Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Sandy Duncan!

Ben and Pete try to figure out what it means to enjoy an episode and yet still feel like the guest-star is a mismatch with the material. And how is that possible when the guest is clearly giving it her all? Come for the central question, stay for diversions into ALF, Love Never Dies, and Ben saying the words “episode” and “premise” far too often.

Sources and References:

Ben watched Sandy in Disneyland — which, he now realizes, is more of a structural nod to “Alice in Wonderland” than it is a direct nod to the idea that people would know who Sandy Duncan is — via a video uploaded by Sam’s Disney Diary. Information about the differences between Funny Face and The Sandy Duncan Show came from Google Books excerpts from Bob Leszczak’s Single Season Sitcoms and from the Classic TV Archives entry on the shows. Details about her appearance in the crossover between The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman was provided by the Bionic Wikia/Fandom page. Her Broadway career — and, by extension, her occasional crossovers with Twiggy — is detailed on the Internet Broadway Database. Excerpts from SNL are increasingly hard to find online, but a screencap of Larraine Newman doing her impression of Duncan is catalogued here, and a decent overview of Duncan’s career as of 2016 appeared in the Tyler, TX Morning Telegraph.

Mark Evanier’s recap of the history of Stan Freberg’s “Money” song appeared on his blog, and listeners can compare it to Eric Idle’s paean to money should they so desire. Also, in the final post in this brief Twitter thread, Ben posts YouTube links to both “Love Never Dies” and “Jealous Lover”, as reprised in The Apartment.

The Wikipedia article about Bert Williams and the 1905 song “Nobody” really is fascinating reading.

The Connect The Stars mindmap of Pete’s (Successful!) attempt to link Sandy Duncan to Jim Henson is perhaps best represented here:

From ConnectTheStars.xyz, a visual representation of the six degrees of separation between Sandy Duncan and Jim Henson through film: Sandy was a voice in The Swan princess with John Cleese, who appeared with Jim Henson in The Great Muppet Caper.

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