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EPISODE NOTES

After having been paired frequently with Zoot in season one, Janice takes a moment to date Dr. Teeth in this episode before engaging in a long-term relationship with Floyd, meaning that she would have dated all the original members of The Electric Mayhem except for Animal. (And, even then she's found herself chased by him on occasion.)

Kermit must have been very high strung before the show started (perhaps still wound up from last week)...his exasperation with Mickey Moose throughout just about the entire episode stems mainly from being subjected to awful puns. It isn't so much that a moose wanders on stage that drives Kermit to shove him off as it is a crack about reading a "moosepaper". Kermit is willing to let the moose hang around backstage until he learns its name - and has the same "OUT OUT OUT!" reaction upon meeting Ronald Duck. After admitting to Petula that the moose doesn't bother him, he cuts off the cast as quickly as he can when they start breaking into song. Even his rescue of Mickey Moose from the Swedish Chef seems to stem more from his distaste of a bad joke than actual concern for the animal's welfare. It isn't until the show's almost over when Mickey destroys the final number's set and props that Kermit has a legitimate gripe with having the moose around. If all it takes are bad jokes and running gags to get Kermit worked up into a frazzle, no wonder the writers had such a hard time with real antagonists like J.P. Grosse and Fleet Scribbler.

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 (Fozzie, rooster, Miss Piggy)

Jerry Nelson (Mickey Moose, Robin, TR Rooster, Harold Woodpecker, Youknow Bird, Baskerville, dog, goat, Miss Mousey, Floyd)

Richard Hunt (Scooter, Statler, Bossman, chicken, Janice, Phyllis Merdlidop, Droop, Kaften,
Ronald Duck)

Dave Goelz (Gonzo, whatnot)

Jim Henson (Kermit, Link, Waldorf, Dr. Teeth, Rowlf, Swedish Chef)

[uncredited] Louise Gold (chicken, whatnot, pig)

PUPPETS AND THEIR COSTUMES BY Caroly Wilcox, Mair 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: Bryan Holgate

CHOREOGRAPHER: Gillian Lynne

ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY Jack Parnell

MUSICAL ASSOCIATE: Derek Scott

LIGHTING DIRECTOR: Phil Hawkes

AUDIO: Ted Scott

VIDEO TAPE EDITOR: John Hawkins

ASSISTANT TO THE PRODUCER: Sue Taylor

SENIOR FLOOR MANAGER: Richard Holloway

FLOOR MANAGER: Martin Baker

STAGE MANAGER: Sara Paul

SENIOR VIDEO ENGINEER: Graham Watson

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

Petula Clark - Episode 44

Taping Dates: Week of December 13, 1977
Original Airdates: May 8, 1978 (New York) and May 5, 1978 (LA)
DVD Release:
Columbia Tri-Star (UK HMV Exclusive), 2003; Buena Vista Home Video, 2007

GENERIC INTRO: ACTION UNDERNEATH

Brian Henson: "Hi, I'm Brian Henson. When you watch The Muppet Show, it's the only show on air where you're actually only seeing the top 18 inches of the action. And in a lot of ways, what goes on underneath the camera frame is just as exciting and sometimes more exciting than what's going on in front of the camera."

"You think about it. This is the way it is. The camera's shooting basically from the top of your head up to your hand and that's the way all the performers are working. They're all watching monitors to see what the camera can see and it's great fun watching the performers underneath, watching them jockeying for position and people reaching between each other trying to get to an arm rod. It's really a bit like watching a pit stop at an Indy 500 race. It's really quite impossible which is what makes it so much fun to do. Here's The Muppet Show."

DRESSING ROOM

Petula Clark finds a moose in her dressing room.

OPENING

The balcony: Statler says, "Well, it's downhill from here."

Gonzo's horn: Horn flies away (same as episode #40, but fades out quicker.)

CURTAIN

The moose from Petula's dressing room wanders onstage during Kermit's
intro.

OPENING NUMBER - "SEA CHANTEY"

Link, Scooter, Fozzie, Robin, and Gonzo perform a nautical quintet...in a rowboat! (Fozzie being the only one at the oars!)

[This song appeared on The Muppet Show 2 album and Muppet Hits Take 2.]

BALCONY
WALDORF (throwing over a life preserver): Here - catch!

STATLER: Waste of time. Nothing will save this show.

BACKSTAGE

Kermit is almost willing to let the moose with the John Wayne accent hang around backstage being they have just about every other type of animal (Moose: "You got true grit, Frog.") until he learns its name is Mickey Moose.

CURTAIN

Kermit still shaking his head his head in exasperation brings on Petula Clark.

MUSICAL NUMBER - "BOY FROM IPANEMA"

Petula's tall and tan and young and handsome boy is one of the huge Bossmen. (No wonder he doesn't see her when he looks straight ahead!)

BALCONY

WALDORF: Well that song brings back memories.

STATLER: What memories?

WALDORF: I forgot.

WESTERN CHICKEN SKETCH

T. R. Rooster is the white hat hero in a saloon of chickens (bartended by Gonzo) who has a showdown with a bully black rooster. The traditional Western scene is rendered more untraditional by containing no other language than the clucks of the cast.

BACKSTAGE

Petula and the cast have some fun at Kermit's expense by donning moose antlers and starting to sing "M-I-C-K-E-Y..."

AT THE DANCE

Janice takes a moment to enjoy being in Dr. Teeth's arms while a Merdlidop makes a cameo.

UK SKIT: CURTAIN

KERMIT: Uh, ladies and gentlemen, Switzerland has given us watches, chocolate, and silliness. We take you now to the Alps for the latter.

UK SKIT: MUSICAL NUMBER - "UPIDEE"

On the same set (and with much the same cast) as Julie Andrews' "Lonely Goatherd" number, the Muppets present a silly song silly sung.

[This song appeared on The Muppet Show 2 and Muppet Hits.]

MUSICAL NUMBER - "TOO SHY TO SAY"

After a brief check with Rowlf's piano tuna (he works for scale), Petula croons a tune on a bare stage.

BALCONY

STATLER: That Petula Clark sure can carry a tune.

WALDORF: She's gotta do better than that tonight. She's got to carry the whole show.

BACKSTAGE

Kermit further demonstrates his low tolerance for puns as Mickey Moose is sought after by his friend, Ronald Duck.

VETERINARIAN'S HOSPITAL

After Dr. Bob verifies his patient can pay for his operation ("I don't make my cut until I take my cut!"), he finds the operating table to be responsible for the patient's slipping as it tends to devour the cast one by one.

NURSE JANICE (while falling into the table): Oh wow, what a downer!

BALCONY

STATLER: I wish they would have done that differently.

WALDORF: How would you want them to do it?

STATLER: Better.

SWEDISH CHEF

The Chef prepares chocolate mousse by - what else - coating Mickey with chocolate sauce.

DRESSING ROOM

After Mickey crashes into the 50 foot glass fountain and eats the flowers meant for Petula's closing set, she reassures Kermit that her song can be sang anywhere as she launches into...

CLOSING NUMER - "TOMORROW"

After starting the song in her dressing room, Petula takes the number to a simple set of risers and demonstrates the song actually can work quite well when song with Muppets rather than moppets.

CURTAIN

Petula's admission that she's crazy about the moose causes Kermit to almost say goodnight from The Mickey Show.

CLOSING

STATLER: All right, Frog, we watched the show!

WALDORF: Yeah, unlock the doors!

Guide Written by
D. W. McKim and Phillip Chapman

Video Captures by
Alex Taylor

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