Sesame Street
Slimey adopts a pet bug
Air date October 7, 2008
Season Season 39 (2008)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Production February 5, 2008
Sponsors W, 15
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout
Releases Firefly Fun and Buggy Buddies

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN What's the Word on the Street?: Frightened
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SCENE 1 Gina meets up with Oscar, who’s trying to start up the Sloppy Jalopy, and Slimey, who eagerly bounces up and down in his booster seat. She learns that Oscar is taking Slimey to get his own pet bug, which Gina finds funny. They drive off, leaving Gina in the car exhaust.
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SCENE 1 cont’d Oscar and Slimey arrive at the Bug-a-Wee Bug Shelter and are greeted by Natalie (Molly Shannon). She introduces Slimey to the different kinds of bugs they have: The Detroit Dirt Digger, some Lackawanna Ladybugs (who are having a picnic), Sisyphus from Syracuse, and Chauncey (a flea that the dog it lives on comes with). The Detroit Dirt Digger looks at Slimey lovingly, so they pick him, while Natalie gets picked by Chauncey.
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SCENE 1 cont’d Now back at their home, Oscar and Slimey settle his new pet in. Slimey decides to name him “Dirty”. When Slimey says hello, Dirty quickly moves away, frightened. Oscar consults The Bug Book Natalie gave them and sees that Dirty is frightened by his new surroundings. They try out the suggestions in the book to make him calmer. First, they dress like bugs by wearing antenna caps on their heads, but that’s not enough. The other thing the book suggests is they sing the “Welcome Bug Song”. They sing the song to Dirty (much to Oscar's disgust), who becomes less frightened and begins playing with Slimey.
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Cartoon Bugs Song” (vocals by Jennifer Barnhart)
Artist: Jane Aaron
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Film Kids observe different kinds of bugs and flowers.
(First: Episode 3696)
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Cartoon A boy narrates a poem about how he met Eleanor, the monster under his bed. (new voice over and music added)
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2773)
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SCENE 2 Slimey and Oscar watch as Dirty digs a letter W in the dirt.
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Cartoon "Which of these things begins with the letter W, and tastes great for breakfast?"
(First: Episode 4156)
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Cartoon A salesman hawks the letter W in a commercial.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3242)
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Muppets Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray's lamb, Ovejita, leads Murray to another escuela (school) using the clues of una gallina (chicken), un cerdo (a pig), y una vaca (a cow). The school turns out to be farm school, where kids learn how to be veterinarians (people who take care of plants and animals).
(First: Episode 4162)

This segment was removed from PBS Kids Sprout airings (see Alterations noted below).
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Animation A farmer plants corn and waits for rain.
(First: Episode 4085)
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SCENE 3 Gina checks up on Slimey and his pet bug and she sees Dirty write a 15 in the dirt.
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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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Muppets Abby Cadabby plays with her doll, Prince, when Elmo meets up with her and wishes he had a doll with him. Abby plans to conjure up him one, but makes a pumpkin, then a hat and finally a marker. Elmo puts all those things together to make a doll of his own.
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Film Kids talk about who they take care of.
(First: Episode 4097)
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Muppets Global Grover: G'day! Grover returns from Australia. In his film, Emily and her family fulfill the role of wildlife rescue volunteers.

Afterwards, Grover looks for an animal he can assist and rescue. All the animals rebuff him, however, and he collapses from frustration. Soon, he finds himself the one being rescued!
(First: Episode 4070)

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Muppets / Animation The Twiddlebugs take a caterpillar in, thinking at first that it's a cat. After it doesn't drink any milk, and proves to have more than four legs, Tessie consults a book to discover that it's a caterpillar. They decide to name it "Cat."
(First: Episode 4152)
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Song "Happy Happiness," against footage of kids playing at a beach.
(First: Episode 3320)
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Muppets Elmo's World: Pets
(First: Episode 3918)
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SCENE 4 Oscar looks at the sponsors in the dirt again and Slimey gives his new pet bug a big hug.

Alterations

Picture Segment Description
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Muppets
(Sprout version)
Hero Guy
Baby Bear gets distracted and draws Hero Guy with a Super Big Hand by accident. Now Hero Guy can play basketball faster and squeeze lemons for lemonade.
(First: Episode 3965)
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Song
(Sprout version)
Joe Raposo sings "Water Baby" over footage of seals and kids swimming.
(First: Episode 2016)


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