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Natasha tries to play with Slimey
Air date April 4, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Belinda Ward
Directed by Lisa Simon
Sponsors V, 16
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SCENE 1 Humphrey, Ingrid, Natasha, Oscar and Slimey gather at the sandbox in the park. Natasha and Slimey will be having a playdate together, though Oscar isn't sure why his worm wants to play with a cute, little monster. Natasha finds her rattle and starts banging it, nearly smashing Slimey. Oscar protects his worm and Natasha's parents aren't successful in getting her to shake the rattle instead. Oscar wants to end the playdate now, but Humphrey and Ingrid begin thinking of something else they can play.
Song Jerry Nelson sings "I'm the Big One Now."
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Cartoon A parade of toys illustrates first and last.
(First: Episode 2857)
Film Wegman dogs: The Ten O'Clock Scholar
(First: Episode 3529)

Muppets The Two-Headed Monster are the teachers of a two-headed-oriented classroom, with Elmo and Telly as their pupil/pupils (they are sharing the same shirt). The first lesson is to say "Good Morning" in monster language, then how to argue over what to read.
(First: Episode 2853)
Film "SCHOOL!" (high speed footage)
(First: Episode 3278)
Cartoon "Felines"
(First: Episode 3278)
SCENE 2 Humphrey and Ingrid have come up with a safe activity - singing "The Alphabet Song." They claim Natasha is always nice and gentle when they sing it. Oscar allows Slimey to join and he crawls up on Natasha's arm. They all sing together and Slimey seems safe, until Natasha almost squishes him when applauding. Oscar calls her a "bully," which shocks her parents.
Film Kids sing the alphabet on an island.
(First: Episode 3154)
Muppets Herry, Telly, and Ruby star in a Pageant about an island.
(First: Episode 2850)
Song A piece of land with water all around it is an "Island."
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2760)
Cartoon Leanna Williams tells a story of how she traveled to Hawaii and bought a Hawaiian shirt.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2745)
Muppets Grover works at a department store. Mr. Johnson wants a suit just like the one on the mannequin, but Grover is worried that the mannequin will be embarrassed.
(First: Episode 3448)
Cartoon Hands embrace the word "LOVE." (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 0926)

SCENE 3 Gordon and Miles come across the group, where the monster parents sob that their child has turned out so reckless. Oscar and Slimey ditch the scene, when Gordon explains that Natasha needs to be taught to play nicer. He teaches them the "Nice Nice" game he and Susan used with Miles, using their child's hand to gently stroke someone while saying "Nice nice." Gordon demonstrates on now older Miles (who is glad he doesn't remember that from his youth) and teaches it to Natasha.
SCENE 3 cont'd Natasha seems to get the idea, so they call Oscar back over. Natasha goes to pet Slimey, but does it much too hard. Gordon thinks she needs to practice on a worm, but Oscar doesn't think he'll find a worm foolhardy enough to go near the "worm bully." Gordon takes Miles to soccer practice, promising to return with an idea he's just had.
Cartoon A chicken gets an idea to sit on a football and hatch it like an egg.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2360)
Film EGGS ... and chickens.
(First: Episode 3267)
Cartoon A baby bird tries and tries again to fly from its nest.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1510)
Muppets / Celebrity Bert and Rick Moranis sit next to each other on a plane, and learn that they (and the rest of the passengers) are alike in more ways than they realized, singing the song "Stick Out Your Hand and Say Hello". (new music added)
(First: Episode 2943)
Cartoon Number creatures #16
(First: Episode 2755)
Film Kid mural painting #16
Animation Masked March #16
(First: Episode 3372)
Celebrity Big Bird and some kids have run out of ideas for a game to play. Jason Alexander shows them a fun game, causing him to miss his bus.
(First: Episode 3557)
Film Kids play low and high notes on the Shpritzer.
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Muppets Moe Cocker and a chorus of dogs sing "With a Little Yelp from My Friends."
(First: Episode 3108)
Cartoon I am crying / estoy llorando (David and Maria voiceover)
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Song "Would You Like to Go Over?"
(First: Episode 3034)
Cartoon Violet climbs a vine with V words.
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Cartoon V for Van (live-action/animation hybrid)
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
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Film V for violin: kids play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on the violin.
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Cartoon A boy learns to play his violin by practicing.
(First: Episode 1513)

SCENE 4 Gordon dresses up his finger like Slimey, which Natasha thinks is real. He practices playing "Nice Nice" with her and the worm. Humphrey and Ingrid see her improving and call Oscar back to see. As Oscar watches, Natasha instead bites the worm costume from Gordon's finger. "Once a worm bully, always a worm bully," Oscar declares and leaves. Gordon recommends more practice.
Film A girl learns how to jump rope.
(First: Episode 3397)
Film Floating kids make the letter V.
(First: Episode 3133)
Animation Ornate Vs spin around as a song about them plays.
(First: Episode 2942)
Cartoon The Typewriter: V for Vacuum
(First: Episode 0774)
Muppets The Little Blonde Scientist Show
Prairie Dawn demonstrates how air moves things, with a some leaves, a feather, and her lunch bag - all of which the wind blows away, along with Prairie. "Who's working the wind machine?!"
Cartoon A boy imagines multiple uses for his broom.
(First: Episode 0784)
Song "Beautiful Baby" (remake)
(First: Episode 3549)
SCENE 5 Natasha continues practicing until she seems ready to try "Nice Nice" on the real Slimey. The game has worked and Natasha is gentle with the worm. Gordon announces the sponsors.
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