SNL: S02E22... HOST: BUCK HENRY... DATE: MAY 21, 1977

SNL: S02E22... HOST: BUCK HENRY... DATE: MAY 21, 1977

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. The show opens with a Fireside Chat where Carter is riding a bike to power the cameras as part of his promise to work on getting away from big oil. First, his wife takes his place and the image starts to fade during the brief downtime during their switch off. Carter continues to explain his plan until it's his mother's turn to hop on the bike because she's too old to keep going. She eventual collapses causing the screen to go all snow. The image comes back and she back on the bike to say, "Live from New York..."
  2. Buck Henry opens the show with a monolog about how Lorne has given him the freedom to do whatever he wants since he's done so much for the show. He then announces that he's going to shot the first ever live porno scene expecting Lorne to call his bluff, but the FCC keep clearing everything until Buck Henry almost ends up in a gay porn scene after an accident mix-up when Henry was attempting to pick a hot female partner from the crowd.
  3. This scene starts with Garrett Morris dressed as a militant black student waiting to talk to the Dean. Gilda then enters and improvs a line about why the Dean was late due to the action in the opening monolog. Buck Henry then enters and the scene finally starts with Morris wanting to start up an All Black Student Union. It gets a little convoluted right here but it turns out they've actually built the building in the demands but let the All Black Student Union keep the admin building they took over in protest. This triggers Morris to run out of the building for some reason and sketch randomly switches to be another Samurai sketch. This one is called Samurai B.M.O.C. (Big Man on Campus) which was pretty much the Samurai as a Van Wilder type character.  
  4. Jennifer Warnes sings Right Time of the Night.
  5. Bill Murray enters the shower with a microphone soap on a rope and he's singing and acting like some kind of high energy radio host and introduces his wife to join the show. Gilda then joins the shower and Murray tries to interview her. She just wants to shower but then things get strange and Murray brings that man she's been cheating with to join them in the shower. Buck Henry joins the crowd and Murray continues the interview. We then find out Murray is being dumped but continues his shower show all alone after the other two leave to be with one another.
  6. Next was a Coneheads sketch that went on forever and ended on a bit of a flat note. It starts in the house where Buck Henry plays a man from the military who found a strange space pyramid that fell from the sky and had the Coneheads address on it. Henry thinks the Coneheads are actually in the Klan despite all of their alien talk. They reveal the truth and that this pyramid thing is a note telling them it's time to come home. Henry then says their secret was safe because he always wanted to know what it was like to fly through space so Aykroyd grabs him by the collar and belt and throws him out the front door. Next, we are on film and outside as the Coneheads hope in the driving school car to drive to their rendezvous point. This is pretty much just coverage of people reacting to the Coneheads in the real world. They then get to the Empire State Building that turns out to be a rocket ship that takes them home. Then we cut back to the stage where the Coneheads are on their home planet talking to the leader, who tells them the missions been canceled because of funding and that the leader wants to marry the daughter. That is until he finds out that the daughter is not a virgin which gets Aykroyd and the leader to fight and the sketch randomly ends when they fall out the window.
  7. Once again, Jane Curtin does the news. There is an interview segment where Emily Litella interviews a congresswoman who gets so frustrated in dealing with the mistakes that she cancels her major reaction. Then there's another creepy bit where Buck Henry comes out to present Jane with an award that turns out to be a fake attempt to get her to hook up with him. Then he takes it back when she rightfully turns him down. 
  8. Next was a bachelorette/wedding shower making fun of the reactions girls give to the mundane and weird gifts you get in this sort of situation and how other girls will join in to exaggerate how thoughtful any gift is.
  9.  How Your Children Grow was a very interesting sketch where Jane Curtin interviews Buck Henry who plays a speech therapist. As he speaks Gilda sits beside him verbally saying the punctuation as he says every sentence. When the sentence is said, Laraine rings a bell and points to Gilda who gives Jane a chocolate chip cookie. Jane finally asks what's with the assistants, when Henry explains, Gilda is someone who he ran into on the street and this is just something she does. Laraine was just some "ditz" he met at a party that likes to ring a bell and point to her right and it's finally revealed that he's into Pavlovian response research while Jane is now drooling expecting a cookie.
  10. The short films haven't been from Gary Weis for a while, this week's short was just a dog sleeping in bed with an alarm clock next to it and the dog slowly wakes as the alarm goes off and that's it.
  11. Kenny Vance sings The Performer.
  12. Buck Henry then played Charles Lindbergh in a parody documentary about his transatlantic flight. It starts simple and silly as if there's not much to show with a man in a small cockpit. The further and further into the flight we get the more we see sleep deprivation setting in up to the point where he ends up trying to buy amphetamines from Chevy Chase making a special appearance as the land shark. 
  13. The Saturday Night Band performs a song called Departure Lounge.
  14. Then Michael O'Donoghue does another one of his impressions of people with steel knitting needles jammed in their eyes. This time it's the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the entire cast joins in to do the screaming and rolling around on the floor.
  15. Finally, Buck Henry hit the main stage to say his goodnights.
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SNL: S02E21... HOST: SHELLEY DUVALL... DATE: MAY 14, 1977

SNL: S02E21... HOST: SHELLEY DUVALL... DATE: MAY 14, 1977

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. (This is a repeat of what's written above in the intro.)The premise of the first sketch was that the first sketch was canceled. They then cut to a boxing match claiming it's the way that NBC is going to recoup from their horrible deal to air the match in the first place. They then cut to another sketch within the sketch where Shelley Duvall is getting taunted by the cast girls. All this is happening while the intro to the show is playing on the TV behind them. The girls then come out on the stage as an almost roller derby rock band that sings a song about how Saturday Night Live will make you laugh.
  2. A gang of Halloween costume-clad bank robbers enters a bank for a robbery. Not one person in the bank, even the rest of the gang can tell what Aykroyd's costume is supposed to be which leads to an argument when he claims to be an insect. Which eventual evolves into an impromptu costume contest.
  3. Joan Armatrading performs Love and Affection.
  4. I group of three swarthy guys hang out at a restaurant looking like the original Night at the Roxbury twins. It turns out they are three actors from the time that aren't sure which on amongst themselves is Ricardo Montalban. I recognized the other two names but Montalban was the key focus as they try to figure out who's who like we would with Bill Paxton/Bill Pullman jokes of today. They found out the right answer by finding the one with the keys to a Cordova.
  5. There was then a quick cut to Chevy Chase in the audience with a humorous note, "Used to work on this show."
  6. Once again, Jane Curtin does another good job on an average night of the news.
  7. The news commercial played off the opening sketch playing the boxing match that NBC overpaid for once again. This time there is a PSA type voice over explaining why blacks are better at boxing in an extremely racist sketch saying that it has to do with education ending with the quote "A better educated Blackman is a weaker opponent." Though there was a humorous tone to the delivery, there was no twist on the stereotype so any sense of satire really missed the mark.
  8. The news returns and Emily Litella is a no show. Jane has to call her on the phone to get to the joke, "Leave your message at the Jeep." I wonder if Jane isn't joking when she says she doesn't like this routine because I love the character when she seems into the joke but I don't really like this trended of her having a half-assed approach to her rage.
  9. Belushi then plays Elvis for Viva Las Vegas II. In it, he plays a bus boy totally dressed like Elvis who after the slightest bit of conflict decided he has to prove himself by putting on a performance of Hamlet which is mainly him rambling bits and pieces of the play eventually leading to him singing Jailhouse Rock. All the while Aykroyd who is the customer that started this conflict can't get over how much they are letting the bus boy get away with.
  10. Barbara Wawa then interviews Richard Burton where the two talk funny about his marriage to Elizabeth Taylor and other rumors about his life.
  11. This week's short film was called Brides which was a funny little short filled with joke information about brides.
  12. Bad Ballet is a PBS-type show with a pretty pretentious host who explains the tale of tonight's bad ballet which is called the Swan but has nothing to do with The Black Swan. The Ballet begins with three ballerinas all in white leotards with Garrett Morris as the fourth in black. He is a black swan but not the black swan. Belushi then comes in as the swan wrangler who starts to cattle prod the swans into line. Then, for some reason, a Russian soldier arrives along with a poultry inspector. These two characters take on the wrangler leading to the end of the ballet.
  13. We are in black and white and Aykroyd and Morris are playing two guys who try to deprogram Shelley Duvall from her time with the Moonies. This evolves into a pretty good zombie parody called The Night of the Moonies where the cult members take the place of the walking dead.
  14. Joan Armatrading then performs Down to Zero.
  15. This was followed by a slower sketch that I still liked for some reason. This was Aykroyd and Duvall as a married/expecting couple in the cafeteria line at Kmart. The two are bickering about couple things but the main bone of contention is Aykroyd's van. She accuses him of becoming his dad, avoiding her with van task. He is super defensive about his van claiming that all he wants is a moveable fur house after explaining the interior of the van. They eventual find balance as the reality sets in that he's going to be a dad.
  16. Finally, Shelley Duvall gives her good nights. 
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SNL: S02E20... HOST: ERIC IDLE... DATE: APRIL 23, 1977

