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EPISODE NOTES

Even though she wouldn't be formally introduced until the beginning of the third season, the puppet that would become Annie Sue Pig has been seen quite a few times this season, always performed by Louise Gold, so at this point it's pretty obvious that the producers are planning to make this one of Louise's signature characters. This is further evidenced by the fact that the girl pig is actually named in the script for this episode - however at this point she's called "Mary Louise".

This would eventually be changed probably not only because there's two other Muppets with this name, but also because Louise Gold already has another of her characters named after her (Louisey in the jug band).

Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo are locked in the boiler room but it seems odd that they're the only ones since pig versions of other characters appear on the show (and Gonzo doesn't even have a pig replacement). The practical reason for this is of course to keep these "backstage" scenes focused and simple without needing a bunch of extra puppeteers, but still from a story point of view it comes across as strange. It's possible, though, that the pigs may have notified some of the other performers that they wouldn't be needed on the show this week or be keeping other Muppets locked in different places (so as not to give any particular group strength in numbers).

PRODUCED BY Jim Henson

WRITTEN BY Jerry Juhl, Joseph A. Bailey, Jim Henson and Don Hinkley

DIRECTED BY Peter Harris

THE MUPPET PERFORMERS FEATURING

Frank Oz (Miss Piggy, Swedish Pig)

with Jerry Nelson (Strangepork, pigs, Fozzie Pig, announcer)

Richard Hunt (Scooter, pigs, Statler, Chopped Liver)

Dave Goelz (Gonzo, Kermit Pig, pigs)

Jim Henson (Kermit, Waldorf, pig, Link, Doctor Pig, Newspig, Doglion)

[uncredited] Louise Gold (Annie Sue)

PUPPETS AND THEIR COSTUMES BY Caroly Wilcox, Mari 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

ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY Jack Parnell

MUSICAL ASSOCIATE: Derek Scott

LIGHTING DIRECTOR: Phil Hawkes

AUDIO: Roger Knight

VIDEO TAPE EDITOR: John Hawkins

ASSISTANT TO THE PRODUCER: Joan Chaplow

SENIOR FLOOR MANAGER: Richard Holloway

FLOOR MANAGER: Martin Baker

STAGE MANAGER: Caryl Cruickshank

SENIOR VIDEO ENGINEER: Jim Reeves

SENIOR CAMERAMAN: Roy Simper

VISION MIXER: Carole Legg

COSTUMES BY James Dark

MAKE-UP BY Marion Phillips

THEME MUSIC: Sam Pottle

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR HENSON ASSOCIATES, INC.: David Lazer

Cloris Leachman - Episode 48

Taping Dates: December 5-9, 1977
Original Airdates: May 22, 1978 (New York) and May 20, 1978 (LA)
DVD Release: Buena Vista Home Video, 2007

GENERIC INTRO: FOZZIE'S JOKES

Brian Henson: "Hi, I'm Brian Henson. Fozzie Bear was originally conceived as a Bear who just told terrible, horrendously bad, unfunny jokes. But when Frank Oz got a hold of the character he added a layer of empathy so that Fozzie is always telling terrible jokes, but he's just trying so hard you've got to love him."

"The Muppet Show head writer Jerry Juhl points to one Fozzie sketch that crystallizes the Fozzie we all know and love. In this sketch there are more laughs in the interaction between Fozzie and Kermit than there are in the actual punch lines. Here's that fabulous, furry funny-man, Fozzie Bear in another episode of The Muppet Show."

[The now famous "Comedian's a Bear" sketch is originally from the Harvey Korman episode and featured on the original Muppet Show soundtrack and Muppet Hits Take Two.]

DRESSING ROOM

Several...but not all...members of the ensemble are pleased with Cloris' vegetarianism.

OPENING

The balcony: Waldorf says, "Quit while you're ahead."

Gonzo's horn: Blows orange smoke. [Same as episode 33 with Madeline Kahn, but fades out sooner.]

CURTAIN

Kermit is kidnapped by some pigs declaring they're taking over the show and is immediately replaced with a green pig with bulgy eyes and a pointed collar. Miss Piggy demands to know what happened to her frog until Kermit the Pig tells her she's starring in the opening number.

OPENING NUMBER - "THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT"

All-singing, all-dancing, all-oinking. An all pig production number!

[Even though Kermit Pig assured Miss Piggy she's starring in the opening number, she's really not featured anymore than any of the other pigs considering she only delivers one line and joins in the flag-waving chorus at the end...though the prop of the Statue of Liberty in Piggy's image does put things in her favor. Miss Piggy would later sing this song - with her own lyrics - in the "Miss Piggy's Hollywood" episode of the 1989 series "Jim Henson Hour".]

BALCONY

WALDORF: Hey, I didn't know pigs could do that!

STATLER: Be that talented?

WALDORF: No, be that bad!

BOILER ROOM

Kermit is locked up with Fozzie in the boiler room. Fozzie's already prepared a plan (unfortunately using items not in the boiler room) and even started a calendar. Kermit suggests using the telephone but this also turns out not to be an option.

