Helen Reddy? Thirty seconds to curtain, Miss Reddy.

OK, Scooter. I'll be there. “Reddy” or not.

Yeah... did you mean to make that joke?

Well, I meant to make that joke before someone else did.

You think we'd stoop that low?

Hey, three to get ready!

Lower.

[drum roll]

It's The Muppet Show with our very special guest star, Miss Helen Reddy. Yaaaay!

[applause and whistles]

It's time to play the music

It's time to light the light

It's time to meet the Muppets

on The Muppet Show tonight

It's time to put on makeup

It's time to dress up right

It's time to get things started

Why don't you get things started?

Hey! There's chickens in our seat!

Shoo!

It's time to get things started

On the most sensational, inspirational

Celebrational, Muppetational

This is what we call

The Muppet Show!

Thank you, thank you. And welcome again to The Muppet Show. Hey, we've got a terrific show tonight. Our special guest is one of the world's greatest singing talents, Helen Reddy. But right now, we whisk you back through time and space to the Palace of Versailles, where Marie Antoinette bears a striking resemblance to our own Miss Piggy.

( Stayin' AliveI

Well, you can tell by the way

I use my walk

I'm a woman

No time to talk

Music loud and I am warm

I've been kicked around

since I was born

And now it's all right, it's OK

And you may look the other way

We can ty to understand

The New York Times' enect on man

Whether you're a brother

or whether you're a mother

You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive

Feel the city breakin'

and everybody shakin'

And we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive

Ah, ha, ha, ha

Stayin' alive, stayin' alive

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' ali...

_ ...i...

_ ...ive

Ohh

Life goin' nowhere

Somebody help me

Somebody help me, yeah

Life goin' nowhere

Somebody help me, yeah

Stayin' alive

[all shouting]

Whether you're a brother

or whether you're a mother

You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive

Feel the city breakin'

and everybody shakin'

And we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive

Ah, ha, ha, ha

Stayin' alive, stayin' alive

Ah, ha, ha, ha

Stayin' alive

Well, I'll say this for them.

What's that?

They don't show favoritism. They offend everyone.

Aw, come on. Let us eat cake! Let us eat cake!

Not only historically wrong, but hysterically wrong.

Sacré bleu!

What does that mean?

Sacred blue.

What a mess this place is. Beauregard, I've got a job for you.

Oh, good.

Just look at this mess.

OK. That sounds easy enough.

Beauregard, the floor needs sweeping. There's a broom around here someplace.

Oh, yes, there it is.

Well, well, step on it.

OK.

Hey, that's a neat trick.

Beauregard, use some elbow grease!

Elbow grease?

Why didn't I think of that?

And now, it's an honor to have one of the world's greatest recording stars, and here she is, swinging up a storm at an informal session in the Muppets' private studio, ladies and gentlemen, Helen Reddy!

One, two.

One, two, three...

When you can't find a friend

And the road doesn't seem to end

And you're lonesome

The whole day through

How can you be happy?

How can you be smiling?

How can you be anything

But low down saggy and blue?

Hey, Roger, how's the balance?

Animal's a little too loud on the drums.

Oh, OK. Hey, Animal. Animal!

How can you be smiling?

How can you be singing?

How can you be anything

But low down saggy and blue?

I look around and see

the sweet life eve_here

I watch the cookie bushes shining

In the sun

The smell of sweet vanilla living

Blows in every breath of air

Doesn't anybody want me?

Doesn't anybody care?

When you're wrinkled and cold

And your fortune has all been told

And you're nobody's

I love you

How can you be happy?

How can you be singing?

How can you be anything

But low down saggy and blue?

Sad but true

How can you be happy?

How can you be singing?

How can you be anything

But low down saggy

and rag bag baggy

And blue?

[applause]

[drums banging]

You know, if I had a voice like Helen Reddy, l'd never be on The Muppet Show.

Right. If you had a voice like Helen Reddy, you'd be in a side show!

Ah, hey, very good, Beauregard, it really looks great. You've swept it spotless and polished it, too.

Well, I couldn't find any elbow grease.

I expect not.

So I used axle grease.

Whoa!

Brother!

Beauregard, what kind of an idiot are you?

Well, I didn't know there was a choice.

Floyd, watch out!

Huh? Whoa!

What a drag.

Uh, Beauregard, how do you manage to stay upright?

Well, I'm wearing these special shoes. You want to borrow them? I can't get anyplace without them.

Good.

OK.

I got to get my flippers into these slippers.

These are non-slippers.

Yeah. OK, what is the secret of these miracle shoes?

Oh, there's no secret. I just nailed them to the floor.

Whoa.

Whoa.

Helen!

Come in. Come in.

Helen!

Thank you!

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday dear Helen...

Wait. Wait. There's been some mistake. Today is not my birthday.

Huh?

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

And so my great Uncle Beauregard said to me, he said, Beauregard, you go into show business and you'll clean up. You know something? He was right.

You're named Beauregard after him?

About years after.

Beauregard!

Oh! I'm working! I'm working.

That's what I was afraid of. Stop polishing.

I've only done a little bit.

Get off! Off, off, off, off!

Now, ladies and gentlemen, we are going to have a brilliant dance number by Fozzie Bear and friends. But, uh, excuse me one second. Fozzie?

Yeah, yeah. What?

Be careful, there is a slippey place on the stage out here.

Where is that?

I don't know. Right around here...

Thank you.

Curtain!

Whoa!

A-ha.

Whoa!

Uh, be careful, there's a wet spot right here on the stage.

Careful. It's right there, it's right there.

Terrific, guys. You look great.

Whoa!

Uh, guys, be careful, there's a place right here.

Watch out, there's a wet place!

Watch out, right there!

What the...?

Whoa!

Go to the front, I'll go back here.

