Vincent Price - Episode 19
Dates: October 19-21, 1976
GENERIC INTRO: MINOR CHARACTERS
Brian Henson: "The Muppet fans are sometimes really crazy people. It's amazing. Every crazy little walk-on character they know the names. So if you want a few facts that will impress your friends, tell them about these characters. Here's Wayne and Wanda. These two were an accident-prone singing duo who were in the pilot but only actually lasted throughout the first season. Or how about Betsy Bird? She was a beautiful eccentric dancing bird who appeared in several shows but she never really quite took off. Or here's Fleet Scribbler who's an abrasive tabloid reporter that the press loved but the show's writers couldn't stand. He was soon written out of the show. Just keep watching and you might see Fleet and a few other unsung Muppet heroes on The Muppet Show."
[Note: Brian was right about the crazy Muppet fans, such as the ones bringing you this episode guide! How crazy are we? Enough to tell you that Brian actually provides some misleading information. Betsy Bird was not in "several shows" but actually only in one show - that with guest James Coburn. Brian's description seems more apt for the multicolored Fletcher Bird who like Betsy Baytos' Betsy Bird was created to showcase the dancing talents of its performer, Graham Fletcher, but ended up being little more than a glorified "extra". As for Brian's comment referring to Wayne and Wanda's being in the pilot, while they don't appear in the official pilots The Muppets Valentine Show or Sex and Violence, Brian is most likely alluding to their appearance in the original (unaired) version of the Juliet Prowse episode.]
Fozzie's joke: "Hey, I once met a vampire who was so rich he lived in a split-level coffin!"
Gonzo's gong: Gonzo fires at gong.
Surrounded by bats, Kermit warns the audience that tonight's episode will be on the strange side due to the presence of guest Vincent Price, the Crown Prince of Terror. Kermit's insistence that there will be no slapstick or silliness does not deter Fozzie from smashing a cream pie in Kermit's face.
MUSICAL NUMBER - "I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN"
A big monster, Behemoth, eats a smaller monster, Shaky Sanchez. Behemoth starts to serenade his dinner, but Shaky pops up out of his mouth and even his ear to join in the duet.
As Shaky shakily makes his way offstage, Scooter informs Kermit that there's an act standing by hoping to audition. Kermit grows frustrated at Scooter's lack of words to describe the gender or number of people until he comes face to faces with a three-headed monster (Tom, Dick, and Harry).
In honor of her homeland, Hilda gets a chance to introduce the House of Horrors sketch, but even her background doesn't keep her from being frightened by a large clap of thunder.
Horror House: Fozzie and Gonzo get their first look at their summer cottage that Gonzo scouted from the Wampire Veekly, a Transylvanian Castle on a brooding hill. Vincent Price pays them a visit in all his Transylvanian glory asking if he could stay for the night due to his horse having a flat tire. He's soon joined by a skull-like Muppet Monster named Uncle Deadly.
Realizing it's close to midnight, Vincent urges his hosts to chain him up in a dungeon before he turns into a monster. Unfortunately, the clock starts its toll before anyone can act on his instructions and Uncle Deadly notes that something extraordinarily different and inhuman is occurring. Upon learning it's New Year's Eve, he confesses that this time each year the master turns into Guy Lombardo! [Note: some countries unfamiliar with Guy Lombardo instead received an episode with the name "Jack Parnell", the Muppet Show's orchestra leader, looped over Lombardo's name.]
[The Miss Kitty puppet dressed up to match Waldorf's description rises behind the hecklers and frightens Statler into leaping out of the box.]
Shaky's still a bundle of nerves lurking around backstage. Kermit tries to find out from the three headed monster what kind of act they've put together, but none of the heads agree with the others!
Sam the Eagle, convinced the audience is as shocked at tonight's proceedings as he is brings on Wayne and Wanda to counter all the weird things happening.
WAYNE & WANDA
As Wanda sings an extreme makeover occurs.
Wanda suddenly explodes and turns into Boppity.
To highlight Vincent Price's other talent for cooking, Kermit introduces a panel devoted to the topic of gourmet dining. Vincent has invited as his guests Pierre Lucouse, one of the world's great chefs and Gorgon Heap, one of the world's great eaters.
As Vincent and Pierre debate whether the world's most delicious dish is Escalopes de Veau a la Estragon or Gigot au Epaule de Presole Farci, Gorgon proceeds to eat all the dishes (and pitchers, chef hats, etc.)!
The panel comes to a morbid close as Gorgon and Vincent both crave for frog's legs.
AT THE DANCE
Keeping with the theme of creepie crawlies, George and Mildred are joined on the dance floor by all manner of Muppet Monster.
UK SKIT: BACKSTAGE SONG - "I'M LOOKING THROUGH YOU"
Two ghosts serenade a smaller rambunctious ghost (and scare Fozzie in the process) with the Beatles' "I'm Looking Through You". (Very nice harmonizing by John Lovelady and Richard Hunt! Their voices blend well together and it's a shame they didn't have a chance to sing more often together during John's brief stint on the show.)
Kermit presses Vincent on how exactly he turns into a vampire in his movies. Vincent provides an immediate demonstration winning over the mainly Muppet Monster audience.
Kermit breaks the news to the triple-header that there's no room in the show to use them even though they've worked up a big song..."Tea For Three".
As the Newsman reports on furniture turning into monsters, we catch a glimpse of Mr. Milquetoast watching the news report on his television sets as his own furniture rises up against him.
Vincent can't find Hilda to assist him with hands full of costumes. Sweetums quite literally offers Vincent a hand.
Fozzie attempts to console the dejected three-headed monster, however Fozzie ends up needing comforting himself when he learns of the monster's plans to enter into comedy.
One head as the straight man, one as the comic, and the third as the audience - "WE'LL ALWAYS LOVE US!"
Kermit makes a rather eerie face as he welcomes back Vincent Price.
MUSICAL NUMBER - "YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND"
Uncle Deadly and a chorus of Muppet Monsters join Vincent for a Phantom-of-the-Opera-themed song at the pipe organ.
Vincent reprises the "give him a hand" gag for Kermit.
Thudge, replacing Statler, mumbles some Monster jumbo.