SNL: S12E14... HOST: BILL MURRAY... DATE: MARCH 21, 1987

SNL: S12E14... HOST: BILL MURRAY... DATE: MARCH 21, 1987

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. Right out the gate, this week's show started with a sketch called Bill's Missing Show that is also missing from this episode and I couldn't find anywhere on the internet, which sucks because this episode already has so few sketches to begin with.
  2. Bill Murray then officially opened the show with a monolog about his excitement to return to the show due to his love for the country and desire to rebuild America's lead when it comes to comedy following the foreign film, Crocodile Dundee's, run as the top grossing comedy of the year that led to its Academy Award nomination. 
  3. Reach Out was yet another sketch that I couldn't find anywhere on the internet which again, is super disappointing considering how few sketches this episode already had.
  4. This was followed by a sketch that took place in Jan Hooks apartment following a One-Night Stand with Bill Murray. It was such a drunken night that Jan slept in until noon and Murray moved in while she was sleeping to the point where he's even started to invite over friends when Jan Hooks thinks the night was a mistake.
  5. We then got a parody of Donahue where Phil Hartman played the white haired talk show host to talk about the topic of adults who attempt to regain their celibacy even though they had sex in the past. The guest range from a woman who had sex one with Gallagher and was so turned off she never wanted it again to a porn star who is only celibate outside of work, ending on Jon Lovitz whose celibacy is not his choice but because he is a loser. 
  6. Bill Murray's lounge singer character then made his return for the first time in close to a decade where he is now going by Nick Slammer since he's performing for prisoners in jail but other than that it's pretty much the same song and dance as the classic lounge style performances from the past.
  7. Once again, Dennis Miller gave us the news. This week, Bill Murray dropped in to revisit his old SNL news routine of sharing his Oscar picks with the rest of this week's edition being just the regular news. 
  8. Girl-Crazy Obstetrician was a sketch where Phil Hartman plays an obstetrician who is getting interviews by Time Magazine because of the fact that he's delivered over 4100 babies with each and every baby he's brought into the world being a girl which seems suspicious to Nora Dunn who plays the reporter. Victoria Jackson and Bill Murray then enter the scene as an expecting couple who are there for a checkup and Bill Murray is still holding out for a boy and we also learn that this high female delivery route is due to the at birth sex changes that the doctor's prescribed because of a psychological break that the doctor is suffering from with the hinted at cause that he was abused by a man that his mom forced him to call his uncle as a child. I don't know how this could be justified as funny without even being filtered through modern eyes and hope this wasn't based on a real case from the time. 
  9. Percy Sledge then took to the stage to perform When A Man Loves A Woman.
  10. This was followed by the classic sketch Il Returno De Hercules where Bill Murray played an out of shape Hercules in an old foreign film tale of the Roman God that had been dubbed over with non-matching American voices. In the sketch, Hercules is supposed to save the day but blows out his back in the process.
  11. Mikey Can't Shoot was a sketch that took place in an upper-class household where Bill Murray plays the father of Dana Carvey and berates him for his inability to play a good round of golf that gets so bad Carvey pulls out a gun only to be criticized his inability to shoot as well. The rest of the family then join the scene but instead of helping out, they all pile on until Dana ends up shooting the entire family which finally leads to some praise.
  12. Honker Drives A Cab was a sketch where Bill Murray plays a character similar to his character from Caddy Shack who drives Dana Carvey around while carrying on a crazy conversation about his mess of a life that he seems very proud of while Carvey does his best to keep up his side of the conversation as if this guy is completely normal even though he has the look of fear in his eyes.
  13. Finally, Bill Murray closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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