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That's the thing about friends, isn't it?

The more one loves them, or the closer one is to them, the more it hurts to see them go.

True, that's always a tough pill to swallow, but you're just gonna have to make the best of it.

Some of these examples include the passing of a friend, when you have to end a friendship, or worse, when one has to move away.

When a friend moves away, that can be sad, but the memories will live on. Friends come into our lives, and they stay for a bit, but after some time, they have to go. Some reasons for moving away is because someone's parents has a new job in a new town, or maybe they're looking to find a new home, or maybe the place where they live may need more space.

While it may be hard to say goodbye, that's how life is, unfortunately.

Sometimes, television shows can often give reasons as to why their characters are being retired. These reasons include death, being written out with no explanation whatsoever, or even moving. We've seen the subject of moving being tackled multiple times, including animation, but nothing could prepare me for what I was about to witness on a block on Sprout known as The Good Night Show.

For those who don't know, The Good Night Show is a former bedtime television programming block on Sprout which premiered the same day as the channel’s launch date, on September 26, 2005 (when the channel was extensively known as PBS Kids Sprout), and ended on March 31, 2017 before the rebrand of Universal Kids. It starred Michele Lepe as Nina and Stacia Newcomb as the voice of Star. It was Sprout’s longest-running programming block for 12 years. The show aired from 6:00 pm to 3:00 am ET. Throughout the 3-hour block, which unlike any of the other blocks on Sprout, was repeated twice over the course of the night, viewers (referred to as "Sproutlets") were encouraged to participate in host-led games, songs, crafts, and lessons in yoga and sign language. Activities and games generally revolved around a theme, and took place between theme-appropriate animated episodes. These themes included issues of interest to preschool-aged children and their parents, such as imaginary friends, teddy bears, shadows, opposites, dreams, or babysitters.

While Michele Lepe was the host of the show, that wasn't always the case, as prior to Michele, there were two hosts. First, there was Melanie Martinez. She was the original host when the block premiered in 2005. She introduced the shows that come between the block with the help of Hush, a live-action goldfish. Hush was a real-life goldfish who was originally used to introduce the shows that come between the block, until Lucy was introduced. He appeared at the end of every show, with Nina closing the show by saying good night and reciting a poem in which viewers were encouraged to "make a wish." He appeared in the animated spin-off Nina's World living with Nina as a child even though he began with Melanie. In July 2006, Martinez was fired because of concerns over inappropriate dialogue in two 30-second videos, I Have a Future (in July 2000) and Boys Can Wait (in February 2001), spoofing abstinence-only public service announcements, in which she had played the role of a student, before joining PBS Kids Sprout. At first, it was just her and Hush, but shortly before Melanie’s dismissal, the cast was expanded to include Star. Star, voiced by Stacia Newcomb, was a star puppet who served as the show's co-host. Star served as the child character of the show, asking questions about the evening's theme, commenting to Nina about the segment (such as the Good Night Game), or encouraging viewers to follow him as he acted bedtime routines such as brushing his teeth or reading a bedtime story. He was introduced shortly before the departure of the program's original host, Melanie. His puppet was updated on November 7, 2011 and again on August 27, 2012. He appeared as a character in the animated spin-off Nina's World, living with Nina, even though Star accompanied Melanie (for a short period until her departure) and Leo before Nina's arrival.

After Melanie was dismissed in July 2006, there was Leo, played by Noel MacNeal, was the interim host between Melanie's dismissal and Nina’s arrival as well as the only male human host. He was introduced on September 10, 2006 as a special guest host. Both Star and Hush remained as recurring characters during his tenure, but the cast was also expanded to include a firefly named Lucy. MacNeal had a long background in children's television, including his portrayal of Bear on Playhouse Disney's Bear in the Big Blue House, Magellan and Webster on Nick Jr's Eureeka's Castle, and Leon MacNeal from the PBS television program The Puzzle Place. Because he is a puppeteer, it is believed that he came up with the idea for Lucy. Lucy was a firefly puppet used to introduce the shows that come between the block. She was also featured in games, such as "Lucy Light the Way"; in the game, viewers were shown parts of a picture (as though they were illuminated by a firefly's light) and then guessed what the picture represented. Her puppet was updated in mid-2009. She also appeared as a character in the animated spin-off Nina's World, living with Nina, even though she was introduced along with Leo before Nina arrived.

The block has been going strong since 2005, and it showed no signs of slowing down, being a block on Sprout.

