Season 3 Episode 20

Our Fiftieth Episode

Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Apr 02, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After arguing about a parking ticket Bill is locked up in a mental institution. While Dave and Catherine try to spring him, Lisa and Joe take over Bill's show leading Joe to adopt some outrageous on air tactics.

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    You just don't get shows like Newsradio anymore. Look at all the good shows NBC had at the time on their comedy lineup (Seinfeld, Frasier, Newsradio, even Friends) and now, outside of 30 Rock, it's all a mess.

    This was just another genius episode from this brilliant program. Phil Hartman, arguably SNL's funniest castmember ever, was at the forefront of tonight's storyline, which was a recipe for success as he ended up in a mental institution.

    A lot of people did not like Jon Lovitz joining the cast of the show full time for Season 5, but it's episodes like this that show the man could still be funny.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • There is a goof in the scene where Dave and Catherine are talking to Bill's doctor, with Bill and "Fred" (Jon Lovitz) arguing behind him. As Dave and Catherine stand up and Dave goes over to the window, the camera pulls back far enough that in the bottom left hand corner you can see that the wall separating them is fake.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Jon Lovitz is the sixth SNL alumni on this show, and will become a cast member in the fifth season.

    • The subplot with Beth outside the office gathering public feedback was designed so Vicki Lewis could shoot her scenes seperately to accomodate her shooting schedule for the movie Godzilla.

    • This episode was turned into a Pop-Up Video special.

    • This is and is not Newsradio's fiftieth episode. "The Real Deal" is Newsradio's fiftieth aired episode, while "Our Fiftieth Episode" was the fiftieth episode produced.


    • Fred: We've even got the C.E.O. of a very successful intergalactic spice mining corporation.

      The concept of a space based commercial organization engaged in the mining and selling of spice is borrowed from Frank Herbert's durable science fiction classic Dune.

    • Fred: Fire good.

      This is a call back to a series of Saturday Night Live sketches that featured Phil Hartman as the Frankenstein monster, Jon Lovitz as Tonto and Kevin Nealon as Tarzan. In his role as the monster Hartman would usually be limited to the line "Fire bad!"