Saturday Night Live

Season 4 Episode 20

Buck Henry/Bette Midler

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM May 26, 1979 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... John Belushi!

Sketches include "Mr. Bill at SNL," "Ray's Disco Roller Fishing Park," "Samurai Bakery," "Uncle Roy," "Watergate was a Joke," "The Franken and Davis Show," "Olympia Cafe," "Clones Exist Now" (film), and "Not for Transsexuals Only."

Musical guest Bette Midler performed "Martha" and "The Marrying Kind."moreless

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  • Great closer for the season

    8.0
    Buck hosts for his 8th time and the Devine Miss M. performs







    Cold Open- Mr. Bill at SNL/Jane's upset- Mr. Bill visits SNL and is squished and crushed as usual then says the opening line; meanwhile, Jane is upset over not saying the opening line when a piece of clay does, only to be upstaged by Belushi. Nice opening







    Monologue- Buck says that a portion of the audience will have their interest in the show tracked – low-brow phrases over intelligent phrases; great onscreen visual.





    Ray's Disco Roller Rink and Fishing Park- Ray (Bill) hawks his park which combines all of the aforementioned. Good ad spoof.





    Samurai Bakery- Mr. Dantley (Buck) needs a wedding cake from the samurai at his shop; another fine edition as always with these and an end to a great character. Samurai/Belushi waves goodbye, though never mentioned, this was his last show.





    Nixon reviews- Nixon (Aykroyd) reviews movie about the whitewater incident, then tells what really happened between he and Dean (Buck). These are always great. I especially loved the acting of Nixon and Dean as stoned while saying incriminating evidence.





    Bette Midler soul-shouts on the funky disco of "Married Men"





    Weekend Update- Token sociologist (Garrett) discusses a Rolling Stone's song and asks a pertinent question; Roseanne Roseannadanna talks about seeing Jane at the beach; great season-ender for Update.





    Uncle Roy- Roy (Buck) is tied to a chair at his instance while babysitting again. Good second edition





    Franken & Davis Show- Krishna Franken- Franken becomes a Hare Krishna and tries to bring about a new humor, which ultimately fails. As with all the sketches, it works.





    Olympia Café- a fire breaks out at the restaurant and Pete (Belushi) tries to commit insurance fraud; loved the dance at the end. This marks the end of another series of characters and a fine sketch too.





    A teary-eyed Bette Midler performs the Tom Waits ballad "Martha"





    Schiller Reels- Clones Exist Now (film) – Writer Schiller profiles cloning and its new revolutions.





    Not for Transsexuals Only – Ubiquitous talk show host Joan Face (Jane) profiles two post-op transsexuals, male to female (Buck) and female to male (Laraine) and how they are coping; funny chat and loved the ending quip from Joan.





    Michael O'Donoghue as Elvis- O'Donoghue reprises his impression where needles gouge his eyes; funny non-impression as well as the baffled audience who look on as he continues his act falling over throughout the studio during goodnights.





    Season 4 closes out with two cast members leaving Belushi and Aykroyd. They were certainly missed for their enormous contribution from 10/11/75 until 5/26/79. The episode overall was a satisfying close on a great season. 8/10moreless

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    • During the "Not for Transsexuals Only" sketch, host Jane Curtin has this to say about a donor: "For our donor's information, or for our viewers' information…"

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Richard Nixon V/O: We'd do anything to crack each other up! And I remember, that day, Dean was on a roll, so I just followed his lead, and.. "played along" with the "joke"...
      John Dean: [ standing over Nixon's desk; a microphone is unseen underneath a small lamp on the desk ] Plus... there's a real problem... in raising money.
      [ Dean holds up handwritten sign: "Let's Pretend There's A Cover Up"; Nixon laughs, removes lampshade to reveal hidden microphone ]
      Uh... Mitchell... Mitchell has been working on raising some money... feeling he's got, you know.. he's one of the ones with the most.. to lose.
      President Richard Nixon: [ covers microphone with hand, tries not to laugh ] Martha!
      ..but.. there is no denying the fact that the White House - Ehrlichman, Haldeman.. [ points to himself ] ..Dean - are all involved in some of the.. early.. money decisions.

      President Richard Nixon: [ stands slightly to speak directly into the microphone ] How much money do they need?

      John Dean: Well.. I would say these people are going to cost, uh.. uh.. [ looks to Nixon for help, who sticks both thumbs in the air to silently cue Dean to pick a high number ] ..a million dollars! Over the next.. two years.

      [ Nixon and Dean pound on the desk to subdue their laughter ]

      President Richard Nixon: We could get that.

      John Dean: [ stifling laughter ] Uh-huh.

      [ Nixon scribbles on a pad, then, laughing silently, holds it up to reveal the message: "Let's Talk In Incomplete Sentences" ]

      President Richard Nixon: Uh.. uh.. You, uh.. on the money.. if you, uh.. need the money, I mean, uh.. you could get the money. Let's say, uh..

      John Dean: Well, I think if we're going to, uh..

      President Richard Nixon: What I meant is, uh.. you could get, uh.. you could get a million dollars. And you could get it in cash.
      [ Dean stick two pencils up his nose, resembling a walrus; Nixon practically falls out of his chair laughing at the sight ]
      I, uh.. I know where it could be gotten!
      John Dean: Uh, huh! [ puts lampshade on his head and dances in a circle, to nixon's amusement ]

    • Buck Henry: I've given a great deal of thought to what television could be: the ultimate medium for the transmission of ideas. A living, vibrant storehouse of the products of our cultural and intellectual activity as a nation. There's something very exciting to me, and I'm sure to all of you as well, in the idea of a great electronic mirror that's held up to society to reflect our activity in politics, science, and the arts. But what has television become? I'll tell you. It's become a gaudy, painted tart, writhing in a wanting, tawdry display of cleavage, bare midriffs and jiggling buttocks, always ready to plumb new depths of moral turpitude in order to please her clients.

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