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Slimey to the Moon: Slimey lands on the moon
Air date March 13, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Directed by Ted May
Sponsors L, 15

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN Luis, Maria, Ernie, a Honker, Gabi, Miles, Gordon, Mr. Handford and Big Bird are gathered in Hooper's Store and waiting for the news to come on. Big Bird explains that today is the day that Slimey is going to land on the Moon. Sesame Street News begins to air, anchored by Kermit the Frog for special television coverage of the moon landing. He's on his way to Sesame Street right after the following important and historic opening theme song.
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SCENE 1 A news center has been constructed in front of the Subway Station Around the Corner where the folks from Hooper's are joined by Bert, Bob, Susan, Gina, Celina, Carlo, Linda, Ruthie, Lexine, Tarah, Elmo, Rosita, Humphrey, a lamb, Telly, Grundgetta, Zoe, Oscar and several other residents from Sesame Street. Kermit has arrived on the scene to address the audience and begins his live broadcast. Kermit introduces each of the worms on the Wiggleprise crew, as a still of each one is shown.
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Kermit interviews Oscar, who shows off his worm journal to recount the events leading up to Slimey's current position. Meanwhile, the WASA technicians are monitoring the astronauts' progress, led by Professor Albert Einslime at the adjacent WASA control center, and Kermit has it on good authority that the worms are almost at the moon! He tells the audience to stay tuned ...
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Cartoon A strange poem with L words.
(First: Episode 3715)
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Film Alphaboy: L
Alphaboy leaps into lots of lovely leaves and becomes lazy.
(First: Episode 3580)
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Cartoon "L Look Around Song"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1483)
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Muppets Baby Bear and Papa Bear visit the Museum of Modern Art, and observe a Piet Mondrian painting full of rectangles, squares and colors. Baby Bear is reminded of the rectangles and squares that are all around us.
(First: Episode 3569)
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Film The floating kids form a square
(First: Episode 3132)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover and Patrick, "moon buddies," pretend to go to the moon. They see some aliens eating moon pizza, and some astronauts.
(First: Episode 3701)
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Cartoon Cab Callowmouse demonstrates here and there in song.
(First: Episode 3711)
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SCENE 2 As the Wiggleprise approaches the moon, Kermit begrudgingly introduces special correspondent Robert MacNeil who will be covering the actual landing. MacNeil first offers a recap explaining exactly what the path of the ship has been so far, using a magnetic diagram to illustrate its position between the Earth and the Moon. The farmer (Joey Mazzarino) returns to Sesame Street to address his concerns that his chicken is on that spaceship as well, but nobody believes him.
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Everyone watches in amazement as the spaceship gets closer and closer to the moon. MacNeil introduces a news reel of scenes recorded earlier in the day of worms and people around the world celebrating this historic occasion.
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Finally, the monitor cuts to a live feed from the surface of the moon, and MacNeil announces that the Wiggleprise has landed and the worms are on the moon. Oscar is relieved that Slimey made it to the Moon safely. As everyone watches the door to the craft open, Slimey slowly crawls out and becomes the first worm on the moon. Oscar translates what he says, "This is one small wiggle for a worm; one giant wriggle for wormkind."
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The other worms (but no chicken so far) start to crawl out, while everyone chants "Slimey! Slimey!" MacNeil says they'll be right back.
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Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie and Feff appear to float around in outer space, but at the end of the sketch, it is revealed that they are just pretending to be astronauts.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3701)
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Muppets Cookie Monster sings "If Moon Was Cookie." (underscore added to intro)
(First: Episode 1789)
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Cartoon Noodles & Nedd: Noodles tries to get Nedd to feed him while Nedd is fixated on looking at the stars through his telescope.
(First: Episode 3701)
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Film Wegman's dogs bake bread.
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Cartoon Kids and animals alternate in passing letters over themselves, in an alphabet song.
Artist: Karen Aqua
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Cartoon Dr. Annie Eyeball looks at air.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2592)
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Muppets Prairie Dawn, Scientist
