The Muppet Show
Guest Shields & Yarnell
Production May 8-11, 1979
Premiere UK: November 23, 1979
US: October 4, 1979


Mimes Shields and Yarnell interest or puzzle the Muppets team. Scooter is frightened, because he thinks the two guest stars are robots. Gonzo asks them advice to improve his acts; when Shields answers miming a stylish pianist, the whatever, enthusiastic but misunderstanding as usual, announces his new act: the Great Gonzo massaging a snake.

Inspired by Shields and Yarnell, Fozzie Bear works on a mime act, including "Bear walking against the wind". Kermit suggests that Fozzie find a more original act, so Fozzie tries out "Bear feeding spaghetti to an elephant" and "Bear going to a drive-in movie with a porcupine".


Episode Guide

Picture Description
TMS 403-1
Cold Open: Scooter encounters Shields and Yarnell acting like robots in their dressing room.
Scooter: "Boy! Kermit's finally booked guest stars weirder than we are!"
Gonzo open 403
The Muppet Show Theme: Gonzo vanishes as he plays his trumpet.
Take a Chance on Me
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TMS 403-3

The Snerfs dance to "Little Brown Jug".
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TMS 403-5


  • Hilda makes a rare post-Season 1 appearance in the background, during the "Make 'Em Laugh" number. Also appearing in the number are Leo and Fred Lizard.


Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog and Waldorf
Frank Oz as Fozzie Bear
Dave Goelz as Gonzo and Beauregard
Richard Hunt as Scooter and Statler
Jerry Nelson as Floyd Pepper and Quongo
Louise Gold as Bird
Kathy Mullen as others
Steve Whitmire as Leo


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