Saturday Night Live

Season 2 Episode 17

Broderick Crawford/The RCO All-Stars, The Meters

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Mar 19, 1977 on NBC
7.5
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Live From New York, it's... Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, & Linda Ronstadt! Sketches include "Goodbye Saccharine," "Samurai Hit-Man," "Broderick's Old Neighborhood" (film), "Mel's Hide Heaven", "Bill Murray, The New Guy," "Lucy Ricardo's Nuke Job," "Puppy Uppers & Doggy Downers," "Highway Patrol," "Baba Wawa At Large," and "Nixon and Hoover." The RCO All-Stars (Dr. John, Levon Helm, Paul Butterfield, and the SNL Band) perform "Sing Sing Sing" and "Ain't That a Lot of Love"; The Meters performed "I Got To Get My Name Up In Lights."moreless

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  • Glug glug glug!

    7.0
    Those of you who may be confused about my summary, I am referring to Broderick Crawford's alcoholism at the time of this episode. I know, it's a little too highbrow. Anyways, Broderick was a big-time veteran of television and definitely knew the ins and outs of the business, but the problem was that he was also a raging alcoholic. Therefore, Lorne limited his screen time as is evident by watching this out of fear that he may do something embarassing on the program. Broderick's guests would be the R.C.O. All-Stars (Dr. John, Levon Helm, and Paul Butterfield) and the Meters, who would all be providing the music. I have no idea who in the hell the R.C.O. All-Stars were, but I have heard of the Meters before and pretty sure I enjoyed their music. So with an old alcoholic as the host and a whole load of musical guests, how would this one turn out?



    Host: Broderick Crawford

    Musical Guests: The R.C.O. All-Stars (Dr. John, Levon Helm, and Paul Butterfield) and The Meters



    Cold Open: "Goodbye Saccharine" (Curtin, Newman, Radner + Linda Ronstadt) (4:22)



    --In tribute to saccharine, which had just been taken off the market by the F.D.A., Rhonda Weiss (Radner) and the Rhondettes (Curtin, Newman, Ronstadt in a cameo) sing a praising song about it. Pretty hilarious song.



    Monologue (Crawford) (2:30)



    --Broderick sits in a big armchair and talks about working for NBC 37 years prior and getting fired for being tardy. Pretty slow monologue.



    Samurai Hitman (Aykroyd, Belushi, Morris, Murray) (6:03)



    --Don Marsala (Aykroyd) wants Don Kirschner and Don Cornelius dead, so his advisors (Morris, Murray) hire the Samurai (Belushi) to get the job done. Not one of the best Samurai sketches, but still a pretty decent one.



    Weis Film #28: Broderick in New York (Crawford) (4:01)



    --Broderick travels around the city and talks about New York in his day while running into some fans of his as well. There's a couple of quirky funny moments in here.



    Commercial: Mel's Hide Heaven (Aykroyd, Morris, Murray) (:48)



    --Mel (Aykroyd) advertises his leather jacket store along with his wife (Newman) and two modelers (Morris, Murray). Pretty much another version of "Mel's Char Palace" from Year 1, but not as funny.



    The R.C.O. All-Stars perform "Sing Sing Sing" (3:29)



    --Having no previous knowledge of these guys, I really enjoyed this fast-moving tune and the singer's unique voice.



    Support Bill Murray (Murray) (3:11)



    --Bill makes a public announcement that he doesn't think he's "making it on the show." He tells everyone he's not funny when it's appropriate and pretty much that he stinks on the show. This was pretty much what turned things around for Murray and really got him recognized as a Not Ready For Primetime Player.



    Lucy's New Job (Aykroyd, Radner) (4:37)



    --Lucy (Radner) (yes, THAT Lucy) gets a new assembly line job and works for her boss Mr. Witherbottom (Aykroyd) doing a pretty ridiculous task. I won't ruin it, but suffice to say that the delirious nature of the sketch makes this pretty damn funny along with the performances especially by Radner.



    Weekend Update with Jane Curtin (also: John Belushi and Garrett Morris) (8:21)



    --Jane starts out by describing her panties and then shifts right into "newswoman" mode without blinking. That's one of the reasons why she was great on Update. This time, Jane comments on everything from a Bob Hope/Lucille Ball brain transfer, a Roman Polanski babysitting service (tasteless but great), and Idi Amin joining the Harlem Globetrotters. Garrett Morris reports on the Black Governors Conference, but it turns into a joke conducted by Curtin and then John Belushi does one of his great manic rants on St. Patrick's Day that soon turns into a rant on his friend Dan Sullivan getting caught with drugs. This is probably one of the better Updates of Year 2.



