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Episode 517: Hal Linden

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The Muppet Show
Guest Starring Hal Linden
Production Dates July 8-10, 1980
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Statler and Waldorf direct the show from backstage.

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Fozzie and Kermit heckle from the balcony.

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Statler and Waldorf get their chance to do a better show than Kermit--they play host, while Kermit and Fozzie watch from the balcony. Unfortunately, Statler and Waldorf's acts don't turn out exactly as they plan.

The Berlin National Opera Company, who were going to perform the first act finale from Siegfried, can't make it on time, so the Salzburg Sauerkraut Singers have been sent in. Statler and Waldorf didn't agree beforehand on which holiday Hal should do a tribute to, so Hal's Fourth of July number is invaded by Gonzo singing Christmas songs from a chicken-drawn sleigh. Plus, Miss Piggy sings "Just an Old-Fashioned Girl," instead of the star from India, Endura Mahashira. Finally, Statler and Waldorf admit that the show is harder to put together than it looks and happily go back to complaining from the balcony.

Songs/Sketches

Cast

Muppets:

Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Statler and Waldorf, Pops, Miss Piggy, Link Hogthrob, Gonzo, Chickens, Penguins, Geri and the Atrics, Salzburg Sauerkraut Singers, Butch, Prairie Dogs, Whatnots, Beauregard, Robin the Frog, Dr. Teeth, Animal, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Lips

Background Muppets:

Baskerville, Afghan Hound, Brown Dog, Wolfhound, Mutt, The Swedish Chef

Performers

Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Waldorf, Link Hogthrob and Dr. Teeth
Frank Oz as Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Animal, Atrics piano player and Salsburg Sauerkraut Singer
Jerry Nelson as Floyd Pepper, Robin, Pops, Atrics tambourine player, Salsburg Sauerkraut Singer and British man
Richard Hunt as Statler, Janice, Pair of teeth, Salsburg Sauerkraut Singer and British man
Dave Goelz as Gonzo, Beauregard, Salsburg Sauerkraut Singer and Atrics drummer
Steve Whitmire as Lips and Atrics tuba player
Louise Gold as Atrics guitar player
Kathy Mullen as Atrics knitter
Brian Muehl as the Trombone player and Salsburg Sauerkraut Singer


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