Saturday Night Live

Season 6 Episode 13

Chevy Chase/Jr. Walker and the All Stars

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Apr 11, 1981 on NBC
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Chevy Chase/Jr. Walker and the All Stars
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Live from New York, it's…Chevy Chase! Sketches include "Mr. Bill and Chevy," "Frank Sinatra for American Cars," "The Self-Righteous," "I Married a Monkey," "Lite Beer," "Johnny Cash At Spandau Prison," "Same," "Frank's Wedding Day," "SNL is Improving," "Famous Broadcasters School of Cue Card Reading," "Bag Lady" (film), and "Wild Country Gun Cards." The All-Stars perform "Roadrunner," "Shotgun," "How Sweet It Is" and "What Does It Take."moreless

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  • The road to recovery begins.

    7.3
    You know, it's amusing to read how critics responded to this episode (Dick Ebersol's first), because people considered it to be a total turnaround from the previous twelve. It isn't, really; but the roots of the Ebersol years are definitely evident.



    On the whole, it isn't bad; it's nice to see the nods to the Lorne years, through both the resurrection of the original theme song, and the return of Chevy Chase to the Weekend Update desk. A few sketches are far too typical of the seasons to come (the debut of "I Married A Monkey" and the painfully long "Italian Wedding Day"), but the new castmembers enter with a flourish and manage to get big laughs... well, Tim and Tony, at least. Robin Duke is almost nonexistent at this point.



    As for the remaining Doumanian castmembers... well, their treatment is almost depressing. Denny Dillon is pretty much relegated to featured player status (with her main appearance, the cute "Bag Lady" film, being cut from every rerun of this episode), and Gail Matthius is met with chilling silence when she first appears in the rarely-seen "Drive For America" sketch. Even Eddie suffers this time around, with his Weekend Update commentary about 'Altered States' getting a noticeably weak reaction. The presence of the four leftover castmembers also makes the jabs at the previous episodes (by both Chevy and Al Franken) particularly unsettling.



    All in all, an episode showing an important transition in the show, especially since it would be the last semblance of Lorne's format to be seen for over a year. It's not perfect, but it has its moments.moreless
Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve

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Jr. Walker & the All-Stars

Jr. Walker & the All-Stars

Themselves

Guest Star

Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

Interviewer

Guest Star

Robin Williams (I)

Robin Williams (I)

Himself

Recurring Role

Al Franken

Al Franken

Himself

Recurring Role

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase

Himself

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Al Franken appeared on Weekend Update (a segment that would be renamed SNL Newsbreak when the show reconvened in October). He wanted to remind everyone he was no longer involved in the show. While he admitted the show would be better after the Doumanian firing, he also admitted that "Dick (Ebersol) doesn't know Dick." He also stated that "It's clearly time to yank this tired old format off the air. So if you're wondering what you can do for me, Al Franken, please write a card or a letter to: Put SNL to Sleep, (gives NBC's address)."

  • NOTES (13)

    • Kenny Vance's last episode as leader of the SNL Band.

    • As of this episode, Denny Dillon and Yvonne Hudson become the first two people to appear on screen during shows produced by all three executive producers (Doumanian, Ebersol, and Michaels). Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray, the only others to do it, would complete the feat the following season.

    • Although Chevy Chase, Christopher Reeve, and Robin Williams made appearances on this episode (and Chevy Chase returned to Weekend Update), this episode had no credited host. It is the second broadcast in SNL history to be hostless.

    • A show scheduled to be hosted by Al Franken and Tom Davis was set to air after this one, but cancelled due to a writers' strike (making this one of the shortest SNL seasons in history at 13 episodes).

    • Weekend Update was seperated in two parts by a commercial break (not an ad spoof) in this episode, the only known instance of such a thing happening in SNL history.

    • This episode features the first appearance of Tim Kazurinsky's recurring sketch "I Married A Monkey."

    • When this episode was broadcast during the "Eddie Murphy Experience" marathon on Comedy Central in 1998, the "Sinatra for American Cars" sketch and "Bag Lady" film were cut and replaced with "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood" (from Charlene Tilton) and "60 Minutes" (from Karen Black). In turn, the 60-minute edit removed all those sketches as well as "Johnny Cash at Spandau Prison," Raheed Abdul Muhammad's commentary on Weekend Update, and Junior Walker's first performance.

    • Emily Prager is credited for appearing in this episode, yet does not appear in any sketches. She also had a commentary on "Update" that was cut in rehearsal, making her the only cast member to never appear on screen.

    • For this episode only, the opening credits feature the theme song from 1975-80.

    • Dick Ebersol originally wanted to hire John Candy and Catherine O'Hara from "SCTV" as SNL cast members. Candy turned down the offer. O'Hara initially accepted, but she changed her mind after Michael O'Donoghue screamed at the cast about the season's poor writing. "SCTV" co-stars Robin Duke and Tony Rosato joined SNL instead.

    • Last episode for Gail Matthius, Yvonne Hudson and Denny Dillon as cast members. Hudson, however, would continue to appear occasionally as an uncredited extra until the tenth season.

    • Chevy Chase fills in for the departed Charles Rocket during the "Weekend Update" segment and receives a standing ovation. The set that was used during Chase's Update heyday is also brought back for the occasion.

    • This is the first episode produced by Dick Ebersol, and first episode with Michael O'Donoghue back as head writer. Robin Duke, Tim Kazurinsky and Tony Rosato join the cast, and Emily Prager (better known as a novelist) and Laurie Metcalf (of "Roseanne" fame) join as featured players for one episode only.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Mr. Bill's comment about co-starring in a movie with Benji (and losing the part to a less qualified actor) references Chevy Chase's 1980 box office flop Oh, Heavenly Dog!

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