The Muppet Show

Season 1 Episode 26

Mummenschanz

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Aired Unknown Jun 01, 1977 on
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Piggy misinterpets a love letter outside her dressing room and assumes Kermit is waitng for her. He's not, but a long-suffering Gonzo who longs for acceptance is! To her disgust, the depressed little monster starts to follow Piggy around saying how much he loves her, earning himself a hard-knuckled punch more than once!moreless

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  • The Sweedish performance group Mummenschanz guest stars in this episode. Meanwhile Miss Piggy finds a love letter posted on her dressing room door. She thinks the letter is from Kermit, but she soon finds out she is mistaken.moreless

    8.0
    This episode starts out on the right note with Scooter and Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem's excellent rendition of "Hey, Mr. Bassman." The rest of the epsiode does not disappoint either. The story of Gonzo's crush on Miss Piggy is one of the most hysterical of the first season. Also Muppett News delivers another hilarious newsflash (as usual). It will have you laughing throughout. The ballroom sequence is another reliable sketch and it delivers in this episode as well. The performances by Mummenschanz are also very entertaining to watch. This episode is certainly one of season one's most memorable.moreless
Jim Henson

Jim Henson

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

Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

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

Dave Goelz

Dave Goelz

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

Eren Ozker

Eren Ozker

Janice / Wanda / Hilda (1976-1977)

Frank Oz

Frank Oz

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

John Lovelady

John Lovelady

Crazy Harry (1976-1977) / Nigel

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Miss Piggy: Kermit, I want to apologise for the way I acted tonight.Ol buzzard beak was driving me crazy.
      Gonzo: You drive me crazy for you, Miss Piggy.
      Miss Piggy: You know something, nasty nose,I'm gonna send you on a one way trip to the geek farm.
      Gonzo: Send me.
      Miss Piggy: (knocks Gonzo into the orchestra pit) Pig power.
      Kermit: Well, the course of true love never runs smooth.

  • NOTES (7)

    • This episode marked the last time several Muppets would appear as major characters. The wardrobe lady, Hilda would disappear completely after the end of the season. Wayne and Wanda's career as a singing team also ended in this episode, though they would appear for one episode in a later season. George and Mildred would be relegated to background characters during the second season, though they would appear in the theme opening for the show for the life of the series.

    • This episode was taped from 11/24-26/1976.

    • "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love" adapted from the E.Y. Yarburg and Burton Lane song is the UK spot. It's from the musical Finian's Rainbow.

    • Debut: Gonzo's love affair with Miss Piggy.

    • This is the first appearance of Gonzo's trademark; him rapidly rushing on camera with a WHOOSH sound effect.

    • Fozzie's joke: Thirty days has September, April, June, and my cousin Fred who gets out on Wednesday.

      Gonzo's gong: Gonzo fires a gun at the "O".

    • Final performance of John Lovelady and Eren Ozker.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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