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Muppets Tonight
Air Date October 12, 1997
Written by Dick Blasucci, Paul Flaherty, Darin Henry, Jim Lewis, Dan McGrath, Kirk Thatcher and Patric Verrone
Director Gary Halvorson
Prod. no. 113


Pierce Brosnan and Miss Piggy in The Spy in the Casino Sketch.

James Prawn tries to stop the Rock Lobsters from taking over the studio.

Pierce Brosnan performs the fire eating trick.

Pierce Brosnan is depressed over the fact that he isn't as debonair as his James Bond character, but he finally gets a chance to prove himself when the Crustacean Liberation Army attempts to take the Muppet Studios hostage and only he can save them.

Skit Highlights


  • When Brosnan performed the fire eating trick at the end of the episode, he ended-up burning his mouth.[1]

β€œThe former James Bond studied the circus art at theater school in his youth just because he thought the class would help him meet attractive women and he was thrilled when TV bosses suggested he show off his party trick during one of the Muppets' final TV variety shows.

He says, "I did The Muppets... after I did the first James Bond movie, and they said, 'We'd like you to be on the show. Do you sing or dance?' and I said, 'No, but I used to do a fire eating act...' and so we incorporated this into the show... I blew fire."

The rehearsal went well but then a prop master suggested he try the scene again with a different fuel, and Brosnan was left with a scorched mouth.

The actor recalls, "I did the take but it was like rocket fuel and it came right back into my mouth... It's on YouTube I think, and you see this blue flame and it just goes right back into my mouth."”

  • This episode was shot as part of the first season (production number 113), but was not aired until the second.
  • As part of a long history of words as music cues on the show, whenever someone refers to Istanbul and Constantinople, several rats pop up and sing the rather obvious song.


Bill Barretta - Pepe, Johnny Fiama, Bobo, Clueless Morgan, David Hoggselhoff, Ernst Stavros Grouper (Blowfish), Snookie Blyer, Big Mean Carl, Zippity Zap
Kevin Clash - Clifford, Arthur Modell, Polly Lobster
Dave Goelz - Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Randy Pig, Waldorf, Lobster
Brian Henson - Seymour, Sal Manilla, Nigel, KMUP camera man
Jerry Nelson - Statler, Dr. Strangepork, Rock Lobster, Penguin
Frank Oz - Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear
Steve Whitmire - Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Andy Pig, Rizzo the Rat
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph - Spamela Hamderson
Alice Dinnean
Thom Fountain
John Kennedy - Female Rock Lobster
Bruce Lanoil
Len Levitt
Drew Massey
Joe Selph
Allan Trautman



Clifford, Lobsters, Rats, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Seymour, Pepe the King Prawn, Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Andy and Randy Pig, Statler and Waldorf, David Hoggselhoff, Sal Manilla, Johnny Fiama, Spamela Hamderson, Rizzo the Rat, Bobo the Bear, Nigel, Mr. Callahan, Polly Lobster, Clueless Morgan, Snookie Blyer, Big Mean Carl, Arthur Modell, Rufus, Ernst Stavros Grouper, Zippity Zap, Agnes Stonewick, Penguins

Background Muppets

Clarissa, Chip, Guitar Atric, Muppets Tonight floor manager


  1. ↑ "Pierce Brosnan Impressed Muppets With Fire Eating Talents" May 3, 2013

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