The Muppets: Single All the Way
December 9, 2015 8:15 AM - Season 1, Episode 10 - Subscribe

The Muppets prepare a holiday special for Up Late with Miss Piggy with Mindy Kaling. Fozzie has relationship woes, which gets Miss Piggy and Kermit thinking about how their relationship ended. Yolanda takes charge of the Secret Santa gift exchange, rigging the system in her favor.
posted by filthy light thief (15 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Here is a Muppet News Flash! FLASH!! The Swedish Chef is MARRIED and has been for years!

If we do not get to meet Mrs. Chef (did they mention his name in the karaoke bar episode?) before the end of this season I will be NOT AT ALL HAPPY ABOUT IT!
posted by briank at 9:51 AM on December 9, 2015 [3 favorites]


What I want to know is if the swedish chef always had human hands.
posted by bswinburn at 10:30 AM on December 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


This was not the strongest episode, but the musical number at the end made up for it (also Pepe and Rizzo pitching the Bachelorette skit). Chef's St. Lucia headdress was particularly good.

And yes, the Swedish Chef has always had human hands.


Now if anyone needs me, I'll be spending my Christmas break in the country.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:08 AM on December 9, 2015 [3 favorites]


I hope that the retool keeps Scooters stories about his mother's boyfriend, Ken.

"Clip your fingernails, Ken."
posted by drezdn at 11:11 AM on December 9, 2015 [5 favorites]


What I want to know is if the swedish chef always had human hands.

Yes, he did. In order for him to be able to handle all the kitchen items in the sketches, the fabric puppet hands were not articulate enough.
posted by briank at 12:38 PM on December 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


It was... ok. loved how they decided to do a muscle suit for Pepe.

I think the reboot could do well from picking up cues from about the good half and forget the bad. This certainly isn't the trainwreck some are making it up to be, but it does need some cleaning up.

One thing I've noticed is that post-Jenna Maroney, Piggy's storylines look tired. Her best bits were when she was pissed something happen to her, and Deadly had to helplessly accommodate her (like the bit where steam ruined her dresses. THIS IS ON YOUR HEAD, BOY).
posted by lmfsilva at 1:16 PM on December 9, 2015


> What I want to know is if the swedish chef always had human hands.

> Yes, he did. In order for him to be able to handle all the kitchen items in the sketches, the fabric puppet hands were not articulate enough.

I surmise the only difference is now with HD, you can clearly see how human the hands are, compared to the (now clearly) fuzzy cloth muppet head. Low resolution can help smooth over some of this uncanny valley stuff.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:20 PM on December 9, 2015


I have a sinking feeling that some Disney/ABC exec's notes on the retool are going to be something like, "We think our viewers want to see more about the Muppets' personal lives outside of the show, and less performance/backstage hi-jinks."


Note to Disney/ABC- this is the spirit in which you should approach any Muppet property.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 5:10 PM on December 9, 2015 [4 favorites]


Rowlf serves Buffalo Trace bourbon. I knew I liked that dog for a reason!
posted by dnash at 10:09 AM on December 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


If there isn't a Tom Waits/Rowlf duet at some point during this new series, I'm going to be seriously upset!


Come on, Muppets! I've been waiting for this for decades!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 6:44 PM on December 10, 2015


Sam has gone from lovelorn to creepy to lovelorn and RIGHT BACK INTO CREEPSVILLE. "Jump-start my relationship with Janice." *shudder*

"what is the most powerful piece on the board? the prawn"

did they just
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:09 PM on December 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


four is obviously purple

Chip wtf dude

(two is blue. or sometimes orange, obvs.)
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:13 PM on December 10, 2015


yay more singing

"...like such a shrimp"

beat

*punch*

I think I ruptured something. Still giggling.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:26 PM on December 10, 2015


have I mentioned I think Pepe and Rizzo are the two best things this format had to offer?
posted by lmfsilva at 4:19 AM on December 11, 2015 [3 favorites]


If there isn't a Tom Waits/Rowlf duet at some point during this new series, I'm going to be seriously upset!


At the very least give us Rowlf's version of Frank's Wild Years.

Never could stand that dog.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 3:37 AM on December 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


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