Saturday Night Live

Season 2 Episode 23

Buck Henry/Kenny Vance, Jennifer Warnes

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM May 21, 1977 on NBC
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Live From New York, It's... Gilda Radner! Sketches include "Carter's Energy Saving Message," "Samurai B.M.O.C," "The Shower Mike," "The Coneheads Return to Remulak," "Rhonda Weiss's Bridal Shower," "Alarm Clock" (film), "Charles Lindbergh," "How Your Children Grow," and "The Morman Tabernacle Choir." Jennifer Warnes performed "Right Time of The Night"; Kenny Vance perfomed "The Performer"; Howard Shore & the SNL Band performed "Departure Lounge."moreless

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  • "Please accept this cash gratuity. Don't spend it all in one locality."

    7.3
    Well, here we are. It is the end of Year 2 for Saturday Night Live and also time to pick the perfect host for such an occasion. So of course, Lorne and the cast went to Buck Henry, who would make a habit out of hosting an early season episode and then the finale in years 2-5. Buck, of course one of the more willing-to-do-anything hosts, was a good way for the cast to settle down and just bring in someone who wasn't going to reject all the suggestions that they threw at him. The musical guests this time would be Jennifer Warnes and Kenny Vance. Warnes would have her most well-known ditty by singing a duet with Joe Cocker entitled "Up Where We Belong." Vance, on the other hand, I have no clue who he is. Would this season end on a high note?



    Host: Buck Henry

    Musical Guests: Jennifer Warnes and Kenny Vance



    Cold Open: A Fireside Chat (Aykroyd, Newman, Radner) (2:54)



    --President Carter (Aykroyd) introduces his new energy program by powering his broadcast by running an exercise bike with the help of Roslyn (Newman) and Lillian (Radner) as well. Pretty amusing.



    Monologue: Total Control (Henry + Lorne Michaels) (3:14)



    --Buck announces that he's been given control to do whatever he wants on the stage and so he wants the show based on pornography. Unfortunately, the wrong audience member comes on stage though. Another good monologue from Buck.



    Samurai B.M.O.C. (Henry, Belushi, Morris, Radner) (6:56)



    --What starts off with a reference to the previous sketch, the Dean (Henry) chats with Jamal (Morris) about his militant actions before eventually meeting with the Samurai (Belushi) about not being able to graduate from the school. More hilarious banter between Buck and John.



    Jennifer Warnes sings "Right Time of the Night" (2:56)



    --Warnes belts out a heartfelt ballad that hits all the right notes.



    In The Shower (Henry, Murray, Radner) (3:41)



    --Richard Herkiman (Murray) hosts his talk show with his wife, Jane (Radner) and then her lover Richard Calarski (Henry) is brought into the shower as a surprise guest. Very fun concept from Murray and it's one of his first big moments on SNL besides his speech from earlier in the season and then Nick the Lounge Singer.



    Return of the Coneheads (Henry, Aykroyd, Belushi, Curtin, Morris, Newman) (9:46)



    --Dr. Ray Bondish (Henry) shows Beldar (Aykroyd) and Prymaat (Curtin) a strange device that fell from the sky with their address on it. This Coneheads sketch is one of the longer ones and also includes Belushi and Morris as fellow Coneheads as well. My favourite part though is definitely when they're driving through the city. Great stuff.



    Weekend Update with Jane Curtin (also: Buck Henry and Gilda Radner + Bella Abzug and Chevy Chase) (7:03)



    --Jane comments on the third Frost/Nixon interview to good comic effect and also shows footage of the horse race with a microphone attached to the Seattle Slew horse (voice of Chevy Chase) to start off. We also get Emily Litella (Radner) interviewing congressman Bella Abzug (the real McCoy) about a big announcement, but Emily keeps messing up the words, so Bella just says nevermind. Buck Henry then awards Jane a plaque, but then reveals his obsession with her in a very humourous fashion. Very fun edition of Update.



    Rhonda's Bridal Shower (Curtin, Newman, Radner) (5:23)



    --Rhonda Weiss (Radner) has her bridal shower with her many friends, including Barbara (Curtin) and Joycey (Newman). In the process, she gets some strange gifts and enjoys them all. I never really liked this Rhonda character a whole lot and Gilda tries, but the sketch falls a little flat.



