The Muppet Show

Season 1 Episode 21

Ethel Merman

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Aired Unknown Feb 21, 1977 on
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Ethel Merman
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Fozzie's agent negotiates his contract. Sketches/Songs: "Java", "Medley", "Don't Sugar Me", "Talk Spot", Shadow Puppets, Fozzie's Act, "There's No Business Like Show Business"

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  • The late Ethel Merman stops by The Muppet Show as Fozzie tries to renegotiate his contract (Which doesn't even exist.).

    7.5
    On this episode of The Muppet Show the late Ethel Merman displays the talent that made her into the musical legend she is. The highlight of this episode is her first appearance when she sings a medley of her most well known show tunes with Kermit and the gang. The story of Fozzie trying to renegotiate his contract with the help of his (rather small) agent is also well done. The jokes are a little cornball, but they work regardless. The episode also has a satisfying finale with Ms. Merman lifing Fozzie's spirits with a rendition of a classic showtune.moreless
  • muppets and a broadway star, and muppets, and explosions, this is one great episode

    10
    I've been a muppets fan just about my entire life. we'd watch it in germany until we moved to the US, then when I traveled to Belgium to visit my grandmother with my dad, I'd sit in the room with the little TV and watch it, and i'd be confused at the belgian subtitles, since I was little, and didn't understand a lot about the world then, but anyways, I got the season one collection for my dad, since he's a big fan too, and this episode was on there. It's classic muppet insanity. My favorite sketch is Java, since it's just so wacky, and the mouse coming out of the teacup and singing is just something you'd have to expect. Everything about the muppets is insane and fun and mood-lifting, but having a slinky-looking creature dancing around and being blown up by another one, it's just pure fun, and a great stress relief.moreless
Eren Ozker

Eren Ozker

Janice / Wanda / Hilda (1976-1977)

Jim Henson

Jim Henson

Kermit the Frog / Rowlf the Dog / Link Hogthrob / The Swedish Chef (puppetry and voice) / Dr. Teeth / Muppet Newsman / Waldorf

Frank Oz

Frank Oz

Miss Piggy(1977-1981)/ Fozzie Bear / Animal / Sam the Eagle / The Swedish Chef (Hands)

Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

Camilla / Floyd / Robin / Crazy Harry (1977-1981) / Uncle Deadly / Dr. Julius Strangepork / Pops (1980-1981) / Thog / Lew Zealan

John Lovelady

John Lovelady

Crazy Harry (1976-1977) / Nigel

Dave Goelz

Dave Goelz

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

Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman

Herself

Guest Star

Eren Ozker

Eren Ozker

Janice / Wanda / Hilda (1976-1977)

Recurring Role

Jim Henson

Jim Henson

Leo

Recurring Role

Frank Oz

Frank Oz

Fozzie Bear's Cousin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Stantler: What do you put in your tea?
      Waldorf: Oh, milk, two sugars. one mouse...
      Stantler: One what?!
      Waldorf: Mouse. Here, see for yourself.
      (Miss Mousey starts singing 'Don't You Sugar Me')

    • Uncle Deadly: (Singing) I hear singing, but there's no one there...
      Ethel Merman: You would.

  • NOTES (7)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • "Java" composed by Freddy Friday, Marilyn Schack, Allen Toussaint, and Alvin O. Tyler. It's from Al Hirt's album "Honey in the Horn."

      "There's No Business Like Show Business" written by Irving Berlin from the musical Annie Get Your Gun.

    • Irving Bizarre is a tribute to Hollywood agent, Irving Lazar.

    • In her big opening number, Ethel Merman and the Muppets do a slew of her most popular songs:

      "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick Out of You" from Anything Goes written by Cole Porter.

      "Together Wherever We Go" from Gypsy written by Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne.

      "Friendship" from DuBarry Was A Lady written by Cole Porter.

      "Anything You Can Do" from Annie Get Your Gun written by Irving Berlin.

      "It's De-Lovely" written by Cole Porter.

      "You're Just in Love" written by Irving Berlin.

      "Mutual Admiration Society" written by Harold Karr and Matt Dubey.

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