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The Jim Henson Hour
Air Date April 28, 1989
Director John Blanchard



Fozzie reports from New York City.

Devils Cards

"The Soldier and Death"

Plot Outline[]

Cold Opening[]

Leon has picked up a gum-chewing blonde Whatnot, promising her a job singing on the show. She sings a high note and cracks the control room monitors, to Kermit's shock, then speaks in a deep voice.

Jim Henson's Intro[]

The Storyteller's Dog takes the lion's place (claiming that Kermit the Frog got him a job in front of the Public Library) while Lindbergh repairs the broken monitors. Kermit shows how they were broken in instant replay on an unbroken monitor, which causes it to break. (The half-hour version does not mention The Storyteller, and the Dog seems to have a somewhat different voice and personality.)


Gonzo and Leon talk Kermit into letting others help run things at the studio, but when Kermit decides to take a vacation, nobody knows what to do. Meanwhile, Fozzie decides to give up comedy and become a weatherbear on The Today Show, and the monsters host a telethon.


The StoryTeller[]

Jim Henson's Closing[]

Jim Henson notices that the Lion has a library card, and notes that everybody should have one.


  • This is the first of only a few episodes that featured Frank Oz.
  • This is one of the few MuppeTelevision segments that did not feature Jerry Nelson.
  • Judging from an airing taped in Nova Scotia, and much like the KD Lang episode, some Canadian broadcasts of this episode omitted the scene following the Fairy Tale, where Gonzo decides to go see Kermit, and the gang follows him. Footage was also missing when coming back from commercial breaks, including Kermit in his hammock and Jim's introduction to The StoryTeller.
  • The cameo by The Storyteller's Dog is (like every Jim Henson introduction) a bit different in the half-hour Jim Henson Show version. The Storyteller is not mentioned and Kevin Clash plays the Dog instead of Brian Henson.



Kermit the Frog, Gonzo, Leon, Fozzie Bear, Frackles, Vicki, Link Hogthrob, Clifford, Digit, Bean Bunny, Lindbergh, Chickens, Franklin, Maxine, Baby, Timecaster, Luncheon Counter Monster, Beautiful Day Monster, The Hypocritic Oaf, Shakey Sanchez, Rhonda

Background Muppets[]

Rizzo the Rat, Rats, Penguins, Coconuts, Flash, Beard, Solid Foam Drummer, Droop, Gil, Jill, Slithy Toves, Boo Monster, Inkspots, Diggit, Earl, Candle

Muppet Performers[]

Supporting Cast[]


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