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TSA, Postal Service Star in Muppets Christmas Special

By Ed O'Keefe

Proving The Eye is ALWAYS on the look out for the activities of the Federal government, he spotted the U.S. Postal Service and Transportation Security Administration playing prominent roles in last night's Muppets Christmas special "Letters to Santa" on NBC. Jesse L. Martin, formerly of "Law and Order," appeared as a postal worker, while "Birdcage" movie star Nathan Lane played a transportation security officer.

In the opening scene, the Muppets made their way to a New York City post office where they sing, dance and interfere with the mail sorting process. Later while en route to the North Pole, Kermit, The Great Gonzo, Fozzie the Bear, Pepe the King Prawn and Rizzo the Rat (no sign of Joe The Plumber) were detained at the airport by TSA for cracking jokes in the security line.

Starting next month, TSA gets the prime time treatment yet again when it's scheduled to appear along with other Homeland Security agencies in an ABC reality show, "Homeland Security USA."

Do you know of other recent TV cameos by Federal departments or agencies? And who's your favorite Muppet? (The Eye, who hopes to one day make a cameo appearance in a Muppets production, favors Kermit and Beeker.) Leave your favorites in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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