Sesame Street
Wormy Gras
Air date January 10, 2000
Season Season 31 (2000)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Sponsors D, 15
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria and Gabi walk out the front door of 123 Sesame Street to greet the viewer. Gabi has told her mom that a bunch of worms have been lurking about wearing costumes. Just then, they happen upon one on the stoop dressed as Carmen Miranda. Wondering where they're all going, they decide to ask Oscar who is talking to Slimey. Oscar explains that today is Wormy Gras, the biggest worm holiday there is, when worms all over the world celebrate the joys of worminess. First they put on costumes and then they all march in the holiday parade. Slimey demonstrates that he's decided to go as the straw in an ice cream soda, until they notice another worm wearing the same costume.
Cartoon The Great Inventor Series: Science Salutes the Men and Women Who Have Changed the Way We Live. Cartoon about the days when people tried drinking ice cream soda before straws were invented. Awful messes were made getting more of the refreshment on their clothes than in their bellies. Until one day an ice cream parlor janitor noticed that when people brought their leashed pet anteaters in to enjoy an ice cream soda, the floor was always sucked completely clean. Realizing that nature had solved the problem, the janitor invented artificial anteater noses that strapped on over people's mouths... which eventually evolved into the modern straw.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2595)
Film 15s on sticks cascade toward the camera as boats race by on a river on the background.
(First: Episode 3280)
Animation Masked March #15
(First: Episode 3375)
Film Kid mural painting #15
(First: Episode 3649)
SCENE 2 Slimey doesn't want to wear his ice cream soda costume, because he doesn't want to be dressed the same as any other worm in the parade. Oscar goes through his things trying to find something for Slimey to wear, including a hat folded from tiny newspaper, a broken egg shell to go as Humpty Dumpty, and a chunk of moth-eaten sweater to go as a moth, but Slimey doesn't like any of them. When a worm drops by dressed as a hot dog inside a bun, covered with mustard, Maria suggests Slimey go as a french fry. Oscar instead has a peanut shell from a peanut that was eaten by Grumbo, the world's grumpiest elephant. Slimey likes the costumes, but Fluffy emerges from Oscar's trash can and eats the shell. Still stuck for costume ideas, Gabi and Maria leave to follow up on some ideas.
Cartoon Snacks On Parade: How peanut butter is made, from peanuts growing in the ground, how it gets to your plate, and where you should keep peanut butter with you (underwater).
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1301)
Film Growing Numbers #15
(First: Episode 2971)
Animation Abstract #15
(First: Episode 2851)
SCENE 3 Slimey is surrounded by pieces of costumes and casts off a hat that Oscar says looks like something from The Music Man. Gabi has brought a Tyrannosaurus finger puppet to wear for a mask. He likes it until another worm dressed as Barney the Dinosaur walks by, and runs away in horror. Oscar deems the costume a little too scary, and Gabi is out of ideas. Maria returns from the library with the book One Hundred and One Worm Disguises for some ideas. Chapter One claims that to make a great worm costume, all you need is a little imagination.
Muppets Elmo sings "In Your Imagination."
(First: Episode 3119)
Film Two girls sing a clap song about the letter D to the tune of Yankee Doodle.
(First: Episode 3305)
Muppets Big Bird appears in a disguise, representing the letter D.
(First: Episode 3188)
Animation D ... daring ... dazzling ... delightful ... dizzy ... dreaded ... dinosaur!
(First: Episode 3407)
SCENE 4 Baby Bear has been transporting a blue worm in a costume, which he lets off at Oscar's trash can to head for the courtyard. He notices that Oscar is reading a book on worm disguises. One page illustrates that a worm can stand straight next to a worm friend to form the number 11, while the adjacent page suggests painting one's worm body green and spraying everyone you meet, to go as a garden hose. Slimey doesn't like any of those either, and he's running out of time before the parade begins. Finally, he decides to dress up as a grouch just like Oscar, with a trash can and everything. Oscar notes that he wouldn't have any idea how to make such a costume, but Baby Bear interjects that he's a very artistic bear, and could easily help Oscar. Allergic to cooperation, Oscar is reluctant to accept his help until Slimey goads him into it. Baby Bear leaves to gather the necessary items.
