|The Muppet Show|
|Production||April 1-3, 1980|
|Premiere|| UK: October 19, 1980|
NYC: October 11, 1980
|Releases||Best of the Muppet Show|
- "(They Long to Be) Close to You"
- "Roaring 20s" sketch: "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "The Varsity Drag"
- UK Spot: "Bird Walk"
- Bear on Patrol: Banananose Moldenado
- A Serene Salute to Japan: "Japanese Square Dance"
- The first two songs in this episode, "Temptation" and "(They Long to Be) Close to You," also feature in the first and second episodes of the series.
- The clash of East and West in the closing number is the second time this occurs: Fozzie similarly ruins a Japanese tribute with "Oklahoma!" in Episode 317.
- This is the last episode to have the credits continue to roll on the curtain call, before the closing begins.
|Cold Open: Pops assumes that James Coburn has a contract out on “the frog.” James claims he is just a guest, but Pops points out the bulge in his jacket pocket. James removes the item, revealing it to be a pipe. Of course, James is able to shoot the pipe at Scooter’s feet.|
|“The Muppet Show Theme”: Gonzo’s trumpet goes seemingly unheard until Foo-Foo responds to it. “Well, she heard it.”|
|Direct from the Lamprey Lounge at the Bermuda Triangle Hilton, the Sargasso Bottom Rhythm Boys, an octopus drum-and-kazoo band, plays "Temptation" in the opening number. An enraged Animal rushes on stage, screaming "BAD DRUMS!" He attacks the playing octopuses.|
|Animal throws one of the octopuses into Statler and Waldorf's Box. Throughout the show, Statler and Waldorf interact with this octopus, typically ending with Waldorf being thrown out of the box.|
| || Backstage, Miss Piggy asks Scooter if the octopuses are alright. Scooter tells her they may end up bouillabaisse, to which Piggy responds, “Well, those French towns are nice.”
|As a male Muppet sings (They Long to Be) Close to You to his lady friend, the birds, stars, and angels mentioned in the lyrics appear -- and then get stuck to the woman. (The male Muppet is the same puppet used for Wayne, and is likewise performed by Richard Hunt.)|
| || The female Muppet from “Close to You” comes backstage requesting a crowbar. As she exits, Kermit shoos away the octopus taking up his desk space.
Scooter informs Kermit of James Coburn and Animal’s new found friendship. Turns out they’re up in James’ dressing room swapping stories. Or, more correctly, tossing chairs around.
| Kermit announces the next sketch as a salute to the roaring ‘20s. A lion arrives onstage to ask if they’ll need him to roar. When Kermit declines, the lion protests to the frog's annoyance, "Who's going to roar? You?"
| || The Muppets' salute to the "Roaring '20s" starts with a dance by Betsy Bird to the tune of "The Varsity Drag." She is accompanied by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, all decked out in their checkered suits.
Gonzo runs things at Club Mildew. There has been some talk of another mob trying to muscle in. Gonzo reassures his associate, Cuddles, stating that "No one muscles in on the Gonz."
|UK Spot: Kermit compliments Betsy Bird on the dance she did in the last sketch. He asks if she has any other dances she can do for the show. Betsy says she could wing something, and signals for the band (a group of birds, including Rowlf on piano) to play "Bird Walk."|
|Patrol Bear arrests Banana Nose Maldonado who tries to find a way out of it. He insists that he is actually working undercover and that he is Chief Inspector Maldonado. Fozzie and Captain Link are impressed and Fozzie even walks him to the door. They then notice the wanted poster on the wall for one Banana Nose Maldonado.|
|James Coburn tries to teach Animal how to meditate, to relax. Animal finds the concept hard to grasp, but tries anyway. Kermit pops in to tell James about the upcoming cowboy sketch, but James requests something more enlightened and serene.|
| Kermit, having already hired the cowboys, has to now tell them that James doesn't like the cowboy sketch.
Just as Kermit is struggling with a way to bring the Salute to Japan together, Scooter comes in with his own problem. The bus for The Tokyo Tai-Chi, Karate, and Chowder Society has just broken down outside the theater. Kermit now has his Japanese sketch.
| ||James attempts to create a serene "Salute to Japan", a rather quiet number, dissolves into a rootin' tootin' "Japanese Square Dance" when the Cowboys invade the set and Animal tires of the quiet music.|
|At the closing, James thanks Kermit for the opportunity to finally be on The Muppet Show. Kermit tells him that it turned out to be more like The Gong Show. Animal arrives to take one more swing at the gong.|
|After the credits, the octopus has Statler and Waldrof tangled in his tentacles. He calls for "More! More!"|
- Kermit the Frog, Animal, Floyd Pepper, Scooter, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Camilla, Betsy Bird, Fozzie Bear, Statler and Waldorf, Link Hogthrob, Pops, Rizzo the Rat, Ohboy Bird, Forcryingoutloud Bird, Youknow Bird, Whaddayasay Bird, Righton Bird, Octopuses, Chickens, Whatnots, Banana Nose Maldonado, Lefty, The Japanese Tai-Chi, Karate, and Chowder Society.
- Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Waldorf, Link Hogthrob, Lefty and Dr. Teeth
- Frank Oz as Animal, Fozzie Bear, and Miss Piggy
- Jerry Nelson as Floyd Pepper, Pops, Lion, Cowboy and the Announcer
- Richard Hunt as Scooter, Statler, Janice and the "Close to You" singer
- Dave Goelz as Gonzo, Zoot and Banananose Maldonado
- Louise Gold as Japanese Geisha
- Steve Whitmire as Rizzo the Rat and Lips
- Kathryn Mullen as others
- Betsy Baytos as Betsy Bird
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