    How Your Children Grow (Henry, Curtin, Newman, Radner) (3:37)



    --Jane interviews Dr. Richard Dalton (Henry), who works with two handicap girls with one speaking out all the punctuation (Radner) and the other (Newman) ringing a bell to give Jane a cookie. The ending twist of the sketch is what makes it.



    Home Movie: The Alarm Clock (:46)



    --An alarm clock goes off, but the dog that's in bed doesn't budge. Um, okay.



    Kenny Vance sings "The Performer" (3:58)



    --Vance sings a rollicking tune that has some kick to it.



    The Spirit of St. Louis (Henry, Aykroyd + Chevy Chase) (6:08)



    --The story of Charles Lindbergh (Henry) is documented by the narrator (Aykroyd) as Lindbergh battles exhaustion, the Atlantic Ocean, and yes...Land Shark (Chase). The appearance by Chevy was funny, but this sketch went on a bit too long.



    The SNL Band perform "Departure Lounge" (3:46)



    --Good if you like jazz I guess. I didn't really dig this.



    Mr. Mike: Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Henry, Aykroyd, Belushi, Curtin, Morris, Murray, Newman, Radner) (2:13)



    --Mr. Mike tries to imagine what it would be like if the Mormon Tabernacle Choir were to be stabbed in the eyes with steel needles. The re-enactment is done by the cast in an amusing fashion, while Buck cheers them on.



    Buck, the cast, and Chevy then say goodnight for the summer.



    Best segment: Return of the Coneheads

    Worst segment: The Alarm Clock



    Host: Buck Henry - 8.5/10

    Musical Guests: Jennifer Warnes - 7.5/10

    Kenny Vance - 7/10



    Again, Buck joined the cast and put forth all of his effort that was possible to get the best show possible. Buck excels here in sketches because he is willing to do everything and also because he is able to play a number of different characters despite not being a prolific actor or anything. Jennifer Warnes and Kenny Vance were pretty decent in their own right as musical guests, but I could've done without the jazzy tune from the house band. As for the cast, Gilda takes the cake here by standing out in most of her sketches and dominating with the amount of appearances as well. Pretty good show, certainly not Buck's finest, but still worth it.



    Rating: 7.25/10moreless
Kenny Vance

Kenny Vance

Himself

Guest Star

Jennifer Warnes

Jennifer Warnes

Herself

Guest Star

Bella Abzug

Bella Abzug

Herself

Guest Star

Buck Henry

Buck Henry

Himself

Recurring Role

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase

Land Shark

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Richard Herkiman: Okay! All right! Okay! Another day, another dollar, Richard Herkiman! Let's go! Come on, let's go, let's go! Let's go, let's go, let's go. (starts the water, it pours down on him) Haaa! Hoga, hoga, haa, heyaheya, ho! Boy, that's cold! Cold! That Mexican family's gotta go! Oh! All the hot water's gone. Okay. (reaches for something hanging on the tiled wall behind him) Ladies and gentlemen, Richard Herkiman! Hey - hey!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Sketches/segments removed in the 60-minute edit: "How Your Children Grow," the film "Alarm Clock," "Morman Tabernacle Choir," and the SNL Band's performance of "Departure Lounge."

    • When this episode was run by E! Entertainment Television during the 2002-2004 period when the cable channel aired the 1975-1980 episodes, the audio frequency response cut off at or around 5 kHz, which was likely attributable to the particular 2" quadruplex video recording of this episode. This would have made this episode one of three shows to have this audio problem, the others being the December 20, 1975 broadcast from Year One and the Mardi Gras special. However, on the SNL: The Complete Second Season DVD, the audio was of the higher-fidelity, 50 Hz-15 kHz frequency response which was on the videotape masters of the rest of the SNL episodes, suggesting that two different videotapes of this particular show exist.

    • Buck Henry hosts the final shows of seasons 2-5. This decision was made because Lorne Michaels and the cast wanted the easiest-possible host to work with at the end of each season.

    • In the "Charles Lindbergh" sketch, Buck Henry's character is shown reading a porno magazine. While describing the scene, Dan Aykroyd deliberately paused in the middle of his voice-over to say that strong winds caused Lindbergh to be "jerked off... course." The censor wasn't too happy about that.

    • This is the last episode featuring "Weekend Update" with only Jane Curtin.

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