Now, this is where I come in. I live in . We had DirectTV at the time of our stay. One day, I had the channel on channel 295, where Sprout was, and after watching the channel, I was IMMEDIATELY HOOKED. I couldn't stop talking about it, especially The Good Night Show. I always wanted to come live with Nina and Star. To be honest with you all, true, I grew up liking many shows in my youth, but none of them had the same effect on me that The Good Night Show did. I never got tired of watching the show, and for a TV show to have that effect on someone is pretty impressive, I must say.

When Nina's World, the prequel to The Good Night Show, premiered on September 26, 2015, I was able to catch it when it premiered. The fact that Michele Lepe, the permanent host of the show, was the voice of Nina's mother here was the icing on the cake for me.

But what would happen if something as innocent and child-friendly as The Good Night Show would take a dark spin into reality? No, I'm not talking about any fanfictions or series finales or any of that, I'm talking about the conclusion to everything. The finale. The endgame. The moment where you realize you have to accept that what you love is coming to a close. That's what I'm talking about. Well, if I were to be completely honest, that happened to me before. Experiencing what would come as the ultimate culmination of all of the past adventures we went on with Nina and Star was something I can firmly say is a reality. A cold and brutal one, but still.

It was on the fateful day of March 31, 2017, when The Good Night Show would come to an end. Prior to this, I learned that Michele Lepe, the actress who played Nina on the show, that the show is no longer airing on TV in its traditional format, because, as with everything (including children), the network is growing and evolving. Once the date drew nearer, I looked at the guide of March 31, 2017, and it showed the schedule for The Good Night Show. However, for the schedule for the next day, April 1, I noticed something different. The Good Night Show's schedule wasn't there anymore, so I figured the final day for The Good Night Show would be on March 31. I made sure to record the programs throughout the block (The Berenstain Bears to Sarah & Duck, and the program that played after The Good Night Show had ended, Caillou), as I wanted to remember this moment. Always. On top of that, this was the last day for The Good Night Show, so had I not recorded them, it would end up becoming lost media, and there would be no turning back.


One day, there was a sweepstakes contest in which the reward was a trip to New York City and a tour around NBC Studios. I wanted to see what New York City was like, so I begged my mom to let me enter the contest, and she did. Eventually, I was the lucky winner, much to my happiness. I told my family the news, and they were thrilled and proud of me. My mom booked our flight to New York City for a few weeks, and the day before our flight. I packed everything, while I would bring my phone and laptop. I was sure to keep those handy, as I didn't want to get bored on the trip.

A few weeks later, my mom came in and woke me up. I packed my phone, phone charger, laptop, and laptop charger, and put them into my bag. With that, I got dressed A few hours later, we arrived at the airport, and after being scanned, along with our bags, we waited for our flight. I couldn't wait to see what New York had to offer. As we waited, we decided to grab some snacks for the flight. I'd be hungry during the flight had we didn't. Eventually, we were called, and we boarded the plane, tons of people following suit.

It took a few hours, but we finally arrived. Once we had landed, we got up, grabbed our things, and got in line where everyone was, waiting to leave the plane. Soon, we left the plane, and we headed to a car that would take us to New York. On our drive, we were given a tour of New York City, along with Times Square. It was amazing, to say the least. The bright lights, the nightlife, the hustle and bustle, the Broadway shows...it was so amazing!

Once the tour had ended, the car stopped at a hotel. We got our bags from the car and headed in to book a room. Luckily, my mom booked a room for all of us. It had a bath and shower, and even a TV! It had a few desks, a few chairs, a few phone charging stations, and, when you look out the windows, A FULL-FLEDGED VIEW OF NEW YORK CITY, IN ALL ITS GLORY! I even had a separate room. So far, this trip didn't have any problems. I was having a good time, and so was my family.

But it didn't last long, however.

One day, we were to report to NBC Studios for a tour. After a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and bacon, we were all off. It was a drive from the hotel to the studio. It was a good thing it didn't take too long.

Upon making our way to NBC Studios, we were all met with a male employee who told us all that he was the one who would give the tour for us. The tour, called The Tour at NBC Studios, operated daily from 8:20 a.m.-2:00pm on Monday through Friday and from 8:20 a.m.- 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. He then proceeded to take us around the studio, as he led us through the various rooms that he worked into, which were nice. There, we actually got to meet a few actors and actresses, including Michele Lepe, and we even took a few pictures with them.

But everything would change in the drop of a hat with a single conversation.

