad is too tired to drive, so Crystal (who exercised beforehand) has plenty of energy and takes the wheel. The two reach the lake and start fishing, when something big grabs onto the line? What is it? Stay tuned...
Cartoon "It's a Lovely Eleven Morning"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0362)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Old MacDonald says a spaceship has landed on his farm. A dog emerges with a frisbee in its mouth, and MacDonald mistakes the frisbee for the spaceship. But before long, a real spaceship lands on the farm, and out of it come the Martians. The scene ends in chaos.
(First: Episode 2021)
Cartoon A boy narrates a poem about how he met Eleanor, the monster under his bed.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2773)
Song "Reach Your Hand Up High"
(First: Episode 2702)

SCENE 3 Oscar narrates the conclusion As the Worm Turns. At Lake Mudpie, Dr. Brad and Crystal catch a fish, but how will they get the fish home? The Worm Scouts arrive and Dr. Brad offers to share the fish if they can help. Back in the store, Mr. Handford, Gina and the Grouchketeers finishing watching the show and come up with ideas for how the worms might cook the fish.
Cartoon "Imagination V" -- A surreal segment involving the Venus de Milo statue, a violin, a vampire, and vigilantes.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0050)
Muppets Bip Bipadotta sings about "Air."
(First: Episode 2568)
Cartoon A janitor sweeps up his own footprints the wrong way, then the right way. Just then, a giant centipede leaves tracks all over the floor.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0247)
Muppets Is Barkley a DOG or a BANANA?
(First: Episode 2724)
Film A look at how families do chores both on a farm and in the city.
(First: Episode 2226)
Cartoon Que es Esto?: Horse
(First: Episode 1974)
SCENE 4 Lillian and the "Sting Quartet" (a small, insect Dixieland band) sing "It's Not How Big You Are."
Cartoon A tiny ant pushes the huge N into its place in the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0780)
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)
Film The Count (in voiceover) subtracts from five to three to zero children on a park bench.
Cartoon Henson: Eleven Cheer
(First: Episode 0273)

SCENE 5 Mr. Handford watches Evin jump on her pogo stick, which reminds him of his youth. In a flashback, he's seen bouncing on his own pogo stick, when his mother tells him to stop and do his homework. In the present, he shows Big Bird and the kids how he used to bounce using Evin's pogo stick. He misses a call from his mother on the phone, but Gina passes along the message - "Stop jumping and do your homework!"
Cartoon How they say "good night" in Haiti and in India.
(First: Episode 1824)
Muppets Telly and Elmo sing about the difference between "Heavy and Light."
(First: Episode 2809)
Toon heavylight.jpg
Cartoon Heavy and light characters are weighed on a scale.
(First: Episode 0843)
Film City alphabet (Joe Raposo instrumental with kid voiceover)
(First: Episode 0132)
SCENE 6 Mr. Handford still jumps on the pogo stick, while Gina is stuck with all the work at Hooper's. She decides to make a call. Later, Mr. Handford's mother arrives on the street and makes him return to work.
Cartoon Leanna Williams tells a story of how she traveled to Hawaii and bought a Hawaiian shirt.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2745)
Muppets Ernie and Bert sing "But I Like You."
(First: Episode 1952)
Animation Ornate Vs spin around as a song about them plays.
Film Sounds Around the House v2: chimes, snoring, a boy pretending to be an airplane, a man playing a trumpet, and a motorcycle outside.
(First: Episode 1713)
Cartoon A man asks the viewer to circle him, draw a line to him, follow him with arrows, etc.
(First: Episode 2058)
SCENE 7 Oscar and the Grouchketeers watch as Slimey bounces on his pogo stick while Mr. Handford announces the sponsors.


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