Jaye P. Morgan - Episode 42Taping Dates: Week of November 29, 1977
Original Airdates: March 6, 1978 (New York) and March 10, 1978 (LA)
DVD Release: Buena Vista Home Video, 2007
GENERIC INTRO: THE AUDIENCE
Brian Henson: "Hi, I'm Brian Henson. The Muppet Show was originally shot in Elstree just north of London and it was a wonderful process to watch. You'd walk out of these dingy London streets and then you'd go inside the station - this brightly colored crazy, frenetic energy. The way the show was shot, it took three frantic days to shoot each episode."
"One thing that was amazing is the audience for some reason always thought that the show was shot live which always astounded me because if you watch The Muppet Show, every shot is a special effect, there's a little trick going on everywhere and it took a lot of time and a lot of effort to pull that together. Of course the real audience for The Muppet Show as you see in the show is a bunch of Muppet monsters and various creatures. We always knew they would laugh at the right times. The monsters in the audience particularly enjoyed this show and I hope you do too. Enjoy."
Jaye P. Morgan instantly establishes the tone of the show.
The balcony: Waldorf says, "Let's get this turkey on the road!"
Gonzo's horn: Crazy Harry sets off an explosion.
Kermit announces that the opening number is one of the first pieces the Muppets ever did circa 1954.
OPENING NUMBER - "TWIDDLEY-DEE"
Jaye P. Morgan is dressed up in an outlandish bird outfit and complains about how saccharine the number is and enduring a smelly costume after a long plane flight. A real bird attempts to lighten the mood.
Jaye P. goes on to complain about how she really does not like "cute". Kermit tries to explain not everything is cute around the show as the guest is introduced to Animal.
The Swedish Chef struggles to open a coconut. After he finally breaks it open (separating it like a cracked egg!), he discovers a lit bomb inside (did he get it from his recent chicken adversary?)
Kermit has sent a cake up to Jaye P.'s dressing room to make up for things so far. Unfortunately Crazy Harry baked it.
Fozzie fills in for Kermit as the frog checks on the guest. Waldorf and Statler take the opportunity to make up for some of their lost time this season heckling him.
Gonzo attempts to show that despite his mishaps in the opening theme, he can play trumpet quite well. Backed by Rowlf on the piano, Gonzo does a trumpet solo of "Flight of the Bumblebee" complete with Animal chasing a bee around with a huge club.
AT THE DANCE
The denizens of the ballroom open up to their dancing partners about their main character flaws.
UK SKIT: MUSICAL NUMBER - "ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN"
Fozzie joins Rowlf for a piano duet.
[This UK spot is also included on the video Rowlf's Rhapsodies.]
While Jaye P. complains about feeling like a moving target, Kermit explains (and demonstrates) how explosions are one of the show's trademarks. Jaye P. goes on to explain how fabulous hats are one of hers.
Floyd trades in his bass guitar for a bass fiddle while conductor Nigel provides some whistling.
[Nigel will display this other talent of his several more times throughout The Muppet Show.]
PIGS IN SPACE
The Swinetrek is plummeting and needs to throw something overboard to lighten the load...something (or someone) weighing about one pig.
A flight is forced to jettison some of its instruments.
Scooter's uncle J.P. Grosse shows up for an inspection and Kermit soon finds having two "J.P.'s" around at the same time can be rather tough.
[Jaye P. exits from a different dressing room than she was established being in in act one. But this continuity lapse can be explained by the previous dressing room having been blown up.]
Sam the Eagle lectures on crime as a group on bandits steal the scenery among him. [One of the thieves is Bobby Benson!]
Kermit discusses with Scooter the final number he has planned for Jaye P. Morgan as J.P. Grosse is delighted to hear he gets the chance to sing!
Scooter fills in for Kermit who's stuck negotiating a singing contract for J.P. Grosse.
CLOSING NUMBER - "THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC"
Bobby Benson changes out of his bandit gear to join the Electric Mayhem's brass section while Dr. Teeth jazzes it up with Jaye P. Morgan.
Kermit attempts to say goodnight as J.P. Grosse comes bursting onstage with a microphone!
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