The power did go out during the telethon. They could've been getting the amount of money shown on the board, but then the power outage screwed it up somehow. I think the meaning of it is Fozzie hits the board, showing its true value. The $25 thing doesn't bother me; it never occurred to be when watching it. I don't see why it would be a miserable a failure if he broke the sign and showed a number they didn't have. It is more devastating to them if it's the other way around.