Muppet Babies

Season 1 Episode 1

Noisy Neighbors

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Sep 15, 1984 on CBS
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Noisy Neighbors
The kids spend all day trying to keep Animal quiet so that they don't disturb their next door neighbor, Officer Caruthers.

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    The Muppet Babies are playing in the nursery. Gonzo, Piggy, Kermit and Fozzie are using a makeshift cardboard box as a submarine. The nursery sofa is a battleship destroyer manned by Skeeter, Scooter, Animal and Rowlf. The fantasy naval battle, cira WWII, is interrupted by Nanny who chides them for their lack of consideration for their next-door neighbor, Officer Caruthers, who works the nightshift beat as a policeman and sleeps during the day. The kids promise to keep it down to a "civilized" dull-roar and quickly realize Animal is too young (and feral) to really understand the situation. To keep Animal distracted, Piggy begins a fantasy story about a "bee-u-tee-full" princess whose kingdom is plagued by a destructive break-dancing dragon. Whoever defeats the dragon wins her hand in marriage. Sir Fozzie and Sir Gonzo fail to slay the dragon. Sir Kermit tries doing a "boogie dance" with the dragon. Animal begins his own wild and noisy dance routine. The kids are reprimanded for the second time by Nanny who encourages them to try being more quiet. Rowlf leads the others in a song as a lullaby for Animal, "Sleep Rockin," but with its up-beat tempo, Animal does not fall asleep. Nanny has to get after the kids a third time because grumpy Officer C. just phoned and threatened to come over personally to talk to them. This is their last warning. The Muppet Babies turn on TV but Animal is too hyper to sit and watch quietly. Gonzo's favorite superhero show inspires him to dress up as fantasy alter-ego, Super Gonzo, to save Piggy Lane from a malfunctioning elevator. Piggy has no idea Cluck Kent is really her hero in disguise. Animal grabs Piggy and, channeling King Kong, climbs to the top of a skyscraper while Super Gonzo is delayed by a flying telephone booth gag. Just as he's about to overpower Giant Animal, green Krypto-socks break the mood. Nanny is back but she's not here to scold, their neighbor is leaving for work so they can make all the noise they want. The Muppet Babies (except Animal) react to this news by promptly falling asleep.

    "Go Bye Bye!" End Tag: Animal is finger painting on the wall and throws a bucket of blue paint at the camera. Gonzo is absent.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Closet Gag: Gonzo opens the door to reveal the Imperial Cruiser from Star Wars firing on him.

    • The song sung in this episode is "Baby Rockin' (Rock-A-Bye Baby)".

    • Officer Caruthers, like Nanny, is only shown from the waist down.

    • Super Gonzo's sleeves are missing from his outfit when he is in the phone booth.

    • When Piggy Lane shows Cluck Kent a photo of Super Gonzo, his outfit is all blue with a red cape. When Cluck Kent becomes Super Gonzo later in the episode, he has red trunks with the blue shirt and red cape.

    • During the Super Gonzo fantasy, when Animal is shown holding Piggy Lane in his hand, she is wearing her normal Miss Piggy outfit. The next shot she is back to wearing her Piggy Lane outfit.

    • In the scene where Animal is yelling, "BORING, BORING!" while the kids are watching Super Gonzo, Gonzo can be seen with them even though he went into the tv set with the red carpet on.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Piggy: There will be no jokes during my story, either. Especially bad ones!
      Fozzie: Sorry.
      Piggy: It's okay.

    • Scooter: Wait, Skeeter, I thought I was the captain.
      Skeeter: No way, Skooter. Last time you were captain you sank the ship before it even left the dock!

    • Sir Gonzo: Get ready to kiss me hello, Princess Piggy, and kiss that dragon goodbye!

    • Nanny: Officer Caruthers called again.
      Fozzie: Uh-oh! I knew that wasn't my agent on the phone!

    • Piggy Lane: Super Gonzo, my hero!
      Super Gonzo: Miss Lane, I've gotta stop the elevator.
      (elevator comes crashing down on Super Gonzo, and he comes out all flat)
      Super Gonzo: Miss Lane, I gotta get going. (Flys off)
      Piggy Lane: Wait, Super Gonzo! Oh, I forgot about Cluck. Oh, Clucky, where are you? (Cluck Kent falls down from the elevator shaft)
      Cluck Kent: What happened?
      Piggy Lane: While you were up there playing with the elevator, Super Gonzo saved little old moi.

    • (A crowd watching Super Gonzo rescue Piggy Lane)
      Woman 1: Look, up there!
      Woman 2: It's a plane!
      Man 1: It's a chicken!
      Man 2: No, it's just a guy in a telephone booth.

    • Gonzo (as Cluck Kent): That's Piggy Lane, my co-reporter. Boy, am I wild about her, but I try not to show it.
      Piggy: Oh Cluck, I think I'm in love...
      (Cluck starts kissing her hand)
      Cluck Kent: Oh, me, too, Miss Lane. I've been waiting to tell you for months!
      Piggy: Ew, yuck! Not you, Cluck! Him...Super Gonzo...

    • (Gonzo, as Cluck Kent, is stuck in the elevator with Piggy, as Piggy Lane)
      Cluck Kent: Now, where was I?
      Kermit: I believe you were plunging to certain doom.
      Cluck Kent: This is a job for...(removes his trench coat and hat and grows big with muscles)
      Super Gonzo: SUPER GONZO!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode, and "Fozzie's Family Tree", are the only two episodes to feature Gonzo as his alterego Super Gonzo.

    • This episode introduces Skeeter, Scooter's twin sister. She was created to be another girl with Piggy. She does not appear in any other series.