Dom DeLuise - Episode 35Taping Dates: August 9-11, 1977.
Original Airdates: October 17, 1977 (New York) and October 14, 1977 (LA)
DVD Release: Time-Life, 2002; Columbia Tri-Star, 2004; Buena Vista Home Video, 2007
GENERIC INTRO: SWEDISH CHEF'S LANGUAGE
Brian Henson: "Hi, I'm Brian Henson. The Muppets have always gotten a lot of fan mail. Over the years, we've received thousands of letters and believe it or not, we do try to read and answer every one of them."
"The staff received a memorable letter from a Scandinavian businessman who saw the show while on a trip to London. He wrote to inform my father that The Muppet Show's so called Swedish Chef did not actually speak any real Scandinavian language, not even Swedish. The Muppet Show head writer Jerry Juhl sent a reply, saying "Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We were going to fire the Chef on the spot, but he has got a wife and family and he promises to take Swedish lessons." So here's the Swedish Chef and all of your other favorite Muppets on The Muppet Show."
Swedish Chef makes Dom a salad.
The balcony: Statler says, "Why do we keep doing this?"Gonzo's horn: Red smoke coming out of Gonzo's trumpet causes him to cough.
Under threat of fractured flippers, Kermit opens the show with Miss Piggy.
OPENING NUMBER - "DON'T DILLY DALLY ON THE WAY"
In similar staging to "The Boy in the Gallery" number, Miss Piggy sings, gets the audience (including Statler & Waldorf) to sing along and receives thunderous applause.
Kermit figures tonight's crowd must be an easy house as Miss Piggy consults with Scooter on her plan to pay off the audience to "go hog wild" so Kermit will notice her more.
Since Dom DeLuise is so out of this world, his first sketch tonight will be from the planet Koozebane.
SKETCH - THE MERDLIDOPS
A group of chanting aliens with syncopated smoke steaming from their heads poke in and out of craters until they see an astronaut (DeLuise) poking around their environment. They steal his hammer, break his walkie-talkie, and engage Dom in a live version of whack-a-mole until DeLuise partakes in their native customs.
[For those who've ever wondered, Koozebane is apparently in our solar system as Pluto and Saturn can be viewed from there with the naked eye. Some of Koozebane's most popular aliens with Muppet fans, the Merdlidops were included in their craters in Palisades' 2003 Koozebane Kermit set.]
ANIMAL'S DRUM SOLO
After an energetic solo, Animal is surprised at the apparent echoing acoustics.
Miss Piggy has to use DeLuise's dressing room to change in since hers is all filled with flowers! Dom is not happy about this since he's already been squeezed into a small dressing room himself since the big one is filled with Piggy's fan mail.
With a bovine patient, the cast breaks out the Muppets' famous "herd of cows" routine. ("Of course I've heard of cows.") The audience could care less how old or corny the jokes are as they shower Piggy with roses.
UK SKIT: MUSICAL NUMBER - "HENRIETTA'S WEDDING"
Two Jug Band members, Slim and Louisey, sing about no one knowing when to attend Henrietta's wedding, including the bride.
[This song was included on the 1979 record, The Muppet Show Music Album.]
MUSICAL NUMBER - "DON'T BLAME THE DYNAMITE"
Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem perform a song that only they could sing with lyrics like "Her hair is in the closet. Her teeth are on the shelf. I put the good parts in a bag and go out by myself."
Scooter and Miss Piggy stage a discussion for Kermit to overhear regarding Piggy getting an offer from another show for twice the money which Piggy has to mull over due to her loyalty to her frog. Kermit sees through the horrible acting through the two and probes Scooter to find out what's really going on.
SKETCH - ORPHANED MONSTERS
Dom DeLuise makes a plea on behalf of Sheppard's Institute of Animal Protection where the animals on site are actually monsters which Dom seems to need more protection from.
Kermit, getting his own back, tells Piggy he knows of her other offer and has decided to let her go so as not to stand in the way of her rising career. A shocked Miss Piggy tries to carry out her charade a little longer until she breaks down in tears and Kermit gives her her job back...with a paycut.
Kermit decides it's time for the world to know that Dom DeLuise is also a singer as well as a comedian.
CLOSING NUMBER - "WE GOT US"
Dom, aware how upset Miss Piggy is brings her on stage (to much applause of course...)
Dom sings to her and brings out "her friends" (which also includes the flower delivery guy among her co-stars!) to join in.
Kermit thanks Dom and the audience "...especially those of you that weren't paid off by the pig."
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