SNL: S02E20... HOST: ERIC IDLE... DATE: APRIL 23, 1977

The Wicker Breakdown:  

  1. The show opened with a sketch featuring and IRA member being interrogated by an agent from MI6 who gets the IRA member to literally sing by literally torturing his potatoes. The agent finally gets the IRA guy to answer three questions where the answer equals "Live" "From New York" "It's Saturday Night."
  2. Eric Idle then rolls out the red carpet for himself to start his opening monolog. He then informs the crowd that the Queen would be sitting in as he introduces a pretty good impersonator. He then goes on to explain how even though Britain has all the culture it's America that has all the cash. This is when he announces the telethon angle that I was hoping would run through the entire show. He also announced a Kick a Canadian campaign where you could kick a Mountie in the balls for a buck.
  3. Next was an ad warning that buying your marijuana from Central and South American drug dealers was taking away American jobs. This lead to an ad for the American Dope Growers Union which left me wondering if they actually had union commercials at the time or if this was an overall spoof.
  4. This followed by a parody of The Nixon Interviews with David Frost special where Nixon rambles about breakfast as a child and bores everyone in the process. Nixon's wife then comes out to stop the show asking to give Nixon another chance. Idle as Frost uses this as an opportunity to trick Nixon into thinking the mics are off getting him to spill his guts about everything only there is a sound issue that drowns out his admission of guilt. They then return to the regular interview where Nixon continue to bore the audience to death.
  5. We check in with the telethon to see that it's still at the $20 total from the only donation so far.
  6. Alan Price then sings Poor People. I may be wrong in my interpretation but is a song that really makes Price look like a douche saying that poor people don't matter singing through the perspective of the rich without being ironic of cute.
  7. The short film this week was a bit of a mockumentary with Idle's British accent breaking down the actions of the cast acting out bits in Central Park.
  8. Once again, Jane Curtin does the news. She starts by announcing that she's won a Pulitzer Prize to a silent response from the crowd. Bill Murray sits in again with an editorial that kept getting very dark and perverted in a Michael O'Donoghue way that didn't seem to match Murray's comedic voice.
  9. The news commercial was for Oxxon which was obviously making fun of an Exxon spot from the time. In this commercial, they break down the commercial's production cost as if this were the excuse for why gas prices are so high finishing the ad with the line Oxxon, Fuel for a gullible America.
  10. The news returns with Emily Litella who starts with a rant about Air Solution instead of Air Pollution. Even she, as a character, thinks this is her worst attempt. She claims she's too love smitten to focus because of Tom Snyder. She then sings I Will Swallow Him, which I'm surprised made it past the censors even though she is quickly corrected that it's, "follow him."
  11.  Next was a parody of a boxing event with Eric Idle vs Belushi. Instead of boxing, they tell jokes as it becomes a bit about British humor vs the comedy found in the US. Jokes count as punches and eventually devolves to being a pie fight.
  12. Pardo then announces "The Ruttle that lives in New York" who sang a song called Cheese and Onions in an attempt to get more callers for the telethon.
  13. Laraine Newman then set up the next sketch as she informs the audience about the financial struggle suffered by British cinema and introduces a movie called The Battle of Britain that cost $900 to produce. The sketch is of the movie with is all voice-over as Gilda reads a letter and flashback to quick scenes happening in the same room. 
  14. Next was a novelty singer named Neil Innes who sings a silly song called Shangri-La.
  15. This was followed by a sketch called Plain Talk that had Aykroyd and Idle speaking complete gibberish acting as if they understand one another. It reminded me of a YouTube video showing how English sounds to someone that doesn't speak the language.
  16. Next was a crazy Airline sketch where everyone in the plane had a gun and openly used them to threaten the stewardess to get whatever they want.
  17. Alan Price returns again but just looking at him rubs me the wrong way. He sings a song called Times Like These but I was too annoyed to listen to the lyrics to see if my earlier analysis was wrong.
  18. We then return to the telethon where it is revealed that the one donor had requested a refund. Bill Murray comes out to save the day by drinking an entire bottle of grape juice. He gives up about a quarter of the way through and leaves the stage feeling dejected.
  19.  We come back from the final break to the announcement that someone really stepped up bringing the new total to $35,000,000 and with the host says his good nights.
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SNL: S02E19... HOST: ELLIOT GOULD... DATE: APRIL 16, 1977

SNL: S02E19... HOST: ELLIOT GOULD... DATE: APRIL 16, 1977

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. The opening sketch was with NBC executive making a deal with the Russians to give them the rights to air the Olympics. This must have been a scandal at the time because this was when both the summer and winter Olympics were on the same four-year cycle and the 76 games just ended making it four years off from being significant to either upcoming event. That said, it was still a pretty funny sketch where the ruler of Russia's list of demands included a visit on Carson.
  2. Elliot Gould then opens the show with a song and dance called The Castration Walk with Belushi and Murray as background singers and dancers.
  3. The Coneheads then returned to deal with the phone company to get 35 lines installed in their house. Of course, Gould as the phone guy gets to witness the bizarro lives of these aliens. 
  4. The McGarrigle Sisters perform the song Kiss and Say Goodbye.
  5. You've Come a Long Way Buddy, was a sketch about a men's show talking about men's rights much the way the worried man of today would satire the feminist movement. 
  6. Once again, Jane Curtin does the news. I like it much better when she jumps right in over her trying the Chevy Chase technique of starting in the middle of a separate off-camera conversation. Bill Murray then does a segment on a porn shop, strongly laced with sexual innuendo. By the time he's done with his story he can't stand because of his boner. He then joins Jane to read a few other stories which felt like they were testing him out for the role since he still seems to be struggling to find his fit in the show being that he's only been there half the season. Belushi then came in as the weatherman who started out doing a weather report aimed at shut-ins that built to a gigantic rant about people from India not eating cows before falling to the ground in the funnies pratfall of the season.
  7. Bill Murray then plays his crappy lounge singer who works his ass off to entertain only to annoy the audience of drunks that just want to be left alone with their beverages.
  8. The next sketch starts with a boy born without a face then turns into an ad hosted by Joan Crawford for the United Face Bank asking for donations. Garrett Morris plays a football player whose face was replaced with a seven-year-old girl's face. This was done with some pretty funny make-up that I felt was the star of the sketch.
  9. This week's short film was a sports fight reel that you would now find on YouTube.
  10. The McGarrigle Sisters return to sing Heart Like a Wheel.
  11. The next sketch was really funny as it was making fun of the NEW ATM technology and all the security measures you had to go through to get your cash. At the end, there was a pretty interesting point where the machine notifies the user that the government is no longer recognizing cash currency and that head cheese was our new form of money.
  12. Next was a sketch for a Natural Causes restaurant run by very dippy hippies who only serve food that died from natural causes. The sketch started to run long because it felt like they were just repeating the same joke but then the sketch killing cow dropped from the ceiling ending the sketch on a laugh.
  13. Rosalyn Kind then sang I'm Not Anyone.
  14. The Home Movie of the week was a guy coming home to catch his wife fooling around with a stuffed clown. The man and the clown then get into a fight where the man kills the clown leaving a happy couple as if killing a guy who just looks at a girl will win her heart over forever.
  15. Next was a replay of the ad for the human feed bag that is so old Chevy Chase was the star of it.
  16. Finally, we ended on good nights with time to kill do Dan Aykroyd made a serious call to the audience for motorcycle parts that he was looking for.
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SNL: S02E18... HOST: JULIAN BOND... DATE: APRIL 9 , 1977

