The Muppet Show

Lena Horne

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 11/1/76
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  • Episode Description
  • Piggy thinks her solo has been canceled so she won't overshadow Lena Horne. Sketches/Songs: "Ragmops", "I've Got a Name", "Muppet Newsflash", "At the Dance", "Love Story", "Talk Spot", "Swedish Chef", Gonzo's Act, "I'm Glad There Is You", Fozzie's Act, "Sing"

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lena Horne

    Herself

  • Peter Friedman

    Rag Mop

  • Jim Henson

    Boppity

  • Dave Goelz

    Gonzo / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Zoot / Muppy / Beauregard

  • Eren Ozker

    Janice / Wanda / Hilda (1976-1977)

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • ...In which I gush about one little sketch that inexplicably blows my mind. That sketch: perfect 10. Episode as a whole: eh, all right. But never mind that:

    By rockinlibrarian, May 22, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Statler: That kind of act comes only once in a lifetime. Waldorf: If you’re lucky.

    • Statler: Author! Author! Waldorf: Is he here? Statler: Who? Waldorf: Arthur. Statler: Go back to sleep.

    Notes (6)

    • This is episode number 11 on the Season 1 dvds.

    • "The Theme from Love Story" is the UK spot in this episode.

    • Debut: Someone other than Kermit signs off at the end of the show (Hilda).

    • This episode was taped from 7/13-15/1976.

    • Lena Horne first performed with Kermit in the early seventies on Sesame Street. She sang a poignant version of "Bein' Green". She returned to Sesame Street about five years later helping Grover overcome his shyness in the song, "How Do You Do". (This song was released on the 1979 album "The Stars Come Out on Sesame Street"). In this episode, she demonstrates her natural rapport with the Muppets, most notably in her scene with Gonzo.

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    Trivia (4)

    • Note the switch between the real Muppy and the Muppet Muppy in Lena Horne's song by the railroad tracks.

    • Fozzie's theme music was written by Derek Scott.

    • Miss Piggy's ring is from before Kermit. The blue hankie that she carries around is to help hide her arm rod.

    • Notice that the main singing ragmop is the only one with a working mouth.

    Allusions (1)

    • "Rag Mop" was written by Deacon Anderson and Johnnie Lee Wills. "I Got a Name" was written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. "The Theme from Love Story" was written by Francis Albert and Carl Sigman. It is used again in a season 4 episode with Andy Williams. "Sing" was written by Joe Raposo. It first appeared on "Sesame Street."

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