    Commercial: Puppy Uppers & Doggie Downers (Newman, Radner) (1:29)



    --A repeat from much earlier in the season.



    Highway Patrol (Crawford, Aykroyd, Belushi, Curtin, Morris, Murray, Newman, Radner) (6:22)



    --Broderick reprises his role as Capt. Matthews in this parody of the old TV show while a woman (Newman) holds her own Siamese twin sister (Curtin) hostage. It gets even more ridiculous but funny when the Siamese priests (Belushi, Murray) show up to try to talk her down. Good stuff.



    Baba Wawa At Large (Belushi, Radner) (3:56)



    --This week, Baba (Radner) interviews Godzilla (Belushi) -- yes, Godzilla. Radner's impression is fun as per usual, but this sketch was lacking as a whole.



    The R.C.O. All-Stars perform "Ain't That A Lot of Love" (3:25)



    --Not as good as their other song, but it's still another fast-paced and enjoyable song with some really good instrumental.



    The Huston Plan (Crawford, Aykroyd, Morris, Murray, Newman) (5:18)



    --A dramatization of an incident in 1970 is relived as President Nixon (Aykroyd) and Julie Nixon (Newman) sneak into the bedroom of J. Edgar Hoover (Crawford). Hoover wakes up, so Richard explains his plan to only spy on people they have a reason to spy on as his great plan. If this is a reason to witness Danny's Nixon impression again, it's worth it.



    The Meters perform "I Got To Get My Name Up In Lights" (3:25)



    --A swanky and catchy tune from the Meters to close the show on a high note.



    Broderick sits in his armchair once again and thanks everyone before saying goodnight to all with the cast.



    Best segment: Support Bill Murray

    Worst segment: Broderick's monologue



    Host: Broderick Crawford - 6.5/10

    Musical Guests: The R.C.O. All-Stars - 7.5/10

    The Meters - 7/10



    Broderick Crawford really didn't do too much on this episode of Saturday Night and certainly didn't stretch his acting muscles too much, but for a host he was fairly capable in the two sketches he did appear in, especially the "Highway Patrol" bit. The R.C.O. All-Stars were on top of their game too, but I don't know how good they were at their peak so I'll just say that they impressed me here. The Meters also brought out a decent tune that managed to entertain for a few minutes. As for the cast, I will give it to Bill Murray simply for coming out of his shell finally and connecting with the crowd. Above average.



    Rating: 7/10moreless
  • Broderick Crawford hosted with musical guest Dr. John, The Meters. Linda Ronstadt appeared in the beginning segment as a guest.

    7.1
    I don't remember muc about this except for the saccharine song. That was great. I do remember the samurai one which wasn't one of the funnier ones of those I'd seen. No other memories of this and I need more words so I guess I'll just copy/ paste the saccharine lyrics... sorry. No nevermind I'll just copy everything I wrote before and paste it again. Just a little bit less annoying. But not by much. I don't remember muc about this except for the saccharine song. That was great. I do remember the samurai one which wasn't one of the funnier ones of those I'd seen. No other memories of this. Sorry again. YAY!moreless

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Bill Murray: Hello, I'm Bill Murray. You can call me "Billy" but, around here, everybody just calls me "The New Guy." I want to thank the producer, Lorne Michaels, for urging me to speak with you directly. You see, I'm a little bit concerned. I don't think I'm making it on the show. ... I'm a funny guy but I haven't been so funny on the show. My friends say, "How come they're givin' you all those parts that aren't funny?" Well, it's not the material. It's me. ...

  • NOTES (5)

    • This broadcast was the last one to carry the title NBC's Saturday Night.

    • The Meters had been bumped from SNL's prime-time Mardi Gras special a month earlier.

    • Sketches/segments removed from the 60-minute edit include "Broderick's Old Neighborhood," "Puppy Uppers & Doggy Downers," "Nixon and Hoover," the RCO All-Stars' performance of "Ain't That A Lot of Love," and The Meters' performance of "I Got To Get My Name Up In Lights."

    • In the "Mel's Hide Heaven" sketch, Laraine Newman plays Mrs. Mel in lieu of Gilda Radner, who played her in the 12/20/75 episode.

    • Broderick Crawford only appeared in two sketches, not counting the monologue and Gary Weis film "Broderick's Old Neighborhood."

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jane Curtin: Well, that's the news. Good night, Mary Richards, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

      Jane's ending to Weekend Update is a reference to Mary Richards, the lead character on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The popular TV show about a fictional TV news station aired it's final episode earlier that night (March 19th, 1977).

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