|The Muppet Show|
|Production||June 16-19, 1980|
|Premiere|| UK: March 8, 1981|
NYC: November 22, 1980
|Releases||Best of the Muppet Show|
Beaker tests Muppet Labs' new copier machine, ultimately falling into it and getting made into seven copies of himself. The multiple Beakers gang up on Bunsen, and the doctor is forced to wear a disguise and hide from his assistants.
- "Another Opening, Another Show"
- "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me"
- Muppet Labs: Copying Machine
- "It's Hard to Be Humble"
- UK Spot: "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
- The Swedish Chef: Soup
- Guest Star's Dressing Room: "Poor Boy Boogie"
- Bear on Patrol (Outnumbered)
- "I Believe in Music"
| Cold Open: Pops is at his desk, stomping cockroaches when guest star Mac Davis arrives.
Pops: "You're the famous singer, songwriter, actor, country-western star!"
Mac then shows off another talent: tap-dancing!
Mac: "Well, it ain't great, but it sure keeps the cockroaches away."
|"The Muppet Show Theme": A turkey pops up and scares Gonzo off, keeping him from playing his trumpet.|
| ||Fozzie Bear, Link Hogthrob, Scooter, Lew Zealand, Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat sing "Another Opening, Another Show" as stagehands Beauregard and Beaker get tangled in the ropes offstage and drop curtains and backdrops in front of them.|
| Waldorf: "Well, that stopped them!"
Fozzie appears in Statler and Waldorf's Box to finish the number.
|Backstage, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew presents Muppet Labs snazzy new copying machine. Of course Beaker is there to test it. Bunsen claims it's harmless, but upon scanning Beauregard's face, he blacks out.|
|Mac Davis, underwater and sitting on a hook, sings "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" with a mermaid Miss Piggy and a school of fish.|
| || Backstage, after Miss Piggy is through commenting on both Kermit's and Mac's "great flippers," Beaker approaches her, meeping out a problem.
Miss Piggy: "Beaker! I told you never to talk to me like that! ... Because I can't understand it."
Beaker goes to examine the copying machine, and his loses his pupils from the copier's light! He is not only blinded, but sucked into the machine before it is rolled out on stage.
| Muppet Labs: Dr. Bunsen Honeydew announces that Beaker, "his fickle and wayward assistant," has gone missing. He has to demonstrate the copying machine without him.
When the copying machine is turned on, several Beakers appear from within!
Bunsen: "I've only got one thing to say: HELP!"
| || The Beakers chase Bunsen backstage, past Mac Davis, getting ready to perform.
Link Hogthrob joins Mac for a little "man talk." They discuss Link's talent, his fashion sense, and his "animal magnetism." Mac proceeds to sing "It's Hard to Be Humble," a perfect song for Link. A chorus of other Muppets join in.
As the song progresses, a crowd of Beakers are seen listening in.
|UK Spot: Rowlf the Dog plays Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring". He is interrupted by Beauregard cleaning up the stage.|
|The Swedish Chef is making soup, but finds Dr. Bunsen Honeydew hiding from Beaker in one of his pots. The Chef plays along, protecting Bunsen from the Beakers, though they eventually do find him, and the chase is back on.|
| Guest Star's Dressing Room: Mac rehearses "Poor Boy Boogie" but is interrupted by Beakers. They try to sing along, but fail. Instead, Mac tries to show them what he is doing. When he tells the Beakers to do it, they pass out.
Mac: "At least I don't have to listen to them sing anymore."
| Bear on Patrol (Outnumbered): Patrol Bear tries to arrest Beaker on an "803" - making funny noises in public, a crime for which he could get 25 years. Another duplicate Beaker shows up as his lawyer. The lawyer is locked up as well - "Who can understand lawyer talk?"
In all, Fozzie and Link end up with eight Beakers on their hands, so they decide to lock themselves up.
| Bunsen sneaks around backstage, in disguise to hide himself from his assistants. Bunsen cannot understand why the Beakers are so mad at him:
Bunsen: "I've always been a regular sweetie to each of him."
| || Mac sings "I Believe in Music". It's a number that even Statler and Waldorf can get into.
He sings begins first with the band and then as they slowly become replaced with more Beakers!
|Kermit tries to say good night to Mac Davis, but the Beakers run out onstage instead. When Mac does make it out, he is joined by one more Beaker... Bunsen.|
| ||During the closing theme, the multiple Beakers take over all of the band's instruments, and they appear in the balcony in place of Statler and Waldorf.|
- This is the only episode that features a view of the stage from Statler and Waldorf's box during the finale.
- Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Scooter, Statler and Waldorf, Link Hogthrob, Rowlf the Dog, the Swedish Chef, Animal, Floyd Pepper, Zoot, Janice, Lips, Lew Zealand, Pops, Beauregard, Turkey, Rizzo the Rat
- Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Link Hogthrob, Waldorf, the Swedish Chef, Rowlf and Beaker clones
- Frank Oz as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal and Beaker clones
- Jerry Nelson as Floyd Pepper, Lew Zealand, Pops, the Announcer, and Beaker clones
- Richard Hunt as Beaker, Scooter, Statler, Janice, the Turkey and Beaker clones
- Dave Goelz as Gonzo, Zoot, Beauregard and Beaker clones
- Steve Whitmire as Rizzo the Rat, Lips and Beaker clones
- Louise Gold as Annie Sue and Beaker clones
- Kathy Mullen as Gaffer and Beaker clones
- Brian Muehl as Beaker clones
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