SNL: S07E04... HOST: DONALD PLEASENCE... OCTOBER 31, 1981

SNL: S07E04... HOST: DONALD PLEASENCE... OCTOBER 31, 1981

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show starts with Donald Pleasence in the men's bathroom. He's nervous about hosting the show and practices saying, "Live from New York..." even though the opening call hasn't been used once this season. Eddie enters and heads straight to the toilet to throw up. He advises Donald that vomiting his common practice amongst the cast to deal with the pressure. As soon as Eddie leaves, Donald decides to give it a shot, just as John Belushi exits one of the occupied stalls. He doesn't say a word, he just stares into the camera as we go into the opening montage again, with no, "Live from New York..."

  2. Once again there isn't a monolog. Instead, Donald Pleasence and the rest of the cast rush to the stage and stand like they're posing for a yearbook picture. No one even says a single word. They just stand there like a group of idiots for a beat before jumping into the first sketch.

  3. We then go to a BBC show called Profiles In British Courage where we meet a soldier who had his arm shot off during battle but barely notices, kind of like a poor man's version of the "Tis just a flesh wound," joke from The Holy Grail, highlighting how much the British don't want to be a burden and how that is mistaken as courage. We then see a very sloppy leg amputation.

  4. Next, we go to Central Park where we see a man out for a job he runs under a bridge and finds his foot stuck in goo and then we see several other trapped joggers. This is when it's revealed that this is actually a fake ad for the Jogger Motel which is playing off of an old Roach Motel ad.

  5. We then get a fake movie trailer for Two Faces Of Jerry which is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde type tale with Piscopo as serious telethon Jerry and Eddie as the rambling weirdo side.

  6. This is followed by a parody of a country song about a woman who just killed her husband called I'm So Miserable. In the video, Christine Ebersole sings while trying to clean up the mess as her husband lies on the table with a knife in his back.

  7. Pumpkin Carving is a short film that treats pumpkin carving as if it were a horror scene in a movie with blood and guts in place of the seeds.

  8. Eddie Murphy then plays a Guardian Angel who gives self-defense advice on how not to get your necklace robbed by wrapping the necklace around your face so that the medallion looks like snot.

  9. Michael Davis returns to the show to perform another juggling/comedy routine where he loads apples filled with razor blades in the name of Halloween and then juggles them with a third safe apple that he takes bites out of as he goes. Though the safe one is a bit larger, the first bite is still pretty intense.

  10. Once again, Brian Doyle-Murray and Mary Gross give us the news only Mary is "out in the field." This week, as I said, Mary is out in the field where she interviews Frank Sinatra about a controversial Reagan created bill, we go back to the ex-model weather lady, and Eddie talks about why black people love horror movie because they like watching rich white people get killed. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  11. We then go to a public access jazz-themed show called Tales From The Hip where an old hipster discusses the origins of an old song that leads to the musical telling of Macbeth.

  12. Fear then hits the stage to perform I Don't Care About You.

  13. We then go back to the men's bathroom during the intermission for the play Annie where Sweetchuck freaks out after Piscopo mistook his greeting as a flirtatious advance, when he was just saying hi. Eddie Murphy plays a country boy who is just excited to be experiencing life in the city including this major blowout which somehow manages to put everything into perspective and everything gets worked out.

  14. Once again, Piscopo and Mary Gross play a couple getting ready to face the day and they do so by eating their sugar breakfast, that actually has no food or liquids at all. The kids join in just in time to share sugar cubes covered in syrup. They all start out calm, but by the end of the sketch, they seem like a bunch of tweakers.

  15. Andy Warhol's TV returns for another segment. This time Andy talks to a bunch of fashionistas about what they plan to wear to an upcoming party, and then his head randomly falls off, and his body goes about its day.

  16. Mary Gross reminds the audience that there is a call for home movies and then we get to see one called Wonder Wally as an example of what they don't want.

  17. The Vic Salukin Show is a black and white call-in show where the host offers the callers $100 bucks if they can manage to scare him. He gets a bunch of crappy calls and then gives an example of how to do it right by calling a random woman and teller her he shot her son. He then gets a call from a stalker which leads the camera to zoom in on the phone, but when it pulls back out, we see that our host is dead with what looks to be a brick sticking out of his head.

  18. Fear then returns to the stage to perform Beef Bologna, New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones, and Let's Have A War back to back to back.

  19. We then get a repeat of the Prose and Cons short featuring the Kill My Landlord poem by Eddie Murphy.

  20. Finally, Donald Pleasence closes the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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