Twiggy - Episode 21
Dates: November 9-11, 1976
GENERIC INTRO: THE GREAT GONZO
Brian Henson: "Hi, I'm Brian Henson. The Great Gonzo is one of our most popular characters. He's also one of our weirdest. My father first built the original Gonzo for a special called The Great Santa Claus Switch. They called him Cigar Box Frackle because he lived in a cigar box."
"When The Muppet Show started, performer Dave Goelz turned this puppet into The Great Gonzo, a daredevil obsessed with both art and danger. But throughout the first season, Gonzo's drooping eyelids tended to made him look sad. So Dave Goelz rebuilt the puppet himself with moving eyelids, so that he could be the artistic maverick he was meant to be. From that point on the character literally took off. Here he is, The Great Gonzo and The Muppet Show."
Fozzie's joke: I went to a resort hotel for a change and a rest - the waiter got the change and the hotel got the rest.
Gonzo's gong: Gonzo hits Beautiful Day Monster who gets in the way of the gong.
Kermit announces their guest has one name but many talents before setting things swinging on the show.
MUSICAL NUMBER - "DANCE"
An Aretha Franklin-ish sounding fuzzball sings a disco tune while feather boas dance in the color changing background. (Are they related to Juliet Prowse's boa?)
Scooter and Wanda are convinced there's a Phantom of the Muppet Show lurking in the dressing rooms. Hilda and Kermit are not convinced.
Gonzo flubs his first introduction. ("Leafy! No - Barky! Branchy!")
MUSICAL NUMBER - "IN MY LIFE"
Twiggy fields some questions at a press conference of Muppet reporters. Kermit asks her about the people in her life and Nigel follows up inquiring about the places. Twiggy retreats to herself and reminisces about her career singing the Beatles' tune as a photo retrospective fills half the screen. [Gonzo presumably introduced this number since Kermit was in it as one of the reporters, however Gonzo himself is also one of the reporters. Oddly enough other journalists are portrayed by Floyd, Janice, and Nigel yet the Muppet Newsman is absent.]
Fozzie and Gonzo join the list of frightened Muppets much to Hilda and Kermit's exasperation.
Sam introduces Wayne & Wanda singing "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" ("Oh, let it work, let it work, let it work...")
WAYNE & WANDA
Cuddled together by a fireplace, the duo almost make it through the first verse but are cut off by a falling torrent of snow - indoors!
SKETCH - "THE KING'S BREAKFAST"
Gonzo and Muppy ask Twiggy for a bedtime poem. Twiggy recites and enacts A. A. Milne's "The King's Breakfast" with King Rupert from "Frog Prince" and a queen that largely resembles Featherstone from "Frog Prince" & "Hey, Cinderella" in drag. By the time she's finished, several other Muppets have squeezed in bed to listed to her recital.
AT THE DANCE
The dance floor is filled with several interesting pairs that are different from the typical cast of characters; Sam the Eagle brings a date, Statler & Waldorf make a second attempt, and Kermit meets an aggressive female named Mary Louise who could give Miss Piggy a run for her money!
[Note: This Mary Louise is a different Muppet than the little girl Mary Louise that typically sings with frogs. This character could easily be mistaken for a guy and somewhat resembles Sesame Street's Bruno in drag. For future reference, this episode guide will differentiate between the two Muppets by referring to this Muppet as "Big" Mary Louise.]
UK SKIT: MINUET IN G
Rowlf plays "Minuet In G" on the piano. He does admirably, but like "Fur Elise", he doesn't make it through perfectly. [This UK skit is also included on the video Rowlf's Rhapsodies.]
SKETCH - VENDAFACE
Fozzie comes across a large machine named Vendaface, the world's first automatic psychiatric machine. Urged to put a coin in the slot, the machine will tell Fozzie his problem. After losing several coins without any result the machine finally tells Fozzie he's much too generous.
[Note: Vendaface will appear two more times. Although the name and design of the character suggests that it's a vending machine dedicated to physical appearances, this first sketch has him serving the role as psychiatrist.]
Hilda switches over to the side of the believers in the Phantom. Even though Kermit seems a bit jumpier, he still protests skepticism, but is proven wrong himself as he comes face to face with Uncle Deadley.
The Newsman interviews Lola Thomas (Twiggy) who has eaten a diesel tractor.
Uncle Deadly explains his presence to Kermit - he's upset that the Muppets have taken over his theater. Years ago he was an acclaimed actor but was killed on his opening night performance of Othello - by the critics. After given an ultimatum to leave or be doomed, the other Muppets clue Kermit in to George the Janitor's having fun with an old mask and cape he found in the cellar. However, Uncle Deadley pops up again proving there is indeed a Phantom.
Kermit alerts viewers in Enid, Oklahoma that they're about to hear a soul sister.
MUSICAL NUMBER - "NOBODY'S BUSINESS"
Twiggy sings an impressive country tune with the Gogolala Jubilee Jug-band.