Saturday Night Live

Season 5 Episode 5

Bea Arthur/The Roches

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Nov 17, 1979 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.