In their first public appearance together since their now-legendary fight, comedian Andy Kaufman and wrestler Jerry Lawler create a violent fracas during their chat with Dave. After Dave apologizes to the audience and ends the show, Dave surveys the mess they left, then retires to his "bungalow" around the corner.
Drummer Steve Jordan manages to be involved in all four Viewer Mail letters, including "The Will Lee Show"; Brooke Shields drops by to pick up her weekly allowance from Merv Griffin; a deli worker (Steve O'Donnell) presents a Bob Hope Sandwich to Dave; Captain Beefheart sits down with Dave and presents the music video for "Ice Cream for Crow."moreless
Dave wears a sweater in lieu of a suit; Paul introduces the members of his as-yet-named house band; the first-ever "Viewer Mail" (all quick jokes); Bob and Ray discuss improvisational comedy and perform the "Tender T-Bone" sketch; as a Valentine's Day tribute, Harve Mann sings a medley of television theme songs.moreless
Tony Clifton (thought to be Andy Kaufman but is actually Andy's friend Bob Zmuda) butchers a medley of tunes, then addresses a rumor involving Dinah Shore; Dr. Ruth quizzes the audience on finding a woman's "G-spot."
It's a "Salute to Summer" special as Chris Elliott portrays the show's lifeguard, protecting all who enter the stage area; Michael Keaton returns to plug Night Shift.
Four shows in, Dave finally introduces Paul Shaffer and the band; a woman named Rita Stipo shows her home movies from New Year's Eve, 1954-55; in the first installment of "Stupid Pet Tricks," a dog hugs her owner, another sneezes and answers the phone, and a rabbit rides a skateboard; Joe Flaherty and John Candy plug "SCTV."moreless
Dave invites audience member Rick Buckner to report on the NBC Commissary; baseball player Bill "Spaceman" Lee shares some wacky stories.
A segment producer's dream pairing: Mr. T and Ron Howard, TV's "Opie," guest on the show. Mr. T stays for three full segments, while Howard is almost bumped. Meanwhile, the Museum of the Hard to Believe features a working car clock and "the man who fooled Merv Griffin."
A "Dial-It-Services" comedy bit ends with "Dial-a-Sixties-Burnout" as Paul Shaffer answers the line; 60 Minutes' Morley Safer shows his paintings of hotel rooms; as-yet-invented items are shown in "The World of the Future"; circus impresario Kenneth Feld introduces Dave to Michu (later TV's ALF), the world's shortest man.
In their second Late Night appearance in four months, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding discuss an upcoming career retrospective show a couple of old clips. Later in the show Bob introduces his son, LN staffer Chris Elliott.
Character actor Lou Jacobi promotes My Favorite Year and discusses working with Peter O'Toole and Woody Allen; Paul Mooney does stand-up.
Sid Caesar discusses the first golden age of TV and his friendship with Carl Reiner; Jessica Harper plugs My Favorite Year.
Instead of giving his usual nightly monologue, Dave introduces "The Happy Clown" and asks Hal Gurnee to speak. From the control room are the melancholy sounds of "Ho ho ho; ha ha ha." Later in the show, Wayne Cochran performs "Goin' Back to Miami" with the band and sits down for two segments.moreless
In another trip to the Museum of the Hard-to-Believe, stagehand Jimmy Fitzgerald portrays "Dale Butterworth, the Incredible Indecision Man," who since 1976 hasn't made up his mind regarding the Pepsi Challenge. Later, NBC anchor Jessica Savitch plugs her autobiography and explains a recent ankle injury, and jazz great Toots Theilemans performed "Sophisticated Lady."moreless
A "salute" to Baggs, WY; Jessica Savitch discusses women in journalism and living as a Washington correspondent; students from P.S. 84 present "Little Acorns," a playlet about George Washington.
Several years before being spoofed on a regular basis, NBC Chairman Grant Tinker makes his sole appearance on Late Night; Margot Kidder discusses the Superman mystique and plugs Miss Right.
Dave invites two members from the studio audience to participate in a "Sitcom Sampler"; legendary rock concert promoter Bill Graham expresses his disdain for the word "impresario" and shares a few stories about the late 60s/early 70s rock scene.
It's the Late Night Miniature Golf Tournament, as audience participants compete on the green constructed inside and outside the studio. Bartender Pete Fatovich serves drinks at the "10th Hole Lounge" backstage. Later, Edie Adams promotes an upcoming docudrama about her late husband, Ernie Kovacs.
Thoughts on the World Series; in his second appearance, Brother Theodore continues to befuddle Dave; Dave meets octogenarian marathon runner Noel Johnson.
Supertramp sax player John Helliwell sits in with the band; Dave asks boxer Gerry Cooney to analyze the previous night's fracas.
A cold open where Steve Allen multitasks in the green room; during his panel, Allen discusses the early days of TV and shows off his props; a salute to the NBC mailroom; brothers/heavyweight boxers Leon and Michael Spinks discuss their "rivalry."
In a segment called "Dave's Hobby Shop," five volunteers from the studio audience spend the show carving Dave's face from ham, ice, Styrofoam, balsa wood, and wax. Also, Wayne Cochran makes his second and final Late Night appearance, performing "Can't Turn You Loose" and part of "Jump No Pews."
It's "Haircut Day," as throughout the show three student barbers cut the hair of audience participants; Alan King shares a clip from "The Ed Sullivan Show"; an ad for Melman Buslines.
Dave celebrates his 35th birthday by welcoming 10-year-old Girl Scout Markita Andrews, who sold 3,240 cookies this year. Later, game show producer Mark Goodson shares a clip from the West German ripoff of "Match Game."
In his first Late Night appearance, actor Michael Keaton plugs his short-lived sitcom "Report to Murphy."
The classic rabid-dog shaving dispenser makes its debut on Dave's "New Gift Items"; Dave meets digital photography pioneer Mikkel Aaland.
Tonight on "Who Asked For It?": Alex Linsky wants Yankees shortstop Willie Randolph to explain the bunt; Willie isn't available, so instead Peggy Cass explains and demonstrates. Later, Little Richard expresses his disdain for his old manager and performed "One Day at a Time."
Comedian Richard Lewis makes his third appearance on Late Night in seven months; an ad for Melman Bus Lines; Carole King (with Eric Johnson and the house band) performed "The Locomotion," "One Fine Day," "Read Between the Lines," and "It's War."
In a segment called "The World of the Future," an elderly Paul hacks through "Bermuda" while Biff plays Arnold from "Different Strokes." Later in the segment, Dave demonstrates a cloning machine with writer Steve O'Donnell. Jerry Lewis is interviewed for four segments and briefly runs amok in the audience.
While being interviewed with Rick Moranis to plug their McKenzie Brothers film "Strange Brew," Dave Thomas falls asleep; an ad for Melman Bus Lines; Late Night writers/film historians Karl Tiedemann and Stephen Winer look back at tiny Vespucci Studios; Moranis closes the show by singing the national anthem.