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Muppets Tonight
Air Date June 30, 1996
Written by Dick Blasucci, Paul Flaherty, Darin Henry, Jim Lewis, Kirk Thatcher and Patric Verrone
Director Greg V. Fera
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Creative differences threaten to close down a revival of "Bats," a musical written by Gonzo and Jason Alexander during their college years.

Skit Highlights

Animal hits his head against a drum and incapacitates himself.

Clifford and Bobo try to prevent Humpty Dumpty from jumping off a wall and committing suicide. Bobo's attempts to talk him round only stiffen his resolve, however, and the detectives decide to eat the evidence.

Jason Alexander stars as Hercule Poirot in an Agatha Christie spoof. Mr. Poodlepants is murdered, and Hercule is called on to solve the case. But everyone thinks he is "Hercules", the fictional Greek hero. Jason makes several in-character attempts to explain who he really is, but when Bunsen mistakes him for Superman, he loses patience, and leaves, falling off the train in the process.

Miss Piggy and her crew's spaceship is invaded by space pirates led by Vendela. Miss Piggy tells her crew that Vendela is an ugly monster princess, but she turns out to be the Swedish supermodel, and all the male members of the crew go off to be a personal slaves, leaving Miss Piggy to vent her anger on the new spaceship computer.

Trivia

  • According to this episode, Jason and Gonzo were in the drama club at school together.
  • Jason and Gonzo attended the South Bay Regional Polytechnic Institute for the Performing and Industrial Arts Night School, Downtown Campus.
  • This episode was production number 112

Performers

Kevin Clash as Clifford, Craniac, Polly Lobster
Dave Goelz as The Great Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Waldorf
Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Mr. Poodlepants
Jerry Nelson as Statler, Jowls
Brian Henson as Seymour, Thor, Nigel
Bill Barretta as Pepe, Bobo, Captain Pighead, Al-1995 Plus tax, Clueless Morgan
Frank Oz as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph
Thom Fountain
John Kennedy
Bruce Lanoil
Len Levitt
Drew Massey
Joe Selph
Allan Trautman

Cast

Muppets:

Clifford, Gonzo, Rizzo the Rat, Jowls, Kermit the Frog, Nigel, Fozzie Bear, Mr. Poodlepants, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Seymour, Pepe the King Prawn, Animal, Miss Piggy, Muppets Tonight Band, Captain Pighead, Craniac, Snorty, Bobo the Bear, Mr. Callahan, Polly Lobster, Clueless Morgan, Eggheads

Background:

Bobby Benson, Eugene, J.P. Grosse, Stalactites

Audience Muppets:

Begoony, Big Mean Carl, Blustering Bellowpane Monster, Buster Bergman, Butch, Chickens, Chip, Crocodile, Frackles, Gnu, Large Marvin Fraggle, a Monkey, Ohreally Bird, Pigs, Rats, Quongo, The Newsman, Youknow Bird


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