Ethel Merman

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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".

  • Fozzie's joke: I went to a diet doctor and in just two months I lost $300! (Fozzie double checks his script - he doesn't get it! He remains confused as Kermit begins to sing his verse!) Gonzo's gong: Gloat wallops Gonzo with a mallet of his own.

  • Is that Leo from "Sell Sell Sell" we see in the audience?

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.