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Sesame Street
The Worm Winter Games
Air date January 25, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors B, G, 13
Releases HBO Max


Picture Segment Description

COLD OPEN In the arbor, Telly eagerly awaits as Gordon plugs in a television set. He, Telly (with Freddy), Maria, Luis, Gabi and the kids tune into the WormTV broadcast of the first-ever "Worm Winter Games" from Squiggleville, France, where Slimey is competing. Host Tim McCarver presents the opening ceremonies, as the worms march with their respective flags. Oscar is certain Slimey will win and begins arguing with the French Grouch.
SCENE 1 The games begin with the first event - cross-country skiing. Since the worms are so small, they will ski across a map of France, rather than the whole country. Tim answers all of Telly's questions about the event through the television, and the race begins. Slimey falls down during the race, allowing resident worm Escargo to take first place. Telly is upset that Slimey has lost, but Gordon assures him there's other events for him to win.
Cartoon Gloria Globe sings "I Am the World."
(First: Episode 2744)
Film Shapes vibrate as girls beat on their drums.
(First: Episode 2873)
Muppets Bert sings "I Gotta Be Clean."
Cartoon B for banana and ballerina
(First: Episode 2515)

SCENE 2 Maria and Gordon go to prepare some sandwiches, as the games resume. The next event is the "Up and Downhill" ski race, where the worms will see who can go up and down a mountain the fastest. Squishta, the Czechoslovakian worm, sets a worm record at 13 seconds. Slimey makes the same time afterwards, but is disqualified - he skied up the mountain, but fell down, which does not meet the rules of the game. Tim throws to a break, while Oscar goes to argue with Judge Renquist.
Song "Ja, Ja, That is the Mountain"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2780)
Film Michael introduces his friend to the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira.
(First: Episode 2752)
Cartoon Number creatures #13
(First: Episode 2691)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Guys and Dolls"
Herry Monster sings about how he likes to play with dolls, and Ruby sings about how she likes to play with trucks.
(First: Episode 2591)
Film A girl draws a picture of her friend, Dai Xi.
(First: Episode 2791)
Cartoon Three mayonnaise jars follow three different paths after they leave the factory.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2762)
SCENE 3 The Worm Winter Games return with the speed skating even. Slimey is now competing against Wiggles, the Kenyan worm, to see who can skate the fastest. During the race, Slimey falls down a number of times, affording Wiggles the win. Oscar consoles Slimey after the race, and Telly worries if Slimey will win at all. Gordon points out that the fact that he's trying his best is what's most important.
Cartoon A mouse riding an armadillo sings a song about 13, his lucky number.
(First: Episode 2828)
Film Cheri goes fishing with her abuelo.
(First: Episode 2784)
Muppets "I Love You (More or Less)"
(First: Episode 2990)
Animation Pencil box G / g
(First: Episode 3042)
Aardvark edited.JPG
Song Joe Raposo sings "I'm an Aardvark."
Re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2520)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird visits Union City, New Jersey, where he learns how to play some Cuban games with some kids.
Cartoon "Water Conservation": Frank the fish calls Carl and tells him not to leave the water running while brushing his teeth, otherwise the lake will be dry.
Artist: Peter Chung
(First: Episode 2689)

SCENE 4 Everyone on Sesame Street takes a stretch break before the game coverage returns from commercial. Before the next event, the luge, Tim interviews Slimey's coach, Oscar, about his performance today. Oscar is certain Slimey will win the next event, as sledding is his favorite sport. He recalls when Slimey was just a baby worm, he accidentally fell asleep in a bottlecap, which slid off an ice cube. Soon, Slimey loved to sled and with a new sled from Oscar, he has able to practice every chance he can get (even in bowls of ice cream).
SCENE 4 cont'd Slimey begins his luge, but eventually slips off his sled.
Animation B for bounce, break, blue, boat
Song "Around and Around"
(First: Episode 2753)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Mr. Johnson gets a different waiter for a change, a light blue monster named Piño. Then Grover comes by and argues with Piño over which one of them is serving Mr. Johnson.
Cartoon Bud the Bird flies above and below in a bumper car.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 2901)

Film Lamont, who lives in the city, visits his friend Adrian, who lives in the country. Together they ride bikes, swim, and have dinner with Adrian's family.
(First: Episode 2800)
Song "Above and Below" (Christopher Cerf)
(First: Episode 2839)
SCENE 5 The Worm Winter Games resume back at the ice rink, now for the shape skating event, where the worms must skate different shapes (without falling down). Slimey performs various tricks as he draws a square and triangle, but falls down as he makes a circle. Tim throws to another break in preparation for the closing ceremonies.
Animation Sand G/g
(First: Episode 0643)
Muppets / Celebrity Grover sings "Monster in the Mirror" assisted by several celebrities, including The Simpsons, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ray Charles.
(First: Episode 2835)
cut from the YouTube version
Film Fay Ray rolls balls near the camera.
Cartoon Rap #13
(First: Episode 2547)
Film "Simple Pleasures" by Bobby McFerrin is played over footage of a girl trying to play frisbee with a dog on the beach.
(First: Episode 2876)

SCENE 6 The Worm Winter Games close as Tim presents all the winning worms with their gold stars. Everyone is surprised to see Slimey receive one as well, for being the world champion in falling down. Tim then presents the official sponsors of the games (and Sesame Street).


  • When the episode was uploaded to the Sesame Street YouTube Channel in 2018, a full credit sequence was added to the end, despite the episode having aired on a Monday.
  • Additional performers include David Rudman (as the French Grouch), Fran Brill (as the Czech Grouch), Jim Kroupa (as the Italian Grouch), and Noel MacNeal (as the Kenyan Grouch).

See also

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