Sesame Street
Sloppy learns how to wiggle and crawl
Air date May 15, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Lou Berger
Sponsors R, 13


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Bob is over at Oscar's trash can, where Sloppy, Slimey’s baby sister, is staying for the day. Slimey tells Oscar he wishes Sloppy could crawl so she can play with him. Bob then learns an interesting fact about worm babies: before they can crawl, they have to learn how to wiggle. Oscar thinks it’s a good idea to teach her how to wiggle. To encourage her, he sings “You've Got to Learn How to Wiggle”. Bob and all their friends appear and join in. After the song, Sloppy instead takes a nap.
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SCENE 2 Slimey demonstrates to Sloppy how wiggling has a beginning, middle and end. Sloppy takes another impromptu nap.
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Re-filmed version
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SCENE 3 Oscar’s hired Slimey’s worm band to help teach Sloppy to wiggle. They play “Wiggle All Day Long”, which finally gets Sloppy to wiggle! Oscar now steps up the next challenge: teaching her how to crawl.
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SCENE 4 With the band still in place, Bob announces Oscar’s going to sing another song. Oscar points out that it’s Bob’s turn to sing now, since the song is too sweet for his tastes. Bob begins crooning the Worm-wedding hit, “Crawling”. Sloppy, once again, takes a nap after the song. Upset, Oscar begins mapping out tomorrow’s lesson plan, when they see Sloppy wakes up and begins crawling…away from the trash can!
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SCENE 5 They discover Sloppy sleeping on the park wall. Slimey’s parents then arrive, but don’t believe their daughter can crawl or wiggle. Sloppy wakes up and begins wiggling and crawling, much to their amazement. Oscar announces the sponsors before leading everyone in a brief reprise of “You Gotta Learn How to Wiggle.”
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Gabi and Snuffy demonstrate an "Up and Down, Turn Around, Sit Right Down" song.

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