SNL: S02E18... HOST: JULIAN BOND... DATE: APRIL 9 , 1977

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. Emily Litella and Jane Curtin open the show in the locker room where Emily is too love-struck to think of a topic to talk about on the news. There's no payoff to who she's in love with and other than one mistake when she misnames a song, it wasn't that funny for being one of my favorite characters.
  2. Julian Bond then performs the opening monolog, I have no idea who he is but was instantly disappointed when I learned he was a senator with a routine that belongs on CSPAN.
  3. Belushi then played H&L Brock it what I think is a continuation of an ongoing tax accountant ad but there's a good chance that it's just a repeat.
  4. On this week's Black Perspective Garrett Morris and Julian Bond break the myth that white people have higher IQs than black people do. They give some sample question from the IQ test to show just how racially bias the questions are. When Garrett asks what started the stereotype Julian informs him that it stems from a study proving light-skinned blacks are smarter than dark black people. 
  5. This sketch starts with a quick racist moment where Amy Carter is singing a racist song while playing with her slave doll. Amy then leaves adding nothing else to the scene as Garrett Morris and Julian Bond enter the oval office to meet with Jimmy Carter. They have a political discussion about race that feels very much like what we're going through these days.
  6. Tom Waits performs a song called Eggs and Sausages.
  7. Dr. X Family Counsellor was a hilarious sketch with Dr. X in a super-villain mask and a hook hand. He meets with a family with Belushi as their kid who doesn't hesitate to ask Dr. X about how he became so disfigured. This embarrasses Bill Murray who plays the dad who yells at Belushi as a knee-jerk reaction to his questions.
  8. Once again, Jane Curtin does the news, which I'm still a fan of even though I have nothing to report on.
  9. The news commercial was the racist one from above for Right-On Afro Luster hairspray. I don't even think the host was comfortable with this one because the delivery of the lines and body language was very stilted.
  10. The news returns with more regular stories and once again there is no second half news guest.
  11. Great Moments in Motown was a pretty funny sketch where Julian Bind plays the owner of a night club advising a Doo-Wop Group of how they have to perform in order to be hired as the house band.
  12. Gilda Radner then plays a small child in a soup commercial who gets directed to do weird stuff to really experience the soup by the voice of Bill Murray who was playing the announcer.
  13. Bad Cinema was a sketch that made fun of pompous filmmakers as the praise the crappiest film ever made for very artsy-fartsy reasons.
  14. Brick then perform Dazz which is one of those songs that was in every rap song in the 80s.
  15. Julian Bond then tries to set up a civil rights fundraiser as the Farber house, who are also the neighbors of the Coneheads. Though the Farbers come off as innocent bigots open to the idea of the civil right activism, their neighbors/backgammon group are a bunch of straight up racists.
  16.  There's an announcement that there is no Mr. Mike's Least Loved Bedtime Tales but Mr. Mike does meet up with Uncle Remus for some dueling racism and they both tell their versions of the Br'er Rabbit.
  17. This week's short film was Patti Smith talking about her performance from a year ago when the NBC censors made her change the words to My Generation.
  18. George Wallace then talks about the "New South" trying to dispel the stereotype of their redneck ways only to make them sound worse in their solution.
  19. Finally, Julian Bond came out to say his good nights. 
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SNL: S02E17... HOST: JACK BURNS... DATE: MARCH 26, 1977

SNL: S02E17... HOST: JACK BURNS... DATE: MARCH 26, 1977

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. As I mentioned in the intro above the show starts with Belushi hijacking the show after being given the duty to say, "Live from New York..." only he won't complete the phrase, locking the show in this opening segment. He fakes that he's about to say it a couple times before giving a list of demands required to start the show to then get tricked into reading the phrase in the written response to his demands.
  2. Jack Burns opened the show, and I have no idea who this guy is. He goes into a monolog about not getting religion as a child because of their stance on touching yourself. The story gets a little long winded before he announces he is going to do something on live TV that's never been done before. He announces he's going to touch himself on TV and starts tickling his chest with his fingers to what I'm assuming was a pretty stunned audience. I really appreciated the concept of this bit but there was such a dad joke vibe to the punch line that I couldn't help but cringe a little. As with everyone else in the world (except dads) I have mixed feelings about dad jokes.
  3. The Coneheads then return to visit their brand new neighbors in a sketch called The Farbers meet the Coneheads.
  4. Santana then performs Black Magic Woman.
  5. The Marines must have just let women in because this was a sketch about a duel Marine wedding, where the priest was also the drill sergeant and the ceremony switch back and forth between a standard affair, mixed with a little bootcamp screaming.
  6. Gandhi's daughter was apparently a real piece of work because this sketch was about her transition out of power after losing the local election. She's bummed that she can't get away with the bad things she loves and refused to leave the office until the last second of her service. Apparently, the group that came into power was part of the Untouchable party. This is when the sketch seemed like it was going to fall off the rails because The Untouchables from the TV show arrive and turn the sketch into a bit of a disaster. Good thing this didn't last long because as soon as Gandhi's daughter asked for a sign to leave the sketch ending cow fell from the ceiling, getting a laugh out of me and ending the sketch at just the right time.
  7. Once again, Jane Curtin does the news which as always was good even though there is not all that much to report on.
  8. The news commercial was for a product called Leech Tab 100 by Arthax Mentho which are over the counter bottles of leeches to cure whatever ails you.
  9.  The news returns with no special guest this week but with more of its regular content.
  10. Next was a sketch for a show called The Squatters which sounds like it's a show about people from the western days that squatted to take over land. Though that is the case these are also literal squatters that even squat when they walk as they develop their own little town.
  11. Next was a sketch that also went long but I loved everything about it. It starts with a ditsy receptionist who comes into an office to take a note from the boss. He dictates a suicide note and quickly goes to jump out the window. She doesn't catch on to this cry for help and asks him if he wants it read back to him. This gets him to climb off the ledge to change some of the wording. She still doesn't get how serious this is and wanders off to get coffee. While she's gone, he tries to drown himself in his aquarium and once again she stops him when she asks if she can leave early to get ready for a big night that she has planned with her boyfriend. This talking gets him thinking about the window again and he turns and jumps out the window. Only he does nothing to give the illusion that he feel he's now just standing outside the window screaming. This gets Laraine to drop the ditsy act and yell and Jack Burns for his failure to pull off the stunt. Then cast member after cast member enter the room, in character, only to find out that it is pointless. First, it's a coworker that saw the fall, then the ambulance drivers, then his family and so on and so on until it's a room filled with the cast disappointed by the host for ruining this perfect sketch.
  12. The Short Film this week was Jack Burns reenacting Rocky, mainly drinking eggs before shadow boxing down the street by this out of shape old guy. It ended by going back to the studio where Jack Burns drank a glass of eggs, live in front of the crowd.
  13. Next was a parody of a parody from a few weeks ago called Ask Big Daddy which was playing off the Jimmy Carter State of the Union radio interview sketch but this time it was Idi Amin answering the questions.
  14. This week's home video was called Mirage. It started with a guy in the desert who spots a soda machine in the distance. He stumbles over and finally gets to the machine, putting in his last quarter and pressing the button to order a drink only it's an old school soda machine that dumps the soda out first and the cup comes following after.
  15. Aykroyd as Ricardo Montalban then pitches a thing called Panty Gram which is a messenger service that prints its messages on pairs of women's panties. This is followed by sample after sample of where this would work including an old lady Gilda character getting a message that just reads "It's Benign," along with a "Happy Birthday" message to Bill Murray.
  16. Santana returns to perform Europa.
  17. Jack Burns then plays an old drunk that tries to talk to Gilda and Jane. He keeps on insisting that he knows them from Laugh In even though they were playing themselves from SNL. He went into a tale of being an old comedic writer and tries to get a gig on the show. He either knows this guy are is this guy because after they leave him he has the perfect Tear From a Clown moment.
  18. Finally, Jack Burns returns to the main stage to say his good nights.
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SNL: S02E16... HOST: BRODERICK CRAWFORD... DATE: MARCH 19, 1977

