Madeline Kahn - Episode 33
Dates: July 26-28, 1977
MADELINE KAHN INTRO
Brian Henson: "Hi, I'm Brian Henson. This next episode of The Muppet Show stars Madeline Kahn. This show also features two timeless Muppet favorites, "Happy Feet" which is a classic tap-dance number that Kermit does. If you watch closely, you never actually see his feet; you don't ever see his legs or his feet which is the most ridiculous way to approach a tap dance number but it's a great piece. The other piece that's become a huge hit is a piece where The Swedish Chef is trying to cook a lobster and then these Bandito Lobsters come and save the lobster that the Chef is trying to cook. Here it is, Madeline Kahn and The Muppet Show."
Sam refuses to let an artist of Madeline's caliber appear on the show, until he sees just what her caliber is.
The balcony: Waldorf faces away from the stage and says, "This helps but I can still hear them."Gonzo's horn: Foul smelling orange smoke comes out of Gonzo's trumpet.
A tuxedoed Kermit chooses to address a question on Muppet fans' minds...can the frog tap dance?
OPENING NUMBER - "HAPPY FEET"
Kermit does a Fred Astaire tribute number. The camera honors him by showing multi Kermits filling up the screen...all of them from the waist up.
Gonzo takes some time out of his rehearsal with Eric the Yodeling Clam to chat with Madeline Kahn. She rescues his nose when it gets caught in the clam's clutches and her compliments (something he's not used to) makes him fall instantly in love.
Kermit announces Madeline will be continuing the feet motif.
MUSICAL NUMBER - NEVER FORGET YOUR FEET
Madeline sings a musical tribute to her foot fetish with the Mutations providing some big feet for her to admire...the bigger to trample her with.
ANIMAL'S DRUM SOLO
Animal both drums and sings Gershwin's "Foggy Day". The audience is not too impressed.
PIGGY'S DRESSING ROOM
Picking up (and ending) a plot thread from the end of last season, Gonzo stops by Miss Piggy's dressing room to tell her he's gotten over his crush on her. Piggy's relieved though a bit taken aback by hearing he's already moved on with a crush on someone else.
The Chef puts a lobster in a pot but is surprised by the sound of a trumpet fanfare and the arrival of pistol-wielding Lobster Banditos who rescue the Chef's dinner.
[The lobsters were created by Cheryl and Lisa Henson. This piece took 5 hours to dub in post production. The Lobster Banditos would be immortalized in figure form by Palisades Toys.]
UK SKIT: MUSICAL NUMBER - NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
Dr. Teeth and Zoot backup Floyd on bass and lead vocals singing the Billy Joel tune. The Muppet team must have liked this bit so much that they reused it in the "regular" part of the show in season 3 so the rest of the world could see it.
[Aside from appearing on The Muppet Show 2 album, this number was also performed on "The Tonight Show" when The Muppets hosted in 1979.]
PIGS IN SPACE
The steering mechanism has lost power and Piggy watches as Link works the controls pointing out one he missed. A power play ensues when Link insists he already did and then escalates into a gender war when Strangepork backs him up, amplified by Link's insistence that Piggy has her own controls and Link has his that only he should touch.
Despite Link's protestations, Piggy takes it upon herself to try it anyway causing her captain to view his First Mate as a headache.
Kermit introduces Fozzie with his "magic ukulele" with a music theatre classic.
MUSICAL NUMBER - PIG'S SONG
Trading in his comedy spot for music hall (yet another branching out of the bear's talents), Fozzie shows himself to be more successful with his song than his jokes...but the pigs in the cast still find his act to be of offense.
[In a nice bit of continuity, Link and Strangepork aren't yet changed out of their Pigs In Space outfits.]
Kermit brings on Madeline for an encore.
SKETCH - BEAUTIFUL DAY
Madeline meets a monster in the park in a sketch based on one of The Muppets' '60's variety show appearances. Instead of meeting Beautiful Day Monster who had previously been associated with this piece, she comes face to face with a brand new full size monster - Doglion. While she admires all the beautiful things in the park, Doglion systematically destroys them. He can even control the weather among other things Madeline doesn't think he can affect...
Madeline eventually cuts the monster down to size by making him feel very small.
[The opening music in this sketch is the same as the Sandy Duncan sketch - where she too met a monster in a park. The idea of a "Dog-Lion" beast had been one Jim has had since the '50's when he sketched one in a story board for a Wilkins Coffee ad.]
Kermit asks Gonzo what the occasion is when he sees him in a tux. Gonzo replies he's getting married to Madeline Kahn. Upon probing, Kermit finds out Gonzo hasn't even asked her yet. He also finds out that the tux is an old one of Gonzo's back when he had a magic act as things pop out of it. (Wonder if that's where his trumpet comes from?)
Rowlf (and his candelabra) perform "Up Up And Away".
Gonzo overhears Kermit giving Madeline a heads up about his proposal plans. As the pair head off to find Gonzo, he smashes his rose to the ground heartbroken that Madeline would not be accepting his offer. He pours out his heart with "The Wishing Song" and this time it's Madeline's turn to overhear. She talks with Gonzo and is moved by the ending to his song...and surprised by his tux.
[Gonzo's "Wishing Song" appears on The Muppet Show 2 and The Muppet Show: Music, Mayhem and More with a talking chicken filling in for Madeline in the middle. Rowlf also sang "Wishing Song" on his 1993 CD, Ol' Brown Ears Is Back.]
The cast (and Gonzo) says goodnight to Madeline.
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