Miss Nanny had initially planted the seed for Potato to grow in the Nursery's vegetable garden, and it was Animal who dug him up, asking "What that?," before Gonzo lifted Potato out of the ground with the words "I don't know, but it's beautiful!" (followed by "heavenly choral music").
Though he appears inanimate, he often falls down in deadpan reaction to other characters' comments (always accompanied by a duck-like quacking sound), only to be seen standing back up on end soon after without having been touched by another character. For a brief appearance during the song in the episode "Summer the Great," Potato can be seen hopping alongside Gonzo, Summer and Camilla in the kids' imagination.
Gonzo often costumes or decorates his friend to partake in role playing activities, such as in "Chicken Round-Up" where he plays "Sheriff Potater" and a whole slew of Spud Junction's townsfolk, or in "The Friends of Zorna Club" where he is participating in cosplay. For a more detailed listing, see the gallery below.
After coming to terms with Gonzo befriending a vegetable, the other characters are fully accepting of Gonzo's best friend being a seemingly lifeless potato. And even though vegetables go through different stages in time, on the show he has yet to sprout.
According to Gonzo in the episode "The Best, Best Friend":
“Potato's super popular. He's best friends with Radish, and Cucumber, and Sesame Seed--”
Hinting at romance, he adds in "Sherlock Nose":
“Potato usually hangs out in the vegetable garden with Lettuce. They're pretty close these days!”
Costumes and props
- Disney Muppet Babies (2018)
- Episode 103: You Say Potato, I Say Best Friend
- Episode 108: Frogs of a Feather
- Episode 110: The Good the Bad and the Froggy
- Episode 118: Summer the Great
- Episode 118: Planet Gonzo
- Episode 119: The Best, Best Friend
- Episode 119: Counting Kermits
- Episode 120: No Laughing Matter
- Episode 203: Monster Next Door
- Episode 210: Chicken Round-Up
- Episode 211: Wocka by Fozzie
- Episode 215: Animal Gets the Sneezies
- Episode 216: Gonzonocchio
- Episode 217: Frog Scouts
(image of Sheriff Potater on Frog Scout patch)
- Episode 218: The Friends of Zorna Club
- Episode 220: Friend-a-versary
- Episode 221: Sherlock Nose
- Episode 302: The Legend of El Tomahto
- Episode 302: Interplanetary Kickle Ball
- Episode 305: Animal Loses It
- Episode 306: Gonzo's Bubble Trouble
- Disney Junior Music
- "One Potato, Two Potato"
- Muppet Babies Play Date
- "Games with Potato"
- Closed captions of the episode "You Say Potato, I Say Best Friend"