Buck Henry host for his seventh time and The Grateful Dead stop by on their long and strange journey.
Cold Open- Huckler Concedes- In a spoof of election day concession speeches, Congressional candidate Huckler (Bill Murray) explains his reasons for losing which include myriad scandals and campaign blunders. This was a dead on spoof, with a great performance by Murray. Listen for writer Al Franken as an audience member who yells his support.
Monologue- Buck makes known his love for hosting via a long-winded speech that is overshadowed by â€œStar Warsâ€� footage, boast Carrie Fischer hosting next week and on-screen scrawl. I love when they do these and this was no exception.
Rovco Chinch Ranch- Rovco spokesman (Aykroyd) hawks Chinch breeding kit that makes fur and tasty burgers. Short funny ad spoof.
Samurai Optometrist- Mr. Dantley (Buck) goes to the Samuraiâ€™s (Belushi) optical store for new glasses. Belushi and Buckâ€™s performances were great again, even if the situations ran thin towards the end (Optical store, Bakery store).
Uncle Roy- Royâ€™s (Buck) babysitting of two little girls (Gilda, Laraine) leads to pedophilic pursuits. The performance by all were great, but the sketch ran too long for me.
The Grateful Dead- To wild applause, Garcia and company perform the rambling â€œCasey Jonesâ€�
Weekend Update- On Bill Murrayâ€™s Celebrity Corner- Elizabeth Taylor (Belushi) chokes on a turkey breast while being interviewed; Aykroyd and Curtain do a Point-Counterpoint on the Shah of Iran situation. Update was good as usual.
Great Performances- Jean Marsh (Laraine) profiles Rasputinâ€™s (Belushi) death, which includes the famous Russian avoiding death at costs. Great performance, even if it was a minute more than it should've been.
Nick the Lounge Singer- Nick â€œSandsâ€� entertains regulars at his lounge in Vegas. These never get old and Murray and Aykroyd are the highlights.
More Flu to Worry About- Joan Face (Jane Curtin) interviews Dr. Pendanza (Buck) on new flu epedimics. I guess this is a spoof of actual scientific shows with overexcited host and guest talking about interesting, and at the same time, mundane topics. For me, it's filler.
The Grateful Dead- This time around Bob Weir takes over vocals and performances the bluesy â€œI Need A Miracleâ€� and a rockling take of the Lovin Spoonful classic â€œGood Lovinâ€�
St. Mickeyâ€™s Knights of Columbus- The Knights of Columbus hold their meeting, featuring a minute and a half speech by baseballer Chico Escuela (Garrett). Nice slice-of-life piece to close the show.
As usual, when Buck Henry stops by it is bound to be a good show and this no was exception and The Dead gave three fantastic performances and would come back next season for more.