Sanborn sits in with the band again; Dave does his impression of Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson for the first time; "Marlon Brando" (Chris Elliott) performs his banana dance; another edition of "Rabbit and Conquistador."
Huey Lewis & The News performs "Naturally" a cappella and "Hip to Be Square" with the WMDB.
Tonight on Viewer Mail: "What are you leaving Paul and the band in your will?" Sid wants a microphone, Paul a painting, Anton cash and real estate, and Will a picture of Dave and former President Ford. Later, Dave learns how to drive a New Jersey bus, Buffalo Bob Smith shares a few stories about life during the heyday of "Howdy Doody,"and Joe Cocker performs his top 40 hit "Unchain My Heart."moreless
Las Vegas, Day 3: Larry "Bud" and three showgirls enter on the Rolling Throne; Dave plays the world's largest slot machine; for once, when introducing tonight's segment of "Stupid Pet Tricks," wagering is allowed; singer Lola Folana discusses her brush with death; a remote where Dave tours Vegas wedding chapels ends with the WMDB playing "Shotgun"; Regina Baranton foot-juggles.moreless
Several jokes about the Peter Holm-Joan Collins divorce; a "Summer of '87" quiz; Carl Reiner promotes Summer School and hijacks Paul's keyboard; another edition of "Ask Larry 'The Big Man' Melman."
The last night in Las Vegas: Viewer Mail includes "Skylark" (a Chris Elliott impersonator) while Sanborn explains why he always wears black; Dave is given a tour of the Hoover Dam.
THE FIRST REGULAR FRIDAY NIGHT SHOW: Two Viewer Mail letters are excuses to poke fun of Sid's new haircut, so Paul placates him with lemonade and fudge. Also, Stupid Pet Tricks and smashing random items with a 90-ton press.
Writer/bit player Gerard Mulligan replaces "Old Henry" as the guy Dave fires from the show after a minor mishap; as usual, Dave is rewarded with disapproving catcalls from the studio audience until he rehires the poor schlub. Later, Smithsonian bug expert Sally Love makes her Late Night debut.
The Thrill-Cam is greeted in the hall by a surprise party after Dave reads the "Top Ten Reasons Why TV Is Better Than Books"; Carrie Fisher promotes her memoir "Postcards from the Edge" and discusses growing up in Las Vegas.
A couple of weeks after their remote in Vegas, Dave catches up with James "The Drifter" Baggett; he hasn't found his brother yet, so Dave gives him an NBC portable phone.
In his first new show since the start of the technicians' strike three weeks earlier, Dave acknowledges the clusters of dark and "errant cameras" filling the stage with "new friends." Later, Calvert/Larry Bud/Kenny the Gardener sings Roy Orbison's "Dream."
Debbie Reynolds promotes her workout tape and her upcoming tour with Donald O'Connor; Chris Elliott again plays Marlon Brando, drugged with sleeping pills in the studio airlock; The Tower of Power Horns sit in the WMDB and later perform "Ball and Chain."
It's "Cameo Night," as Christopher Reeve, Willard Scott, Susan Saint James, Peter Allen, Biff Henderson (standing in for Jill St. John), and Redd Foxx all drop by for surprise visits. Also, Gregg Allman sits in with the WMDB and performs "I'm No Angel."
Dave attempts to call someone in Leningrad with the assistance of NBC interpreter Ina Gorbatov. He fails to get through twice, so he offers the overseas operator a flight to NYC. Later in the show, Dave meets 5-year-old Rocco Morobito of "Junior Joy Ride" fame.
Buckwheat Zydeco sits in with the WMDB (along with washboardist Wilbert Willis) and then later performed "Ma 'Tit Fille"; Molly Ringwald promotes The Pick-Up Artist and discusses tackling the works of Shakespeare; Dave meets Alvina Sellers, the "Iowa Hat Lady."
A Viewer Mail letter informs Dave of Late Night's cancellation, so the band trashes the set. Later, Dave's assistant Laurie Diamond appears as a "lady of the night" in a Chris Elliott-as-Marlon Brando segment.
A pumpkin is displayed on Dave's desk throughout the show, and by the end of the show, it's completely melted to the plate; a Viewer Mail letter about washing machines drives the WMDB, Dave Mason, and David Sanborn to trash the set again; Chris Elliott is Marlon Brando wearing a monkey mask.moreless