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EPISODE NOTES

Kermit would team up with Judy Collins on June 14, 2001 to induct Paul Williams into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. Judy Collins has also appeared previously a few times on Sesame Street.

This episode is a bit of a spotlight for Statler & Waldorf since in addition to their usual running jokes, they also are featured throughout the "Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" number and the Swedish Chef's routine as well as being the focus of the UK spot.

Aside from the elderly pair, the episode as a whole tends to focus on the show's adversaries - Sam the Eagle quits the show (one time out of what would be many) and goes up to the balcony to strike a conversation with like minded people. The main plot concerns Scooter's uncle who had previously been routinely mentioned but never before seen. This would only be one of out three episodes that features the character on-screen though. Like Fleet Scribbler, it was felt that when they brought the actual character backstage and interacting with Kermit, he was too much for the frog to handle. This probably would have been his only appearance, but the temptation and possibilities of bringing him on for some hijinks in the Jaye P. Morgan episode would have been too much to pass up.

After laying dormant for 15 years (aside from a multi-cast publicity shot for season 3 and an audience cameo in "The Muppets Celebration of 30 Years" special), the puppet would start to put in a number of cameo appearances in the "Muppet Christmas Carol" and "Muppet Treasure Island" as well as being a surprising member of the technical crew of "Muppets Tonight".

The beautification of Miss Piggy continues as we get our first glimpse of the latest puppet update in Piggy's opening scene. Her eyes are made bigger and prettier.

PRODUCED BY Jim Henson

WRITTEN BY Jerry Juhl, Joseph A. Bailey, Jim Henson, and Don Hinkley

DIRECTED BY Philip Casson

THE MUPPET PERFORMERS FEATURING

Frank Oz (Miss Piggy, Sam, tree, Fozzie)

with Jerry Nelson (Crazy Harry, owl, J.P. Grosse, announcer,
Strangepork, Old Lady, tree, Foob)

Richard Hunt (Scooter, Statler,
Harold Woodpecker, pig, tree)

Dave Goelz (bat, tree, Gonzo)

Jim Henson
(Kermit, Waldorf, Link, Newsman, Rowlf)

PUPPETS AND THEIR COSTUMES BY Caroly Wilcox, Mari Kaestle, Dave Goelz, John Lovelady, Amy Van Gilder, Calista Hendrickson, Faz Fazakas, Larry Jameson, and Bonnie Erickson

SPECIAL PUPPETS BY Don Sahlin

MUPPET CREATIVE CONSULTANTS: Frank Oz, Michael K. Frith

MUSIC CONSULTANT: Larry Grossman

ART DIRECTOR: Malcolm Stone

ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY Jack Parnell

MUSICAL ASSOCIATE: Derek Scott

LIGHTING DIRECTOR: John Rook

AUDIO: Roger Knight

VIDEO TAPE EDITOR: John Hawkins

ASSISTANT TO THE PRODUCER: Joan Chaplow

SENIOR FLOOR MANAGER: Richard Holloway

FLOOR MANAGER: Martin Baker

STAGE MANAGER: Caryl Cruickshank

SENIOR VIDEO ENGINEER: Jim Reeves

SENIOR CAMERAMAN: Bill Brown

VISION MIXER: Felicity Maton

COSTUMES BY James Dark

MAKE-UP BY Shirley Muslin

THEME MUSIC: Sam Pottle

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR HENSON ASSOCIATES, INC.: David Lazer

Judy Collins - Episode 29

Taping Dates: Week of August 11, 1977
Original Airdates: January 30, 1978 (New York) and February 3, 1978 (LA)
DVD Release: Buena Vista Home Video, 2007

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."

DRESSING ROOM

Crazy Harry tests Judy's assertion that she's ready for anything.

OPENING THEME

The balcony: Statler says, "Do we have to watch this?"

Gonzo's horn: Gonzo blows a meek note on his horn and seems surprised (probably because this is the first time something hasn't come out of it.)

CURTAIN

KERMIT: We have with us one of the most beautiful and talented singers in the entire world!

MISS PIGGY: Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you! It's about time you said something nice about me!

OPENING NUMBER - LEATHERWING BAT

Judy is led on a quest resembling the search of how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop as she asks a woodpecker at a bat's request what "how dee dow dee doodle-o day" means and is led to the owl.

BALCONY

STATLER: You know when I see that Judy Collins, I'm glad I left my wife.

WALDORF: You left your wife?

STATLER: Yeah, I left her at home.

BACKSTAGE

We see Scooter's uncle, J.P. Grosse for the first time! He's inspecting the theatre - since we wants to tear it down and turn it into a junkyard!

J.P.: (on phone) Sell the hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, buy all your railroads, forget the $200 and let him go straight to jail!

[Perhaps tired of explaining that Scooter's not supposed to be an animal or that he's a "go-fer" and not a "gopher", J.P. very much resembles a human in design - looking much like he wouldn't be out of place as one of the villains from 1972's "Muppet Musicians of Bremen."]

PIGS IN SPACE

The crew prepares for mid-course correction. First Mate Piggy desperately wants to perform the proceedings since she studied it for 11 years! Link gives in but his continual reminders to remember which button to push makes them late on the countdown and Link takes it upon himself to do the deed causing a major explosion.

