The Muppet Show

Season 1 Episode 22

Connie Stevens

Aired Unknown Feb 28, 1977 on



  • Trivia

    • Besides the credits, this is among the rare times that Wayne and Wanda have actually talked; however they do not perform until the Jim Nabors episode.

  • Quotes

    • Waldorf: I'd like to get close to Connie Stevens, but I'm too close to something else.
      Statler: Oh, what's that?
      Waldorf: Ninety.

    • Wayne: Kermit, this is an ultimatum! We sing tonight or else!
      Wanda: Kermit's not here, Wayne.
      Wayne: Hiding from my wrath, no doubt.
      Wanda: That's funny, he's not onstage either...
      Wayne: Wanda! No one is on stage now!
      Wanda: You mean-?
      Wayne: Yes! This is our chance! We must grasp it!
      Wanda: But, this supposed to be the place for the Connie Stevens spot.
      (Connie Stevens appears)
      Wayne: Oh, we'll cut the Connie Stevens spot! Who needs the Connie Stevens spot?! Who cares about the Connie Stevens spot!? (Sees Connie) I can't wait for the Connie Stevens spot!

  • Notes

    • The most expensive part of the show was the sets. They were built off the ground so that the puppeteers could stand underneath the stage. Guest stars used platforms.

    • Fozzie's necktie helps to hide the joint between his head and body.

    • "Ain't Misbehavin'" is the UK spot.

    • Debuts in this episode: Swedish Chef, Muppet Rats, Muppet Newsman, Miss Piggy hits Kermit.

    • Lydia's tattoos were drawn by Jim Henson.

    • This episode was taped during the week of 1/9/1976.

    • This episode and the Juliet Prowse episode were the first two episodes filmed for the series, and were shot before the rest of the season. The idea was to use the two episodes as a way of selling the show into syndication in America.

      Though similar to the rest of the season, you will notice some differences in this episode, notably Kermit presenting Connie with a Muppet likeness of herself at the end of the show, something that was dropped in future episodes.

    • Fozzie's joke: Hey, that Gonzo is SO dumb, he just heard that we're running short of water, so he want's us to dilute it!

      Gonzo's gong: Gonzo strikes the gong and breaks it.

    • This episode marks the first time characters from Sesame Street make an appearance on The Muppet Show. Ernie and Bert appear in a segment in which Bert has an extended song and dance number with Connie Stevens.

  • Allusions

    • The Muppet group "The Mutations" is an obvious homage to "The Temptations."

    • "Some Enchanted Evening" was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for their musical "South Pacific."

    • "Close to You" was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. This song was a big hit for The Carpenters. It will be used again in season 5.

    • "Ain't Misbehavin'" written by Fats Waller was used as a theme for George Burns later in his career.

    • "Teenager in Love" was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. The Dion and the Belmonts recording was released in 1958.

    • Tattoos on Lydia: Battle of Waterloo (6/18/1815), "The Wreck of the Hesperus" (poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), American Flag, Kankakee (a town and county in Illinois), Washington Crossing the Delaware (12/25/1776), and Andrew Jackson (7th US president).

    • "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady" written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, was made famous by Groucho Marx in the 1939 movie "At the Circus." This was one of Jim Henson's favorite songs and was even sung at his memorial service in 1990.