Teresa Brewer - Episode 46Taping Dates: Week of July 12, 1977
Original Airdates: November 21, 1977 (New York) and November 25, 1977 (LA)
DVD Release: Buena Vista Home Video, 2007
GENERIC INTRO: MISS PIGGY
Brian Henson: "Hi, I'm Brian Henson. The success of The Muppet Show was a surprise to us all, but perhaps the biggest surprise was the emergence of Miss Piggy. Different puppeteers picked her up and tried to perform her and she never amounted to much. And it wasn't until Frank Oz picked her up and he gave her that character and that life that made Miss Piggy what she is today. What he did was he created a mega-superstar. And now here's The Muppet Show starring as she would tell you of course, the fabulous Miss Piggy."
Scooter lends Teresa a hand.
The balcony: Statler responds to Boppity who's in his seat, "Can I see your ticket stub?"
Gonzo's horn: Gonzo apologizes after fire flames out. [The same gag from the season premiere with Don Knotts.]
OPENING NUMBER - "COTTON FIELDS"
With Fozzie as captain, Teresa rides a riverboat with a Dixieland band.
[Fozzie would later demonstrate his "train training" in season 5's Gladys Knight episode. The Electric Mayhem get to show off some of their versatility as Zoot plays clarinet, Janice trumpet, and Floyd plucks a banjo.]
Miss Piggy, after overhearing Kermit plans to cut her ballet number next week because of the weight she's been gaining, announces that she's going on a diet.
PIGS IN SPACE
The crew is faced with seriously low supplies all around.
Finally, Miss Piggy has enough of the chauvinistic pigs and quits the sketch.
ANIMAL'S DRUM SOLO
Animal actually displays some musicality and sings "Wild Thing" as only he can.
[Animal would again put the "wild" back in "Wild Thing" on the Kermit Unpigged album.]
Kermit introduces Gonzo's latest attempt at death-defying intellectualism.
Gonzo finds that when suspended by one's nose nine feet in the air reciting "Merchant of Venice", a feather boa isn't the best thing to use.
Miss Piggy seeks some woman-to-woman health tips from Teresa.
AT THE DANCE
Miss Piggy can't avoid the subject weighing on her mind as her fellow dancers exchange diet jokes.
UK SKIT: MUSICAL NUMBER - "CHEESE CAKE"
Dr. Teeth sings about cheese cake, while a cheese cake on the piano sings "Cheese cake...cheese cake." Some Muppet monsters including Beautiful Day, Gloat and Boppity begin eyeing the Cheese Cake as well.
Teresa shows Kermit the autograph collection she's started since she was a child of all the people she's worked with.
Beaker reluctantly tries the new electric nose warmer.
[Waldorf would later demonstrate his talent in the 1979 special "The Muppets Go Hollywood."]
MUSICAL NUMBER - "AT THE HOP"
Scooter sings with some rambunctious frogs.
Miss Piggy is at her wit's end as she's been on the diet for a whole 20 minutes.
[Piggy is in her Vet's Hospital outfit even though there is no sketch shown this week.]
MUSICAL NUMBER - "SPINNING WHEEL"
As Statler and Waldorf provide running commentary, Teresa sings on a tree swing being pushed by Sweetums.
Dressed in a robe and high heels, Miss Piggy tunes into a television exercise program.
Kermit brings Teresa Brewer on for an encore.
CLOSING NUMBER - "PUT ANOTHER NICKEL IN"
Animal can't get any music to come out of the nickelodeon despite the number of nickels he puts in. Floyd shows him what to do as the music box comes to life with Teresa in its center surrounded by dancing couples.
Miss Piggy demands the rest of the cast join her in her exercise misery.
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