PIGGY: You pushed the wrong button, bacon brain!

[A re-recorded version of this sketch appeared on The Muppet Show 2 album.]

SAM'S EDITORIAL [Debut]

Sam marches onto set surrounded by golden column and official eagle emblem to a grand fanfare. Instead of giving us a thought-provoking editorial, he simply announces that after the last sketch, he's disassociating himself with the show.

CURTAIN

Kermit's introduction is interrupted by J.P.'s inspection of the floorboards.

MUSICAL NUMBER - "I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY"

While Judy sings and plays acoustic guitar, she's upstaged by some shadow puppetry of the old lady in the song. The old lady is further upstaged by Statler & Waldorf's commentary on the song. The old lady takes back the stage by providing a very Muppety finale.

BALCONY

STATLER: Wonderful!

WALDORF: Yes, but I swallowed my gum!

STATLER: How very dumb, to swallow your gum!

NEWSMAN

The Newsman literally gives us a Muppet News Flash.

BACKSTAGE

Miss Piggy meets J.P. and attracted to potential power attempts to woo him over with song. This all goes completely unnoticed by J.P. who's otherwise occupied on the phone.

PIGGY: (singing) Call me irresponsible, call me unreliable, call me...

J.P.: (hanging up phone) What? Call you? What for? No money in hog calling.

MUSICAL NUMBER - TALK TO THE TREES

Link attempts a solo but the trees refuse to listen and leave.

[This is Link's first appearance outside of Pigs in Space in only his second episode which signifies that the character is meant to make a significant contribution to the show outside of Pigs in Space. This quick bit is very much Wayne-and-Wanda style and Link fits Wayne's role of over inflated singer perfectly.]

LIFE ON KOOZEBANE

Kermit, in his reporter's trench coat, returns to the planet Koozebane to interview one of its species, the Foob - the planet's most delicious creature. As Kermit talks with the Foob he's surprised to hear that their population is flourishing...thanks to the Foob's advanced gift of evolution. The Foob demonstrates by transforming itself into Kermit - voice, trench coat, microphone and all.

UK SKIT - BALCONY

STATLER: Wonderful! Very funny! Eh, Waldorf? Hey, I wonder where he went? He was here a minute ago watching the Foob and falling down laughing.

WALDORF (hanging from the outside of the balcony): I'm still falling but I've stopped laughing.

UK SKIT - BALCONY PART 2

The skit then continues after the midpoint fade with Sam having a discussion with Statler about why he continues to watch a show that's so weird as the two continue to be oblivious to poor Waldorf's height plight.

SAM: There are many better places to go than this freak show! There's the symphony, the ballet, the opera...

STATLER: Never go to the opera! I can't stand all that screaming and yelling.

WALDORF: HEEEEELP!

SAM: You just don't understand opera.

STATLER: Oh I understand it all right; I just hate it! I'd rather go to a public hanging!

WALDORF: You ARE at a public hanging - help me up!

MUSICAL NUMBER - DO RE ME

Judy and Rowlf warm up on their respective pianos and discuss their pre-performance preperation...Judy does her finger exercises and Rowlf chases cars.

JUDY: When I was a kid, you know, I used to play these and put a book up in front of me and read while I practiced.

ROWLF: Wow - I guess that's easy for you. But you know it's tough to play the piano and chase cars at the same time.

The duo then duet on "Do Re Me".

[As tough as it may be, Rowlf would eventually find a way to do just that in the "Dog City" episode of 1989's "Jim Henson Hour".]

BACKSTAGE

A weeping Kermit fills Gonzo in on the news about J.P.'s plans. Gonzo is incredulous - it would make an incredible act.

SWEDISH CHEF

The Chef prepares salad via his favorite cooking utensil - his shotgun. He throws the appropriate vegetables in the air and gets his sliced lettuce and "broosel sproots" while Statler & Waldorf again provide running commentary.

BACKSTAGE

Kermit implores Scooter to talk to J.P. since he's the only one his uncle would seriously listen to.

SCOOTER: Well, what about your sense of art?

J.P.: Art who?

SWEDISH CHEF - CONTINUATION

The Chef is still working on his salad and throws a coconut in the air (his coconut heaving word is "WEMBLEY!"). He is surprised to see the rapid descent of a rubber "chickee".

BALCONY

WALDORF: Well, did you find all that interesting?

STATLER: No, I was smorgas-BORED!

CLOSING NUMBER - SEND IN THE CLOWNS

On a dark bare stage, Judy sings her signature tune as a trio of full size Muppet clowns dance, funny-walk, and do somersaults behind her. The balance of her sad song is mixed just right with the clowns' antics creating a piece neither too silly or dreary but perfectly poignant.

CURTAIN

Kermit brings on Judy as he laments this may be their last show but J.P. assures the frog he's not tearing the theatre down...considering the shape it's in, it will soon collapse on its own.

CLOSING THEME

WALDORF: This theatre is solid as a rock - watch this!

(Stamps on floor and falls through it.)

Guide Written by
D. W. McKim

Video Captures by
Alex Taylor

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