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The Muppet Show
Guest Starring Milton Berle
Production Dates June 9-11, 1977
Home Video Season Two
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This episode is available for viewing, sans U.K. Spot, at the Paley Center for Media.

Fozzie Bear is so intimidated by the thought of meeting Milton Berle, "the King of Comics," that he spends the whole show hiding from the guest star. His flimsy disguises don't fool Kermit or Scooter, but when Fozzie finally overhears Milton saying that he'd like to do a song-and-dance with him, Fozzie springs out of hiding, and the pair performs "Top Banana" together in baggy pants and big shoes.

Songs/Sketches

Notes

  • This is the second of three episodes where a female performer auditioned. In this episode, that performer is Abby Hadfield, who performs Zelda Rose.
  • Link Hogthrob makes his debut in this episode.

Episode

Picture Description
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Cold Open: Scooter calls for guest star Milton Berle to "stand by for make-up!" Timmy Monster then hits Milton with a giant powder puff.
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"The Muppet Show Theme": Gonzo's trumpet sprays water everywhere.
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The Muppet Monsters sing "Ugly Song." A few Frackles and Mean Mama sing the praises of such ugly creatures as the crocodile and the warthog.
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Fozzie has been hiding from his comedy idol, Milton Berle. The bear is too embarrassed to speak to him. Kermit suggests he just say hello to the comic, but Fozzie feels "Hello" is not enough, but that he should probably make a speech and grovel alot. Fozzie runs off when Milton emerges from his dressing room.

Gonzo stops by to tell Milton to "knock 'em dead" when he performs. Milton tells him not to "worry about the king," to which Gonzo replies, "I'm not. I'm worried about you!"
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Milton tries to perform his monologue, but can't make it past the heckling of Statler and Waldorf. Finally, when Milton is fed up with their antics, Gonzo enters and offers to "help him out." When Milton accepts this help, Gonzo asks, "Which way did you come in?"
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Muppet News Flash: The Newsman reports on the battle over Mary Crandall's will between Her son Charles and her cat Cuteypie. Her son was awarded the full estate of 10,000 rubber mice.
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Pigs in Space: The crew sees a white light heading straight at them. Miss Piggy suggests that it looks like the headlight on a motorcycle. The intrepid and well-fed Link Hogthrob doesn't believe her, but seventeen seconds later, Gonzo drives right by the Swinetrek on his motorcycle. When the indignant Link leaves the bridge, he gets his nose slammed in the closing doors and sets off the Stuck Pig Alarm.
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Fozzie is still trying to hide from Milton Berle. As he thinks about how funny Milton is, he gets his nose stuck in a door, a gag which Kermit points out was already used in Pigs in Space.
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With Rowlf the Dog at the piano, Milton sings "The Entertainer."
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UK Spot: Piggy sings a reprise of "The Entertainer," a much more upbeat, snappier rendition of the song.
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Fozzie's latest attempt to hide from Milton Berle doesn't work out so well. Scooter recognizes him instantly. Fozzie is so upset, he wishes he could go lie down. The only reason he doesn't is that Scooter is standing on his beard.
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Zelda Rose and her Singing Owl perform "Who?"
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Kermit, trying to cover for Fozzie, informs Milton that he is in Death Valley gathering material for his act. When Milton reveals that he has always wanted to do a song and dance with Fozzie, the bear immediately reveals himself to Milton. Continuing Kermit's earlier charade, Fozzie says that it is "too hot to be funny in Death Valley."
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Milton and Fozzie sing "Top Banana," performing a lot of Vaudeville schtick with it.
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At the closing, Fozzie tells Kermit that he and Milton are now best friends. "From now on," he says, "it's the Bear and the Berle!" Milton corrects him, "Wrong. It's the Berle and the Bear."

Edits

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  • On Nickelodeon, the Muppet News Flash sketch and the second backstage scene (following the UK Spot) were cut.

Cast

Muppets:

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Scooter, Rowlf the Dog, Statler and Waldorf, Link Hogthrob, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Timmy Monster, Mean Mama, Snake Frackle, Blue Frackle, Crocodile, Warthog, The Newsman, Zelda Rose, Singing Owl

Background Muppets:

Green Frackle, Green Frackle (Gloat), Miss Kitty, Lydia, Whatnots, Beautiful Day Monster

Performers

Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Waldorf, Link Hogthrob, Timmy Monster, The Newsman, Mean Mama, and Blue Frackle
Frank Oz as Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, and Crocodile
Jerry Nelson as Dr. Strangepork, the Announcer, and the Singing Owl
Richard Hunt as Statler, Scooter, and Snake Frackle
Dave Goelz as Gonzo and Warthog
Abby Hadfield as Zelda Rose and Green Frackle (uncredited)


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Start a Discussion Discussions about Episode 203: Milton Berle

  • Who Wrote Muppet Show Episode 203 With Milton Berle

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    • In his book, Joseph A. Bailey states that Berle provided the writers with his heckler gags.
    • Right, but that doesn't mean Berle wrote them originally. Just that he kept using them over the years, from whichever writer originally did t...

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