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Episode 311: Around the Nursery in 80 Days

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Muppet Babies
Air Date November 22, 1986
Written by Jeffrey Scott
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The Babies overhear Nanny talking about planning a trip, and are worried about who she plans on having take care of them while she's gone. The Babies imagine some horrible babysitters will be left in charge -- Baby Piggy thinking a giant Piggy will transform the nursery pink, and make all the Babies wear pink dresses like her; Baby Animal thinks King Kong will tear up the nursery; and Baby Fozzie imagines that Darth Vader will be their nanny "for the next million light years."

The Babies decide to give Nanny a pretend trip around the world, so that they don't need to be left with a sitter.

Most of the episode spoofs Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, with Kermit as Phileas Frogg. Phileas makes a bet at the Reform Club -- he'll take Nanny around the world in 80 days. If Nanny is happy with Phileas' trip, he wins, but if Nanny wants another vacation after his trip, he loses. Losing the bet means the Babies have to accept Nanny wants to go.

The Babies use their imagination to show Nanny some of the famous places in the world, Egypt, Greece and England. True to the original story, they have to depend on different modes of transportation due to unreliability. Returning to reality, Nanny says she enjoyed her imaginary world tour, but the purpose of a vacation is that sometimes grownups need a kid-free environment. When the Babies express concern about horrible babysitters, Nanny says she thought of that and that she would not leave before making sure the Babies were in good hands while she was gone.

In the end, the Babies are delighted with the babysitter that Nanny found -- her fun-loving sister, Aunt Fanny.

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