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The Muppet Show
Guest Starring Paul Williams
Production Dates June 22-24, 1976
Home Video Season One
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Scooter talks Fozzie into doing "the telephone pole bit," and Fozzie practices dutifully until he finds out what the bit is: Fozzie dresses up as a public telephone, and Scooter asks what his name is. "Mike Oznowiczki," Fozzie says, and Scooter exclaims, "Oh, so you're the telephone Pole!"

Songs/Sketches

Episode

Picture Description
108-1
"The Muppet Show Theme":

When Gonzo strikes the "O", the effect reverberates through him. (Repeated from episode 105)
All of Me
Kermit opens the show by mentioning that Paul Williams is their guest, and informs the audience that they will not make any jokes about Paul's size, but adds that "he's such a cute little fellow that we're gonna make him an honorary Muppet". He then introduces the opening number, "All of Me", featuring a monster who removes all of his body parts and gives them to his lover.
108-2
Backstage, Fozzie is having trouble preparing for his act, and Scooter suggests to Fozzie that he do "The Telephone Pole Bit", telling Fozzie that it's a classic. Scooter is about to tell Fozzie what's supposed to happen, but when he mentions that they would be on stage together, Fozzie interrupts to point out that he works alone. But Scooter informs him that he doesn't tell jokes in the telephone pole bit, because he is the telephone pole.
108-3

108-4
Kermit introduces Paul Williams' first number, "An Old Fashioned Love Song", in which Paul is joined by two caricatures of himself and The Gogolala Jubilee Jugband.
108-5
In Muppet Labs, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew shows off his latest invention, the All-Purpose Tenderizer, which can make anything softer.
108-6

108-7
A poem by Rowlf, titled "Silence".
108-9
Fozzie practices to be a telephone pole. Hilda watches him but says that nobody would believe that he's a telephone pole. She then changes her mind when a lineman (singing "Wichita Lineman") puts a power line on Fozzie's nose.
108-8
Blackout: Paul tells the audience that one of the reasons he chose to be on the show was so he could finally be the tallest person on a television show... but then meets Sweetums, Thog, and a Mutation.
108-10

108-11
At the Dance. George can't believe Mildred had a boy at that age, but she didn't; when she had him he was just a baby. A pig tries to rhyme while dancing with Miss Piggy, but she just insults him. Janice is annoyed that a man isn't even looking at her. The loud lady complains that she never keeps a job and her last job lasted only 10 minutes-she was a librarian. Animal asks a whatnot if she wants to take a trip. When she complies, they take a trip, literally.
108-12
In the UK Spot, Mary Louise leads the frogs in a performance of "I'm in Love with a Big Blue Frog".
108-13
Talk Spot: Kermit and Paul talk about famous short people.
108-14
While Fozzie pretends to be a telephone pole, a woodpecker pecks at him.
108 pittsburgh
Paul stars in a sketch as a travel agent, whose customer, Beautiful Day Monster, wants to go to Pittsburgh, and keeps wanting to know if he has any cheaper forms of transportation.
108-15
One of the Talking Houses reveals that she has a very religious mother... she's a church.
108-16
Wayne saws Wanda as she sings "You Do Something to Me".
108-17
In Muppet News, The Newsman interviews Arnold Stockman (Paul Williams) with a supposedly unusual story.
108-18

108-19
Fozzie finds out what the telephone pole bit is, and tells Scooter that he will not do it, certain that they are going to die onstage. Fozzie isn't so sure, especially with 2 vulture-like Frackles staring at him.
108-20
Fozzie and Scooter perform the telephone pole bit. Waldorf comments that Fozzie has never been better, Statler adds that Fozzie also hasn't been shorter, but Waldorf says "Same difference".
108-21
For the closing number, Paul and the cast sing "Sad Song".
108-22
At the show's closing, Paul is once again joined by the Muppet monsters.

Gallery

Notes

  • The telephone pole's name is a takeoff on Frank Oz's father, puppeteer Mike Oznowicz.
  • This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series.
  • The UK Spot is one of two Fran Brill appearances on the show in back-to-back episodes.
  • This is the first appearance of Robin the Frog, as seen in the "I'm in Love with a Big Blue Frog" number.

Edits

  • When released on The Muppet Show: Season One, the opening number, "All of Me," is cut. Part of the first backstage sequence is also cut to remove a reference to the opening number.
  • The Muppet Labs segment was cut on Nickelodeon.

Cast

Muppets:

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Scooter, Rowlf the Dog, Statler and Waldorf, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Paul Williams Muppet, Whatnot, George the Janitor, Mildred Huxtetter, Zoot, Janice, Hilda, Beautiful Day Monster, Talking Houses, Sam the Eagle, Wayne, Wanda, The Newsman, Mary Louise, Shouting Lady, Sexy Muppet, Miss Kitty, Whatnot Monster, Sweetums, Thog, Mutation

Background Muppets:

Ohboy Bird, The Gogolala Jubilee Jugband, Jerry Nelson Muppet, Zelda Rose, Nigel, Red-Haired Woman, Frogs, Robin the Frog, Frackles, Animal, Floyd Pepper, Brewster, Gonzo

Performers

Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Waldorf and the Newsman
Frank Oz as Fozzie Bear, Animal, George the Janitor, Mildred and Sam the Eagle
Jerry Nelson as Monster, Shouting Lady, Shouting Lady's dancing partner, Paul 1, Lineman, Frogs and one of the Houses
Richard Hunt as Scooter, Statler, Beautiful Day Monster, Ohboy Bird, Miss Piggy, Miss Piggy's dancing partner and Frogs
Dave Goelz as Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Paul 2 and Zoot
Eren Ozker as Hilda, Janice, Wanda and Animal's Dancing Partner
Fran Brill as Mary Louise
John Lovelady as Frogs and one of the Houses


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