The Muppet Show

Valerie Harper

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 11/22/76
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  • Episode Description
  • Smitten Statler takes a plant backstage to Valerie Harper. Sketches/Songs: "Broadway Baby", "Swedish Chef", "Muppet Newsflash", "The Butterfly", "At the Dance", "Tit Willow", "Searchin'", "On a Clear Day", "Muppet Newsflash", "Nobody Does It Like Me"

  • Cast & Crew
  • Valerie Harper

    Herself

  • Jim Henson

    Clodhoppers

  • Frank Oz

    Mary Louise/Clodhoppers

  • Richard Hunt

    Japanese Cake

  • Dave Goelz

    Boppity

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (7)

    • This episode was taped from 10/26-28/1976.

    • Debut: A guest star number done backstage.

    • "Tit Willow" is the UK spot. It was written by Gilbert and Sullivan for the operetta, The Mikado.

    • This is only one of two "At the Dance" segments in the first season where George and Mildred don't dance together. Dr. Teeth dances with Mildred while George is paired with Zelda Rose.

    • Fozzie's joke: Hey, did you know that if Tuesday Weld married Frederick March's grandson, she'd be Tuesday March the Second! Gonzo's gong: Gonzo raises a very heavy mallet to hit the gong, but overbalances and hits himself with the mallet.

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    Trivia (6)

    • For a brief moment during the Swedish Chef's cake sketch, you can hear Richard Hunt laughing.

    • After the Swedish Chef smashes the cake, you can see the circular hole in the table for Richard Hunt's hand

    • Rowlf's poem was written by the staff.

    • This is the first time Statler appears backstage.

    • This is the only episode this season to open without Kermit in front of the red curtain.

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    Allusions (1)

    • "Nobody Does it Like Me" was written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields for the musical Seesaw. "On a Clear Day" was written by Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane for the musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. "Broadway Baby" was written by Stephen Sondheim for the musical, Follies. "Searchin'" was written by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller.

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