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A list of Gonzo's openings during "The Muppet Show Theme" on The Muppet Show, and in some later spin-offs.

Season One

During the first season, Gonzo hit the Muppet Show sign's letter O like a gong, with the following results...

Picture Episode Description
Episode 101: Juliet Prowse
The O explodes; Gonzo is completely blackened.
Episodes 102, 110 and 113
The O breaks with a shattering sound.
Episode 103: Joel Grey
Gonzo misses the "O" and falls down.
Episode 104: Ruth Buzzi
The sign goes up, Gonzo misses the "O" and falls down.
Episodes 105 and 108
Gonzo gives the "O" such a big bang that he can't stop shaking.
Episode 106: Jim Nabors
The white circle inside the "O" is gone, so Gonzo hits his own head
Episode 107: Florence Henderson
The sign goes up in the air after Gonzo hits it.
Episode 109: Charles Aznavour
The "O" makes a Big Ben sound.
Episode 111: Lena Horne
The "O" makes a foghorn sound.
Episode 112: Peter Ustinov
Gonzo's mallet gets stuck between the "S" and "H" and breaks.
Episode 114: Sandy Duncan
Gonzo beats the "O" with his own head.
Episode 115: Candice Bergen
Gonzo hits the "O" with a boxing glove and gets the sound of a ringside bell.
Episodes 116 and 121
Beautiful Day Monster appears in front of the "O" and Gonzo hits him accidentally.
Episodes 117 and 122
The Green Frackle hits Gonzo with a mallet.
Episodes 118 and 123
Crazy Harry causes an explosion.
Episodes 119 and 124
Gonzo shoots the "O" with a blunderbuss.
Episode 120: Valerie Harper
Gonzo knocks himself on the head with a sledgehammer.

Season Two

From season 2 onwards, Gonzo would appear inside the Muppet Show sign's letter "O" and try to blow a note on his horn, with the following results...

Picture Episode Description
Episode 201: Don Knotts
Gonzo's horn shoots a flame (Gonzo: "I'm sorry!")
Episode 202: Zero Mostel
Sparks and smoke fly out of Gonzo's horn
Episodes 203 and 214
Gonzo's horn squirts water
Episode 204: Rich Little
A balloon comes out of Gonzo's horn
Episode 205: Judy Collins
Gonzo's horn makes a flute sound
Episode 206: Nancy Walker
Gonzo's horn fires off two gun shots
Episode 207: Edgar Bergen
Gonzo's horn makes an exploding sound and blows Gonzo away
Episodes 208 and 215
Green smoke comes out of Gonzo's horn (Gonzo: "Green smoke!")
Episode 209: Madeline Kahn
Orange smoke comes out of Gonzo's horn; Gonzo 'scrunches his nose'
Episode 210: George Burns
Gonzo's horn makes an exploding sound
Episodes 211 and 224
Gonzo's horn makes a deep sound as red smoke comes out; Gonzo coughs
Episode 212: Bernadette Peters
A balloon comes out of Gonzo's horn and pops
Episode 213: Rudolf Nureyev
A balloon comes out of Gonzo's horn and inflates after he stops blowing

Episodes 216 and 220
Gonzo's horn flies away (Gonzo: "Come back here!"). First season Gonzo puppet used.
Episode 217: Julie Andrews
Gonzo's trumpet glows in the dark
Episodes 218 and 221
Crazy Harry blows Gonzo up
Episode 219: Peter Sellers
Beautiful Day Monster blows a tuba
Episode 222: Teresa Brewer
Gonzo's trumpet shoots two flames (Gonzo: "I'm sorry... Sorry!")
Episode 223: John Cleese
Perfect note comes out of Gonzo's horn (Gonzo shakes his head, as if in annoyance. The audience cheers!)

Season Three

Season Four

Season Five

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Audio Appearances

Season 1 replacements

When The Muppet Show was repackaged for re-runs, the opening theme for season one episodes was replaced with a version of the theme as it was re-shot for subsequent seasons. In these instances, Gonzo's trumpet gag is recycled from another episode.

Other Projects

  • Muppets Inside: Gonzo plays a terrific solo, presumably the one he'd been trying to play all these years. Gonzo: "Ha! Didn't think I could do it, did ya?"

The Muppet Show Comic Book

Gonzo's antics within the title have continued on into The Muppet Show's comic book series. We will not count other muppets occupying the O.

Meet the Muppets

The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson

On the Road

Family Reunion

  • Issue #4: Gonzo's nose gets stuck in a didgeridoo.
  • Issue #5: A duck comes out of the horn.
  • Issue #6: Two fishing hooks fall through the "O."
  • Issue #7: Gonzo appears in scuba gear blowing into a seashell.

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