Sandy Duncan - Episode 14
Dates: August 3-5, 1976
GENERIC INTRO: JIM'S CHARACTERS
Brian Henson: "Hi, I'm Brian Henson. Everyone knows that my father performed Kermit the Frog. But he also did a lot of other characters. He performed the Swedish Chef, Dr. Teeth, Rowlf the Dog, Waldorf, and Link Hogthrob."
"Link Hogthrob is actually one voice that I remember very well. As a kid, whenever my dad did some stereotypical fatherly chore, like carving the Thanskgiving turkey that would be the voice he would use. I guess when the character of this pompus, not-too-bright pig came along, he figured well that voice would fit just perfectly. See if you can tell which characters are my father's voices in this next episode of The Muppet Show."
Fozzie's joke: "Hey, we were so poor, I was born at home. After my mother saw me, she went to the hospital."
Gonzo's gong: Gonzo spits on mallet, then puts in down and bangs gong with his head.
Fozzie takes over the introduction of Sandy Duncan after Crazy Harry sets off an explosion that sends Kermit flying into Statler & Waldorf's balcony. ("Did somebody say 'BANG?'")
OPENING NUMBER - "NICE GIRL LIKE ME"
Backed by Dr. Teeth, Animal, and Zoot, Sandy Duncan performs a big song and dance number singing in a bar full of Muppet Monsters. Kermit mentions in his intro that the number was staged by Scooter, though it's hard to imagine this elaborate production number with themes of alcoholism coming from the impressionable young go-fer!
[Things to look out for: one of the bartenders is the same full body Muppet that took a beating from Rita Moreno the last time an opening number was set in a bar! Check out Sweetums' reaction to Sandy's downing a row of drinks at the end of the number!]
Fozzie lays the flattery on thick in an attempt to get Kermit to lend him a five to pay Fozzie's writer, the legendary Gags Beazley.
The Chef throws "moofins" in the air and aims his shotgun at them after which he points out the holes in the middle and proudly declares "Doooo-nut"!
Statler and Waldorf already start heckling Kermit at the mention of Fozzie Bear's name.
FOZZIE'S COMEDY SPOT
Statler & Waldorf continue their heckling for Fozzie, but perhaps with a newfound confidence from last week, Fozzie smoothly wins the audience over by telling them the "Banana Sketch".
Hilda reports to everyone backstage that Fozzie has the audience eating out of his hand. Kermit mentions his new writer and the assembled are immediately impressed.
Hilda goes on to explain that Gags is "to comedy what Mozart was to music" and mentions he wrote the famous Banana Sketch. When Kermit professes his ignorance of the routine, he receives much ribbing (and legging).
AT THE DANCE
The usual music is played to a tango beat.
Sandy comes across a depressed Sweetums who's sad because he's so ugly he scares people, makes dogs run away, and flowers wilt. Sandy assures Sweetums that if people took time to look past the physical, they'd find a lot of nice things about him and that if one feels beautiful, that makes them beautiful. With newfound self-esteem, Sweetums makes the flowers unwilt and gains licks on the hand from Muppy.
Sandy, brimming with satisfaction notices Behemoth on another park bench and unsolicited starts blabbing about how he shouldn't look so sad just because others might find him ugly which promptly earns Sandy a pie in the face.
UK SPOT: MUSICAL NUMBER - "NOBODY"
Gonzo and Rowlf sing.
MUSICAL NUMBER - "NEVER SMILE AT A CROCODILE"
Returning for another musical number involving frogs, Mary Louise sings serenades frogs in the swamp as she rides atop a nasty crocodile that eats anyone who gets too close.
Fozzie interrupts Sandy's chat with Kermit asking Sandy if she'll do a sketch with him that was written by Gags. Sandy is immediately impressed to hear the creator of the legendary Banana Sketch is writing for Fozzie.
Sandy and Fozzie start giggling uncontrollably just thinking of the Banana Sketch when Kermit finally demands that Sandy explains to him what the heck it is...but Sandy's laughing so hard she can't get any words out.
Newsman interviews Billie Lee Boomer (Sandy) on her incentives for earning a place in the Guinness Book for jumping in place.
Kermit is further flustered by Miss Piggy who can't believe such a cultured frog has never heard of the Banana Sketch and a banana who wants to know where his dressing room is.
Dr. Bob loses his watch inside his patient while performing his first transplant.
MUSICAL NUMBER - "TRY TO REMEMBER"
Sandy calms down Kermit sitting underneath a tree and singing "Try To Remember" from The Fantastiks to him, backed by a chorus of Muppets.
Kermit (in tux) breaks tradition of giving the guest a dozen roses at the end of the show by presenting her with a bunch of bananas instead.