SNL: S06E03... HOST: ELLEN BURSTYN... DATE: DECEMBER 6, 1980

SNL: S06E03... HOST: ELLEN BURSTYN... DATE: DECEMBER 6, 1980

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. Tonight's show is "interrupting" Those Incredible Shows.

  2. We then jump straight into a message from David Rockefeller who delivers his latest plan to control Reagan like a puppet to take care of the problem of poor Americans by turning the country into a Co-Op where the poor will simply be evicted. Toward the end of his address, he manages to transition from talking about eliminating the poor to announcing, "Live from New York..."

  3. Ellen Burstyn opens the show with a monolog about how it will be her 48th birthday the moment the clock strikes midnight and goes on to talk about how much she loves being in her forties and the thing is, she doesn't seem to be joking. There is no sarcasm or irony to any of claims like you would expect from the darker mood of the first five seasons.

  4. This was followed by a fake ad for Ed McMahon's School For Laughing which is a school for those interested in a career as a laugh track artist.

  5. What's It All About? With Leo And Pinky Waxman returns and this week, the old Long Island Jewish couple interviews Ellen as herself about her successful career only they both steal the conversation whenever she tries to answer their questions.

  6. The Rocket Report returns where, once again, Charles Rocket interviews the man on the street, this time the topic is sex, but he's got a secret fictional storyline that the interviewees are unaware of.

  7. The next sketch takes place at a Video Dating Service where we are introduced to Joe Piscopo's classic, "I'm from Jersey," character, where he's a bit of a spazz and obsessed with the fact he's from Jersey and brings it up at any opportunity during his recorded dating interview.

  8. Aretha Franklin then hits the stage to perform United Together.

  9. Once again, Charles Rocket anchors the news. Once again he keeps getting better and better. This week, Joe Piscopo does a sports segment where Eddie Murphy gets to deliver his first on-air lines as he bitches about a new rule put out by some school district making it mandatory to have at least two white students on the high school basketball team. Gilbert also gets a segment where he tried to debunk the myth of the female orgasm. (Clip 2)

  10. Our Front Door was a sketch where a couple answers the doorbell to find a junkie whose selling pot holders. They instantly invite him into the house and offer him tea before offering him a seat and start to ask him questions kind of like an impromptu home talk show. Then the kids arrive home and are excited to meet their first junkie and join in on the questioning.

  11. This was followed by a short film, but once again, it wasn't introduced as a Short Shots installment. The short is called Pepe Gonzales, starring Gilbert as the world's only New York-based Bull Fighter who bullfights traffic and pedestrians.

  12. The next sketch took place in a Planned Parenthood office where two young teens enter the office because one of them thinks she's pregnant, but it turns out that she hasn't even had sex and really doesn't know how it works. This leads to an awkward conversation about orgasms as if the Planned Parenthood workers of the time were extraordinarily uptight and only knew the technical details about the act.

  13. Aretha Franklin returns to the stage to perform Can't Turn Me Loose.

  14. Ellen then plays a British tutor who in charge of teaching an upper-class British Denny a lesson in history. Though Denny acts like an angel, she has a sock puppet that blurts out every mean thought that comes to her mind, but everyone including Denny treats the puppet as if it were real.

  15. The Toni Tennille Show is an interrogation special where, singer, Toni Tennille interviews people convicted of crimes. This week she interviews a woman who was accused of killing a famous diet author and as much as the woman tries to plead her case Toni is more interested in learning more about the diet.

  16. FISH HEADS!!! Fish heads, roly-poly fish heads!!! (classical moment #2)

  17. This is followed by a family meeting where the parents announce that they are getting a divorce and want to reassure the children that everything is entirely their fault. In fact, it turns out that they are not getting a divorce from one another, no, they are divorcing their kids.

  18. Keith Sykes then hits the stage to perform B.I.G. T.I.M.E.

  19. This was followed by a sad, sentimental but quirky sketch where a girl dressed as a bunny is going door to door selling tickets to the school play. A hermit of a lady answers the door and invites the girl bunny in to enjoy a bowl of stew. The girl in the bunny suit both sounds and acts kind of like Louise from Bob's Burgers. She's nervous about the stew because this lady is the neighborhood shut-in and the rumor is that she survives off of the neighborhood cats. As the bunny girl explains this, the old lady barrels ahead in her agenda to treat this moment like she's spending it with her never present son. It's not clear, but he might just not be talking to her anymore, but there is a sorrowful tone at the end when the bunny girl leaves that leads me to believe that the boy actually died.

  20. Finally, Ellen Burstyn closes the show by thanking the crowd and saying her goodnights.

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