Sesame Street
The worms build a subway
Air date March 29, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by David Korr
Sponsors D, Z, 13


Picture Segment Description

COLD OPEN Oscar informs a worm friend of Slimey's, Crawlworthy, that Slimey has gone out for some errands. He took his car, meaning he's no doubt stuck in loads of worm traffic.
SCENE 1 Oscar orders some miniature trains and tracks from Mr. Handford, having been inspired to construct a worm subway system that will counteract the traffic jams. Oscar sees it as a very positive step - it'll save on gas and cut down on pollution, which even Grouches aren't fond of, plus, it'll make a loud ruckus as the worms start digging underground.
Cartoon Workmen construct a D building, filled with everything that begins with D.
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Film Two kids help an old Chinese man get his dragon kite in the air.
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Muppets In honor of Charlie's birthday, Grover is only serving items that begin with a "CH" sound. Mr. Johnson orders a cheeseburger, chips, cherry pie, and chocolate ice cream, and he actually gets his food in no time, but before he can eat, the table (which the plate is on) gets taken away because it does not begin with a "CH" sound.
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Cartoon A story/song about a duckling who wants to join the others playing at the water's edge.
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Muppets Big Bird recites a poem about front and back.
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Cartoon The front and back of a costumed horse follow an ice cream truck.
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Film Pizza is made.
Music: Joe Raposo
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Muppets Ernie and Bert: "That's What Friends Are For": Ernie sings to Bert about friends being tolerant of each other's differences, while Bert just wants to sleep.
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Cartoon mydoghappy.jpg
Cartoon A boy shows his dog, Happy
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Muppets / Celebrity Kadeem Hardison says the alphabet with Natasha.
(First: Episode 2787)
Cartoon Z for zigzag, zero, zoo, and zebra
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Muppets Cookie Monster goes on a picnic, with a basket full of cookies. A bug flies by, and tries to get into the basket, buzzing furiously. Cookie Monster tries to give the bug a little cookie if it'll go away. The bug refuses, buzzing even more strenuously. Cookie tries a big cookie, but it still refuses. Cookie offers an almond cookie, a raisin cookie, a pistachio nut cookie, and a crunchy granola cookie. He realizes that the little bug doesn't like cookies. All he has left is a letter Z. The bug is excited, and buzzes off with the Z.
(First: Episode 1484)

SCENE 2 Savion, Merry, Maria, Linda and Mr. Handford have a difficult time getting around the street, which is filled with DANGER signs. Oscar explains the worms are building a subway stop in the area and need the workspace. The worms get ready to blast through the pavement, but the explosion is smaller than expected.
Cartoon A man encounters someone with a DANGER sign hanging on the end of his nose, and doubts there's any danger until the character sneezes.
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Muppets The Hispanic community of Anything Muppets sings "It Sure is Hot!"
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Animation D Candles
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Film A baby monkey
Music: Joe Raposo
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Muppets Old West: Noel Cowherd challenges Billy the Grownup, the fastest draw in the west, to a "square fight" - seeing who can draw squares the fastest.
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Cartoon A mouse riding an armadillo sings a song about 13, his lucky number.
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SCENE 3 Maria is about to have lunch at the Fix-It Shop, when Oscar arrives with a map. He points out the dots where the subways will be made, including at the Fix-It Shop. Oscar realizes that the dot is actually a spot from his Grouch milkshake, but the worms don't get the memo and blast a tunnel through Maria's sandwich.
Animation A girl unfolds a map and uses it to describe her trip to Mexico, stopping in Texas along the way.
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Film Katie is going to be a big sister.
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Muppets The Cereal Girl sings about her missing "Hair Brush."
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Animation Thirteen hamburgers dance around.
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Film How paper is recycled
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Muppets Count Von Count works as an elevator operator, with Kermit the Frog as his customer.
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Cartoon Willie Wimple went a-boatin' and polluted the river.
Artist: Abe Levitow
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SCENE 4 Oscar enters the library, telling Lisa and Linda that the subway entrance will be built inside. The two explain the entrance should be outside. Oscar realizes Slimey made a miscalculation - he labeled the entrance 97 feet from the Fix-It Shop instead of 79. POW! A nearby book explodes.
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Mel Gibson and Danny Glover star in Lethal Weapon 3. Gibson and Glover read a sign that says DANGER. Suddenly, they duck and take cover from a gigantic stone number 3 which falls from the sky.
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Cartoon King Minus and the Disappearing Dragons
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Song "Would You Like to Go Over?"
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Film A man makes a shadow puppet of a laughing man.
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Muppets The Adventures of Prairie Dawn: Turning Off the Television To Save Energy
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Cartoon An alien lands on Earth, looking for a Z to eat. He snatches one off a policeman's uniform, eats it, and rests.
(First: Episode 1481)

SCENE 5 A worm band plays as the subway is now open. Mr. Handford points out only the viewer can see what's happening, as the camera takes us inside the subway station. There, the worms get on and off the miniature trains (complete with a K. Worming mural on the wall). Oscar is usually happy the construction went well, since the tracks run through his trash can!
SCENE 5 cont'd As Slimey and his worm friends get out in Oscar's can, the worm subway announcer recites the sponsors.

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