SNL: S04E16... HOST: RICHARD BENJAMIN... DATE: APRIL 7, 1979

SNL: S04E16... HOST: RICHARD BENJAMIN... DATE: APRIL 7, 1979

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. The show starts in the SNL locker room where Aykroyd punches in a little late, and Jane informs him that Belushi is out "sick" this week. We then get introduced to some random dude from NBC's talent pool who is there to replace Belushi for the day, kind of like a substitute teacher. Aykroyd this is weird at first but then goes on to give the guy advice on how to act like Belushi. It would have been awesome if they carried out this idea and had this stranger play the King Bee or Samurai but no, he just throws out a sloppy set up to get Aykroyd to announce, "Live from New York..."

  2. Richard Benjamin then opens the show with a monolog about how he thought this week in New York would be boring because his wife, a famous actress from the time, is off working on another project. He then goes on to say what a great time he's had and how he's now cheating on said wife after spending the week out and about with the cast. He then reveals that it was Gilda he was cheating with and she acts shocked that he's sharing such a scandal. Though this was a total joke, I just don't find careless cheating to be funny, and starting out this way also shifted my mood to where I was already disappointed.

  3. This is followed by the Two Mile Island sketch that you can read about up in the intro.

  4. Then Bill Murray's nerdy character arrives at his brother's apartment. Richard plays said brother, and he is also a nerd. Murray's plan is to borrow the apartment to sleep with Gilda's nerdy character. Gilda then shows up has a couple of nerdy interactions with Richard and then is left alone with Murray who gets very date-rapey as he fills her with drinks to "make this easier." Once again, this rubbed me the wrong way especially when it works, and Gilda's body goes limp as they make out. It doesn't help that the audience is cheering this on without the slightest sense of shock. Luckily, Gilda is saved by her mom, who dropped by early to pick Gilda up. For some reason, Richard then returns to flirt with the mom, and everything ends hunky-dory.

  5. Once again, Jane and Bill give us the news. This week Bill Murray heads down to the Mets training camp to interview Chico Esquella in the interview that made this character a classic even though he's been around for a while. Bill also gives his Oscar picks for the year and Roseanne Roseannadanna does a segment on the rising cost of meat and ends up rambling on how disgusting fish are.

  6. Rickie Lee Jones hits the stage to perform Chuck Es In Love.

  7. A Bird For All Seasons is a short film where Bill Murray plays a network executive introducing this season's lineup of programming where birds replace actors in famous roles from movies and television.

  8. Richard and Larraine then visit a Scottish restaurant run by Aykroyd who is all decked out in Scottish garb. The sketch then goes on to make fun of how cheap Scottish people are which is a stereotype that I was unaware of. They also manage to make fun of Scottish food and complete the cliches by ending the sketch with a quick jab at bagpipers.

  9. This is followed by a repeat of the Donuts of Champions ad.

  10. Then Rickie Lee Jones returns to the stage to perform a song called Coolsville.

  11. Finally, Richard Benjamin closes the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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