[The boiler room set is the prop room with all the props cleared from it and with a boiler, pipes and other appropriate set dressing added.]

CURTAIN

Cloris interrupts Kermit Pig to let him know that her duet with Sweetums he's about to introduce is supposed to be at the end of the show. Kermit calls Sweetums back - and the six foot ballerina pig from the Rudolf Nureyev episode walks by in furs! Cloris can't withhold her suspicions any longer.

CLORIS: You are not a frog and there is nothing you can say that will ever convince me that you are a frog. Nothing!

KERMIT PIG: Ribbit. Ribbit, ribbit.

CLORIS: Kermit - it is you!

MUSICAL NUMBER - "OPERETTA MEDLEY"

Cloris is joined by Link Hogthrob dressed in mountie costume as they sing "My Hero", "Ah Sweet Mystery of Life", and "Serenade From Student Prince". A pig chorus joins in on "Stout Hearted Men" (not SNOUT Hearted Men?!)

[Link Hogthrob usually appears as a live-hand puppet although a rod puppet version is occasionally used for him. The rod version appears here.]

BOILER ROOM

Fozzie prepares to club the guard pig when he opens the door but ends up conking Gonzo, the latest hostage to be locked in the room. Though that plan failed, Gonzo has one of his own...he starts scraping at the wall with a spoon he smuggled in!

FOZZIE: Oh Gonzo, I'm sorry. I thought you were a pig.

GONZO: Terrific. terrific. First he clobbers me, then he insults me!

CURTAIN

Kermit Pig brings on the lovable ham who's really a boar.

FOZZIE'S COMEDY SPOT

A brown pig with bow tie and porkpie hat (what else?) does a monologue. Statler and Waldorf praise his material but chide his haircut.

[This is Jerry Nelson's second opportunity to do a Fozzie impression this year, having previously performed Baskerville's comic take-off in the Steve Martin episode.]

BALCONY

STATLER: Sauerkraut!

WALDORF: (laughing) Double porked!

STATLER & WALDORF: The wurst - the wurst!

SWEDISH CHEF

As expected, the Swedish Chef has his own pig version who wisely stays away from pork products and prepares popcorn by throwing an ear of corn in the air and shooting at it with a blunderbuss ("poopcorn pooper!")

[Frank Oz usually performs the Chef's hands to Jim's character. Here Frank does the pig itself and it wouldn't be too surprising if Jim was doing the hands as a switch.]

UK SKIT: VEGETARIAN'S HOSPITAL

Miss Piggy and her two pig replacements examine a dish of fruits and vegetables.

NURSE PIGGY: Oh it's all right, they have group insurance.

DOCTOR PIG: Group insurance? They'd better have grape insurance!

UK SKIT: NEWS FLASH

The Newspig reports on Dr. Bunsen Honeypig's latest triumph, converting a sow's ear to a silk purse.

BOILER ROOM

Gonzo has actually succeeded in starting a serviceable tunnel with his teaspoon (he's already digging from the other side of the wall!) Miss Piggy enters and assures Kermit that she's had nothing to do with the pigs taking over the show and refuses to cooperate - until the guard pig threatens to replace her.

[When faced with a similar choice between her career and her frog in "The Muppet Movie", her reaction is just about the same.]

PIGS IN SPACE

The ship is under attack by the Chopped Liver monster from the galaxy Zabor. Link is more concerned with a spot on his uniform.

STRANGEPORK: It's hideous!

CHOPPED LIVER: Hideous? For $1.69 a pound you want beautiful?

BALCONY

WALDORF: The pigs may have taken over but there's one thing about the show they haven't changed.

STATLER: What's that?

WALDORF: It's still not funny.

BOILER ROOM

As Gonzo continues to make progress, Scooter bursts into the room to let the cast know they're free - someone was holding a hog calling contest and all the pigs ran off!

FOZZIE: What a plot twist! How amazing! How unbelievable!

KERMIT: How convenient!

CURTAIN

Kermit resumes his rightful place as he brings on Cloris Leachman for her finale.

CLOSING NUMBER - "JUST IN TIME"

Cloris is stuck on a stranded island with Sweetums and the two argue over lack or resources. Her cries for help are answered by Doglion who sails by with a boat.

SWEETUMS: Pretty blonde lady make good fondue?

CLORIS: Oh that depends...are you thinking of me as the cook or the dish?

SWEETUMS: Well, you're quite a dish...

CURTAIN

As Gonzo breaks though the theatre wall, Kermit brings on Cloris Leachman and they marvel over the show's events.

CLORIS: Where did those pigs come from?

KERMIT: And where did they GO? I mean, who would organize a hog calling contest? It was amazing, it was bizarre..

CLORIS: ...It was easy!

[Kermit must be getting tired of repairing the wall Gonzo busts through - it's already been destroyed by a cannonball and a Zucchini Brother this year!]

CLOSING

STATLER: That was weird!

WALDORF: I'll tell the world!

STATLER: Go ahead.

WALDORF: THAT WAS WEIRD!

Guide Written by
D. W. McKim and Phillip Chapman

Video Captures by
Alex Taylor

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