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Disney Plus Muppets Now episode 102 recap: Danny Trejo!

After a series premiere featuring RuPaul, Muppets Now continues with guests like Danny Trejo, as well as Linda Cardellini, and Taye Diggs. In the first segment, “Pepe’s Unbelievable Gameshow,” contestants Brie Carter and Artoun “Cartoon” Nazerith end up in a staring contest for an indeterminate prize. Host Pepe the King Prawn (Bill Barretta) seems to make up challenges and rules spontaneously, has an incomprehensible point scheme, and also regularly addresses Scooter (David Rudman) as “Scooper.”

After Brie wins against Artoun, Pepe launches as a “secret partner” game, featuring The Great Gonzo (Dave Goelz), Camilla the Chicken (Matt Vogel), and 2 other chickens. Scandal breaks out when Gonzo himself fails to correctly guess which chicken was Camilla, adding that it will be
an awkward car ride home.

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Muppets Now: Økėÿ Døkęÿ Køøkïñ

The Økėÿ Døkęÿ Køøkïñ challenge is back, this time pitting The Swedish Chef (Barretta) against iconic actor Danny Trejo. On the menu is the mole taco, which Trejo begins with some chicken broth, mole sauce, shredded chicken, then peanut butter.

The Swedish Chef chooses to make it too spicy for himself, but Trejo seems to do just fine with added tortillas, cilantro. The Swedish Chef ends up misinterpreting the recipe regarding what “mole sauce” means, and the result isn’t so pretty.

Muppets Now: “Muppet Labs Field Tests” and Pyromania

Muppets Now features a segment which, frankly, is somewhat similar to what got Beavis & Butthead in trouble back in the day. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew (Goelz) and Beaker (Rudman) decide to “scientifically” test what happens when you set objects on fire, with Honeydew proclaiming, “Let’s stop learning and let’s start burning!” The main question on their advanced minds: Will it melt or will it burn?

With their Alex-like digital assistance, Beak-R, they test out fire’s effects on ping pong balls, steel wool (which burns), clocks (which melt), marshmallows (which melt and burn), wooden spoons, eggs, and a musical instrument. It’s easy to let your fiery impulse emerge with this segment, though it could come with a handy warning: “These Muppets are trained, mad scientists. Do not try this at home.”

Muppets Now: Lifesty, Ep. 2

Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson) emerges once again, looking perhaps too good. Her series, “Lifestyle” (AKA “Lifesty”), does offer some practical health and beauty advice, such as adding activities to everyday life, staying hydrated, having a fitness buddy, and a yoga partner (in this case, Taye Diggs). Linda Cardellini also appears, along with Yolanda the Rat (Julianne Buescher), Bubba the Rat (Barretta), and Camilla, to discuss healthy snacks, such as fruits.

While Muppets Now is a silly show overall, Miss Piggy does have some practical advice. Not bad for a talking pig, right? In fact, you also get what seems like a perfectly valid food segment, courtesy of Danny Trejo.

Trejo really does have some acclaimed restaurants, so the segment is not only a joke.  Then again, the Swedish Chef is also skilled at his craft, and his absolute mastery of clear, concise language has made him one of the most inspiring voices in the culinary arts.

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