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Bea Arthur/The Roches

Season 5, Ep 5, Aired 11/17/79
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  • Episode Description
  • Live from New York, it's... Laraine Newman! Sketches include "Reagan's Nap Schedule," "Spud Beer," "First He Cries," "Soviet Takeover," "Aunt Judy's Basement," "Woman To Woman," "SaveCo," "Rock Opera Preview," "Mr. Bill Builds A House" (film), "Los Beatolos Cubanos," and "Andy Kaufman Preview." Roaches preform "Bobby's Song" and "Hallelujah Chorus."

  • Cast & Crew
  • Harry Shearer

    Himself

  • Laraine Newman

    Herself

  • Jane Curtin

    Herself

  • Bill Murray

    Himself

  • Peter Aykroyd

    Himself

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Mastectomies & Handel

    By OmarCayenne, Jul 07, 2012

  • My introduction to the Roches, this was an episode which has stayed in my mind nearly 30 years.

    By skipgundlach, Jul 03, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Aide: Governor, I, uh... I want to go over tomorrow's itinerary. It's going to be kind of a long day... I want you up at 10:30 for the 11:30 flight to New Hampshire - don't worry, you can sleep on the plane. 1 o'clock, there's a working lunch on China. You'll be briefed by William Lowe and Bob Hope. Uh... just some cottage cheese and rice pudding... Now, after lunch, nap 'til 3:00. 3:15, meeting with Milton Friedman, Alan Greenspan, Jack Kemp and Terry Bradshaw on inflation and football. And I promise I'll have you back at the hotel no later than 3:45 for that nap. 5:00... I thought you might want to know they're showing Part 1 of "Ocean's Eleven" on the early movie.. [ Reagan mumbles inaudibly ] ..uh, yeah.. Danny Ocean tries to rob a casino in Vegas, the whole Rat Pack's in it.. uh.. Frank, Dean, Sammy, Joey...

    Notes (1)

    • This is Peter Aykroyd's first episode.

    Allusions (2)

    • Jayydee: A Bit of Irony
      Despite the fact it was one of the more offensive SNL sketches ever, "First He Cries" was acually included on the family friendly Nick at Nite "Best of Saturday Night" package

    • Bill Murray: (sings) "But first, he cries/He'll make adjustments later"
      "First, He Cries" by Al Franken and Tom Davis, was titled after NBC News correspondent Betty Rollin's bestseller First, You Cry, chronicling her struggle to overcome breast cancer. Rollin, in fact, saved Franen's neck. After a tidal wave of hate mail and angry phone calls received at SNL, Rollin sent Franken a few kind words: "I just want you to know that I wasn't the least bit offended, and if I were offended, I don't think it should matter at all. You have a right to satirize everything, and the more unlikely the subject, the better." Franken quoted Rollin's appeal in a statement of apology he wrote to an angry America, explaining First, He Cries really criticized the insensitivity men had (at the time) about breast cancer. He also mentioned that his mother had undergone a masectomy.

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