Saturday Night Live

Season 4 Episode 9

Elliott Gould/Peter Tosh with Mick Jagger

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Dec 16, 1978 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... Dan Aykroyd!

Sketches include "White House Lawn Special Event," "Rovco All-Flammable Christmas Tree," "The Widettes," "Mommie Dearest," "Scotch and Spirits," a guest performance by Bob and Ray, "St. Mickey's Knights of Columbus," and "Honker Works the Christmas Lot."

Peter Tosh performed "Don't Look Back" (with Mick Jagger) and "Bush Doctor."moreless

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    Elliot Gould appears for his fourth time as host and Peter Tosh brings Reggae beats and a famous Stone.



    Cold Opening- Carter Tree Lighting- President Carter (Aykroyd) asks Americans to conserve energy by turning off Christmas decorations; he and daughter Amy (Laraine) demonstrate by powering down the White House tree. Good opening and great take on one aspect of Carter’s energy conservation policy. Monologue- Elliot and Garrett sing “Christmas Night in Harlemâ€�. Continuing Gould’s song-and-dance monologue theme and quite nicely. Rovco Flammable Christmas Tree- Rovco’s flammable trees are as nice as a yule log and twice as dangerous. I loved at the end how the crew had to come in to put out the trees.



    Widettes- The first installment of the lives of the large rumped family brings by a similarly shaped relative (Elliot) for dinner and a frantic escape during a fire drill. This was just okay.



    Peter Tosh featuring Mick Jagger perform “Don’t Look Back� Nice pop tune.



    Mommie Dearest- In a spoof of the novel of the same name (which would later become a movie in 1981), abusive, erratic Joan Crawford (Curtin) mistreats her daughter Christina (Gilda) unbeknownst to a Hollywood reporter (Elliot), Clark Gable (Aykroyd) and Cary Grant (Bill); and much to the delight of Katherine Hepburn (Laraine), Crawford’s enemy. This was really well-written as was Gilda’s bizarre speaking voice and portrayal in Collette Reardon fashion, Curtin’s portrayal of Crawford and the impressions by Aykroyd, Laraine and Bill.



    Weekend Update- Laraine profiles the raid of Studio 54 and its white powder-mustached owner (Belushi), gag at the end with Belushi is a good topper; Bill sings happy birthday to Beethoven; Aykroyd and Curtin do Point-Counterpoint on US-China relations; and Roseanne Roseannadanna discusses depression at the holidays and offers Curtin some fruitcake. Update is great as usual.



    On Christmas Eve, the “spirit� of Scottish liquor (Aykroyd), as well as the “spirit� of Christmas gin (Belushi) and Whiskey (Garrett) help a homeless man (Elliot) get drunk. Starts off slow but gets slightly funnier especially after Aykroyd’s Scottish song.



    Bob and Ray- The radio comedians perform a skit where Bob is a talk show host who interviews Ray who is a down on his luck that goes across country with a Christmas tree and expensive ornaments to sell it to executives. This was okay, nothing spectacular.



    St. Mickey’s Knights of Columbus- The organization holds another dinner, this time during the Christmas holidays, where the members forget more songs and eat another nice dinner. I enjoy these slice of life sketches.



    Peter Tosh- “Bush Doctorâ€� â€" Blunt lyrics and political undertone, as well as great instrumentation. Honker at Christmas- Homeless man Honker (Bill) fills in at a tree farm while the owner (Elliot) makes it with a prostitute (Laraine). Honker is definitely growing on me as a character that gets better with each incarnation.



    Overall, while there were many good sketches (Mommie Dearest, St Mickey’s, Honker), there were some that didn’t work (Bob and Ray, “Spirits� of Christmas, Widettes). 6/10moreless
Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh

Himself

Guest Star

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

Himself

Guest Star

Bob Elliott

Bob Elliott

Himself

Guest Star

Don Pardo

Don Pardo

Announcer

Recurring Role

Dave Wilson

Dave Wilson

 

Recurring Role

Elliott Gould

Elliott Gould

Himself

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Tree Lot Manager: Well, I'm sorry, but I can't leave my business...
      Prostitute: Well... how'd you like to go around the world in two minutes?
      Tree Lot Manager: (changes his mind) Uh...I'll tell ya, this tree here goes for $15... but I mean, two minutes... what the heck! (grabs tree and quickly follows the Prostitute across the street)

  • NOTES (1)

    • The famed comedy team of Bob and Ray appeared on the show as a "gift" to the cast and crew, who were fans of the tandem. Bob Elliott's son Chris would later become a cast member in Year 20, and his granddaughter Abby would join the cast in Year 34.

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