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Episode 107: Fitness

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The Jim Henson Hour
Air Date July 16, 1989
Written by
Director Peter Harris
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Bunsen and Beaker demonstrate Muppet Labs' exercise shoes for executives.

Plot Outline

Jim Henson's Intro

Jim Henson, wearing a Hawaiian shirt, reminds the Lion that he was supposed to wear a pith helmet, and remarks to the audience that whenever they go to a nice restauraunt, the lion refuses to wear a tie. (In the half-hour version, Jim, wearing a grey shirt, reminds the Lion he was supposed to wear jogging shoes.)

MuppeTelevision

In an episode focusing on health and fitness, Digit gets a cold, the chickens catch sneezing fits, and Link Hogthrob worries that he has Canadian snout fever.

The Song of the Cloud Forest

In the rainforest, Milton the Golden Toad worries that he may be the last of his species alive, and he'll never find a mate to love.

Closing

Jim Henson explains that golden Toads are endangered because rainforrests are disapearing, and that it matters to people like The Thought Lion and himself.

Notes

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Henson directs a scene from The Song of the Cloud Forest

  • This is one of only two episodes that included an appearance by the Swedish Chef.
  • This is one of the few episodes that Richard Hunt performed in.
  • According to the July 18, 1989 issue of The Kentucky New Era, this episode was the lowest rated program among all four networks, ranking dead last out of 77 shows, bringing in a 3.9 household rating (watched by about 3.5 million households)
  • Kermit's original line when introducing "Just to See Her" was "Here's Smokey Robinson and the house band!" When the episode aired, the last half of the line was re-dubbed to mention "Solid Foam" instead. The clip was shown during an April 14 Jim Henson appearance on The Today Show with Jane Pauley. The graphics behind Kermit were also different at this point. The Today Show appearance also showed some behind the scenes footage from "Just to See Her."
  • During his host segments, Jim Henson wears a green Hawaiian shirt resembling the environment of The Song of the Cloud Forest.
  • In the half-hour Jim Henson Show version, Jim Henson wears a grey shirt. An outtake was staged during this shoot showing the Lion attacking Jim.
  • After Jim Henson hands the show over to Kermit, his image on the monitor is replaced by a scene of Lindbergh and a pink reporter birddriving around the city on a bicycle contraption. The pink bird appeared in some promotional photos and appears with Lindbergh on the monitors in several episodes. She may have been intended as a more important character.

Credits

Muppets

Kermit the Frog, Digit, Link Hogthrob, Chickens, Gonzo, Bean Bunny, Leon, Vicki, Lindberg, Sweetums, Timmy Monster, Doglion, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Jacques Roach, Rowlf the Dog, The Swedish Chef, Statler and Waldorf, Merlin's Assistant, Luncheon Counter Monster, Cow, The Singing Food, Penguins, Goat, Wolf, Deer, Mickey Moose, Billy the Bear, Rabbits, Raccoon, Old Skyball Paint, Beard, Flash

Performers


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