Hey! Whoa!

Here is a Muppet News Flash. Dateline Silver Spring, Maryland. At this very moment, Mr. and Mrs. George Laser of Silver Spring, are attempting to break the record for over-hand refrigerator throwing. And...

Don't hum.

Yes, sir.

You know, Helen, you did a song about, um, oh, I don't know, a few years ago, it's one of my very favorite songs of all time.

Really? Which one was it?

Well, it was called You and Me Against the World.

Oh, sure. That was a song I did with my daughter.

Oh, yeah?

Yeah.

You did it with your daughter?

Mm-hmm.

Well, uh, do you suppose that, um, you could do it with a frog?

You mean just you and me?

Mm-hmm.

I think so.

( You and Me Against the Worl_

You and me against the world

Sometimes it feels like

You and me against the world

When all the others

Turn their backs and walk away

You can count on me to stay

Remember when the circus

came to town

And you were frightened by the clown

Wasn't it nice to be around

Someone that you knew

Someone who was big and strong

And looking out for you

And me against the world

Sometimes it feels like

You and me against the world

And for all the times we've cried

I always felt

that God was on our side

And when one of us is gone

And one of us is left to cary on

Then remembering will have to do

Our memories alone will get us through

Think about the days of me and you

You and me against

The world

Hey, Beau?

Yes, sir?

I see the floors are no longer slippery.

Oh, well, that's probably because Kermit told me to spread a little sand around.

A little sand?

Somebody ought to teach you the meaning of a little, though.

I don't believe this!

You believe that?

And now, Veterinarian's Hospital. The continuing stoooory of a quack who's gone to the dogs.

Hubba hubba.

Oh! Mmm.

So, where's the next patient?

Oh, right here, Dr. Bob.

Oh. Oh, look at that. He looks cold. We'd better turn up the heat.

Dr. Bob, those are not earmuffs he's wearing. He was in the recording studio. Don't you know about headsets?

Of course. The head sets on the neck, the neck sets on the shoulders.

I learned that the first year in doctor class.

Dr. Bob, have you forgotten about the patient?

No, the patient is the one who's sick. I learned that the second year.

No, Dr. Bob, this patient. He's lost his hearing.

Well, maybe he dropped it some place. I'll look under the table. What kind was it? A clip on or one of those pierce jobs?

Not his earring, his hearing, Dr. Bob. This man can't hear anything.

He's lucky. I've heard every dumb word.

Well, let's get these off.

There we go.

Can you hear me?

Of course I can hear you.

Not you, him.

How can I hear him?

He hasn't said a word.

If Florence Nightingale had to put up with this she'd have been a waitress.

Well, I can't do anything about his hearing now. Call me tomorrow.

No, Dr. Bob. You're responsible for his ears.

Hmm.

You're right. Call me ear responsible.

Call me...

And so we come to the end of another Veterinarian's Hospital. Tune in next week when you'll hear Dr. Bob say...

Ah, no wonder he can't hear anything. He has a little drum in there, it'll have to come out.

No, no, no. That's his ear drum. That stays.

What about the tiny little piano and bass?

( Tie Me Kangar_ Down, Sport

Tie me kangaroo down, sport

Tie me kangaroo down

Tie me kangar_ down, mate

Tie me kangaroo down

All together now!

Tie me kangaroo down, sport

Tie me kangaroo down

Tie me kangar_ down, mate

Tie me kangaroo down

Tie me kangar_ down

Tie me kangaroo down

Tie me kangaroo down

Well, uh, no more sand. And the slipperiness is gone. Hey, nice goin', guys! Way to go.

Well, that takes care of the sand.

Yep. And I'm glad to be rid of it.

Yeah, I swept all the sand out of here.

Now, where did you put it?

Next door.

But that's the stage! What are we gonna do?

What can we do?

Uh, get some costumes. Scooter! Get a couple of tents. Fozzie, a palm tree.

Bring back that camel! Camel!

Lucky I happen to have a palm tree.

Uh, and now once again, ladies and gentlemen, our very special guest star... Uh, are you ready back there?

No, we're not ready.

Oh... I'll tell you about Helen Reddy.

I said we weren't ready.

I wasn't talking to you.

OK, we're ready.

Uh, ladies and gentlemen, Helen Reddy. I hope this works.

( We'll Sing in the SunshineI

We'll sing in the sunshine

We'll laugh every day

We'll sing in the sunshine

Then I'll be on my way

I will never love you

The cost of love's too dear

But though I'll never love you

I'll stay with you for a year

And we can sing in the sunshine

We'll laugh everyday

We'll sing in the sunshine

Then I'll be on my way

I'll sing to you each morning

I'll kiss you every night

But darlin' don't cling to me

I'll soon be out of sight

But we can sing in the sunshine

We'll laugh everyday

We'll sing in the sunshine

Then I'll be on my way

We'll sing in the sunshine

We'll laugh every day

We'll sing in the sunshine

Then I'll be on my way

Then I'll be on my way

Then I'll be on my way

[applause]

Now we could go on like this for hours but we've grown to like you, so we'll stop. But not before we say thank you to our wonderful guest star, Helen Reddy. Yay!

Thank you, Kermit. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed working with a camel.

Oh, you say you enjoyed it?

I said I can't tell you that.

Hey, lady... you like him? He's yours.

Good grief. What's his name?

Sopwith.

Sopwith, the camel?

We'll see you next time on The Muppet Show.

Just as I thought.

What's that?

After this show, nothing hurts.

Cold open

Theme

Opening number

Backstage

"Blue"

Backstage

Dressing room

Fozzie's dance

Muppet newsflash

UK spot

"You and Me Against the World"

Backstage

Veterinarian's Hospital

"Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport"

Backstage

"We'll Sing in the Sunshine"

Goodnights

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