Most of The Muppet Show plots, usually depicted backstage, are developed throghout the episode. A few episodes however have a running gag or theme, rather than a fully developed plot, or the concept is never fully developed.
- Episode 110 - Harvey Korman is dressed up as a Giant Chicken. First occurrence in the Talk Spot, second in the Blackout, third in the closing.
- Episode 207 - Fozzie tries to make a ventriloquist act inspired by Edgar Bergen. First occurrence backstage (Fozzie and Kermit), second in Edgar's dressing room (conversation with Mortimer Snerd), third on stage (Fozzie's Comedy Act). Fozzie appears with his dummy Chuckie in the closing.
- Episode 306 - Gonzo trains Mexican jumping beans, who are then eaten by Animal. A few minutes later, Gladys brings to Kermit a walnut and lima bean sandwich. Kermit yells "Gonzo, your lunch is here!" Two occurrences backstage in the first half of the episode.
- Episode 320 : Sylvester Stallone's groupies are introduced by Scooter in the theatre. Two occurrences backstage and one in the guest star's dressing room in the first half of the episode.
- Episode 324 - While Kermit is chatting with the Bust of Beethoven, Fozzie, who reads a book on self-improvement, asks Kermit to make a list of his good points and bad points. Two occurrences backstage in the first half of the episode.
- Episode 422 - Miss Piggy tells Andy Williams that she's engaged with Kermit. At this occasion, Andy sings the "Theme from Love Story" in honour of the young "couple", but, of course, Kermit knows nothing about this engagement. Two occurences backstage in the first half of the episode, plus the rendition by Andy and a recalling in the final conversation between Andy and Kermit. In the same episode, some singing and dancing cheeses appear in the Muppet Show. First occurrence in the Cold Open, second backstage (with a lot of cheesy jokes), third in the closing, plus a short evocation backstage, when Kermit asks Rizzo the Rat about a dancing cheese who has disappeared.
- Episode 510 - Jean-Pierre Rampal wants to speak French with Miss Piggy, who uses a medical pretext for avoiding it. Two occurrences backstage in the first half of the episode, and one in the closing.
- Episode 519 - A magnetic moose draws various metallic objects to himself. Two occurences backstage, in the first half of the episode.