SNL: S02E16... HOST: BRODERICK CRAWFORD... DATE: MARCH 19, 1977

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1.  The show starts with Gilda Radner plays Rhonda Weiss and the Rhondettes singing a song called Goodbye Saccharine, a song singing farewell to the controversial sweetener. It was a pretty funny song but the best part was when they pointed out the Linda Ronstadt was one of the background singers, without getting any spotlight at all during the actual sketch.
  2. Broderick Crawford opened the show coming out to a living room set that I'm assuming is associated with a classic show from his career but he walks out and sits so fast that it might be due to a health issue. He goes on to tell tales about being an old time entertainer, complete with a funny story about his horrible introduction to radio.
  3. Next was a cluster fuck of a sketch that started out in the White House War Room with Carter mapping out his plan to take over the underground cartels and comes up with a plan to assassinate Don Cornelius and Don Kirshner. Probably jokes that were more relevant at the time but I didn't really get the humor. The sketch seems to be getting to the point where it is long enough to either end or get to the real joke when it shifts tone altogether and becomes a Samurai sketch where said Samurai is a hit man. This goes on for another sketch worth of time but I was so disinterested by this point, I couldn't even really follow the story.
  4. We then come back to the main stage where Broderick is still sitting in the seat as if he never moved. He announces this week's short film which was mainly just Broderick revisiting his hometown of Hell's Kitchen. I'd say this was more interesting than entertaining as it really seems like it's just home video vacation footage.
  5. Aykroyd returns as his pitchman character who pitches Mel's Hide Heaven which is pretty much a follow-up to Mel's restaurant where you kill and cook your own cow, only at this location you kill and hide the cows to make your very own jacket.
  6. The RCO All-Star band featuring 50% of the people Pardo announced in the intro then come out to perform Sing Sing Sing.
  7. Bill Murray then pleads to the audience to laugh at his jokes because he's not feeling very welcome as the new guy. He points out that he hasn't been that funny in the show even though he's super funny in real life. Both looking back and watching the show as if I didn't know the future of these performers, I have to say he was pretty spot on with his conclusion because he hasn't been that funny up to this point but he is still the new guy trying to find his fit but I think even at the time I'd be willing to wait for him to get there.
  8. Next was a parody of I Love Lucy's famous Bon-Bons on the conveyer routine only instead of candies she's fighting to keep up with putting whipped cream and a cherry on the top of a bunch of nuclear warheads. She struggles a little but manages to keep up in a way that seems very anticlimactic until the boss returns and startles her causing her to drop the current bomb she was working on.
  9. Once again Jane Curtin does the news. Where last time she started by showing her bra, this time she starts with a sexy conversation as if to win over the horny male viewers in order to keep the role because she jumps right into her regular tone once she seems to get past the point of obligation. There was also an interesting segment where they throw to Garrett Morris to report on the Black Governors Convention, only no one is there because there were zero black governors at the time.
  10. The news commercial was a repeat of the Puppy Uppers and Doggy Downers commercial.
  11. The news returns with Belushi checking in as the reporter whose anger grows as he talks about a topic that annoys him. Tonight's topic was another moment that I could quote word for word as he rants and raves about the phase, "The luck of the Irish."
  12. This was followed by an epic sketch that was a parody of a show called Highway Patrol that most had been a show Broderick Crawford was known for. This was the first sketch that the host acted in and it seemed like they were making up for missed air time. It starts in the police station where Jack Kerouac gets busted for some driving violation but is held in jail for his reputation from his book On the Road. The joke felt crowbarred in and fell flat but the sketch just kept on going. Next, there was a call about a hostage situation that might have been funny if it was its own developed sketch. It turns out that the hostage situation is a set of "Siamese Twin" where the one sister with the gun only wants a non-circus job and not to be charged for two seats when traveling. A set of conjoined priest then come in to do the negotiation. This could have been funny but it ends too quick as we find ourselves back at the station for one last joke that goes nowhere when they get a call about the James Dean car accident. Then it ends... That's it...
  13. Once again Gilda plays Barbara Wawa At Large and this week she's interviewing Godzilla.
  14. The super group The RCO All-Stars return to perform Ain't That a Lot of Love.
  15. Next, we get the back story in text of a real attempt by Nixon to create a Secret Police Force known as the Huston Plan which sounded an awful lot like the NSA. We then see a sketch of the night this plan failed as Nixon tried to strong arm J. Edgar Hoover into playing along but both sides have too much spy intel on one another for the blackmailing attempt to go anywhere.
  16. The Meters then perform I Got to Get My Name Up In Lights.
  17. Finally, Broderick Crawford, still sitting in his chair, chimes in to say his good nights.
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SNL: S02E15... HOST: SISSY SPACEK... DATE: MARCH 12, 1977

SNL: S02E15... HOST: SISSY SPACEK... DATE: MARCH 12, 1977

The Wicker Breakdown: 

  1. The show started with a fake delay with a message about there being a technical difficulty due to the fake that the director just died. We cut from the message to the director's booth where Aykroyd is there to fill in the audience as to what is going on. The director is still dead in his seat as cast member after cast member enters the booth to see what is going on. Apparently, there was supposed to be an epic sketch in process at the time of the director's death. No one knows how the show runs technically so the cast members start to share their mundane stories of barely knowing the guy after working with him for too long. They keep promising to cut to an obituary about the director but again no one knows how to get the technology to work. At first, this ongoing promise of a seemed like it was part of the sketch but after a couple false starts. I think there was actually a couple genuine technical difficulties from having the cast operate the gear. Finally, they get the obituary of Dave Wilson to play with a director's reel filmed with black and white home video footage claiming that it is his work. We come back from the video and by this time the sketch has been going on so long that I just want it to end already. I missed the set up to the joke but Aykroyd finally gets tricked into saying, "Live from New York..." which brings the director back to life so that he can start the show.
  2. After that epic opening, Sissy Spacek officially opens the show with a monolog about her quick rise to the top after getting nominated for an Oscar for her part in Carrie which had just come out around that time. She also reenacts a deleted scene from said nominated performance where it's the day after prom and she ends up doing some baton twirling for some reason.
  3. Next is a sketch that makes fun of the old "Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce, special orders don't upset us..." Burger King ad only this is Burger Master and their customers have some pretty wacky requests.
  4. Ask President Carter was a sketch where Aykroyd as Carter is interviewed for a radio talk show about the state of the union. They get several of your typical talk radio callers that either treat the show like a customer support line, make prank calls or ask legitimately dumb questions. On caller admits that he's on acid and Carter knows exactly how to talk him down. It was at this point that the sketch seemed to drag on as we transition from talk radio to life in the White House as Amy Carter approaches with what turns out to be their ex-convict maid. The President leaves the two to settle in for the night. The maid then tells a bedtime story that is obviously her admission of guilt. There must have been some truth to this convict maid story because that was the end of the joke. 
  5. How Your Children Grow was an interview show where Jane Curtin interviews Bill Murray about Children with "Learning Difficulties." It turns out that Murray's "Learning Difficulty" is that he can't say more than five words which are, "That's true, you're absolutely right." He is able to carry out the entire interview only knowing those words and making Jane look like a true expert.
  6. Belushi announces that he is retiring from entertainment to chase his dream to become a decathlete for the 1980 Olympics. He's now selling a commemorative coin to finance the Olympic adventure.
  7. Once again, Jane Curtin does the news. It's kind of interesting just how much they gripe about airport security from that time, mainly annoyed by the new metal detectors. Emily Litella eventually joins the news to rant and rave about "Endangered feces." At one point I'm not sure if Gilda breaks and starts to laugh or if it was part of the Emily character but her recovery was good enough and Jane played along so I guess that will remain a mystery.
  8. Richard Baskin then hits the stage to sing One I Love You and Sissy Spacek eventually joins him.
  9. Franken and Davis come out to do an Improv seen only to give up on the audience suggestions and opting instead to "Improvise" a radio show treating World War Three like a regular event complete with weather and traffic.
  10. Sissy Spacek, Gilda and Laraine then play children talking about their bed-wetting doll which led me to think this was going to be yet another sketch where they get these girls to act like kids as an excuse to talk about sex but it turned out to be a warning about Gidget Disease where Jane Curtin explains that these are adults who can't stop being cute without getting the obnoxiousness knocked out of them using a technique called the Dental Theater of Cruelty.
  11. Belushi then plays an abusive newlywed man who apparently can't get it up for his wife, played by Sissy Spacek. The two then go back and forth, him coming up with weird excuses as to why she's to blame while she comes up with weird ways that she tries either cope with or solve the problem. This is another sketch that goes on for way too long and at a certain point, it stopped being funny as the genre got confusing. It felt like this was some weird theatrical sketch inspired by a real codependent relationship.
  12. This was followed by a short film with Sissy Spacek twirling a baton for no particular reason.
  13. Bad Playhouse was a sketch hosted by Aykroyd where he hosted a show that shares bad plays. Tonight's bad play was called The Milky One and it was just Belushi pushing a gear in a windmill as his sister watched on. Then death enters carrying his other sisters and after the curtain call, the sketch was already over.
  14. Richard Baskin then returned to perform City of One Night Stands.
  15. The home video of the week was submitted by Robert Altman and I'm pretty sure it was just outtakes from a movie he directed featuring Sissy Spacek more like an unofficial trailer than a home video or sketch which added to my disinterest in this episode.
  16. Finally, Sissy says her good nights.
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SNL: S02E14.5... HOST: RANDY NEWMAN/MARDI GRAS SPECIAL... DATE: FEBRUARY 20, 1977

