The Muppet Show
Shieldsandyarnell
Guest Shields & Yarnell
Production May 8-11, 1979
Premiere UK: November 23, 1979
US: October 4, 1979

(TRANSCRIPT)

Mimes Shields and Yarnell interest or puzzle the Muppets team. Scooter is frightened, because he thinks the two guest stars are robots. Gonzo asks them advice to improve his acts; when Shields answers miming a stylish pianist, the whatever, enthusiastic but misunderstanding as usual, announces his new act: the Great Gonzo massaging a snake.

Inspired by Shields and Yarnell, Fozzie Bear works on a mime act, including "Bear walking against the wind". Kermit suggests that Fozzie find a more original act, so Fozzie tries out "Bear feeding spaghetti to an elephant" and "Bear going to a drive-in movie with a porcupine".

Songs/Sketches

Episode Guide

Picture Description
TMS 403-1
Cold Open: Scooter encounters Shields and Yarnell acting like robots in their dressing room.
Scooter: "Boy! Kermit's finally booked guest stars weirder than we are!"
Gonzo open 403
The Muppet Show Theme: Gonzo vanishes as he plays his trumpet.
Take a Chance on Me
For the opening number, green birds sing "Take a Chance on Me" while bouncing on telephone pole wires.
TMS 403-2
Backstage, Fozzie shows Kermit some of the mime tricks he's been practicing. Kermit advises him to be more original.
Tms403-01
Shields and Yarnell do one of their trademark mime acts, as the robot couple the Clinkers, eating breakfast.
TMS 403-3
Fozzie shows Floyd his new idea for a mime act: feeding spaghetti to an elephant. According to Floyd, "The brain of the bear has gone bye-bye."
Tms403-yarnell

Tms403-02
Gonzo asks Shields and Yarnell for new act suggestions. Shields mimes playing the piano, which Gonzo interprets as massaging a snake.
LonelyAtTop1
UK Spot: A Gorilla on a building sings "It's Lonely at the Top".
Tms403-03
Shields, Yarnell, and Beauregard do a "Wild West" sketch.
LittleBrownJug
The Snerfs dance to "Little Brown Jug".
TMS 403-4
Fozzie's new ideas for mime acts include "Bear watching a tennis match between two turtles" and "Bear going to drive-in movie with porcupine". Kermit advises him against doing those, but Fozzie misinterprets it as a compliment.
TMS 403-5
Fozzie's mime act bombs as Statler and Waldorf throw him off-guard.
Make-em-laugh
In a circus setting, Shields, Yarnell, and the Muppets perform "Make 'Em Laugh."
Tms403-04
At the closing, Fozzie grants permission for Shields and Yarnell to do his elephant routine.

Notes

  • Hilda makes a rare post-Season 1 appearance in the background, during the "Make 'Em Laugh" number. Also appearing in the number are Leo and Fred Lizard.

Performers

Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog and Waldorf
Frank Oz as Fozzie Bear
Dave Goelz as Gonzo and Beauregard
Richard Hunt as Scooter and Statler
Jerry Nelson as Floyd Pepper and Quongo
Louise Gold as Bird
Kathy Mullen as others
Steve Whitmire as Leo

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