|The Muppet Show|
|Production||August 5-8, 1980|
A messenger brings a message from the scheduled guest star -- Benny Brillstein, the Yiddish yodeler. Benny refuses to be on the show, so Kermit asks Chris, the messenger boy, to be the guest. Chris knows a joke, so Kermit introduces him as a comedian.
Chris' bizarre acts include owl impersonation and odd magic tricks -- "Pick a sausage, any sausage." Finally, doing an escape act in his dressing room, Chris locks himself in a wardrobe and can't get out. He has to do his final number, "Hawaiian Cowboy," from within the wardrobe.
- Kermit and Robin sing "Friendship" with two whales.
- Chris performs his impression of Autumn in Scotland and tries to catch a peanut in his mouth.
- A double-decker bus full of dogs sings "Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner."
- Chris introduces his Time Travel Apparatus.
- "The Gnu" -- a British Chap and a Gnu
- Chris attempts to display he can dramatically burst out of a wardrobe, but gets stuck inside. As he must appear in the closing number to sing "Hawaiian Cowboy," the Muppets are forced to put on a cowboy hat on top of the wardrobe and move it on stage so Chris can sing from inside. However, Chris does manage to free himself in spectacular fashion to finish the song properly.
- Waldorf: "You know, if you ever think about it, there are these strange pauses in this show when nothing happens on stage."
- Sam the Eagle: "You are all a bunch of weirdos."
- Chris Langham: "Weirdos? We believe in fondue. Do you believe in fondue, too?"
- Sam the Eagle: "Well, I know it exists..."
- Chris Langham: "I know that if you look deep inside your heart, you will find melted cheese."
- Chris was the only British writer on The Muppet Show. He was hastily made the guest for this episode after the original guest, Richard Pryor, was unable to make the taping.
- The mother whale puppet in the opening number was over 8 feet long; it was the biggest hand puppet ever featured on the show. After the show was taped, the producers donated the whale puppet to the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace as a mascot.
- Sam Eagle is the only Muppet performed by Frank Oz in this episode.
- Chris later wrote for and appeared in The Jim Henson Hour.
- The name of the cancelled guest star is a backstage reference; Bernie Brillstein was Jim Henson's agent.
- Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog and Waldorf
- Frank Oz as Sam Eagle
- Jerry Nelson as Pops, Robin, and Floyd Pepper
- Richard Hunt as Scooter and Statler
- Dave Goelz as Gonzo
- Louise Gold as Mother Whale
- Steve Whitmire as Tommy the Goldfish and Baby Whale
- Kathy Mullen as Melissa