Air date January 10, 2000
Season Season 31
Written by Luis Santeiro
Sponsors D, 15
Syndication 123 SESAME STREET, PBS Sprout


Street Scenes
Picture Segment Description
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Maria & 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 & 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.
Toon invent straw
The Great Inventor Series: Science Salutes the Men & 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
Film 15 river
15s on sticks cascade toward the camera as boats race by on a river on the background.
Masked March 15
Masked March #15
Kid Mural 15
Kid mural painting #15
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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, & 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 OSCARs TRASH CAN & eats the shell. Still stuck for costume ideas, Maria & Gabi leave to follow up on some ideas.
Snacks On Parade: How peanut butter is made, from peanuts growing in the ground, how it gets to your plate, & where you should keep peanut butter with you (underwater). Artist: Bruce Cayard
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Growing Numbers #15
Abstract 15
Abstract #15
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SLIMEY is surrounded by pieces of costumes & 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, & runs away in horror. OSCAR deems the costume a little too scary, & Gabi is out of ideas. Maria returns from the library with the book One Hundred & One WORM Disguises for some ideas. Chapter One claims that to make a great worm costume, all you need is a little imagination.
In Your Imagination
Elmo sings "In Your Imagination"
(First: Episode 3119)
Girls clappin Yankee Doodle
2 girls sing a clap song about the letter D to the tune of Yankee Doodle.
Big Bird disguise
BIG BIRD appears in a disguise, representing the letter D.
D ... daring ... dazzling ... delightful ... dizzy ... dreaded ... dinosaur!
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Baby Bear has been transporting a blue WORM in a costume, which he lets off at OSCARs TRASH CAN to head for the courtyard. He notices that OSCAR is reading a book on WORM disguises. 1 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 & spraying everyone you meet, to go as a garden hose. SLIMEY doesn’t like any of those either, & 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 & 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, & 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 kids
"Dressed Up" shows a montage of kids getting all dressed up in a variety of costumes.
Ernie & Bert play house
ERNIE plays house while BERT tries to guess who he’s pretending to be.
Big Bird Radar next
BIG BIRD asks Radar what he wants to watch next.
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Toy figurines against a store front backdrop change position in a line to 1st & last.
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Baby Bear has returned with some crafts supplies & 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.
Toon fishin ABCs
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)
Grover Samantha happy sad
Muppet & Kid Moments: Grover & Samantha demonstrate what people look like when they’re happy & sad.
Ooh I'm So Happy
A group of girls do a playground cheer ("Ooh I’m so happy!").
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Baby Bear & OSCAR have finished making the costume & 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 & TRASH CAN.
"D, You’re de Letter For Me"
Toon cancan
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/.
Chinese New Year

Xiao-mei China
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 & lots of food like noodles & 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, & hopes someday to dance in the big parade.
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SLIMEY & SYLVIA don’t want to be in the parade cause they’re both wearing the same thing. The WORMS argue, as do OSCAR & 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, & GROUCHES can’t argue by themselves, the 2 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 & GRUNDGETTA: there’s absolutely nothing worse than 2 happy GROUCHES.
Toon same boys
2 boys, one with brown skin & one with white skin, are compared as being both same & different, by an examination of their appearance in profile, in full lighting, & in x-ray.
Nathan Lane Celeb
Nathan Lane & The Oinker Sisters sing "Sing"
Toon alien ring toss
Campers don’t want to play ring toss with Zork, until their counselor reminds them about being judgmental
Wormy Gras
OSCAR, GRUNDGETTA, Baby Bear, Maria, Gabi, Luis & some kids have gathered to watch the WORMY Gras parade featuring the WORMS dressed in costumes as seen earlier in the day.
Elmo's World Singing
Elmos World: "Singing"
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The cast signs off.

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