SNL: S07E17... HOST: JOHNNY CASH... DATE: APRIL 17, 1982

SNL: S07E17... HOST: JOHNNY CASH... DATE: APRIL 17, 1982

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's episode starts with Johnny Cashing performing The Train Of Life complete with comedic interludes and mini-vignettes that parody his upbringing.

  2. Once again we're back to the huddle with no monolog approach to starting the show as Johnny Cash poses with the cast before transitioning into the first official sketch.

  3. The Honeyrooneys is a parody of the Honeymooners only "Andy Rooney" plays the part of Ralph Kramden and Eddie Murphy as Ed Norton. Ralph Rooney isn't all that grumpy but loves to share his observations.

  4. Elton John then takes the stage to perform Empty Garden.

  5. We then go to death row where Eddie Murphy is being given his last rights when the guard interrupts to get the show on the road. Eddie then pretends to lose his contact lens to try and stall, but it doesn't work. His final attempt to stall is to request a personal show from Johnny Cash and is stunned to find that he is readily available and willing to perform. The song he requests is the uncut version of 99 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall which Cash explains was actually 999,999 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall that takes him forever to perform keeping Eddie alive for a few more days, but they still end up executing him.

  6. Once again, Brian Doyle-Murray and Christine Ebersole give us the news with Mary Gross "Out on assignment." This week Mary Gross checks in from Russian as she tries to hunt down the Red Scare, Sweetchuck plays his scientist character who gets a segment on different types of amputation, and we got an update from Eddie Murphy on the backlash caused by the Larry The Lobster stunt. Eddie reads a letter that gets a little racist saying that the person didn't know "You People" ate seafood so to prove that they do, he eats a lobster on air claiming that it's Larry. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  7. Johnny Cash then takes to the music stage to perform I Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues, and Ring Of Fire back to back to back.

  8. Once again we see through Ronald Reagan's point of view as he works through his Trump-like decisions as he delusionally works through a conflict between Margaret Thatcher and the President of Argentina.

  9. Tonight's home movie is called Jay Clay Gets Depressed and is a claymation short about how the Fracas troll is depressed and tries to hang himself. The only problem is he is made out of clay makes his head get ripped off by the noose and ends up sticking to his butt which causes him to get a new outlook on life.

  10. We then get a fake ad for Tegrim Shampoo the dandruff shampoo that works so well you can shake your hair over Johnny Cash, without worrying about peppering his all-black outfit with your dead skin.

  11. Elton John then returns to the stage to perform Ball And Chain.

  12. We then go to a modern commuter train where Johnny Cash talks to Brain Doyle-Murray about his love of trains as The Train Poet, while Doyle-Murray just wants to read his paper.

  13. Black Talk is a quick talk show segment hosted by Eddie Murphy who gossips with his friend who looks like Young MC but doesn't allow him to get a word in because he's talking at him, not with him.

  14. Johnny Cash then returns to the music stage to perform Sunday Morning Coming Down.

  15. Finally, Johnny Cash closes the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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