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Bernadette Peters - Episode 36Taping Dates: Week of August 16, 1977
Original Airdates: November 7, 1977 (New York) and November 4, 1977 (LA)
DVD Release: Buena Vista Home Video, 2007
BERNADETTE PETERS INTRO
Brian Henson: "Hi I'm Brian Henson. This episode of The Muppet Show features film and Broadway star Bernadette Peters. In this show, Kermit's nephew Robin feels too small to be noticed. And Bernadette comes and cheers him up with all the other Muppets in the first performance of the now, all-time classic Muppet song, "Just One Person". Since then we have used the song on so many occasions that many fans think it was written for us. It was actually co-written by Muppet Show musical director Larry Grossman, but for the musical "Snoopy". Here it is The Muppet Show with Bernadette Peters."
is given a chicken sandwich a la Swedish Chef.
The balcony: Statler, being pulled by Waldorf, says, "No PLEASE don't make me watch it!"Gonzo's horn: A balloon pops out of his trumpet. [It's possible this may have been a "blooper" from the balloon gag in the Rudolf Nureyev opening.]
Miss Piggy expresses concern over Kermit's opening number duet as she only just found out and hasn't had time to learn it...but Kermit replies he's doing his number with Miss Mousey.
OPENING NUMBER - "HOW COULD YOU BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAID I LOVE YOU WHEN YOU KNOW I'VE BEEN A LIAR ALL MY LIFE"
Kermit plays the cad as he breaks out his tux and happy feet for his song-and-dance number with Miss Mousey.
Robin the Frog is practicing a pitch to Kermit for a featured spot in the show despite his small size - but is unable to get Kermit's attention as he's nearly trampled by the large monsters preparing for the next number.
Miss Piggy makes sure Kermit's not bringing out Miss Mousey again or doing another unpigged duet.
MUSICAL NUMBER - "TAKE A LITTLE ONE-STEP"
Bernadette attempts to lead the less graceful Sweetums, Thog, and Timmy Monster through a dance.
Robin packs a suitcase planning to run away since no one notices him and can't seem to do anything right...including choosing the right size suitcase.
A quartet of chickens take to the piano to henpeck "Chopsticks."
Apparently the scheduled patient got nervous, the staff just finds a lone shoe remaining in the hospital bed. Dr. Bob nonetheless examines the shoe (it is after all able to stick out its tongue) and deducts arsenic poisoning.
UK SKIT: MUSICAL NUMBER - "SHEIK OF ARABY"
A beautiful harem girl does an outstanding song-and-dance. To her surprise, she discovers that the Sheik is being played by Uncle Deadley.
Sam gives up his podium for a storybook as he tries to inflict morality via the tale of the ant and the grasshopper.
Despite a good start and nice scene change, the ending in his book isn't quite what the Eagle was expecting.
Robin stops to say goodbye to Bernadette before he runs away.
Bernadette provides Robin with a much-needed ego boost by singing "Just One Person" to him - joined by Kermit, then Fozzie, and a whole group of friends.
[This number - Bernadette included - appeared on The Muppet Show 2 album.]
The Chef has with him a chicken (perhaps recycled from Bernadette's untouched sandwich?) which he asks for an egg. The chicken refuses to lay one until the Chef gets a little more threatening so the chicken compromises by laying a lit bomb.
Feeling better, Robin approaches Kermit about doing a song on the show and finds Kermit was already thinking of just that. Their song selection varies widely though...
After Beaker initially forgets the beaker, Bunsen unveils the first sample isolated of their new element Bunsenium. Dr. Honeydew hasn't yet found any practical applications for the element so has Beaker demonstrate what would happen were the element to be taken internally.
Kermit introduces his nephew.
MUSICAL NUMBER - "I'M FIVE"
Perched atop a big chair, Robin sings the cute song despite his artistic convictions and the fact that he won't actually turn five for another month.
[Although this season's News Flashes has been more reliant on physical comedy, this is the first bit where something falls on The Newsman which would remain a running gag throughout the rest of the show's run...and beyond.]
Kermit brings on some singin' and banjo-playin'.
CLOSING NUMBER - "APPLEJACK"
Bernadette dons Southern apparel and accent for a Country song with Lubbock Lou and His Jug Huggers.
Kermit brings on Bernadette and Bernadette brings on "Mr. Big", Robin the Frog.
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