SNL: S02E14.5... HOST: RANDY NEWMAN/MARDI GRAS SPECIAL... DATE: FEBRUARY 20, 1977

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. Aykroyd as Carter gives the State of the Union while sitting on a famous statue of someone on a horse that located near one of the main Mardi Gras celebration location. His closing statement, "Live from Mardi Gras..."
  2. Randy Newman opens the show by singing Louisiana 1927, then goes on to explain the special show.
  3. Buck Henry and Jane Curtin are our parade correspondents that kind of direct the action of the show.  
  4. They throw to Belushi who was playing, trumpeter, Al Hirt who apparently got hit by a brick back in the day.
  5. This was followed by a repeat of the Quarry cereal commercial which I found it weird to repeat content during a special.
  6. Buck and Jane then throw to Penny Marshall, Gilda and Laraine who play girls down at Mardi Gras griping about their day jobs and how boring things are. This goes on for a bit too long before the Bees arrive dressed as bikers. The Biker Bees promise to be abusive to the girls which for some reason works and the reality of the sketch is not very funny.
  7. Next was a fake commercial for a Fat's Domino as sung by Garrett Morris, commemorative album. 
  8. Randy Newman returns to sing Marie.
  9. The first short film of the week followed a quirky lad who works as a New Orleans cemetery maintenance man. 
  10. Dan Aykroyd then played Tom Snyder as they had him do an investigative piece on topless and bottomless dancers. He also interviews Bill Murray who plays the club barker as well as Cindy Williams who played a topless dancer.
  11. Buck and Jane then throw to Barbara Wawa who interviews Henry Winkler who has a Fight Club of an interview as he explains the difference between him and The Fonz. 
  12. This was followed by an Il Duce sketch that had a convoluted introduction that I couldn't tell if it was historically accurate or not but either way that actual impersonation seemed to be more about getting a reaction from the crowd over sticking to the sketch that was set up.
  13. Eric Idle then plays a reporter sitting alone in the aftermath of what looked to be a crazy party. Now that everyone is gone he has nothing to report on, leading him to keep attempting to throw to the other reporters but the director will not allow it.  
  14. Eric Idle then finds his way out of the sketch as he introduces another short film called Down South, which was just a compilation of signs with the word Dixie proudly being displayed.
  15. The New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra then performs a song that I think is called Rebecca (Came Back From Mecca.)
  16. Buck and Jane through to Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams at some at some ball, only Cindy Williams never shows up, leaving Penny looking panicked especially when it is revealed that she is at a drag show. It's hard to tell if she is uncomfortable because Cindy isn't there yet or if it was the drag is making her uncomfortable because it's almost palatable that it's both, being that it was a different time I'm sure.
  17. Next was a Streetcar Named Desire sketch when Belushi played Brando screaming Stella at the wrong window, at least that's what Garrett Morris leads Belushi Brando to believe until it is revealed the Morris is fooling around with Stella.
  18. Paul Schaffer then performs The Antler Dance.
  19. The news was hosted by both Buck Henry and Jane Curtin during this special presentation. They have stories from Garrett Morris who gets the combination to the city by the mayor to honor him for the day as the only cast member who was actually from New Orleans. Laraine interviews Belushi about this year's Mardi Gras trend of taping white mice to your eyes. Emily Litella gets worked up over interviewing a Liver Boat captain until it's cleared up that he's the captain of a River Boat and Jane tries to break in with a story of an assassination attempt only to have Buck Henry keep drawing the attention back to the actions in the parade.
  20. Randy Newman returns once again to sing Kingfish.
  21. Next was a sketch about Jean Lafitte where Bill Murray played the titular character that killed anyone who accused him of being a pirate. He had no problem acting like a pirate but just didn't like the term but then reveals that he is going as a pirate to Mardi Gras.
  22. We then return to the drag show and now Cindy Williams is there to take over the play by play which seems to ease some of Penny Marshall's stress but she still doesn't seem all that comfortable with the concept of drag.
  23. Once again, Randy Newman returns to the stage to sing Sail Away, followed by him saying his good nights.
  24. Finally, we cut to Buck and Jane so they can say their good nights as well.
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SNL: S02E14... HOST: STEVE MARTIN... DATE: FEBRUARY 26, 1977

SNL: S02E14... HOST: STEVE MARTIN... DATE: FEBRUARY 26, 1977

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1.  Steve Martin exits his dressing room to head to the stage and is instantly greeted by Gilda Radner who is complaining about how he's treated her since his last hosting gig claiming that his guest hosting spot on the Tonight Show had gone to his head. He assures Gilda that this is not true then continues on to get confronted by the rest of the cast who all seem to have the same concern. It ends with Belushi bullying Martin twisting his arm to get him to open the show with the famous, "Live from New York..."
  2. Steve Martin then opens the show with his high energy stand up that I'm finding I'm not a fan of. Just like with Richard Prior, I adore him as an actor but I'm sad to say that his stand-up kind of annoys me.
  3. The Coneheads return, this time Steve Martin plays an IRS agent investigating why they randomly appeared in the tax system. The crosstalk between alien talk and talk of illegal aliens, which was surprisingly current as well as being pretty funny for the time.
  4. Once again, Garrett Morris sings opera as the subtitles explain why they were expecting something more stereotypically black after Morris's trip to Jamaica.  
  5. This was followed by a sketch called Celebrity Weightlifting that put Jaclyn Kennedy Onassis up against a Russian Strongman and she barely loses the contest.
  6. Next, The Kinks came out and did a medley of their hits. 
  7. Once again, Jane Curtin does the news which was solid but there were no stories worth sharing.
  8. The news commercial was for Doctor Ruth Breadloaf's diet book where you eat a page per meal until you meet your goal.
  9. This was followed by more news that was decent but nothing too exciting.
  10. Lily Tomlin then joins the show to promote a Broadway gig that she landed. She and the rest of the female cast then break into a performance of Broadway Babies about the women trying to start their stage careers while maintaining a life in Manhattan.  
  11. Belushi then plays a child on life support while Steve Martin plays a light-hearted doctor discussing the options to pull the plug. The family is willing to fight until they learn of the daily cost to which Murray, playing the father, became bound and determined to unplug his son, even lying saying the wanted to die with dignity. Belushi then comes to life in the process of the "accidental" unplugging which leaves everyone in an awkward situation.
  12. Garrett Morris came out to introduce the short film with was just a mini documentary about what looks to be an amazing run down restaurant in New Orleans.
  13. Steve Martin then hosts a show called Hollywood Bingo that's like Hollywood squares only with tons of guest to fill up an entire Bingo card. Steve Martin sounds like an auctioneer because of how fast he has to rush through the introductions.
  14. The home movie was call From Orange to the Big Apple which was sort of like the Alanis Morissette music video where she plays everyone in the car, only this was first and featured Lily Tomlin playing every role and she makes her way from nowhere New Jersey to the big city.
  15. Garrett Morris then played the author of Roots who was there to promote Roots II a version of the story where whites were the slaves to try to capitalize on the high ratings.
  16. The Kinks return to perform Sleepwalker.
  17. Steve Martin then has a blind date with Gilda where it turns out they have 100% in common, no matter how obscure their comparisons get they continue to agree on favorites.
  18. Finally, Steve Martin says his good nights.
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SNL: S02E13... HOST: FRAN TARKENTON... DATE: JANUARY 29, 1977

