Caligula's erratic behaviour continues, as he makes his horse a senator and turns the palace into a brothel. Many in the Praetorian Guard grow to realise that their ruler is insane and, fearing the collapse of Rome itself, believe that something needs to be done.
With Tiberius retired to Capri, Sejanus plans to tighten his grip on Rome and divorces his wife so he can marry Livilla. But he also has powerful enemies and his attempts to consolidate power set in motion a bloody chain of events.
Germanicus has been murdered in Antioch and his wife Agrippina is convinced Tiberius ordered the killing. Livia has discovered that Caligula helped to poison his father. While Tiberius's perversions have become notorious, his right-hand man Sejanus, commander of the Praetorian Guard, gathers more power for himself, including a marriage alliance with Claudius.
The Imperial Army on the Rhine has been wiped out and Tiberius sent to avenge the defeat, followed later by Germanicus. Livia has discredited Postumus, who has been banished. Augustus has been feeling unwell, but is avoiding suspicions of poisoning by eating figs from his own garden.
Livia has engineered the downfall of Julia, who has been banished. Tiberius is recalled to Rome and is joint heir with Postumus. Poor stumbling, stuttering Claudius finds a friend in Herod, king of the Jews.
Wojo brings hashish-laced brownies his new girlfriend made to the 12th Precinct, getting the detective squad stoned; while an actor and critic (\"\"natural enemies\"\" says Harris) square off with dueling swords.
The day before Christmas vacation started, Miss Beadle lets the children out early when she notices that a snowstorm is beginning. The children aren\'t able to make it home before the storm starts. The men of Walnut Grove search for the children while Doc Baker takes care of the frostbitten children that show up at the school.
The clash of two worlds explodes in this episode. Mike\'s friend is a Draft Dodger and it is Christmas dinner and unbeknownst to Archie this guy is sitting at his Christmas dinner table. The guy is exactly everything Archie hates about Mike\'s generation. On top of this Archie\'s friend is also spending Christmas dinner with the Bunkers and he lost his son to the war.
It\'s the Christmas season, and while Starsky is happily getting into the festivities, Hutch is far more sceptical about people\'s sudden goodwill over the period. Responding to a call of petty shop-lifting, the pair meet Molly, a twelve-year-old tomboy, who lives with her father, a recently released convict turned alcoholic. But when soon after the girl\'s father is murdered by his two former partners-in-crime, who are determined to get their hands on the stolen diamond cache he went to prison for, Hutch finds himself taking Molly in for Christmas. Unfortunately, with Molly being the only one who now knows the whereabouts of the diamonds, the two crooks who killed her father are now after her...
Wojo wants to tell Yemana that his Christmas Eve date is a call girl; Fish dons a red suit to catch a mugger who\'s targeting Kris Kringles; Luger fishes for an invitation from Barney for Christmas Day.
Carmine calls the gang together at the Pizzabowl and asks them all if they\'re willing to help him put on a Christmas show for the local hospital. Carmine and none of the others know that it\'s a mental hospital. When they get there they\'re greeted by one of the patients pretending to be a doctor. The real doctor enters and tells the group that it is a mental hospital. Shirley immediately becomes anxious as her parents always used to threaten her when she was a little girl that she would be placed in such a place along with her dotty aunt. The shows starts with Edna doing a song and playing a small guitar, followed by Carmine singing \"\"Jingle Bell Rock\"\" and tap dancing, then Lenny and Squiggy sing \"\"The Jolliest Fat Man\"\" and finished off with Laverne and Shirley baton twirling and singing. The show ends on a warm note getting the message to the viewer that they shouldn\'t forget the poor people who are on their own at Christmas.
Pa decides to take Laura hunting with him. When Charles and Laura are getting settled down for the night, Laura trips over her dad\'s gun and sets it off. Charles is badly wounded. Laura runs to get help, but the only person she can find is a blind person, Sam. Since Sam just recently became blind, he knew his way around somewhat. After getting lost a few times, Sam and Laura finally find Mr. Edwards\' home. Mr. Edwards gets a doctor, who saves Mr. Ingalls. Thanks to Laura, Sam learned that just because he was blind didn\'t mean he had to stay at home and do nothing.
