The Muppet Show
Stapleton
Guest Jean Stapleton
Production March 21-23, 1978
Premiere UK: April 16, 1978
US: October 5, 1978
Releases Season 3

(TRANSCRIPT)

Kermit puts up with various problems in the theater: Animal eats Gonzo's trained Mexican jumping beans, which make him jump whenever someone says "Arriba", he gets a strange sandwich from Gladys, and he has to put up with Miss Piggy's temper when Annie Sue is chosen over her in the melodrama sketch. On top of all this, Jean Stapleton announces who she'd like as her partner for the closing number partner: Crazy Harry.

Songs/Sketches

Episode Guide

Picture Description
Stapleton1
Jean is puzzled when a two-headed girl wishes her good luck. She is even more puzzled when she sees she has three hands.
306 horn
The Muppet Show Theme: Gonzo's about to blow his trumpet, but Kermit blasts a trumpet directly behind him.
TicoTico
Opening number: After Fozzie makes a joke about Jean Stapleton's name, Annie Sue and the pigs perform "Tico Tico".
306.backstage1
Gonzo looks for his Mexican jumping beans, which were eaten by Animal.
306.Jeanband

Stapleton2
Jean and Fozzie sing "Play a Simple Melody", backed by Rowlf and the Muppet orchestra.
306.KermitGladys
Gladys serves Kermit a sandwich, which Kermit says he didn't order. The order, a walnut and lima bean sandwich, is Gonzo's, who sends it back because "You forgot the jelly".
306.atthedance
Dancers include Kermit and Miss Mousey, two pigs dancing cheek to cheek (literally), and a man with a "herring aid".
DaddyWouldntBuyMeaBowWow
UK Spot: Annie Sue sings "Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow Wow", accompanied by Rowlf, who slowly gets disgruntled by the term "Bow-Wow."
306 chef
Talk Spot: Jean reveals to Sam the Eagle that the Swedish Chef doesn't speak real Swedish, but she can understand him, because she took a correspondence course in mock Swedish. Sam insists that the Chef start speaking honestly, so from now on he agrees to speak in his native language--mock Japanese.
306.backstage2-1
Piggy is upset that she's not in the upcoming melodrama sketch. Annie Sue doesn't want to be in the sketch, so Piggy takes her place, but doesn't realize what she's in for.
306 melodrama
Muppet Melodrama: Uncle Deadly has Piggy tied to the tracks. Wayne is about to save her, when he observes that he and Deadly were in the same Boy Scout troop. Piggy is left to save herself.
306.backstage3
Kermit gives a sarcastic apology to Miss Piggy, who whacks him with the railroad track she's still tied to.
Labs.shrinkpills
Muppet Labs: Dr. Bunsen shows off his new shrinking pills. Beaker eats too many and shrinks very small.
306.backstage4
Jean asks to do a closing duet with her favorite Muppet--Crazy Harry.
306 explodaphone
Jean sings "I'm Just Wild About Harry" as Crazy Harry sets off several explosions around her.
306.goodnights
At the closing, Crazy Harry shows up and sets off more explosions.

Notes

  • This episode includes the final Talk Spot segment.

Cast

Muppets:

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Scooter, Rowlf, Statler and Waldorf, Annie Sue Pig, Animal, The Swedish Chef, Sam the Eagle, Uncle Deadly, Wayne, Crazy Harry, Gladys, Floyd Pepper, Zoot, Pigs, Whatnots, Leticia, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Slim Wilson, Lou, Miss Mousey, Two-Headed Woman

Background Muppets:

Link Hogthrob, Dr. Julius Strangepork, T.R. the Rooster, Eric the Parrot, Chickens, Nigel, Dancers, Two-Headed Pig

Performers

Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Waldorf, Rowlf and the Swedish Chef
Frank Oz as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam the Eagle and Pig Photographer
Jerry Nelson as Uncle Deadly, Crazy Harry, Floyd Pepper, Slim Wilson, Leticia, Whatnots, Two-Headed Woman, Miss Mousey and Dr. Strangepork
Richard Hunt as Scooter, Gladys, Statler, Wayne, Beaker and Pigs
Dave Goelz as Gonzo, Zoot, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Waiter and Pig
Louise Gold as Annie Sue Pig
Peter Friedman as Dancing Couple (uncredited)

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