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?"
(First: Episode 3625)
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Cartoon Letter L Animals' Limerick
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Muppets / Celebrity Samuel Ramey performs "L Is for Low."
(First: Episode 3337)
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Film L is for look, legs, light, lemonade, and ladybug.
(First: Episode 3427)
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Film Amelia pretends she's an astronaut.
(First: Episode 2918)
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SCENE 3 As the news coverage continues, the worms can be seen on the surface of the moon. They can jump a whole lot higher on the moon than they can on Earth, and so can Selma Worm, who hops across the TV screen while the audience is looking away.
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Professor Einslime explains that now the worms will collect dirt samples and rocks to take home with them. Scientists will study the moon dirt, analyze it, and finally, play in it.
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As a permanent reminder that they were there, the worms plant a WASA flag next to the United States flag for others who go to the moon in the future. Just then, Oscar notices a large, round object beyond the horizon that Gordon identifies as the Earth. The audience remarks that it looks beautiful and magnificent; Tarah is astounded, "That's us?" she asks Big Bird. "Amazing!" The worm astronauts give their worm wriggle salute to everyone on Earth, and all the viewers salute back by wiggling their finger.
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Robert hands the coverage back to Kermit, so he can conduct the most important part of the mission: the return home. Stay tuned.
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Cartoon A pig sings "There Are Chickens in the Trees" until a rooster tells him that chickens don't live in trees.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1394)
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Film Kids observe different types of bugs and flowers.
(First: Episode 3696)
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Cartoon Flash Gizmo, Space Cadet
Here and there
(First: Episode 3697)
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Muppets "Home to Me"
(First: Episode 2093)
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Film A Hawaiian girl and her family get ready to have a little party, or paina iki.
(First: Episode 3139)
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Animation Masked March #15
(First: Episode 3375)
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Film Kid mural painting #15
(First: Episode 3649)
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Animation 15 in space
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Song "When You Grow Up"
(First: Episode 2912)
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Animation Today's Secret Drawing is an astronaut.
(First: Episode 0193)
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SCENE 4 Kermit reports that the worms are now back inside the Wiggleprise and getting ready to return home. The Count returns to conduct the countdown process.
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After two attempts, the ship again doesn't seem to have enough power to lift their weight off the surface. This time, Snuffy isn't around to lend a helping snuffle. Slimey might be stuck in space forever. After much struggle, the ship emits a beak tickling smoke, causing the chicken in the bottom of the ship to sneeze, giving it enough power to clear the moon.
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Everyone cheers and celebrates a successful mission, as Kermit signs off, announcing the sponsors and wishing the worms a safe trip home that will take many, many days.
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Still The end credits roll, followed by the NASA still.
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COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Frazzle sleeps over at Big Bird's nest, and sings a garbled lullaby with Big Bird and Gordon.

Alterations

Picture Segment Description
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INTRO In the 1999 rerun, the season 30–32 intro sequence is used in place of the season 29 opening.
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Muppets / Celebrity Denyce Graves tucks Elmo into bed and sings him an Operatic Lullaby.
(First: Episode 3697)
This segment replaced "If Moon Was Cookie" in the 1999 rerun.
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Film Kid jungle explorers spot a wild letter L.
(First: Episode 3483)
This segment replaced "L is for Low" in the 1999 rerun.
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Song Lillian sings "Face Facts."
(First: Episode 2760)
This segment replaced the film about paina iki in the 1999 rerun.

Notes

  • This episode was among a select group of Season 29 episodes that were rerun during the last few weeks of 1999, shortly before Season 31 began airing the following January. This particular episode aired on November 29, December 20, and December 30.
  • Crowd extras include relatives of cast and crew: Aram Delgado (Emilio Delgado's son), Kelly Vogel (Matt Vogel's wife), and Lexine Bondoc's mother Leila and brother Ryan.


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