When Michele asked me what I thought of The Good Night Show, I told her that I heard that the show would no longer be airing on TV in its traditional format, because, as with everything (including children), the network was growing and evolving. She went on to say that it was true, and said that they would be hosting a screening of the finale on March 31, 2017, and everyone was all invited to attend. I then asked Michele if the finale would wrap up The Good Night Show on a high note in a way that would satisfy everyone, both young and old, she said that in the final episode, Nina and Star would be talking about moving, and that it claimed itself to wrap up The Good Night Show as a whole. I was caught off guard when I heard that. Moving? What were they talking about moving?

My question would soon be answered.

When I told my family about it, they got really excited to watch it with me.

Before we left, I told her, "We'll be there."

"Good!" Michele replied. "The sooner the better. Oh, there's so much to do!"

The rest of the tour went by without much of a hitch after that. I wound up meeting a couple of staff members, including Deirdre Brennan, formerly of Corus Entertainment, the current president of Sprout after Sandy Wax stepped down after working for more than a decade, and then my family and I went back to our hotel room, but not without promising to be at the final blockisode of The Good Night Show on March 31, 2017. We then stayed at the hotel doing a bunch of other random stuff. So at least then it wasn't ever bad. I still had a good time on the tour.

Then the day arrived. About time. We returned to NBC Studios, and headed into the Sprout area of the studio, where I could see that the food was being prepared, including buttery popcorn. To my amazement, there were A LOT of guests I had invited. I could tell that they had brought their kids, probably because they wanted to experience the final airing as well. Eventually, Deirdre came out and said, "Well, hello, Sproutlets! It's so good to see you! Welcome to the screening of the final blockisode of The Good Night Show! Feel free to do whatever you want, but remember! The final airing of The Good Night Show is at 9 P.M., and will be in the screening room."

After she said that, she pointed to where the final show would be located at. The parents and their children took that to mind as some parents let their kids go to be free to do anything they pleased.

Eventually, hours passed, and the time finally arrived.

"Attention, everybody," Deirdre announced. "It's almost time for the show. Please locate to the screening room and take a seat."

The parents and kids stopped what they were doing and started to head into the screening room. My family followed behind with a bowl of buttery popcorn. Once was sure the first repeat of The Good Night Show was still almost over, turned to everyone and said, "Hi, everyone!" This caught everyone's attention. "Having a good time, are you?" Everyone shouted voices of agreement. "It's good to see you, first of all. I'm so glad you came! Uh, how's it going, first of all?"

"GOOD!" everyone shouted.

"Good?" she replied. "Well, good for me, too! Now, the reason we're all here is because I want to welcome you to the final airing of The Good Night Show." Everyone cheered, then she continued. "Ever since the launch of Sprout 12 years ago, this block has been meant to help preschoolers wind down at the end of the day. Episodes featured songs, stories, crafts, and games, usually centered around a different educational theme. The episodes also taught some sign language and Spanish words. We've come a long way since 2005, and now it's time to give it a proper sendoff, the sendoff it needs and deserves. To the parents who are here, if you have kids who used to watch this, we ask that you please let them stand and let us recognize them."

They did as we all applauded.

"Without all of you Sproutlets, we probably wouldn't be here today. We would probably be left with Adult Swim, which came after Cartoon Network, or Nick@Nite, which came after Nickelodeon. Given how Noggin had The N, we would've had that too. And with that, we have officially reached the moment where we have to tell you that we wish that you enjoy, for the last time, The Good Night Show."

And with that, she stepped away as we all applauded at her. The screen was basically a TV, as it turned on.

As the moon rose up, a tube slept in a book, using the page as covers, and the scene cut to a man reading to his kids. "And now, The Good Night Show, on Sprout," a female announcer said as the book with the tube sleeping in it revealed the title of the block. It then showed Nina and Star sitting on the couch in the You and Me Tree, and we went wild as we greeted them one last time. To our surprise, however, there were a ton of moving boxes in the background. Why was that? Was someone moving out?

We were about to find out.

Nina and Star did their casual greeting as they do for each blockisode, and I could tell that they were about to go on a moving adventure, because they were talking about it. When Nina asked us if we were ready to go on a moving adventure with them, we shouted, "YEAH!"

"Great!" Nina replied. "Because believe it or not, it's that time of day..."

"When we say..." Star added.

Nina then proceeded to stand up and sing the Welcome Song, with Star filling in her blanks with the wrong words. The first "Good..." was accompanied by "Moving boxes?", and the second "Good..." was accompanied by "Moving vans?" It was actually...

"GOOD NIGHT!"

