The Muppet Show

Ethel Merman

Season 1, Ep 21, Aired 2/21/77
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  • Episode Description
  • Fozzie's agent negotiates his contract. Sketches/Songs: "Java", "Medley", "Don't Sugar Me", "Talk Spot", Shadow Puppets, Fozzie's Act, "There's No Business Like Show Business"

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eren Ozker

    Janice / Wanda / Hilda (1976-1977)

  • Ethel Merman

    Herself

  • Jim Henson

    Leo

  • Frank Oz

    Fozzie Bear's Cousin

  • Jerry Nelson

    Uncle Deadly/Irving Bizarre/Miss Mousey

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • The late Ethel Merman stops by The Muppet Show as Fozzie tries to renegotiate his contract (Which doesn't even exist.).

    By meathead704, Jul 11, 2010

  • muppets and a broadway star, and muppets, and explosions, this is one great episode

    By junodog, Jan 06, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Stantler: What do you put in your tea? Waldorf: Oh, milk, two sugars. one mouse... Stantler: One what?! Waldorf: Mouse. Here, see for yourself. (Miss Mousey starts singing 'Don't You Sugar Me')

    • Uncle Deadly: (Singing) I hear singing, but there's no one there... Ethel Merman: You would.

    Notes (7)

    • Richard Bradshaw is the first guest puppeteer on the show.

    • This episode was taped from 11/16-18/1976.

    • Debut: Fozzie's agent, Irving Bizarre and Mini Miss Mousey. Exit: Two-headed Singer

    • "Don't Sugar Me" written by Walt Kelly and Norman Monath is the UK spot.

    • Only season one episode without "At the Dance".

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    Trivia (2)

    • Fozzie's cousin is in the audience watching his act. He's the bear Muppet wearing a bowler hat.

    • Puppets from the "Java" number are made from dryer and vacuum cleaner hose with fake fur and eyes.

    Allusions (3)

    • "Java" composed by Freddy Friday, Marilyn Schack, Allen Toussaint, and Alvin O. Tyler. It's from Al Hirt's album "Honey in the Horn." "There's No Business Like Show Business" written by Irving Berlin from the musical Annie Get Your Gun.

    • Irving Bizarre is a tribute to Hollywood agent, Irving Lazar.

    • In her big opening number, Ethel Merman and the Muppets do a slew of her most popular songs: "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick Out of You" from Anything Goes written by Cole Porter. "Together Wherever We Go" from Gypsy written by Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne. "Friendship" from DuBarry Was A Lady written by Cole Porter. "Anything You Can Do" from Annie Get Your Gun written by Irving Berlin. "It's De-Lovely" written by Cole Porter. "You're Just in Love" written by Irving Berlin. "Mutual Admiration Society" written by Harold Karr and Matt Dubey.

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