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EPISODE NOTES

Even though this is one of the last episodes in this year's production
order, it was among the first-third to actually be taped.

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 (Miss Piggy, Animal)

with Jerry Nelson (announcer, Strangepork, whatnots, Crazy Harry, frog, Floyd, Cheese Cake)

Richard Hunt (Scooter, Statler, pigs, Beaker, Sweetums)

Dave Goelz (Gonzo, pig, whatnots, Bunsen)

Jim Henson (Kermit, Waldorf, Link, whatnot, Dr. Teeth)

[uncredited] Louise Gold (whatnot)

PUPPETS AND THEIR COSTUMES BY Caroly Wilcox, Mari Kaestle, Dave Goelz, John Lovelady, Rollin Krewson, Amy Van Gilder, Calista Hendrickson, Faz Fazakas, Larry Jameson and Bonnie Erickson

SPECIAL PUPPETS BY Don Sahlin

MUPPET CREATIVE CONSULTANTS: Frank Oz, Michael Frith

MUSIC CONSULTANT: Larry Grossman

ART DIRECTOR: David Chandler

ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY Jack Parnell

MUSICAL ASSOCIATE: Derek Scott

LIGHTING DIRECTOR: Phil Hawkes

AUDIO: Roger Knight

VIDEO TAPE EDITOR: Tim Waddell

ASSISTANT TO THE PRODUCER: Joan Chaplow

SENIOR FLOOR MANAGER: Richard Holloway

FLOOR MANAGER: Martin Baker

STAGE MANAGER: Caryl Cruickshank

SENIOR VIDEO ENGINEER: Gerry Taylor

SENIOR CAMERAMAN: Roy SImper

VISION MIXER: Carole Legg

COSTUMES BY James Dark

MAKE-UP BY Shirley Muslin

THEME MUSIC: Sam Pottle

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR HENSON ASSOCIATES, INC.: David Lazer

Teresa Brewer - Episode 46

Taping 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."

DRESSING ROOM

Scooter lends Teresa a hand.

OPENING

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.]

CURTAIN

KERMIT: Welcome to The Muppet Show where anything can happen! Unfortunately.

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.]

BALCONY

STATLER: I can remember when cotton was king.

WALDORF: You can remember when Arthur was king.

BACKSTAGE

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.

KERMIT: The pork no longer fits in the barrel.

PIGS IN SPACE

The crew is faced with seriously low supplies all around.

LINK: Miss Piggy, go cook us some swill.

PIGGY: Me? I'm the First Mate! I'm supposed to give orders!

LINK: Fine, then give us 25 orders of swill.

Finally, Miss Piggy has enough of the chauvinistic pigs and quits the sketch.

LINK: Sketch? What sketch? This is the Swinetrek, we're lost in endless space!

PIGGY: This is a cheap-shot comedy sketch and I'll lay ya odds the frog wrote it!

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.]

BALCONY

WALDORF: I wonder where they took him.

STATLER: Wherever it is, I'll bet it's more fun than here.

CURTAIN

Kermit introduces Gonzo's latest attempt at death-defying intellectualism.

GREAT GONZO

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.

DRESSING ROOM

Miss Piggy seeks some woman-to-woman health tips from Teresa.

PIGGY: Oh Miss Brewer, I've always known that you were one of us skinny people. I thought that maybe you might have heard something from one of your fat friends.

AT THE DANCE

Miss Piggy can't avoid the subject weighing on her mind as her fellow dancers exchange diet jokes.

FEMALE WHATNOT: I lost 180 pounds of ugly fat in just one week.

WHATNOT: Oh, how'd you do that?

FEMALE WHATNOT: I divorced my husband.

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.

DRESSING ROOM

Teresa shows Kermit the autograph collection she's started since she was a child of all the people she's worked with.

KERMIT: Look at that, there's Bing Crosby, you got Bob Hope and Louis Armstrong... (noticing burnt page) wait a second, whose autograph is that?

TERESA: Crazy Harry.

MUPPET LABS

Beaker reluctantly tries the new electric nose warmer.

BALCONY

STATLER: That was great, fantastic!

WALDORF: Aah...didn't like it.

STATLER: What would you know, you old fool.

WALDORF: Don't call me an old fool, I'll give you the evil eye.

STATLER: Oh, I'm scared - I'm scared.

WALDORF: (after staring at Statler with an eye bulging out and shocking him into submission) I warned him.

[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.

PROP ROOM

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.

PROP ROOM

Dressed in a robe and high heels, Miss Piggy tunes into a television exercise program.

ANNOUNCER: Well hi there fatties and welcome to The Chub Club, the only TV show where we lose viewers by the ton. Well chubbies, ready to lose a little lard?

PIGGY: (to TV) Ready to lose a few tubes?

CURTAIN

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.

CURTAIN

Miss Piggy demands the rest of the cast join her in her exercise misery.

CLOSING

WALDORF: Well they did it again.

STATLER: Yeah, whatever it was.

Guide Written by
D. W. McKim and Phillip Chapman

Video Captures by
Alex Taylor

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