During the song, we decided to play along. We clapped along to the song, and along with the kids who shouted "NO!" to Star's two guesses, did just that. Once the song ended, we all went wild, knowing that it would be the last time we would hear that song. The kids who were in the song were the ones most wild. I guess it was because this was the last time the block would be on Sprout. Nina then proceeded to sit back down on the couch and said, "I can surely guarantee you that tonight is going to be a great good night, because it's all about moving. Star and I can't wait to go on this adventure with you." A sigh from Star, however, begged to differ. "What's wrong, Star?" Nina asked.

"I can't believe it, Nina," Star replied. "It's the last episode of our show. We had songs, stories, arts and crafts, stretches, games, it was awesome!" As he said that, I scrambled for another handful of buttery popcorn. Nina then said, "Well, Star, everything has to come to an end sooner or later eventually. We can't go on forever, can't we? I mean, think about it like this: even though we put on a great show for the past 11 1/2 years, the Sproutlets want to see something new. Something original. Something completely different! Right, Sproutlets?" She turned to us as she said the last two words.

"YEAH!" we all shouted. We couldn't agree more.

"I knew you'd all agree with me," Nina said. We were enjoying ourselves with this episode! We almost thought it was gonna capture the lighthearted fun of the blockisodes, but in a whole new way. Star cheered up and then said, "Well, I'd never!" Things seemed to look normal so far. I thought things were going to be just fine, but little did I know, things were going to change a lot from there. Star cheering up didn't last long, as he noticed Nina looking sad. "Uh, Nina? What's wrong?" he asked.

We could tell that something was wrong with Nina.

Very wrong.

Nina sighed and said, "Star, Sproutlets...there's something I have to tell you."

"You can tell us anything, Nina!" Star replied.

"Okay," Nina said. "I...I don't know how to tell you this, but..."

Nina took in a deep breath and paused for it to sink in. It was now or never.

"I'm going to be moving away."

When Star heard those words, he gasped, as did we. "But...but...but why?" he asked.

"Well, I'm packing some of my old things and going to a newer and bigger house. It might look pretty cool, but I'll really miss the Good Night Garden, the You and Me Tree, and all the memories I've spent with them."

I couldn't believe it. Was that why there were moving boxes everywhere when the blockisode started? I had no idea.

"You can't leave, Nina!" Star exclaimed. "You're my friend! We did so much together! Without you, who's gonna put me to sleep every night? Who's gonna feed Hush? Who's gonna look up at the sky with the Sproutoscope?"

"I know, Star. I know," Nina replied as she hugged him. "I don't wanna go, either, but just because I'm moving to a new house doesn't mean everything's gonna be gloomy. In fact, if you really think about it, you can really appreciate things you don't want to happen to you in brand new ways. It's all about change. You may not like it at first, but after some time, you'll soon learn to appreciate things!" Pretty interesting, I must say.

"So, does that mean our show ending and you moving are technically considered changes, and as time passes, we have to learn to accept them?" Star asked. Nina then said, "That's right, Star! People have to learn that life isn't all sunshine and rainbows and happiness all the time. It's filled with change."

"It is?" Star asked.

Nina nodded. "Yes, it is. True, change can be difficult, especially if it's a scenario like this, but as long as we're able to move on, everything will be okay."

"Really?" Star asked.

"Yes," Nina replied. Turning to the camera, she said, "When someone moves away, sometimes it can make you sad, or even a little mad, or a little bit of both. It could be a friend of yours, a longtime friend, or a friend you've made since you've moved to the town where they're at. So, the more time we spend with our friends, the greater the feelings of disappointment we’ll feel when they inevitably go away. It’s a real thing for adults and for children. We may not be able to see them again, but we'll still be able to remember them, and maybe they'll leave a little something for you, and you could return the favor. That way, you'll have a little bit of each other, wherever your paths take you."

"Really? You mean it, Nina?" Star asked. Nina nodded. "Oh, okay," Star uttered, defeated. "Well, I'll miss you, Nina, but I'll still remember you."

"So will I, Star," Nina replied. "So will I. Now, do you want me to tell you how to say "moving" in Spanish?"

"Si," replied Star.

Turning to the camera, Nina said, ""Moving" in Spanish is "Mudanza"."

"Mudanza," Star repeated.

"¡Excelente!" Nina exclaimed, impressed. Then turning back to us, she said, "Can you say it with me? Mudanza."

We did.

"¡Muy bien!" Nina complimented. "Well, now that that's over with, I believe we're ready for our moving adventure, and I can tell that it's gonna be a great good night."

After she said that, a jingling was heard. Lucy flew in, and we all went wild as we greeted her one last time. "I hear jingles!" Nina said. "It's our pal, Lucy!"

"Hooray!" Star exclaimed. "I wonder which Sprout friend will come over to play."

