Show: The Muppets.
Episode: 3, “Bear Left, Then Bear Right.”
Running Time: 21 min.
“Bear Left, Then Bear Right” is the third episode in the series The Muppets centering mainly around the friendship of Kermit and Fozzy, and Kermit having to be honest with Fozzy about the horribleness of his skit writing.
The episodes just keep getting better and better as this first season progresses, and has easily been one of the highlights of the fall season, and certainly one of the better shows to first premiere this season.
For this episode there was actually a pretty decent moral in this episode about friendship, honesty, and support worked through the best character duo for the job, Kermit and Fozzy, who’ve had the best of friendship pretty much throughout the entire Muppet franchise (even playing twin brothers in The Muppet Caper). The moral in no way felt forced, and the narrative to support it flowed well from both Kermit and Fozzy’s unique pre-established identities and relationship.
The two played off each other well, never deviating from their core character values, with great dialogue and dynamic that was both funny and engaging, easily the strongest part of the episode.
The use of two other side stories through Miss Piggy’s revenge on Christina Applegate and Gonzo’s dating woes were a bit undeveloped, but not bad given the time they had allotted. Chip the creepy IT guy was amusing as he lurks in the background-ish, that blinking of his, especially amongst a cast of non-blinkers, was a nice touch.
Overall this is yet another winner of an episode with its decent plot-progression keeping a good clip with the brevity. The character dynamic between Fozzy and Kermit was solid, and the side characters and even the guest stars were fun to watch, topping everything off with a well done moral that people of all ages can relate to.
I look forward to the next episode.