The Muppet Show was conceived not only as a showcase for Jim Henson\'s creations but also as a program where guest stars could show off talents they\'re not generally known for and Twiggy\'s stint is an excellent early example. One of the world\'s first \"supermodels\" before the term was phrased, Twiggy proves throughout the episode that she\'s a multitalented performer in her own right. She sings country convincingly and in her opening number, the temptation for the viewer may be to focus on the photo montage but it\'s also worth watching Twiggy\'s captivating performance on the other half of the screen. She also demonstrates a great comedic talent during her sketch with the Newsman.\n\nUncle Deadley is \"introduced\" in this episode even though he was already quite prominent in Vincent Price\'s show. While most of the Muppet monsters in the show\'s first season had evolved from pre-Muppet Show trunk puppets and Frackles from \"The Great Santa Claus Switch\", Deadley was created for The Muppet Show and his design is more elaborate and frightening. Many Muppet fans have confessed in the various fan forums to being scared of him when they were younger.\n\nKing Rupert is a classic Muppet that had evolved from a character named King Goshposh. Goshposh had appeared in \"Tales of the Tinkerdee\" and \"Hey, Cinderella\", and was given a makeover and name change when The Frog Prince was taped most likely to be able to use the same basic character but still be a \"different\" king.\n\nAnd speaking of classic characters appearing in \"The King\'s Breakfast\", the sketch also features a cow who bears a notable physical and aural resemblance to Gladys the Cow from Sesame Street. Is it indeed supposed to be Gladys making a cameo? Aside from Kermit who was a well established character before Sesame Street made its debut, the few other characters who have also appeared on Sesame Street had been rebuilt with some design modifications for their Sesame Street appearances perhaps due to Children\'s Television Workshop\'s co ownership of the Sesame Street characters. (The exception being Ernie and Bert who were treated as \"guest stars\" in the Connie Stevens episode.)\n\nThe other characters who had appeared on both shows were the Snerfs, Beautiful Day Monster, and Mahna Mahna. (Rowlf had also made an appearance on Sesame Street, but this was more of a \"star cameo\" being that he had already gained fame in the Jimmy Dean Show.) Technically speaking, the version of Mahna Mahna that appears in the Muppet Show is the original design that had done the talk and variety show rounds before Sesame\'s debut and the Mahna Mahna used on the Street was built out of an Anything Muppet. Then later after Mahna was being viewed more of a member of the Muppet Show ensemble, the Sesame version was redesigned further with actual sunglasses and renamed Bip Bipadotta.\n\nThe difference between all of these characters and \"Gladys\" is that everyone else had been in existence before their Sesame Street appearances. Still whether it be due to contractual issues or perhaps the ease of rebuilding another character in London instead of searching for storage in New York, all the Muppets (except Kermit) who made the crossover were different puppets. Gladys however was a definite Sesame Street character created for the show. So whether the cow here was another example of a Sesame Street character crossing over with a different puppet design or just an inadvertent mindset from the puppet builders and Richard Hunt as to what a cow should look and sound like remains up for fan debate. \n\nThe German edition of this episode replaces Twiggy\'s opening number with German singer Mary Roos singing \"Lean On Me\" with The Electric Mayhem (with Rowlf filling in for Dr Teeth on piano). Floyd plays bongos. Since the German episodes of The Muppet Show also had specially shot openings with Kermit appearing in a \"Die Muppet Show\" logo, Kermit is able to announce the show\'s \"two guest stars\" here.
The crime-busting pair\'s suspicions are aroused when they spot highly respected Police Captain \"\"Iron Mike\"\" Ferguson accepting an envelope from an underworld kingpin. When Ferguson recruits the duo to aid on a stakeout, they learn that he is receiving tip-offs about various criminal activities in return for ignoring and covering for the crime kingpin\'s operations. It\'s resulting in getting a number of criminal organisations off the streets, but it means that Ferguson is ultimately a corrupt officer, and the pair are torn what to do...
One early morning, Louise and George are startled to discover a man in the kitchen, it isn\'t until after George threatens to beat him with a trophy, that he learns that Florence let him spend the night. This leads to a major argument resulting in Florence quitting her job.
The kids feel Florida has been spending too much time alone and they decide to cancel their plans and spend an evening with her. But Florida surprises them all and goes out with Willona. Willona takes her to a local night spot where they have an exciting evening.
Much is made in this episode about Avery Schreiber\'s being one half on the comedy duo Burns & Screiber. The other half? First season head writer Jack Burns.\n\nThis would be the first of a few times when Scooter ends up assisting Miss Piggy in her wacky schemes.
Live from New York, it\'s... Gilda Radner!\n\nSketches include: \"Patty Hearst At Home,\" \"Jimmy Carter Can\'t Keep His Promises,\" \"Santi-Wrap,\" Consumer Probe, Fern and Friend in PSA for The Right to Extreme Stupidity League, FX-70 Cheese Slicer, The Killer Trees trailer, \"Adopt John Belushi For Christmas,\" \"Radioactive Fallout Report,\" and \"Let\'s Kill Gary Gilmore For Christmas.\"