Lucy then flew from the You and Me Tree and up to the moon to reveal the show that would come on. "Come on, Lucy, tell us. Who is it?" Nina said as she did. Once Lucy flew around the moon, Papa Bear from The Berenstain Bears appeared. "Hi, Nina and Star!" he said. "It's me, Papa Bear."

It then cut to Nina. "Hi, Berenstain Bears!" she exclaimed as she waved.

The intro of the 2003 series then played, before the episode followed. The episode's title was Moving Day. In it, When Brother and Sister Bear feel sad about Stewart and Sally moving away, Mama and Papa tell the cubs about the time they used to live up in Great Bear Mountain via a scrapbook. Once the episode ended, the credits were pushed back to reveal Nina and Star on the couch. "Nina, I'm having so much fun tonight," he said. "But what are we gonna do next?"

"Well, Star, it's almost time to use our..." Nina said before holding up a nearby telescope.

"SPROUTOSCOPE!" Star finished.

"That's right, so stay right here, because coming up, we're going to use our..." Nina said.

"Sproutoscope!" Star finished again.

"To see what shapes the stars are making tonight," Nina finished.

"And we'll need your help, too, Sproutlets," Star said.

With that, the credits returned, and the closing logos came up. The commercials then started, giving us a few minutes to take a break. Once we had our break, we returned to our seats, and just in time, too, because the commercials were almost over. Once they had ended, it then went over to Nina and Star sitting on the swing. "Hi again, Sproutlets!" Nina said.

"Hi!" Star said.

"Tonight, we're on a moving adventure!" Nina declared.

"Right!" Star agreed.

"And "Mudanza" is "moving" in Spanish," Nina pointed out.

"Mudanza," Star repeated.

"Maravilloso," Nina complimented.

"It's not gonna be the same without you here, Nina," Star said.

"I know, Star, but moving is a change that happens in our lives." Nina replied. "It can happen to anyone, young and old. While you have to learn to accept this change, you can always remember them, or write letters to them."

"Letters?" Star wondered. "But letters are in the alphabet, Nina. Is that what you mean?"

"No, Star," Nina replied. "Letters are messages that you can send someone on paper in the mail. In the letters. you can tell them how you're doing, and about the adventures you've been on. And they just might do the same."

"Oh," Star said, understanding. "Well, besides writing letters, how else can you remember your friends?" he asked.

"Well, I like wishing on the first star I see at night. I always wish that we will be friends forever, even if we're far apart," Nina replied.

"Aw, that's so nice." Star said, moved. "Speaking of stars in the sky, I wonder what shapes we can find in the stars tonight."

"You know, I think I know a Sprouterrific way we can find out," Nina said.

"You don't mean...?" Star knew what Nina was talking about.

"Ooh, I mean," Nina replied. "I think it's time to use our..." As she held up the telescope, she and Star both shouted in unison, "SPROUTOSCOPE!"

"Let's look through the Sproutosocope and see what kind of shapes the stars are making!" Nina said.

"And maybe wish on a star," Star added.

"Yeah, that, too," Nina agreed.

"Oh, but first," Star said as the music began, "I wanna hear my favorite song one more time."

With that, Nina proceeded to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", and as she sung the last words, "I just love to see you shine", she gave Star a hug. After she sang the song,

With that, Star then proceeded to sing his part of the song, only the words, "You're the friends who come to play" became "You're the friends who came to play". Once that was over with,

Once we had returned to our seats, the commercial break ended, and the camera panned to the You and Me Tree, before dissolving inside. Nina came in from the right, saying, "Welcome back, Sproutlets! Tonight, we're on a moving adventure. Y'know, when you move to a new home, it might be a new house or a new apartment. It might be hard to get used to it, but after some time, you'll appreciate it before you know it. Homes can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They can be big or small, or tall or short. When you're at your new home, you might find and make some new friends. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, you can pat yourself on the back, or even cap off the day by doing a nice, long stretch." As she said the last three words, she stretched.

"Nina!" called voices of little kids.

"Can you please come outside? We're ready!" One kid called.

"I'll be right down!" Nina called from inside, waving. She then turned to the camera and said, "It looks like my friends are ready to stretch now, too. Would you like to join us?"

"YEAH!" we all shouted.

"Great! Let's go!" Nina said, before she walked to the left.

Trees then transitioned to outside the You and Me Tree. Nina appeared, then crouched down and rose up slowly as she said:

"I'm a little Sprout now, but just watch me grow. Up, up, up I go! I stand on my tiptoes and reach high in the air, and now I have a Sprout stretch that I'd like to share."

