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The Muppet Show
Guest Starring Dom DeLuise
Production Dates August 9-11, 1977
Home Video Season Two
Best of the Muppet Show
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Miss Piggy hires Scooter to pay off the audience to go wild for her. She also has him send her dozens of bouquets and write her piles of fan mail, all part of an attempt to get Kermit to notice her more. Piggy and Scooter stage a conversation for Kermit to overhear, in which she pretends to have an offer from another show, but Kermit isn't fooled. After finding out from Scooter what's really going on, he tells Piggy he's heard about her offer and has decided to let her go. When she breaks down in tears, sobbing that she can't leave him, Kermit agrees to take her back, but at a lower salary. After all, if she can afford to have Scooter pay off the audience for her...

Songs/Sketches

Episode

Picture Description
211 cold open
Cold Open: Scooter calls for Dom DeLuise only to find The Swedish Chef garnishing his head for dinner.
211 gonzo trumpet
"The Muppet Show Theme": Gonzo's trumpet blows orange smoke.
211 dilly dally
For the opening number, Miss Piggy sings "Don't Dilly Dally on the Way" with a surprisingly affectionate reaction from the audience, including Statler and Waldorf joining in.
211 kermit scooter

211 piggy scooter
Scooter, in watching the audience's reaction, points out how much they must love Miss Piggy. Kermit quips, "Yeah. Must be an easy house."

After Kermit has left, Piggy asks Scooter if he thinks it worked, to which Scooter replies, "Yeah, and how about that audience I paid off for you?"

Piggy reveals that she is trying to grab Kermit's attention. Scooter suggests the notion that Piggy would also like her own spot on the show.

211 merdlidop

211 merd
Dome DeLuise, as an interplanetary explorer, finds himself on the Planet Koozebane. He is soon surrounded by Merdlidops who steal his hammer and his radio. In his efforts to retrieve his items and perhaps capture one of the creatures, Dom falls into a crater and becomes one of the Merdlidops himself.

(Note: After the scene, Statler asks Waldorf if he thinks there might be life on other planets, to which Waldorf responds: "What do you care? You don't have a life on this one." The joke would later be reused in Muppets From Space).

211 drum solo
Animal performs a drum solo. A few seconds after Animal is through, a final note is heard that confuses him.
211 dom piggy

211 piggy apple
Miss Piggy goes to Dom's dressing room to change as hers is completely full of flowers. Dom expresses his anger that, although he is the guest star this week, the only thing people seem to be excited about is Piggy. After a poorly placed pig pun wherein Dom sings "The Days of Swine and Roses," he and Miss Piggy exchange insults about being overweight, which eventually leads to Dom pushing an apple into Piggy's mouth.

Scooter arrives to call Piggy for the hospital sketch, and Piggy is more than happy to provide them with a patient by using her karate on Dom.

211 vets hospital
Veterinarian's Hospital: The scene begins with the audience chanting for Miss Piggy's arrival. Dr. Bob and his assistants then go on to "milk" several terrible cow jokes.
211 slim and lou
UK Spot: Slim Wilson and Lou sing "Henrietta's Wedding".
Dontblamethedynamite
Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem sing "Don't Blame the Dynamite".
211 piggy scooter 2

211 kermit scooter 2
Backstage, Miss Piggy and Scooter are engaged in a conversation, designed for Kermit to overhear, about her "new job offer." Although Scooter messes up one of his lines, Piggy departs assuming it has gone well.

When she has left, Kermit confronts Scooter about the conversation. Scooter refuses to talk... until Kermit offers him a raise. Scooter blurts out: "The flowers are fake, the audience was paid off, I wrote the fan letters, and Miss Piggy doesn't have another offer." Kermit tells Scooter, "I like your style."

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Dom DeLuise welcomes the viewer to "Sheppard's Institute of Animal Protection," an organization devoted to the protection of "innocent" animals. Dom takes the viewer through the feeding and entertainment routine provided for a group of Muppet Monsters in an effort to raise funds. Dom even encourages the viewer to adopt them. Eventually, Dom finds himself completely entangled by the Muppet monsters.
211 kermit piggy
Kermit tells Miss Piggy that he overheard her conversation about another offer, and has come to a decision that he feels will make her happy: He has decided to let her go. Though flustered, Piggy plays along at first until she finally breaks down and begs for her job back. Kermit agrees, provided that she take a pay cut. Kermit reasons that since Piggy can afford to pay off the audience and pay for all the flowers and furs, that she must not need the money.
211 we got us
Miss Piggy is depressed when her scheme is discovered, but Dom cheers her up by singing "We Got Us".
211 closing
At the closing, Kermit calls Dom DeLuise back out and thanks all in the audience, especially those who were not "paid off by the pig," words Piggy fails to find the humor in.

Edits

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Dom DeLuise comforts Miss Piggy.
  • Nickelodeon: "Don't Blame the Dynamite" was cut.

Cast

Muppets:

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Scooter, Animal, Statler and Waldorf, Rowlf, Merdlidops, Cow, Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Zoot, Slim Wilson, Lou, Whatnot, Big Mama, Doglion, Luncheon Counter Monster

Background Muppets:

Fozzie Bear, Gonzo

Audience Muppets: Miss Mousey, Zelda Rose, Baskerville the Hound, Brewster, Droop, Shakey Sanchez, Beautiful Day Monster, Green Frackle

Performers

Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Dr. Teeth, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef and Waldorf
Frank Oz as Miss Piggy, Animal, Doglion and Merdlidop
Jerry Nelson as Floyd Pepper, Slim Wilson, Merdlidop, the Announcer, Cow and Delivery Guy
Richard Hunt as Scooter, Janice, Merdlidop, Mean Mama and Statler
Dave Goelz as Merdlidop and Luncheon Counter Monster
Louise Gold as Lou (uncredited)


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