The Muppet Show

Rita Moreno

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 9/9/76
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  • Episode Description
  • The backstage phone keeps ringing, with amusing results. Sketches/Songs: "Slapstick Cafe", "Veterinarian's Hospital", "Muppet Newsflash", "Swedish Chef", "At the Dance", "Tomorrow", "Lady of Spain", "Panel", "Muppet Newsflash", "Talk Spot", "Goody Goody", Fozzie's Act, "Fever"

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rita Moreno

    Herself

  • Dave Goelz

    Brewster

  • Jim Henson

    Hillbilly Singer/Muppaphones

  • Jerry Nelson

    Hillbilly Singer/Muppaphones

  • Frank Oz

    Hillbilly Singer/Marvin Suggs/Mildred/George the Janitor/Animal's Dancing Partner

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Excellent

    By JordanWelch, May 23, 2012

  • Rita Moreno guests on The Muppet Show and wins an Emmy in the process.

    By meathead704, May 01, 2009

  • Rita Moreno gives an award winning perfomrance.

    By MightyElroy, Feb 26, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Nurse Piggy: Dr. Bob, you should be ashamed of yourself. You call yourself a doctor, Dr. Bob? Dr. Bob: I don't call myself a doctor. They don't come when you call them anyway.

    • Nurse Piggy: (to Nurse Janice) Well, your timing was awful! Nurse Janice: What do you know about time? Nurse Piggy: I know your face would stop a clock!

    Notes (9)

    • Episode 5 on the Muppet Show Season 1.

    • Rita Moreno would later gain fame with contemporary audiences as the voice of the title character in the animated series Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego

    • "Tomorrow" is the UK spot in this episode.

    • The Swedish Chef theme was composed by Derek Scott.

    • This episode was taped 5/25-27/1976. It was also the first episode to air in New York.

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    Trivia (5)

    • Rita Moreno won an Emmy award for her performance in this episode.

    • Animal is usually chained to his drums. He only listens to Floyd.

    • The Country Trio puppets are meant to resemble Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and Jerry Nelson.

    • Watch for the change in the man during the "Slapstick Cafe" sketch. For most of the sketch it is an actor in a Muppet costume but when it is time for him to be thrown around it's just a dummy.

    • Jim's hand is shown performing Kermit after Rita yells at Sweetums.

    Allusions (3)

    • "Fever" was written by Eddie J. Cooley and John Davenport. It was popularized by Peggy Lee.

    • "Goody Goody" was written by Matty Malneck and Johnny Mercer. It was popularized by Frank Sinatra.

    • Atomic Energy Commission: Formed in 1946 but dissolved in 1974. This episode was filmed two years later.

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