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The Muppet Show Season 5 Episodes

24 Episodes 1980 - 1981

Episode 1

Roger Moore

Sun, Oct 5, 1980 30 mins

A "007" extravaganza honoring guest Roger Moore turns "unsaintly" when a group of enemy spies infiltrates the Muppet theater. Also: Roger is less-than-intrigued by his duet with Miss Piggy, "On a Slow Boat to China."

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Episode 2

Loretta Swit

Sun, Oct 12, 1980 30 mins

After Miss Piggy creates a bogus press story about a "secret" marriage between her and Kermit, the green emcee fires the swine star---and guest Loretta "Hot Lips" Swit finds herself in "hot water!"

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Episode 3

James Coburn

Sun, Oct 19, 1980 30 mins

Tough-guy James Coburn inspires "A Salute to Japan" when he befriends Animal and teaches the unruly drummer how to release his aggressions through meditation. Also: Coburn joins the Muppet theater in a salute to the "Roaring Twenties."

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Episode 4

Linda Ronstadt

Sun, Oct 26, 1980 30 mins

Kermit is all tied up after guest Linda Ronstadt croons "I've Got a Crush on You," and a green-eyed Miss Piggy locks him up for safekeeping. Also: Linda sings "Blue Bayou."

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Episode 5

Tony Randall

Sun, Nov 2, 1980 30 mins

It's not a laughing matter when comedian Tony Randall accidentally turns Miss Piggy to stone, a disaster subjecting her porcine pride to numerous pig-of-stone jokes. Music: "Yakety Yak" (Muppets); "Tipi Tin" (Tony, Muppets).

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Episode 6

Brooke Shields

Sun, Nov 9, 1980 30 mins

Brooke Shields has a hard time controlling her height when she stars in the Muppet version of "Alice in Wonderland." Music includes "We're Off to See the Wizard" (Brooke, Muppets) and "Jabberwocky" (Muppets).

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Episode 7

Melissa Manchester

Sun, Nov 16, 1980 30 mins

After the Vienna Downhill Choir takes a bad fall, only guest Melissa Manchester's smooth rendition of "Don't Cry Out Loud" can calm the Muppets. Music: "Doggy in the Window" and "Your Cheatin' Heart."

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Episode 8

Señor Wences

Sun, Nov 23, 1980 30 mins

The Muppet theatre turns into a "Puppet theater" when ventriloquist Senor Wences arrives with his trunk load of associates. Music: "Puppet Man" and "Japanese Noh Music."

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Episode 9

Jean-Pierre Rampal

Sun, Nov 30, 1980 30 mins

Flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal's fluent French obviously intimidates Mademoiselle Piggy---she cleverly avoids a tete-a-tete by acquiring a sudden case of laryngitis. Music: "Lo, Hear the Gentle Lark," "Ease On down the Road" and "Rockin' Robin."

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Episode 10

Gladys Knight

Sun, Dec 7, 1980 30 mins

Amid the theater's rowdy renovation, a cluster of groovin' grapes gets down with Gladys Knight in "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." Also: a group of Egyptian mummy Muppets croon "Night and Day."

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Episode 11

Joan Baez

Sun, Dec 14, 1980 30 mins

A pack of rats infiltrates the Muppet theater, and even guest Joan Baez's peaceful folk tunes fail to subdue the rowdy rodents. Also: Joan sings "Honest Lullaby" to a Muppet child; and the Swinetrek crew find a rodent stowaway aboard the ship.

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Episode 12

Marty Feldman

Sun, Dec 21, 1980 30 mins

Marty Feldman narrates a disastrous Muppet version of the "Arabian Nights"---complete with Captain Kermit Sinbad, Gonzo and the Magic Lamp and the Open Sesame Street cast. Music: "Surfin' U.S.A." and "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight."

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Episode 13

Glenda Jackson

Sun, Dec 28, 1980 30 mins

It's "Anchors Aweigh" for the Muppets when guest Glenda Jackson arrives as a pillaging pirate, and hijacks the theater out to sea. Glenda also performs "Blow the Man Down" and "A Capital Ship."

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Episode 14

Gene Kelly

Sun, Jan 4, 1981 30 mins

Guest Gene Kelly tries to resist the Muppets' plea for a song but finally succumbs to a certain pig's porky charm and sings "You Wonderful You." Also: the Endangered Species Chorus sings "Jambalaya"; and Gene joins the Muppets for " 'S Wonderful."

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Episode 15

Hal Linden

Sun, Jan 11, 1981 30 mins

The crotchety team of Statler and Waldorf finally step down from their "bitter box" and get a chance to direct the show---a true calamity for the Muppets and guest Hal Linden. Also: Geri and the Atrics sing "Who Put the Bomp in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp?"

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Episode 16

Wally Boag

Sun, Jan 18, 1981 30 mins

Comedian Wally Boag brings a bit of craziness to the theater when he performs a rock version of "Swanee River" on bagpipes, backed up, of course, by the Electric Mayhem Band. Also: Lotte Lemon and her Singing Wig sing "Squeeze Me."

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Episode 17

Deborah Harry

Sun, Jan 25, 1981 30 mins

When Deborah ("Blondie") Harry cruises in for the show, a raucous troop of frog scouts infiltrates the theater in hopes of earning Punk Merit Badges. Music includes "Call Me" (Harry, Muppet Punk Band).

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Episode 18

Johnny Cash

Sun, Feb 1, 1981 30 mins

Kermit's idea to broadcast the show on a country-music station for guest Johnny Cash turns sour when WHOG's Big Tiny Tallsaddle gets too big for his britches and takes over the show. Also: Johnny insults Rowlf.

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Episode 19

Carol Burnett

Sun, Feb 8, 1981 30 mins

Carol Burnett isn't laughing when she's literally swept off her feet by frenzied drummer Animal in a never-ending dance marathon. Also: the Muppets join the renowned charlady in "But Not for Me".

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Episode 20

Buddy Rich

Sun, Feb 15, 1981 30 mins

Buddy Rich learns that no one upstages the Muppets---Miss Piggy outchops him in karate and Animal refuses to gracefully accept defeat in a drum duel. Music: "Good Day Sunshine," "Dancing in the Dark."

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Episode 21

Paul Simon

Sun, Feb 22, 1981 30 mins

The Muppet theater is buzzing when guest Paul Simon sings "Love Me like a Rock" with the aid of the harmonious Dixie Hummingbird Gospel Group. Other musical selections include "Scarborough Fair" (Minstrel Paul, Medieval Muppets); and "Long Long Day.'

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Episode 22

Chris Langham

Sun, Mar 1, 1981 30 mins

If the Muppets appreciate clever scripts they ought to be on their best behavior for Chris Langham---after all, he's a writer for their show! Music: "Friendship" (Kermit, Robin, Muppet whales) and "Hawaiian Cowboy" (Chris, Muppets).

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Episode 23

Mac Davis

Sun, Mar 8, 1981 30 mins

While singing "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me," guest Mac Davis takes to the water in a Muppet aquarium, backed by a "fishy" chorus and Miss Piggy, the magnificent mermaid. Also: duplicate Beakers result when Dr. Bunsen Honeydew invents a new copy machine.

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Episode 24

Shirley Bassey

Sun, Mar 15, 1981 30 mins

A band of pig thieves are intent upon ruining singer Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger" number when they discover the Muppet stage is decked with real gold bars. Also: the Electric Mayhem Band sings "Barnyard Boogie"; Shirley joins the Muppets in "Fire Down Below" and "Pennies from Heaven."

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