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Episode 503: Joan Baez

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The Muppet Show
Guest Joan Baez
Production March 17-20, 1980

Rizzo and the other rats bother Kermit for a spot on the show, so Kermit asks Beauregard to "take care of" them. Of course, Bo takes that literally, and treats them as guests. They make Beau their president, and manipulate him into giving them food. Eventually the rats become so bold that they decide to take over the show. Kermit says Beau has to kick them out, or he goes with them. Beau chooses to stick with his new rat friends, until Miss Piggy enlightens him.



  • This episode is the first time Rizzo the Rat had a major speaking role. He first appeared in episode 418, and had occasional background parts since then. Even in this episode, he doesn't stand out much from the rest of the rats, mostly appearing in a crowd. His only solo scene is the "Pigs in Space" sketch, but he isn't referred to by name.



Kermit the Frog, Beauregard, Rizzo the Rat, Rats, Fozzie Bear, Whatnot, Miss Piggy, Dr. Strangepork, Link Hogthrob, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Baby, Prairie Dogs, Billy the Bear, Deer, Skunk, Raccoons, Weasels, Muskrat, Fox, Beaver, Pops, Statler and Waldorf

Background Muppets:

Scooter, Brown Bear, Gonzo, Robin the Frog, Lew Zealand, Chickens, Pig, Annie Sue Pig, Mickey Moose, Flower, George Rabbit, Old Skyball Paint, Penguins, James Badger, Gaffer


Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Waldorf, Link Hogthrob, Rat and Beaver
Frank Oz as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Rat
Jerry Nelson as Pops, Floyd Pepper, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Gopher, Rat, Snake, Muskrat and the Announcer
Richard Hunt as Statler, Janice, Scooter, Rat, Skunk, Raccoons and Billy the Bear
Dave Goelz as Beauregard and Gonzo
Steve Whitmire as Rizzo the Rat, Snake, Fox and Deer
Louise Gold as Baby
Kathy Mullen as others

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