I like Scooter.
Sure, his uncle owns the theater where the Muppets started their show. Nepotism got him his job, but still — he does a good one. He never tries to undermine Kermit’s authority but keeps the show moving along in its own wacky way. (One part of The Muppet Show that I always love is when he lets the human guest star know that they are almost due on stage.)
Since he’s always working behind the scenes, the audience doesn’t get a lot of one-on-one time with Scooter. It’s all very infrequent but that makes it more special. Here’s a fun clip from Season 2 of The Muppet Show:
Isn’t he a super cute dancer? I love his shimmy and “The Hop” is a fantastic song.
Watching Scooter perform with these colorful frogs automatically made me think of his little appearance in some of the Muppets Most Wanted trailers. You know the one — Scooter singing the unsexiest version of “Moves Like Jagger” EVER. When I hear it, I look exactly like Walter in this clip:
Scooter will never be a showman (especially when he hits notes like that — eee!) but I think that’s okay. Not everyone can be in the limelight all the time (especially when there’s someone like Miss Piggy to compete with) — his talents lay in keeping the Muppets in order when everything is crazy as can be, kinda sorta keeping the guest stars calm, and being the pacifist between his uncle and his employer. Plus — and most importantly — there is the loyalty he feels to the audience, to keep the show going, and making sure we see the best the Muppets have to offer.
So maybe he’s not a typical star. But he’s still a necessary and special part of the crew. (Not to mention — he’s not insecure about his dancing… no matter who is looking. I like that.)