After she said that, she went over to four kids in pajamas. "Hi, Sproutlets! Are you ready to try a Sprout Stretch?"

"YEAH!" the kids shouted.





Once the song had finished, a cloth wiped away the white screen to reveal Nina tucking in Star, who yawned, almost defeated by sleep, into his hammock. He was wearing his blue pajama hat with a star on it and holding his teddy bear. "What a great good night adventure we had," Nina said. "And now I can see that you're all ready for bed. Are you feeling comfy, Star? Gee, you look all cozy and comfy."

"Yes, I am, Nina. But..." he yawned again. "I'm not tired. I don't want you to go, and I don't want the Sproutlets to go, either."

"Well, maybe if you close your eyes and think about all the fun things we did over the years, you'll drift off to Dreamland. And who knows? Maybe the Sproutlets and I might be there waiting for you."

I smiled at that, and I'm pretty sure everyone did, too.

"Just one more story?" Star asked. "Please?"

"I already told you a story, and that was the last one," Nina replied. "Right now, it's time to relax and rest, and drift off to sleep."

"Okay," Star replied. "I wish you didn't have to go. I'm gonna miss you, and I'm gonna miss the Sproutlets, too."

Nina let out a heavy sigh. She wanted to stay longer, but she knew that, regardless of whether she wanted to or not, it wasn't going to happen anytime soon. She was going to move away, and there wasn't anything she could do about it. "I'll miss you, too, Star," she started to say, a bit misty-eyed, but was cut off by a hard lump in her throat. She swallowed it and added, "We all will. We were friends for so long. I wish it didn't have to end."

"Me, too, Nina," Star replied. "Me, too." He yawned one more time, and I could tell that he was starting to feel a little sleepy. "Goodnight and goodbye, Nina," he said. He then turned to the camera, and the last thing he said before his eyes closed was, "Goodnight and goodbye, Sproutlets." We all waved to him as his eyes closed.

"Good night and goodbye, my sweet shining Star. Have happy dreams, and remember me," Nina said. She was sure going to miss her friend.

She then turned to the camera and, as if it were a secret, said, "And if it's your bedtime, too, Sproutlets, a very special good night to you, too, and a very special goodbye. I'm gonna miss you. I hope you'll remember me as I'll remember you. But, if you're still awake, let's see who'll be here with us one last time." Then, to Lucy, she said, "Hey, Lucy, can you tell us who it is?"

Lucy was nearby, and she lit up a bit, before flying up to reveal that Sarah and Duck was the last show coming up on the block.

Once the episode of Sarah and Duck had ended, the credits played for a bit, before being pushed back to reveal Nina on the couch. "What a fantastic good night we all had! It wouldn't be the same without all of you here. There's lots more to come, so stick around."

The rest of the credits then returned, and the closing logos played, signaling the episode's end. It was a good thing we had our tissue boxes, because the final minutes of the block would have us requiring them.

The scene cut to Nina turning off the lamp and putting it in one of the moving boxes. Once it was in, she turned to the camera.

"Welcome back, Sproutlets!" she said. "What a great final good night this has been, and without you, it probably wouldn't be unforgettable. Thank you so much for joining us on our moving adventure tonight. We've done a lot lately. We sang songs, played a goodnight game, did a relaxing Sprout Stretch, and sprouted a sandy story. We also looked at the stars in the night sky using the Sproutoscope. What a magical good night we had together. I'm never gonna forget this final good night with you. Never." Then something caught her eye. She headed over to see what it was.

"Star's already sleeping as he's waiting for the moving van," she said. She then turned off the nearby light switch and smiled as she viewed her sleeping friend. As the camera cut to Star sleeping while clutching his teddy while we all waved to him, added, "I wonder what he's dreaming of. Maybe he's dreaming of my new home and what it will bring. Nighty-night and goodbye, Star. I'm gonna miss you. Really."

Once the camera cut back to her, she started to walk away and said, "Our good night together is almost over. And now it looks like there's one more Sprout friend to say goodnight and goodbye to. Can you guess who it is? I'll give you some clues. He lives in a fish bowl, he's a very good swimmer, and his name rhymes with "rush". Now, do you know who I'm talking about?"

Oh, no.

This wasn't gonna be easy. As we shouted out the answer, I knew right then and there who Nina was talking about.

"That's right," she continued. "It's time to say goodnight and goodbye to Hush the fish, and to make our special nighttime wish for the very last time. Do you have a special wish you'd like to make?" As she said that, she stopped by Hush's fishbowl. "Let's do it together," she whispered, before she said the poem that appeared at every blockisode.

