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Episode 119: Vincent Price

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The Muppet Show
Guest Starring Vincent Price
Production Dates October 19-21, 1976
Home Video Season One
Best of the Muppet Show
Monster Laughs...
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In honor of guest star Vincent Price, the show is filled with monsters, ghosts, bats, vampires and spooky situations. A three-headed monster auditions for the show: "We sing!" "No, we dance!" "No, we tell jokes!"

Songs/Sketches


Episode

Picture Description
119-1
The Muppet Show Theme”: Gonzo shoots the “O.”
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Kermit has the audience prepare for the weird, the strange, and the scary because tonight’s special guest star is Vincent Price. He promises that there will be no craziness, no slapstick, and no silliness. He is then promptly hit in the face with a pie. He then adds, " Or at least not much of it."
119-2
Behemoth croons "Under My Skin" as he eats a terrified Shakey Sanchez. At the end, Shakey, accepting his fate, sings a verse of "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)."
119-3
Backstage, Scooter informs Kermit that someone would like to audition. Trouble is, this person isn’t exactly a he, not exactly a she, sort of a they, but not really. When Kermit meets the person auditioning, he discovers that it is a three-headed creature.
119-4
In honor of her home country of Transylvania, Kermit has let Hilda introduce the next sketch: The House of Horrors!
119-5

119-6
Fozzie and Gonzo have rented a summer cottage. Unfortunately, Gonzo got the ad for the place from the “Wampire Veekly.” They soon receive a visitor. Vincent Price is looking for a room for the night as the road has washed out and his horse has a flat tire. However, he is not alone. He is travelling with a beautiful assistant and a hideously deformed monster. Uncle Deadly is the former.

There is trouble, though, as it approaches midnight. Uncle Deadly reveals that at midnight, his master turn into a screaming, maniacal, demonic, raging, blood-lusting animal! And then he gets mean. But something is different. Tonight is New Year’s Eve. In which case, he turns into… Jack Parnell!
119-7
Statler believes Vincent Price is the scariest actor since Thudge McGerk. When he appears in Statler and Waldorf's Box, he scares Statler right out of his seat.
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Tom, Dick, and Harry are still waiting to audition, but they can’t seem to figure out what it is they do. “We sing!” “No, we dance!” “No, we tell jokes!” Kermit then asks if they’ve worked on television much, to which they reply, “Always!” “Sometimes.” “Never.” Then they can’t agree on a leader… or a gender.
119-9
Wayne and Wanda: "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered". Wanda is literally bewitched and turns into Blue Frackle.
119-10
Panel Discussion: Gourmet Dining. Gorgon Heap eats Pierre LaCousse, the French chef invited in this panel. Then, the glutton monster eats Kermit, with the assistance of a hungry Vincent Price.
119-11
At the Dance. A bunch of ghouls fills the ballroom : a couple of ghosts, Dracula and his victim, Beautiful Day Monster surrounded by bats, Miss Kitty and a female Blue Frackle (who removes her head at the end of the sketch). George the Janitor and Mildred Huxtetter are the only “normal” dancers in this episode.
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UK Spot: Ghosts haunt the backstage, singing "I'm Looking Through You." Fozzie, wandering in the backstage, sees the spirits and runs away, terrified.
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Talk Spot: Vincent Price smiles to reveal vampire fangs, which he ostensibly grew on demand to showcase his acting prowess. Kermit asks Vincent how he managed this feat, the latter begins a pompous explanation about years of training, concentration, etc. Kermit cuts the monologue short by opening his own mouth to reveal a set of vampire fangs, and then promptly bites the guest star on the neck.
119-13
Kermit tells the three-headed monster that they won’t be in the show tonight, but they have already prepared a song: “Tea for Three!” Upon hearing that, Kermit orders the three-head muppet out then leaves.
119-14
Muppet News Flash: The Newsman reports that furniture is turning into monsters as a man watching at home is eaten by his living room.
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Blackout: Sweetums offers to give Vincent a hand.
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Fozzie tries to console the three-headed monster, but they’ve already come up with a new act. One head will be the straight man, one will be the comic, and one will be the audience. That we no matter how bad they are, they’ll always love themselves.
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Talking Houses: The Hospital (the only sketch without monsters or spookiness)
You've Got a Friend
Vincent, Uncle Deadly, two ghosts and some Muppet Monsters (including Frackles, Droop, Purple Heap, Green Heap, Miss Kitty and Flower-Eating Monster) sing "You've Got a Friend."
119-18
Kermit asks the audience to give Vincent a hand, but instead Vincent gives him one.

Notes

  • This is the first episode in which all of the sketches center around a common theme.
  • This is also the first episode from the first season to be released on DVD.
  • The Newsman refers to Sheriff David Goelz in his broadcast. This is an obvious reference to performer Dave Goelz.
  • In this episode, the audience, shown during the Talk Spot, includes mainly weird creatures (Muppet Monsters and Koozebanians).
  • For the first and last time, Hilda introduces a number, the "House of Horror sketch". At this occasion, she refers to her homeland, Transylvania.
  • Thudge McGerk is a monster formerly known as a famous actor. He has that in common with Uncle Deadly, as it will be revealed in episode 121.

Edits

  • The closing number, "You've Got a Friend," is cut on The Muppet Show: Season One DVD.
  • The end of the "House of Horrors" sketch was altered: the original punchline was, "On New Year's Eve, the Master turns into Guy Lombardo!" Since the show was primarily aimed at an American audience, "Guy Lombardo" was replaced with ATV (and Muppet Show) bandleader "Jack Parnell" when the UK master (which has been used on all home video releases of the episode) was prepared. The original US broadcast print with the Guy Lombardo reference has never been recovered and is considered lost, although Uncle Deadly's original line remained intact when the sketch was illustrated in The Muppet Show Book.
  • When this episode was released on the 1994 video Monster Laughs with Vincent Price, "I'm Looking Through You," the Houses sketch, and the closing number, "You've Got a Friend," were all cut.
  • On Nickelodeon, At the Dance was cut.

Cast

Muppets:

Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Scooter, Statler and Waldorf, Behemoth, Shakey Sanchez, Tom, Dick, and Harry, Hilda, Uncle Deadly, Thudge McGerk, Sam the Eagle, Wayne, Wanda, Pierre LaCousse, Gorgon Heap, Frackles, Miss Kitty, Ghosts, Dracula, George the Janitor, Mildred Huxtetter, The Newsman, Muppet Furniture, Sweetums, The Houses, Whatnot, Dancers

Background Muppets:

Beautiful Day Monster, The Fazoobs, Pig, Purple Heap, Green Heap, Droop, Flower-Eating Monster

Audience Muppets:

Beautiful Day Monster, Mahna Mahna

Performers

Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Waldorf, The Newsman, Shakey Shanchez, and Green Frackle
Frank Oz as Fozzie Bear, Sam the Eagle, one of the Houses, George the Janitor, and Mildred
Jerry Nelson as Uncle Deadly, Tom, Thudge McGerk, Dracula, Dracula's dancing partner and Pierre LaCousse.
Richard Hunt as Scooter, Statler, Sweetums, Ghost, Wayne, Miss Kitty, and Behemoth
Dave Goelz as The Great Gonzo, Dick, Blue Frackle, and Gorgon Heap
John Lovelady as Harry and Ghost
Eren Ozker as Hilda, Wanda, Ghost, and one of the Houses

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