Steve Martin displays his valuable antique Chinese ceramics on the show. Most are eventually destroyed by a wandering boom mike, camera, elbow, and tennis balls. However, a herd of goats and sheep walk through the exhibit and knock down nothing.
The traditional "New Halloween Costumes" worn by kids include the Landers Sisters, Nasty Bacterial Plaque, and a Record Company Weasel; Pee Wee Herman appears dressed as the devil; Dave meets 84-year-old Edith Peterson, "speed-boxer."
Tonight it's "Manhunt III": The Russian Psychic vs. an Electronic Tracking Beam. Once again, Lev Schneider beats his opponent by minutes. Later, Dave meets Bob & Etta Rollins, balloon artists and scene-stealers from Broadway Danny Rose.
Dave pays tribute to the "sister show" in Italy with guest Maurizio Costanzo (host of The Maurizio Costanzo Show). The two shows exchange clips, and commemorative plates of the sister show accord are proudly displayed.
Dave returns to his Kitchen of Tomorrow with the Crouton Toaster; Dave and Paul stage a Rocket Chair Race (see recap); "Stupid Pet Tricks" includes a dog that can buy beer and a cockroach walking a tightrope; "Know Your Staff" piece highlights show guitarist Steve Khan, who describes his celebrity-studded bar mitzvah.moreless
Chris Elliott debuts his "Comparison Test" during a Viewer Mail question. Tonight, he tries to determine which is lower in cholesterol, Peanut Oil or Corn Oil, by drinking a pint of each. "No difference, Dave." Later in the show, Paul sits in the hot seat to promote This is Spinal Tap.moreless
"Bob Letterman" (Dave and Merrill Markoe's dog) tells a Christmas story; Michael Keaton brings out his 18-month-old son and plugs Johnny Dangerously; Dave jokes that Kenny the Gardener is dead; comedian George Wallace.
Another "Viewer Mail" Comparison Test with Chris Elliott pits packet against bottled ketchup. Chris drinks from both and declares, "No difference, Dave." Later, a comedy bit goes awry when boxer/actor Tex Cobb forgets the show is live-to-tape.
Tonight on "Viewer Mail," Dave displays the Letterman Fan Club Jumbo Package: hangers, American Airlines house magazine, wash & dry moist towelettes, coupons, saltines, and ketchup. Later, a remote where Dave --er, Connie Henderson-- takes advantage of local "while U wait" establishments.
In their fifth Late Night appearance in 2 1/2 years, Bob and Ray perform two of their classic "interviews."
Robin Williams promotes Moscow on the Hudson and riffs on current events; Westminster Dog Show host Robert Foster introduces Dave to 1984 winner Seaward's Blackbeard, a Newfie.
Another segment of "Why We Edit the Show": Clips from a guy with a ferret head, who removes it to show he's actually a space alien; Dave pitching Amway products to a guest; and a surgery demo, where Dave asks to try out and causes massive patient bleeding. Also: on "Stupid Human Tricks": Richard Radutsky levitates a pea, and Sandy Slade spins seven basketballs; Dave meets Nanci Fletcher, Miss Rigid Tool 1985.moreless
Mr. Curious (Late Night's version of "Fun with Rupert") makes his debut appearance, asking pedestrians what's in their shopping bags/purse/wallets; "New Dial-It-Services" include Dial-a-Determined-Irish-Setter (which doesn't make sense) and the saga of a smug cordless phone owner (Chris Elliott).
The December issue of the Donahue Countdown Calendar is attached to the side of a 5-story building, as Dave is lifted up on a construction crane and crosses out the date with a giant magic marker. Later in the show, Larry "Bud" makes his first appearance as Kenny the Gardener.
A new Donahue Countdown Calendar is unveiled for the month, a huge plastic poster that covers the entire backdrop. Dave uses an extended stick to "x" out November 1st. During "Viewer Mail," Dave asks Brother Jonathan (Kevin Curran) for some advice, and Dave pulls a prank on Paul.
Larry "Bud" opens the show from St. Thomas to kick off the beginning of Virgin Islands Week. Also, the Museum of the Hard to Believe features a bowl of the rudest cereal in the world: "Snap, Crackle, and F--- you!"
Dave and Paul dwell on a missing camera; Dave and US Open champ Chris Evert-Lloyd hit tennis balls from a cannon in the 6th floor hallway; Paula Poundstone makes her Late Night debut; 20-plus standby audience members are treated to a mini version of tonight's show.
Tonight's "Dave's Record Collection" includes "Training Your Parakeet to Talk," "Robert Clary Lives It Up at the Playboy Club," and "Chet Huntley Reports on House of Pancakes." Later, Carole King performed "Speeding Time," then duets on "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" with daughter Sherry Goffin.
Dave shows pictures from the "Welcome to 30 Rock" party for Phil Donahue; in spite of Paul's objections, Kenny the Gardener makes his third appearance on Late Night, singing "Wild Goose."
The blue-ribbon committee gives their judgement of the Great Typing Controversy; in a Late Night milestone, Ted Koppel does a stupid human trick by balancing meat on his nose.
Tonight on "Bad Phone Call," Larry and Andrea Eckerle call Andrea's mom to tell her they got married the day before. Also, "the most famous man in the world" Muhammed Ali makes his only appearance on Dave's show; Ali is later joined by his lawyer.
For no discernible reason, Dave starts addressing Paul as "Simon LeBon," after the Duran Duran frontman.
In tonight's remote, Dave visits crew member Al Frisch at home, showing off his collection of over 25,000 postcards; in his latest comparison test, Chris Elliott eats raw coffee beans; another pep talk from Col. Gordon Cooper; Glenn Frey performed "The Heat Is On."
Chris Elliott (as The Panicky Guy) dies and gets a call from Gordon Cooper; Howard Stern defends his controversial local radio show; a tech gaffe nearly prevents Leon Russell from performing "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues"; Jerry Seinfeld performs stand-up.
Tonight's episode of Chris Elliott's Guy Under the Seats: "The Cookout." Later, Dave interviews Marian Aslakson, a member of the first Girl Scout troop.