Minute 55 – You Want to Be a Part of This Frog’s Life – The Great Muppet Caper

Kermit sits alone on a park bench when up walks Peter Falk to deliver an inspiring monologue.


Kermit sad on a bench

Jerry and Christine Nelson cameo

She was a frequent visitor to the sets of Sesame Street, Saturday Night Live and The Muppet Show. Her father, Jerry Nelson, took some time off during the first season of The Muppet Show to spend more time with his daughter due to her health problems.

She had a cameo in The Great Muppet Caper alongside her father. Her mother, Jacquie Gordon, wrote a book about Christine called Give Me One Wish, in which it is stated that Jim Henson gave Christine a speaking part so she would become a member of the actors’ union.[1]

Christine died in 1982. Rye Country Day School, where she had attended, has an award named in her memory.

(read from Henson bio)


Bears wear hats

Up walks Peter Faulk

I wish Peter Faulk would always walk up to me with a speech when I’m down

Peter Falk (1927-2011) was an actor best remembered for playing the eponymous detective Lt. Columbo on the TV series Columbo and in numerous TV movies. In 1979, he appeared as himself in the TV special The Muppets Go Hollywood, trading jests about the food with Fozzie Bear. Two years later, he made an unbilled cameo in The Great Muppet Caper as the disheveled gentleman[1] on the park bench, valiantly attempting to predict what Kermit’s life story is. Falk’s gravelly voiced portrayal of Columbo was also the inspiration for the Sesame Street character Colambo.

Falk’s film credits included The Princess Bride (with Mandy Patinkin), Robin and the Seven Hoods (with Frank Sinatra), The Great Race, and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (as a cab driver, opposite Jonathan Winters, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, and countless others). In 2006, he published a memoir, Just One More Thing.

Columbo was a long running television series starring Peter Falk as casual police detective Lt. Columbo. A pilot film aired in 1968, and from 1971 to 1978, it aired as a rotating series on NBC Mystery Movie. It was picked up by ABC in 1989, with occasional TV movie installments airing as recently as 2003. The series was focused not on who did it, but how the murderer would be caught, and celebrities were often cast as the killers. The character of Columbo became such a pop culture phenomenon that he was ranked at number seven on Bravo’s 100 Greatest TV Characters.


(These are mostly my thoughts and observations. I have occasionally added some of Annie’s thoughts after the recording. I have done my best to attribute info where needed. Many of the more common facts about the film and The Muppets are not directly attributed to any one source. It is not my intention to claim all of the above information as my own. If you find a place that needs attribution, please contact me with the source and I will be happy to add it.)