SNL: S02E13... HOST: FRAN TARKENTON... DATE: JANUARY 29, 1977

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1.  Since this is the Super Bowl Special, the show starts with Belushi on the sidelines announcing that he will not be acting in any sketches but will be there for any coaching needs throughout the night. Again it feels like a crappy contract negotiation that I have mixed feeling about the way it feels that the fans are the ones that are being punished as these two entities continue to bicker.
  2. Fran Tarkenton then opens the show with a monolog about his season and why his team didn't make it to the big game. He starts to sing Feelings as Murray gives a play by play from the corner of the screen as Garrett Morris steps in to take over the singing duties like a backup quarterback would step in during a game.
  3. Next was a fake ad for the Swiss Army Gun which felt like it was being pitched by the same character that brought us the Bass-O-Matic.
  4. Jane Curtin then plays the teacher that has to deal with a dumb Amy Carter while also having to cope with the ever-present secret service.
  5. Fran then runs to the sideline to check in with Belushi who gives him a pep talk as coach. Meanwhile, one of the helmeted players loses an arm.
  6. Leo Sayer sings When I Need You.
  7. In this week's Black Perspective, Garrett Morris talks to Fran about why "blacks" don't make for good quarterbacks, using many of the "comedic" stereotypes from the time.
  8. Bill Murray and Jane Curtin have a date at a special restaurant where they eat in the chef's home and are treated very passive aggressively while being forced to listen to the daughter's horrible recorder recital while the host fight in the kitchen.  
  9. Next was a fake commercial where Fran pitches Sugar Frosted Anabolic Steroids.
  10. Once again, Jane Curtin does the news, she hints that she might be switched out with Murray but I really hope that doesn't happen.
  11. Fran does a fake spot with Belushi about drugs where Belushi is dressed like a boy scout and is losing his mind from his drug regimen.
  12. The news then wraps up with more general stories.
  13. Fran brings an annoying groupie back to his hotel room after the Super Bowl she is such a rambling hippy that he calls time out to talk to Belushi to help him figure out what to do. He returns to the room to try to quiet her with drinks as he dims the lights and tries to get her in bed despite her talk of self-harm. No matter how annoying she is, he continues to try to get her in bed. Once again, he returns to Belushi to get advice on how to "score." She finally gives in just before the play clock runs out of time.
  14. Next was a funeral sketch that turned out to be a fake commercial for Spearmint Gum.
  15. This was followed by a sports-like breakdown of Fran's performance so far. They cut to see what the competing stations are playing only to show some old musical playing (That's Entertainment part 10) on ABC. Then return for more play by play.
  16. The White Plains Marching band then comes out to perform You Are the Sunshine of My Life in a quick sketch that takes a jab at Stevie Wonder for some strange reason, then it's back to more play by play of the show so far.
  17. Leo Sayer sings You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.
  18. The short film this week interviews a lizard fanatic/terrarium builder.
  19. Next was a fake a for a perfume called French Liquid that smell different on each woman and the samples get stranger and stranger as they go.
  20. Donny Harper and the Voices of Tomorrow then perform Sing a Song.
  21. Next was a sketch filled with financial advice between two WASPy women.
  22. Finally, Fran says his good nights. 
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SNL: S02E12... HOST: RUTH GORDAN... DATE: JANUARY 22, 1977

SNL: S02E12... HOST: RUTH GORDAN... DATE: JANUARY 22, 1977

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1.  The show starts with Loran Michaels on the phone stressing over the Belushi situation. I think it's a contract negotiation because they are using the same excuses as when Chevy Chase decided to leave the show, even wheeling Belushi out in a wheelchair to blur the line between fact and fiction. I can't wait until this challenge is over to read the books about this time period because I know there are plenty of them out there. The sketch ends with Belushi coming to life when the doctor announces he will not be able to afford the drugs without the SNL income. 
  2. Ruth Gordan then opened the show with a real quick monolog. I had no idea who she was so I broke my rule and turned to the internet before the show was over.
  3. This was followed by another repeat of the gay Marine sketch where Garrett Morris is looking for "A Few Good Men."
  4. Laraine Newman then imitated Judy Garland as she sang a song about her self-absorption. 
  5. Next was a sketch called The Litella Sisters at Home where Gilda played her Emily Litella character still living with her sister (Ruth Gordan) and the two mishear one another as they attempt to come up with Emily's topic for this night's news.
  6. Aykroyd then did his Tom Snyder impersonation as they wheeled out Belushi who was impersonating whoever the crazy Italian was that directed the latest King Kong from the time. It was mainly a sketch of eccentricity while pointing out how bad of a host Tom Snyder was, at least through the eyes of Aykroyd. 
  7. Chuck Berry then performed Johnny Be Good.
  8. Once again, Jane Curtin does the news and though I didn't find anything this episode, I'm still continuing to get more out of her stories than the silliness and one-off jokes that came from Chase as the anchor.
  9. The news commercial was for Crazy Ernie's Stereo Shop where a literal crazy Aykroyd was selling his cousin's merchandise for outrageous prices while his cousin, who really ran the store, was out of town.
  10. The news returns with Emily Litella having nothing to say even after her brainstorming sketch with her sister. This continues the feud between this character and Jane Curtin who takes the news very serious.
  11. The short film this week was an unofficial music video for the song Night Moves, where Garrett Morris being broadcast on the TV has a relationship with a very sexy woman.
  12. This was followed by a sketch called Old Ladies of the Night, where Ruth Gordan played a runaway prostitute in her sixties which is a growing trend according to the sketches statistics.
  13. Chuck Berry returns to perform both Marie and Carol.
  14. Next was a sketch that they've done a couple times now where they had Gilda Radner as a little kid asking her elder babysitter about sex. I get that part of the reason is that it allows the characters to be way off on what sex means but it's bordering on a creepy obsession but that's mainly because I'm assuming that Michael O'Donoghue is to blame for all the creepy kid stuff and there's something about him that makes me question the intent of his humor.
  15. Once again we get another segment with Mr. Bill!!! Though they are all pretty much the same, I am very happy to see my favorite childhood segment.
  16. Ricky Jay then does a couple magic tricks where there was one misdirect that was pretty funny but I still hate most magicians.
  17. This was followed by a sketch that delves into the life of Howard Hughes during his crazy years as a shut-in. 
  18. Aykroyd then played the host of World of Adventure which was basically just a show that uses any excuse to show Native African boobs ala National Geographic.
  19. Mr. Mike did another one of his creepy Least Loved Bedtime Tales this time using it as an excuse to get Gilda to dress as a French maid to sit on his lap as he told his tale.
  20. Finally, Ruth Gordan ended the show by saying her good nights. 
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SNL: S02E11... HOST: RALPH NADER... DATE: JANUARY 15, 1977

SNL: S02E11... HOST: RALPH NADER... DATE: JANUARY 15, 1977

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. Gilda and Aykroyd wait in the lobby for Ralph Nader who is "running late." They express their concerns of having a stuffy politician hosting the show until Nader arrives dressed like a Disco Cowboy and acting the total reverse of his character. They take him up to make-up where he tries to keep up the facade but gets uptight about every product they try to put on him because they are all either harmful to the consumer or to the environment. This continues as he makes his way to the stage when he ruins Garrett Morris's enjoyment of hot dogs.
  2. Ralph Nader then open the show with a monolog bash RCA, who owned NBC at the time. He kept reassuring that the TV station was fine but the cameras would pan away whenever he would start to mention the parent company.
  3. Next was a fake commercial for a long distance service that gave great deals after 11:00 in the PM. This was Bill Murray's first sketch on the show and he plays a poor grandfather playing a long distance game of chess with his grandson. The later it gets the grumpier grandpa gets until he start griping about his grandson to the point where he wishes that he would die. The grandson finally calls revealing that it is a child who calls his move which is the full extent of the phone call.
  4. Jane Curtin then explains the back story of another murder who was in line for a potentially televised execution. This then when into a sketch for what rehearsal would look like if the event were to be approved to go live. This makes me wonder if all these pro-death penalty sketches contributed to my early stance on the issue.
  5. Barbara Wawa then promotes an upcoming special where she will be interviewing herself as the most interesting person.
  6. George Benson then sings Masquerade.
  7. Nader then plays himself getting ready for a meeting with the recently elected Carter. He then falls into a daydream where he meets with Carter to help him with his cabinet selection. Though this event happened first, it strongly reminded me of Sanders dealing with Clinton, Nader being Sanders trying to confirm that Carter will stick to at least some of the progressive platform he agreed to during the campaign. Of course, he wakes to the reality that we're all now dealing with.   
  8. Once again, Jane Curtin does the news that starts with Belushi calling in his absence. This must be a way for the cast to make a few bucks when they do not make the show because this isn't the first time this has happened. Bill Murray drops in for his first news appearance and there is an entire segment about oil companies getting in the way of solar energy. The news ends with the Emily Litella segment that stands out the most to me as a memorable moment when she rants about Ford wanting to make Puerto Rico a steak before leaving office.
  9. Andy Kaufman returns to the show with a segment where he plays his foreign character doing impersonations leading up to his famous Elvis impersonation.
  10. Next was a sketch where Nader was in a room filled with sex dolls ala Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet, again fully aware that this sketch came first so what reminds me of what should be reversed, where Nader meets with an interviewer and gets very defensive about the dolls saying that it's part of a consumer study, even though he talks to the dolls as if they were real people.
  11. The short film this week was a repeat of the garbage man short from season one.
  12. This was followed by the introduction of the Coneheads and I forgot just how much I liked them.
  13. George Benson then returns to sing Gonna Love You More.
  14. Next was a sketch called Youth Ask the Questions where they made fun of the youngest voting generation from the time about how stupid and naive their questions are which is another ongoing cycle that annoys me.
  15. This was followed by a repeat of the Ambassador Training Academy that has played multiple times throughout the two seasons.
  16. Finally, Nader came out to say his good night. 
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SNL: S02E10... HOST: CANDICE BERGEN... DATE: DECEMBER 11, 1976