Song "Dressed Up" shows a montage of kids getting all dressed up in a variety of costumes.
(First: Episode 3399)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie plays house while Bert tries to guess who he's pretending to be.
(First: Episode 3529)
Muppets Big Bird asks Radar what he wants to watch next.
(First: Episode 3828)
Animation Toy figurines against a store front backdrop change position in a line to first and last.
(First: Episode 2857)
SCENE 5 Baby Bear has returned with some crafts supplies and annoys Oscar with the fact that they're cooperating. As Baby Bear glues away, Oscar asks if he has to hum such a happy song while he works. Baby Bear replies in song that, of course, he does. As Baby Bear sings, Slimey dances along, to Oscar's dismay. Excited from his song, Baby Bear exclaims that Slimey's costume is going to be a beauty. Oscar reminds him that it's supposed to be grouchy. Realizing his mistake, Baby Bear once again notes how great it is to have a real Grouch cooperating to produce a superior product.
Cartoon While fishing one day, a boy catches the letters of the alphabet. Frustrated at not having caught any fish to eat, he decides to use his catch for alphabet soup. (added sound effects)
Original version: (First: Episode 0004)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Samantha demonstrate what people look like when they're happy and sad.
(First: Episode 3562)
Film A group of girls do a playground cheer ("Ooh I'm so happy!").
(First: Episode 3017)
SCENE 6 Baby Bear and Oscar have finished making the costume and present Slimey the Grouch. After Oscar tells Baby Bear to take a hike, Slimey feels confident that he'll be the only worm at the parade dressed as a Grouch. Just then, Grundgetta arrives with her worm Sylvia who is also dressed as a Grouch, with the same Grouch costume and trash can.
Song "Big D and Little D"
(First: Episode 3270)
Animation D for Dance: Ladies on stage dance a can-can to the tune of "The Infernal Gallop" from Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, the lyrics of which are all the letter D.
(First: Episode 3499)

Film Xiao-Mei from northern China describes a festival at the end of every year that her family participates in. Each day of the festival, there is a new show to watch, a series of parades and lots of food like noodles and dumplings. Women prepare floats for the parade while men dress up as river animals. Xiao-Mei's favorite part or the festival is the lion dance. Xiao-Mei also demonstrates how she can walk on stilts which are strapped to her legs, and hopes someday to dance in the big parade.
(First: Episode 3266)
SCENE 7 Slimey and Sylvia don't want to be in the parade because they're both wearing the same thing. The worms argue, as do Oscar and Grundgetta, but then Gabi returns to offer advice. She presents Slimey with a bottlecap hat so that they'll be different, but Sylvia wants to wear it, causing more arguing. This observation sparks a realization from Oscar: since the worms are supposed to be dressed as Grouches, and Grouches can't argue by themselves, the two have to both go as Grouches so that they can continue their arguing... or at least the illusion of it. As the parade music starts up, Gabi notes that the worms are finally happy, which of course repulses Oscar and Grundgetta: there's nothing worse than two happy Grouches.
Cartoon Two boys, one with brown skin and one with Caucasian-colored skin, are compared as being both same and different, by an examination of their appearance in profile, in full lighting, and in x-ray.
(First: Episode 3757)
Muppets Nathan Lane and The Oinker Sisters sing "Sing."
(First: Episode 3830)
Cartoon Campers don't want to play ring toss with Zork, until their counselor reminds them about being judgmental.
(First: Episode 2761)
SCENE 8 Oscar, Grundgetta, Baby Bear, Maria, Gabi, Luis and some kids have gathered to watch the Wormy Gras parade featuring the worms dressed in costumes as seen earlier in the day.
Muppets Elmo's World: Singing
(First: Episode 3851)
SCENE 9 The cast signs off. Maria announces the sponsors the worms show.

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