|The Muppet Show|
|Production||July 17-19, 1979|
|Premiere|| UK: January 11, 1980|
US: November 29, 1979
Phyllis hosts the 1st annual Muppet Awards, recognizing the greatest Muppet Show performers. The award, the prestigious "Fred", is actually a bowling trophy. Kermit, who hates awards shows, sits out the show, but Miss Piggy is absolutely determined to win. She's thrilled when she realizes that she appears in both of the sketches nominated for Best Sketch -- "Pigs in Space" and "Vet's Hospital" -- but the category ends in a tie, and no "Fred" is awarded. Piggy's only other chance for an award is as Performer of the Year -- and she's competing against Kermit.
- The Swedish Chef sings "Yes, We Have No Bananas" with the Singing Food.
- Fozzie helps Phyllis award the Best Foreign Act (which is raided by The Flying Zucchini Brothers).
- Pigs in Space: Best Sketch Nomination
- Phyllis sings "Carbon Paper" with Rowlf at the piano.
- Scooter awards the winner of Best Inanimate Object to the Dancing Mountains.
- Fozzie loses Funniest Comedy Performance by a Bear to Billy the Bear.
- UK Spot: In the canteen, Louis Kazagger interviews The Flying Zucchini Brothers, interrupted by various runners-up stealing the award back and forth, including The Swahili Stompers, The Nippon Flippers, The Volga Shoatman, and an excluded contender who's "young and hungry", Luncheon Counter Monster.
- Rowlf plays "You and I and George"
- Link Hogthrob presents the Stunt of the Year Award to the Falling Alfonzos.
- Scooter sings the nominations for Best Guest Star, a list of the first names of all the previous Muppet Show guest stars, rhymed and set to Gilbert and Sullivan's "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General."
- Veterinarian's Hospital: Best Sketch of the Year?
- The rat judges decide not to award a Fred for Best Sketch of the Year.
- Kermit wins Performer of the Year and the cast joins him in "There's No Business Like Show Business."
- During Scooter's "Best Guest Star" song, he mentions Señor Wences, who wasn't a guest until the next season. The image used to represent him is actually the back of Charles Aznavour from his number, "The Old Fashioned Way."
- Every song that appeared in this episode had previously had a performance in a previous episode:
- "Yes, We Have No Bananas" originally appeared in 208.
- "Carbon Paper originally appeared in 302.
- "You and I and George" was the UK Spot for 101.
- The original version of "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" appeared in 304.
- "There's No Business Like Show Business" originally appeared in 122.
- Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Scooter, Rowlf the Dog, Sam the Eagle, the Swedish Chef, Statler and Waldorf, Link Hogthrob, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Captain Blueboar, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Beauregard, Chickens, Louis Kazagger, Beakie, Billy the Bear, The Announcer
- Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Waldorf, the Swedish Chef and Link Hogthrob
- Frank Oz as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle
- Jerry Nelson as Louis Kazagger, Dr. Strangepork, Floyd Pepper, the Announcer, Beakie
- Richard Hunt as Scooter, Statler, Janice, Captain Blueboar, and Zucchini Brother
- Dave Goelz as Gonzo, Beauregard, Billy the Bear, Luncheon Counter Monster
- Louise Gold as others
- Kathy Mullen as others
- Steve Whitmire as others
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