"Hush, Hush, little fish,

We are here to make a wish.

We close our eyes and then we start

To make a wish with all our heart."

We followed along with her as she said this poem.

Nina then proceeded to say the same poem from before, but this time, she used sign language, with everyone joining in. Ah, well. What have I got left to lose? I thought, eventually joining in as well. Once that was done, she said, "Now

My wish is that you have a cozy sleep full of the sweetest of happy dreams, so that when you wake up tomorrow, you'll be ready for a joy-filled day, a new adventure, and many more. Because that's what it's time for. Your next adventure. When you're asleep tonight, I'll wish that it comes true. Now gently. All together."

After she said that, the blockisode paused so that we could make our wishes. My wish was that this wouldn't have to end, and that The Good Night Show could go on. But regardless of what my wish was, I knew that Nina was right from the start.

Everything, good or bad, has to come to an end sooner or later eventually. Whether you love them or not, or whether you want them to or not, that's how things are supposed to be.

Once we had all made our wishes, the blockisode continued.

The camera cut to a closeup of Hush as we all waved to him and Nina's voice was heard. "Good night and goodbye, Hush," she said. We all said that as well. "See you when we get to our new home." Nina said that next part by herself. Then it cut back to her, as she turned to the camera and added, "And good night and goodbye to you, too, Sproutlets. Sleep tight, and don't forget me, okay? I'll never forget all those good nights we all had. You, me, Star, Lucy, and Hush. We've had a lot of fun. We've done a lot lately, and now...the time has come to say goodbye. Though our stories will have separate ends, thank you for everything and for coming along with us on all those good night adventures. And always remember, even if we aren't around, you'll always be with me...like a handprint on my heart." As she said the last few words, she put a hand or two to her heart as she started to walk away from Hush's fishbowl.

I smiled a bit at this, and I'm pretty sure everyone else did, too.

"Promise me one thing, though, before I go," Nina added as she stopped.

What? What is it? I thought. What did she want us to promise?

"As you know, the You and Me Tree is a really special and fun place to look at. Although you can't really see it, if you look up into the sky at night, remember this: somewhere out there, maybe somewhere, the You and Me Tree will be right there waiting for you." She paused to let it sink in. "And when the time comes, so will Lucy, Hush, and of course, Star and I. If you see a shooting star zinging by, make a wish with all your heart. A special wish. A wish that we'll always remember each other. By doing that, you'll be able to keep the memories that we shared that will last a lifetime. My time with you are moments that will last forever. Oh, and if you ever happen to move to a new home, like me, remember this: when you learn to move on and realize that having a new house isn't as bad as you'd probably think it would be, just remember that you were promised that everything would be okay from the very beginning."

What did Nina mean by all this? Did she have a point or not?

Oh, wait a second, I thought.

And then it came to me.

It was either the food I ate, or I was having an epiphany, whatever it was.

I couldn't figure it out, but I guess I would never really need to.

The Good Night Show was produced and put on the air for 11 1/2 years, and massing well over a countless number of blockisodes. Each blockisode served not only the goal of entertaining the audience and encouraging them to join in what was happening, but here, also teaching them something about the world. It created these fictional friends, these personas, that we all spent time with, and through that connection, we learned so much.

But here, out of all those moments, this, Nina's goodbye speech, tended to be the one that stood out the greatest in the minds of children who grew up on this block. And I figured out why.

Out of all the show's attempts to teach those at home stretches, songs, arts and crafts, or music, here, its most infamous lesson was also not only its most tragic, but also its most important as it is relevant.

And that in question? That time waits for no one.

Throughout your life, you are going to be meeting A LOT of people like, say, Nina and Star. Kind, caring people who make your days and nights a little brighter, who you yearn to spend more time with because they're just that fun to be around. As your paths cross, you get to spend countless hours with them, and eventually, you find yourself seeing those moments as the best in your life.

And then, sometimes, that all has to end.

Maybe they change, maybe you change, or maybe you're both the same. And despite how much you've loved the days you've shared and spent with each other, something pulls you apart, serving as the end of the road. One of you has to be like Nina and get onto that moving van and ride off into the sunset, going to continue your lives, but all on your own. And yes, that can hurt. That can hurt a lot, but you have to keep moving. You have to find new people and new experiences to fill that empty void, and it's because pausing the tape and refusing to let the world turn before you can be just as heartbreaking as it is no fun.

As the music began, Nina concluded, "So good night, Sproutlets. Slumber well...and goodbye."

After she said that, she proceeded to sing the first line of the Goodnight Song (or "Hey, OK").

