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Episode 307: Fozzie's Family Tree

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Muppet Babies
Air Date October 25, 1986
Written by Jeffrey Scott
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Climbing Fozzie's family tree.
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Gonzo's "Croutonian" parents.

The Muppet Babies are growing plants in the nursery. Nanny mentions that her great-grandfather was a horticulturist, and she discovered this fact on her family tree.

Fozzie waters his tomato plant, which grows exponentially and turns into a massive tree on the nursery floor. Surmising that it is his family tree, he begins to climb it, and the others follow him.

In Fozzie's quest to find the "funny relatives", he comes across a smog-prevention mascot as well as a football team composed entirely of bears who want to tell jokes. Fozzie tries to help them out by having the football players tell a joke to the audience, where they get booed and end up chasing Fozzie out of the stadium. The others find their own tree branches as well: Gonzo traces his family to the Soup Galaxy and the planet of Crouton, where millions of weirdos lived. The planet was in the process of quickly becoming normal, and his parents Sor-Elbow and Weirda sent him to the Earth by rocket to be raised by chickens. Rowlf traces himself to Rowlfgang Amadogus Mozart, and Miss Piggy traces herself to the viking explorer Piggy the Terrible.

Fozzie reunites with his friends, but Animal's tomato-worm relatives eat the branch they are sitting in, and they fall down to reality. Fozzie is dismayed that Nanny can be good at plants since her ancestor was a horticulturalist and he has to give up being a comedian since he cannot find any like ancestors. Skeeter consoles Fozzie by saying careers do not come from relatives, but oneself. At that moment, Nanny walks into the nursery holding her own family tree chart. As the episode ends, Fozzie shows off his "joke plant" and squirts tomatoes all over himself.

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Notes

This episode has the second appearance of the Superman spoof, Super Gonzo, first seen in the first season episode "Noisy Neighbors."

The concept that Gonzo may be an extraterrestrial was also seen 13 years later in the film "Muppets from Space".


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