The Wicker Breakdown:
It looks like they are back to consistently starting the show with an opening sketch. This week's show starts with the celebration of Ronald Reagan's 71rst birthday as "Frank Sinatra" sings a medley of Reagan-themed Sinatra tunes.
James Coburn is one of the rare guests from the season to get a monolog where he and Eddie Murphy discuss the post-show party. Eddie asks James to order his drinks being that he was only 20 at the time. Coburn then advises Eddie on how to order with confidence to avoid the need for a fake ID.
Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood also returns for another installment, this time Mr. Robinson talks to Mr. Landlord about getting his heat turned on, and we learn the meaning of the words Mutha and Pyromaniac and his "Mean Mutha" friend sets fire to the landlord's apartment allowing Mr. Robinson to warm up.
We then get a fake ad from Jerry Falwell's Jesus In Blue Jeans which is a religious-themed rock album minus any edge that I think actually exists now without being a joke.
Lindsay Buckingham then hits the stage to perform Bwana.
Christine and Mary are at a bar waiting for James Coburn when Christine admits to having a crush on him. Mary warns Christine not to waste her time because James is a homosexual then goes on to point out all of the signs. Her signs are so off that it doesn't come across as homophobic which isn't really what I would expect from that time. The sketch ends with Eddie and James leaving together and a hint that Mary and Christine are also hooking up but again, not in an offensive or homophobic way. Good on you 1982!!!
Once again, Brian Doyle-Murray gives us the news. This week, Eddie Murphy ask the question why there aren't any black people on TV anymore. They tossed Mary Gross another bone and allow her to review a book about what happens after you die only to be distracted by Brian who finally realizes how attracted he is to her when she's not wearing her glasses which leads to the two making out as he offers to reinstate her as the co-host of the news. (Clip 2)
We then see through Reagan's eyes as we go to the White House to see how he winds down the evening after his birthday celebration from the opening sketch. James Coburn, as himself, drops b because Reagan wants him to help with the Polish invasion because the characters he's played makes him seem like a perfect fit.
Lindsay Buckingham then returns to the stage to perform Trouble.
Unique Perspectives is a talk show where we meet a couple of survivalists who pretty much share the same fears of WWIII that survivalists have today, only they're just into building their fallout shelter as a way to get chicks if the day ever comes.
Those Crazy Taboosters is s Leave It To Beaver type school with a family of unibrow having Chucky from Child's Play looking redheads. The neighbors drop by to ask why the daughter won't go out with their adopted black child. They think it has to do with the color of his skin, but then we meet the redhead dad who looks just like the mom. We then not only find out that they too are twins, but that the daughter is far from being a racist and that the reason for the lack of interest is that she's in love with her father, and the boy's in love with the mother which instantly leads to their discrimination. It's weird, but though creepy, this incestual relationship between this group of freaks seems kind of loving and fun because it's too extreme and cartoony to feel like it is grounded in reality.
For some reason, they keep giving Christine Ebersole a singing segment at the end of the show. Tonight she sings Don't Let It Show, over images from throughout the season. It may not be nepotism because the producer's last name is missing an "e," but there definitely feels like there is some sort of favoritism going on because at least with Garrett Morris, they attempted to make his singing segments how some type of humor involved.
Finally, James Coburn closes the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.