SNL: S02E10... HOST: CANDICE BERGEN... DATE: DECEMBER 11, 1976

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. The show starts with a sketch about Patty Hearst being reunited with her family and being unable to avoid references to her kidnapping whether they are playing Scrabble or watching TV. They flip through the channels to finally land on themselves on SNL which leads Gilda as Patty to announce, "Live from New York..."
  2. They go to start the show but there is no Candice Bergen to be found. Jane Curtin helps the director track her down and it turns out that she's too upset due to a falling out between her and John Belushi. This leads into a Casablanca sketch as Belushi shows up dressed as Bogart.  This goes on for far too long but it eventually leads to Candice Bergen opening the show.
  3. Aykroyd then played Carter as he explains how he just doesn't have the power to fulfill all the campaign promises that he made, even though he is the president.
  4. This was followed by a mall Santa sketch that turned out to be a fake commercial for Santi Wrap, the Santa sanitary lap cover.
  5. Frank Zappa then performs I'm the Slime featuring the singing styles of Don Pardo.
  6. Next, was the famous Consumer Probe sketch where Candice Bergen interviews a sleazy Aykroyd who is pushing dangerous Christmas gifts for children.
  7. This was followed by yet another repeat of the Pricing Gun ad that at one point I marked as a favorite.
  8. Next was the best break by far when Candice Bergen was playing the "Smart Friend" in a fake PSA defending the extremely dumb. Gilda plays the dummy until Candice mixes up the names and can't stop laughing when Gilda runs with the ironic flub with some really funny improv.
  9. Once again, Jane Curtin does the news featuring the fallout sketch that inspired the above intro.
  10. The news commercial was a fake ad for a Polaroid style cheese slicer. This made me laugh because I was annoyed at first thinking it was another legitimate Polaroid ad like the ones that would pop up in the first season.
  11. The news returns with Emily Litella ranting about why anyone would collect money for unisex causes.
  12. Frank Zappa then performs Lagoon with Samurai Belushi on sax.
  13. Garrett Morris then sings Oh Tannenbaum which I thought was just another excuse to get him to sing but evolved into a parody of a horror film called The Killer Trees. Where the trees are on a mission to kill the carolers.
  14. The short film of the week was of a woman who swam around Manhattan Island. Normally these mini-docs interview quirky people which led me to wonder if the fact that she was a woman made this quirky at the time because even though this was an interesting video it felt too normal through modern eyes to see how it ended up on a comedy show.
  15. This was followed by the announcement of the Adopt Belushi for the Holidays Contest.
  16. Candice Bergen then shares the horrific back story of a convicted murder who had a controversial death sentence that was looking like it was going to be the first televised execution, this led to the song Let's Kill Gary Gilmore for Christmas. 
  17. Frank Zappa then sang Peaches and Regalia.
  18. Finally, Candice and the cast were out on the ice rink in Rockefeller Center where they skated as she said her good nights.
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SNL: S02E09... HOST: JODIE FOSTER... DATE: NOVEMBER 27, 1976

SNL: S02E09... HOST: JODIE FOSTER... DATE: NOVEMBER 27, 1976

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. Gilda Radner opens the show complaining that she wasn't given much to do this episode and as she rants about it the subtitles explain that they are phasing her out of the show. She goes as far as telling her friends to turn off the show if they're there to see her, then changes her tone as she shouts, "Live from New York..."
  2. Jodie Foster opens the show with a little monolog about being the youngest host to date then reads a note from her mom giving an excuse as to why the show started a little late.
  3. This was followed by a filmed commercial for Pilson's Feed Bag Dinner starring Chevy Chase and is about eating dinner on the go.
  4. Jodie Foster then plays a stoner teen in her room who think she's tripping balls when the Bees enter the room in a Peter Pan parody of sorts.
  5. Brian Wilson sings Back Home.
  6. Jodie Foster then does a fake ad for Puberty Helper which is just a giant potato sack to cover up kids during their awkward stage.
  7. This was followed by an airport security sketch where Aykroyd played a mettle addict trying to get passed the metal detector. It's interesting to see them complaining about this level of security at that time.
  8. Once again, Jane does the news and I'm not sure if they are messing with her sometimes by changing the camera without warning or if she's just not used to it yet.
  9. The news commercial was a sample of the average SNL fan, which was Belushi playing a manly man who runs a flower shop, in a way that felt aggressively closeted over being a homophobic attack.
  10. Back to the news where they read some of the calls to action asking for alternative ways for Morris the Cat to commit suicide.
  11. Brian Wilson then sings Love is a Woman.
  12. The was followed by a sketch called Little Know Talents of the Not Ready For Prime Time Player, this week was Laraine Newman's week and she showed off her ability to imitate sounds.
  13. Next was a sketch called Salute to Don Pardo which was a tribute to the announcer's life and career, flashing all the way through his life with him always having that magical voice.
  14. Jodie Foster then plays a student flirting with her teacher on her last day in Jr. High. This was pretty creepy but at least they didn't have Aykroyd even hint at giving in to any urges. The creepiest part was the sketch didn't come across over the top enough to be funny so it felt more like a writer's perverted dream and for some reason I feel that writer is Michael O'Donoghue who has a similar creepy move later in the show.
  15. The short film of the week was kids talking about their dreams.
  16. This was followed by the King Kong Dirge which was once again an excuse to let Garrett Morris show off his operatic voice.
  17. Next was a sketch where Garrett Morris was arguing with Jane Curtin who was playing his wife. It turns out he disappointed that she's finally come out of the closet and has admitted to not being black. They discuss the telltale signs in a funny way but it's finally revealed that it's actually Garrett Morris that thinks he is white.
  18. Mr. Mike returned to do his Least Loved Bedtime Tales which is where I mentioned he gets creepy. He calls Jodie Foster up onto his lap as he tells this week's calculatedly creepy tale. I was too bothered by the imagery to really listen to the story of the week. 
  19. Brian Wilson then sang Good Vibrations.
  20. Finally Jodie Foster finished off the show by saying good night.
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SNL: S02E08... HOST: PAUL SIMON... DATE: NOVEMBER 20, 1976

SNL: S02E08... HOST: PAUL SIMON... DATE: NOVEMBER 20, 1976

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1.  The show opens with Paul Simon approaching the studio. I'm not sure if Chevy contractually has to make some sort of appearance throughout the rest of this season but he makes a quick appearance as a Busker now that he no longer has the show.
  2. This is connected to the first bit but we're now inside and George Harrison is trying to pester Loran Michaels into giving him the $3300 that he was offering for the Beatles reunion. Paul Simon approaches from the first sketch and starts to complain about the opening idea, only it's kind of vague what the issue is. Paul Simon gives in and heads off to get ready while George continues to push for more pay.
  3. Again the opening sketches carry over to the opening monolog where Paul Simon performs Still Crazy After All These Years, while dressed as a Thanksgiving Turkey. He doesn't get far before breaking into a shame cycle about the suite.
  4. This was followed by a fake commercial for Quarry cereal. Thank God, the sound of people chomping on rocks sounded so over the top and cartoony that it didn't affect my Misophonia because that would have driven me nuts.
  5. Paul Simon then sings 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.
  6. Next was an interview with Barbara Walters and Henry Kissinger, thought all any sketch with Barbara Wawa, is mainly a speech pattern parody, I still find it kind of funny.
  7. This was followed by a Twilight Zone parody where desperate actresses keep showing up to the same room expecting to meet with a movie producer. They keep acting like it some big mystery but it's obviously playing off the casting couch. It turns out Rod Serling is the producer in question which wasn't even all that interesting as a parody twist.
  8. Once again, Jane hosts the news and starts with a story about how people were outraged that Carter spent a whopping $35 Million dollars on his campaign.
  9. Paul Simon teams up with George Harrison to sing Here Come the Sun, followed by a joint performance of Homeward Bound.
  10. This was followed by the first of two music video directed by Eric Idle for a couple of George Harrison songs. This song was called Crackerbox Palace.
  11. Next was a long sketch that started with the silly introduction of our hero. His name was Billy and he's a man of mystery even though they seem to have a lot of facts about him. They then jumped to a sketch at an ice cream shop run by a bigot who would only serve ice cream to the white kids in town. Then our mystery hero Billy stepped in to save the day then shows unity by ordering a chocolate, vanilla and strawberry cone to represent each color of person involved. 
  12. Paul Simon sings Something So Right.
  13. Aykroyd as Tom Snyder then interviews Paul Simon thinking that he is a trucker, then thinking he is Neil Simon which was followed by more and more mix-ups showing that Tom Snyder does not do his research.
  14. Next was the second music video that was directed by Eric Idle for George Harrison's song This Song.
  15. Finally, Paul Simon sang Bridge Over Troubled Water before saying good night.
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SNL: S02E07... HOST: DICK CAVETT... DATE: NOVEMBER 13, 1976

