The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show starts with a parody of the Merv Griffin Show, featuring the real Merv Griffin who begins with a monolog of his own. He then goes on to interview Robert Blake as himself, highlighting how much on a maniac he is. Piscopo and Julia watch from backstage and don't seem all that impressed. Meanwhile, Robert Blake is building in rage back in the world of the sketch. He storms out of the sketch only to catch Piscopo and Julia talking trash which sends him into maniac mode leading him to punch Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the gut rather than get physical with Piscopo. He then goes on to talk against battering women, which is kind of weird considering the fact that he killed his wife, but this was decades before that happened, so the sketch simply ends with Merv announcing, "Live from New York..."
Robert Blake then officially opens the show with a monolog about being happy to be back on stage and share the fact that he was part of The Little Rascals. The monolog then shifts to be more of a sketch as he has a reunion with his childhood friends with the standouts being Mary Gross as Alfalfa, Piscopo as Froggy and Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat.
We then go inside the space shuttle where the group of four astronauts sign off from ground control to go to sleep. As soon as two of the astronauts leave, Eddie announces that he's in love with Joe Piscopo which freaks him out to the point where he wants to abandon the mission. The other astronauts return causing Eddie to jump back into the closet which causes Piscopo to look crazy when he tries to share his concerns. This sketch was kind of interesting because it came off more that Piscopo was uncomfortable with the fact that Eddie was coming onto him while not really being homophobic even though I'm sure many viewers from the time saw it more like a horror scene.
Next was a PBS Promo showing what one of their ads would look like if it were done by a major network.
This was followed by a Talent Show with cheesy acts from a small town that is until Eddie Murphy shows up with his reggae band who perform the song Kill The White People (But Buy My Record First.) This gets the entire audience to leave.
According to one of my references, The Best Little Whore House On The Prairie is a sketch that is damn near impossible to find anywhere but based on how much padding there is to the repeat airing this sketch must have run very long.
Once again, Brad Hall gives us the news. This week, Joe Piscopo gives us the sports, Mary Gross carries on the sports discussion about the retirement of Sugar Ray Leonard by pointing out other sports figures who should retire, and Sweetchuck's doctor character gets a segment on orgasms with a list of funny names.
Kenny Loggins then takes to the stage to perform Heart To Heart.
Masterful Theatre returns and this week, Sweetchuck presents a performance called Airheads Revisited where we go to a stuffy British party where Eddie Murphy and Piscopo play brother and Eddie realizes he may just be adopted. Robert Blake wonders around as the butler who keeps asking the man of the house about the laundry with no idea what he is talking about. It's an interesting sketch, but it's too weird and random to clearly explain why.
Eddie Murphy then takes the stage and reads a letter from a young fan whose favorite Eddie material is the stuff that talks about his hatred or whites. Eddie then goes on to explain that he actually loves white people and then goes on to share a few funny examples of the white people he is rather fond of.
No More Andy Kaufman is another segment that I wasn't able to find. In the prior show that was hosted by Michael Keaton, they announce Kaufman as a special guest, but he never ended up on the air. I don't know if he was a no-show, or kicked off, but I'm guessing this has to do with the announcement that according to my reference was given by Dick Ebersol.
Kenny Loggins then returns to the stage to perform I Gotta Try.
Finally, Robert Blake closes the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.