"Hey, OK

We had another fantastic day

But now it's time to say

Goodbye"

I was confused at first. Normally, she would sing "good night" in the song. After some time, I assumed that she was replacing "good night" with "goodbye" just for this one episode. After Nina said, "OK", the camera dissolved to Star sleeping while we all waved to him one last time, and returned to her as she sung, "time to say". As Nina sung "Goodbye", she turned off another lamp and went over to sit on the swing and continued to sing.

"'Cause we've got places to go

Bubbles to blow

People to know

Stories to share

And dreams to grow

So goodbye

Goodbye

Goodbye..."

I assumed she added "people to know" because this was the final blockisode. On the last word, we were all brought to tears as we all waved to her. Goodbye, Nina, I thought. I was really going to miss her.

Lucy then appeared, and the camera cut outside the You and Me Tree, as she flew away as the last guitar strums played. She stopped to wink at the camera, and we waved at her as well, before she flew away. After that, the tube from the start of the block slept in a book and dreamt of the letter Z dressed as a sheep jumping over a fence. The boy from the start of the block closed the book, and the sleeping tube revealed the title. And with that, we all went nuts as the block, as well as 11 1/2 years of Sprout's nighttime block, ended.

Even as a montage showing Sprout characters sleeping to the well-known Pajanimals song “La-La-Lullaby”, as well as a promo for the website for The Good Night Show on sproutonline.com played, we were all sobbing, not loudly, but calmly and bitterly. What a grand finale this had been!

Once the website promo had ended, the lights went up. We all said our thank you's and goodnights and, once everyone went home for the evening, me and my family went back to our hotel to get some sleep for the night. I, on the other hand, was the last one awake, as I spent hours in my room watching TV before I fell asleep, ending this emotional night for all involved.

Don't worry, Nina, I thought. I'll never forget all the good night adventures we all had together. And I'll never forget this one. I promise...

As I slept, I thought about Nina's final words. What did they actually mean? Were we really promised before we were born that everything would be okay from the start? Then I came to the conclusion that the reason why Sprout would make an episode like this was because they wanted kids to move on while also facing the harsh reality. Most kiddie shows wouldn't do that, especially something like The Good Night Show, but something like this proves that kids need to be informed that change needs to take place on them. Nothing always works out the way we want it to be, but hey, that's part of life. Who would know something like The Good Night Show would have a hidden context to it? I didn't. Now I know, though: when changes occur, you just have to move on.

The next day, March had gone, and April had arrived. We had a fun time, and an emotional time last night, but we made the best of it regardless. We ate at a few restaurants, saw a few shows, and even bought a few souvenirs. It was a fun-filled experience. Soon enough, our trip came to an end.

Once we had returned home, we got to unpacking. At one point in the day, I decided to head to sproutonline.com, and what I saw was a story. I then realized that it was set after the events of the blockisode we all watched on our trip, and it was posted days after it aired.

In a nutshell, it said that the morning after the blockisode, the moving van arrived. After loading the boxes and Hush's fishbowl with Hush inside into the moving van, Nina said goodbye to Lucy, but her most emotional goodbyes would be with Star. True, they were the best of friends, and they would miss each other, but the memories of the fun they had would never fade away. After getting settled into her new home, Nina kept in touch with Star, and they would remain best friends, albeit being pen pals.

I smiled. It was good to see that Nina and Star haven't given up on each other, especially after the move. I was glad that Nina and Star got a happy ending, even if they were far apart. I posted the story online, hoping that everyone would know what happened after the blockisode.

As time passed, sadly, nothing would ever be the same anymore. Sprout became Universal Kids on September 9, 2017, Michele Lepe moved on to a YouTube series called Storytime with Michele, and we would move to a new home in a different state a few months later. Nina's final words about moving on really stuck with me ever since we first heard them, and I would take them to heart. It was a good thing I recorded the final time The Good Night Show would be on TV, and with my mom's help, I put it on Internet Archive for the world to see.

Universal Kids' schedule nowadays is just nothing more than just Masha and the Bear, Mighty Mike, Cocomelon (soon to leave since it's moving to Cartoonito USA), and Trolls: The Beat Goes On! (mostly the first three shows). Even as various petitions are made, asking for Sprout to be brought back, I long for the day NBCUniversal and Comcast listen and win back the Sproutlets. And who knows? Maybe The Good Night Show will come back as well. Here's hoping these petitions work, because if they don't, well, then, I don't know what else will. Then again, moving on can be hard, but when you realize that it isn't as bad as you'd think it would be, you were promised before you were born that everything would be okay from the very beginning.

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