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 Carterâ€™s energy conservation policy. Monologue- Elliot and Garrett sing â€œChristmas Night in Harlemâ€�. Continuing Gouldâ€™s song-and-dance monologue theme and quite nicely. Rovco Flammable Christmas Tree- Rovcoâ€™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 â€œDonâ€™t Look Backâ€� 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), Crawfordâ€™s enemy. This was really well-written as was Gildaâ€™s bizarre speaking voice and portrayal in Collette Reardon fashion, Curtinâ€™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 â€œspiritâ€� of Scottish liquor (Aykroyd), as well as the â€œspiritâ€� of Christmas gin (Belushi) and Whiskey (Garrett) help a homeless man (Elliot) get drunk. Starts off slow but gets slightly funnier especially after Aykroydâ€™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. Mickeyâ€™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- â€œBush 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 Mickeyâ€™s, Honker), there were some that didnâ€™t work (Bob and Ray, â€œSpiritsâ€� of Christmas, Widettes). 6/10