Judy Collins - Episode 29Taping 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."
Crazy Harry tests Judy's assertion that she's ready for anything.
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.)
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.
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!
[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.
[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.
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.
The Newsman literally gives us a Muppet News Flash.
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.
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
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.
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.
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".]
A weeping Kermit fills Gonzo in on the news about J.P.'s plans. Gonzo is incredulous - it would make an incredible act.
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.
Kermit implores Scooter to talk to J.P. since he's the only one his uncle would seriously listen to.
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".
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.
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.