SNL: S02E07... HOST: DICK CAVETT... DATE: NOVEMBER 13, 1976

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. The show starts with a sketch with Gilda Radner mind f***ing the home audience by lying about the color of her clothing. Cut to: Garrett Morris watching at home angry that the colors are off based on Gilda's lies. He then beats the TV in an attempt to fix the picture quality, knocking Gilda (inside the TV) around in the process.
  2. Dick Cavett then opens the show with an announcement that he was a last minute replacement for Elliot Gould. He then answered questions from the audience that were surprisingly either very dirty or very cruel.
  3. This was followed by a fake commercial for Puppy Uppers and Doggy Downers that promise to regulate your pooch's mood.
  4. This was followed by a Watergate sketch with flashbacks and flash-forwards that seemed to last a lifetime.
  5. Ry Cooder then came out to perform Tattler.
  6. Next was the news with Jane Curtin, again her stories seem to be more satirical than the joke-heavy Chevy news.
  7. The news commercial was for the Marines where Garrett Morris plays a gay recruiter looking for "A Few Good Men.
  8. The news then concluded with the worst tale of a Good Samaritan attempt gone wrong. 
  9. Next was a sketch called Crossroads where Belushi plays a young boy who is contemplating dropping out of school. He seems to have a couple good points but everyone beats the crap out of him instead of answering with advice.
  10. This was followed by a parody of an upcoming show to NBC. It was called Mobile Shrink and had Chevy Chase providing therapy at other's jobs. Being that Chevy was in this sketch, I'm guessing it was a bit that missed its mark and was supposed to be scrapped.
  11. Jane Curtin then played the host in an episode of How Things Work, where she interviewed Dick Cavett about the power of Pressure Groups and their fake letter writing campaigns.
  12. The short film this week was a repeat of the old lady that runs the local novelty shop which added to the filler feel of this episode.
  13. The Bees then made an appearance as they broke down their history of their immigration to America and how they were treated by the wasps.
  14. Ry Cooder returned to play He'll Have to Go.
  15. Michael O'Donoghue returned for his weird segment called Least Loved Bedtime Tales, where he told a weird story about a blind chicken that felt over calculated in its quirkiness.
  16. The comedy duo of Frank and Tom then came out to do a survey sketch that was sort of interactive with the crowd.
  17. Finally, Cavett said his good nights after having to kill a couple minutes because they finished ahead of time.
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SNL: S02E06... HOST: BUCK HENRY... DATE: OCTOBER 30, 1976

SNL: S02E06... HOST: BUCK HENRY... DATE: OCTOBER 30, 1976

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. The show opened with the Land Shark on Halloween sketch.
  2. Next, Buck Henry did a funny opening monolog where he reveals weird secrets about each member of the cast.
  3. Samurai Stockbroker, not the best of the Samurai series but it is the one where Belushi really bashes Buck in the head with the sword.
  4. Gilda as Barbara Walters then interviews the potential first ladies in her new parody talk show.
  5. Garrett Morris then shows us his Roots as he tells the back story of his family in a photo journey through time.
  6. This was followed by a parody of the third debate from '76. This one was a beauty pageant-themed event, complete with a swimsuit and talent portion of the show.
  7. The news starts with the top story being the Buck Henry incident. From here on out everyone in the cast has a band aid on their head to show solidarity with the injured host.
  8. The news commercial was for the Bat-O-Matic which was a blender to make magic potions and Aykroyd actual blends a dead bat. Once again, I was surprised by how shocked I felt that they would actually use a real dead bat.
  9. The news returned with a touching moment where Chevy hands off the news to Jane Curtin. I have to be honest and admit that I almost cried, but as I said, I was drunk by this time. 
  10. The band The Band then played three songs back to back. Life is a Carnival, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and Stage Fright.
  11. This was followed by a parody of The Omen called The OintMENt that really felt like it was reaching to make any sense.
  12. The short film of the week was Buck Henry being put into drag.
  13. The next three sketches are connected in a very obscure way. First, they introduce that Garrett Morris will be going to Houdini's grave on Halloween to attempt to interview his ghost if it were to appear. The set up was so quick that it almost didn't make sense.
  14. Next, there was a sketch with Michael O Donoghue being weird as he tales the tale of the Least Loved Bedtime story. I kind of tuned out because I have mixed feeling about O Donoghue and he seemed to just be saying weird things for the sake of being weird.
  15. Finally, my attention was pulled back to the present as they cut back to Garrett Morris who just looked terrified and couldn't speak a word. Nothing else was said and they just moved on with the show. For whatever reason, this had me laughing the hardest of any sketch I've seen up to this point.
  16. The band The Band then performed Georgia On My Mind.
  17. Finally, Buck Henry closes out the show by saying good night.
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SNL: S02E05... HOST: STEVE MARTIN... DATE: OCTOBER 23, 1976

SNL: S02E05... HOST: STEVE MARTIN... DATE: OCTOBER 23, 1976

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1.  The show starts in the Yankee's locker room with the coach giving an inspirational speech as he apologizing for their loss. The team doesn't seem all that press and Chevy kicks the stool out from under the coach, causing him to hang, leading to the announcement of "Live from New York..."
  2. Steve Martin then opens the show with a comedy/banjo routine.
  3. Chevy Chase then does a paid spot for milk where his information of the product get worse and worse with every take.
  4. Next was a Jeopardy 1999 sketch, which was Jeopardy 23 years in their future, and 18 years in our past. It's always funny to see how far off the predictions are in these old sketches but the crowd was pretty humored by a joke about 20th Century Fox having to change their name at the start of the new year.
  5. Kinky Friedman sings Dear Abbie.
  6. This was followed by Chevy Chase hosting another decent segment of the news.
  7. The news commercial was for a digital dog clock called FidoFlex.
  8. The news returns with Jane Curtin. I was really hoping that they would give her the second half of the show but no, she just did an editorial reply as Chase did his old making faces behind her back routine. After she left, one of my favorite moments so far happened. Al Franken just walks out onto the stage and starts to read the news over Chevy's shoulder. This freaks Chevy out so he asks him to leave to which he does and it is never referenced again. It was so quick and so out of the blue that I hope they let this be a one-time ordeal.
  9. This was followed by a Beatnik sketch where every member of the cast performed a Beatnik style performance. Though sort of funny, this sketch went on forever, it even ended by updating what each and every character was up to now that the beatnik movement was over. The updates were probably funny than the meat of the sketch but it felt like it was just meant to eat away the time.
  10. This week's Looks at Books was Jane Curtin interviewing Steve Martin as a sports doctor who is studying sex in sports. He shared a bunch of videos and every highlight clip was supposed to be an athlete that abstained from sex while the bloopers were happening to the sexually active players. 
  11. This week's short film was a bunch of New Yorkers lip syncing to a song about New York.
  12. This was followed by a Mary Tyler Moore parody where the dopey news anchor from the show accidentally kills Mary with a Draino in the coffee prank. Interesting timing with Mary Tyler Moore's actual death being so near, but this was another sketch that went on and on and on...
  13. Next was a bizarre sketch called Mysteries in Medicine where Steve Martin played a diet doctor whose diet technic was to pretty much kidnap his patients and then take them to the arctic where they had to ice fish with a spear to catch their food. It turns out that the patient isn't alone and has to not only fight with a second patient for food but also an Eskimo named Blog who would eat anything in site. It goes on to reveal that the girls aren't in the arctic and Blog was actually not an Eskimo at all but the doctor's assistant watching on closed-circuit television to know when they found food. It was like Inception meets Lost and I loved the way that it left me feeling confused.
  14. The show ends with Steve Martin doing another one of his stand-up routines before coming out with the rest of the cast to say their good nights.
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