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Lena Horne - Episode 11
Dates: July 13-15, 1976
GENERIC INTRO: MUSIC
Brian Henson: "Hi, I'm Brian Henson. Music has been a big part of the Muppets since the very beginning. When my father started, his first show was called Sam and Friends. At that time, he used to perform with my mother and they would puppeteer lip-syncing to records."
"By the time of The Muppet Show my mother was now at home raising a house full of crazy kids, and the Muppets were singing with their own voices. And they sang with some of the greatest musical talents of our time: Paul Simon, Elton John, Diana Ross, and many, many more. Whether it's chickens playing chopsticks on the piano or a bunch of eskimo pigs singing "Lullaby of Broadway", you can never tell what you will hear next. Here it is, The Muppet Show."
Fozzie's joke: "I bet on a horse that came in so late, they had to pay the jockey time and a half."
Gongo's gong: Gonzo hits the gong which makes a foghorn noise.
presents an act discovered by George the Janitor.
group of singing and dancing mops hurl about the stage singing
Piggy wants to know why Kermit cut her song from the show. Kermit
starts to explain it's because Lena Horne is the guest but before
he can finish, Piggy thinks he's getting at saying he didn't want
her to overshadow Lena rather than the other way around and gives
Kermit a quick smooch for his consideration.
announces Lena Horne's name is synonymous with "style, taste,
Lena sings her song petting Muppy while backed by George, Gonzo, Fozzie, Mildred, Hilda, and Brewsters.
live dog version of Muppy is shown in the opening and closing
shots of the number as well as walking down the backstage steps
in the last backstage scene and going back up the stairs into
his dressing room in the next scene.]
Piggy assures Kermit that the consideration he's shown Lena Horne
has only reinforced her undying love for the frog. When Kermit
graciously refuses her advances, Piggy gets rather melodramatic.
Newsman interviews Mrs. Lola Bramswell (Lena) about her seaweed
diet. ("Twice a day, I find myself going in and out with
Keep an eye our for two of the mops from the opening number dancing together!
UK SKIT: MUSICAL NUMBER - "THEME FROM LOVE STORY
Rowlf on piano and Zoot on sax get caught up in the emotion of the instrumental piece.
Williams will sing Love Story during the fourth season of The
Fozzie complains that even though Kermit peppers his remarks with "us" "we" and "ours", no one else ever gets to chat with the guests and as a result they only get to know Kermit. Lena disproves his theory when she recognizes Fozzie.
tries to politely hint to Fozzie that Lena's the guest this week
and Fozzie asks Lena if she's going to stick around to see her!
The Chef prepares spaghetti. But unfortunately the italian delicacy tries to walk off its plate and eventually strangles the cook.
spaghetti is a puppetry marvel, appearing to move by itself.]
rushes onstage after being introduced by Kermit promising a unique
version of "Pop Goes the Weasel" with a surprise ending.
Before he can begin, Animal approaches and pops the balloon he's
holding behind his back prompting the audience to once again boo
upset Gonzo is consoled by Lena who explains sometimes it takes
a long time for an artist to be appreciated. Letting him know
she thinks he's great, she sings "I'm Glad There Is You".
a nice bit of continuity, Gonzo still clutches his broken balloon.]
mouths off to Scooter that sometimes in their business, one needs
to be ruthless, merciless, and cruel. Explaining what he means
he tells the go-fer he axed Piggy's song so Lena wouldn't make
her look ludicrous. Scooter gets a little too inspired and tells
Piggy the news...and gets karate-chopped. ("Kermit never
told me about this part!")
introduces that bundle of laughs, Fozzie Bear.
uses Statler and Waldorf's heckling to segue into a discourse
of Japanese actors. ("Did you know that Toshido Mafumi means
'No Smoking' in Japanese?") He concludes with a tribute to
Marcel Marceau, balancing himself on one leg...then on no legs.
Just as he thinks he's finally prevailed over the curmudgeons,
Waldorf warns him, "If you stay on any longer, you'll be
running into the prayer of the day!"
for her dressing room key, Lena asks Animal to help her find it.
He smashes her foot with a mallet forcing the guest to scream
loudly. ("B Flat.")
Piggy confronts the foolish frog with what she learned and delivers her second series of karate chops of the evening.
MUSICAL NUMBER: "SING"
Lena and a group of Muppets gather around Rowlf's piano and sing the "Sesame Street" song.
monsters though! Piggy's there though, seemingly recovered - she
doesn't even react when Kermit joins in.]
tells Kermit that after listening to Piggy sing backstage, she
thinks she should have her own spot on the show. Kermit considers
it, cueing Piggy to smooch her frog crazy and forcing Hilda to
tell the crowd, "We'll see you next time on "The Muppet