SNL: S14E01... HOST: TOM HANKS... DATE OCTOBER 8, 1988

SNL: S14E01... HOST: TOM HANKS... DATE OCTOBER 8, 1988

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with yet another installment of Pumping Up With Hans And Franz and as always, I find these two to be funny characters but their sketches are extremely repetitive. Where the last visit they were talking about the Winter Olympics, this time they are talking about the Summer Olympics, being that this was back in the day where both events were held in the same four-year pattern as Leap Year. Also, as always, this opening segment eventually ended on the announcement of, "Live from New York..."  
  2. Tom Hanks then officially opened the show with a monolog about his recent spike in popularity and how the media is promoting him as the nicest guy in Hollywood before quickly throwing to the first sketch. This is actually a false start as we then watch Tom head backstage to be super nice to the cast and the crew, including Conan O'Brien who was a writer at the time.
  3. First Citiwide Change Bank was a fake commercial making fun of a CitiBank campaign from the time only this bank only makes change for its customers whether it's big bills for smaller bills, smaller bills for coins or any other combination. 
  4. We then got a reminder of how our options for president has always sucked with a parody of the Bush-Dukakis Debate '88 and as always with these political pieces, there are a lot of familiar names and issues that continue to haunt American politics to this day.
  5. Keith Richards then took to the stage to perform Take It So Hard.
  6. Mr. Short-Term Memory was a classic sketch where Tom Hanks plays a character who was hit in the head and loses his short-term memory. In this installment, he is on a blind date where he struggles to keep track of what is going on, being that he forgets any facts moments after receiving them. His memory is so bad that he even forgets what is in his mouth while in the process of eating.
  7. This was followed by a second installment of the First Citiwide Change Bank with more examples of people who needed very specific change.
  8. Once again, Dennis Miller gave us the news. This week, we got the classic segment where Kevin Nealon covers the All Drug Olympics with Phil Hartman playing a Russian who is so hopped up on steroids that he ends up ripping his own arms off while attempting to break the powerlifting record.
  9. Tom Hanks and Jon Lovitz then revisited their Girl-Watchers A Go-Go character from last time Hanks was on a couple episodes ago. This time the pair of losers fail to meet girls while at their ten-year high school reunion.
  10. Jew, Not A Jew was a game show sketch where, obviously, the title says it all. Tom Hanks plays the host who shows the contestants images of famous people along with a brief description of their work before asking, "Jew or not a Jew."
  11. Tom Hanks then parodied his own work by sharing a couple "Big Outtakes" based on the "original idea for the movie" where Tom Hanks' wish comes true but rather than join the adult workforce he remains in Jr. High and uses his size advantage to bully all the children. 
  12. Keith Richards then returned to the stage to perform Struggle.
  13. The Pat Stevens Show then returned for another segment of more of the same this time Nora Dunn as Pat interviews the two potential first ladies and again, Phil Hartman as Barbara Bush is the funniest part of the bit.
  14. Finally, Tom Hanks closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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