Saturday Night Live

Season 5 Episode 2

Eric Idle/Bob Dylan

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 20, 1979 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... Buck Henry! Sketches include "Sick Limey," "Hotel-Motel Art Fair," "Mr. Howard's Shoe Store," "Prince Charles Tells You How To Pick Up Girls!," "Hardcore II," "Heavy Sarcasm," and "Ask Elvis." Bob Dylan performed "Gotta Serve Somebody," "I Believe In You," and "When You Gonna Wake Up."moreless

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  • 104-degree fever and still funny!

    8.5
    Starts off with an unlikely bang, as Eric Idle (strapped onto his stretcher) does a host (yuk-yuk) of quite amusing impressions, such as Superman. Probably the best sketch of the lot was the Prince Charles one. Dylan's abundant appearances were not such a plus, inasmuch as he only stuck with his Born Again stuff.
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Bob Dylan

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Bob Zmuda

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Brian Doyle-Murray

Brian Doyle-Murray

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Tom Schiller

Tom Schiller

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James Downey

James Downey

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Buck Henry: [ being helpful ] I'll go on.
      Lorne Michaels: Doctor, he's a pro. If he says he can do it, he can do it, uh.. it's not gonna kill him.
      Doctor: I'd say if he performs, he has a 50-50 chance of surviving the show.
      Buck Henry: [ sounding needy ] I'll go on.
      Lorne Michaels: I can't believe this...
      Doctor: Uh, what I don't understand is, Mr. Michaels, is why you didn't call me earlier. This is a very sick man.
      Buck Henry: [ pleading ] I'll go on!
      Lorne Michaels: Well, I thought it was the... Dylan being here. You know? All week, everyone was making such a fuss about Dylan.. Eric's an actor, I just thought that this sore throat was an attempt to get attention.
      Buck Henry: [ now sounding desperate ] I'll go on..
      Doctor: Well, I'm telling you, if you put that man on stage in his present condition, he may die!
      Buck Henry: [ yelling upon deaf ears ] I can go on!
      Lorne Michaels: I'm afraid that's a chance I'm gonna have to take, Doctor.
      Doctor: Alright... but you're gonna have to take full responsibility.
      Buck Henry: [ frantically ] I'll go on!
      Lorne Michaels: [ sighs ] How long will it take to get him ready?
      Doctor: Well.. I could shoot him up with some Cordazone... but I want you to know shooting a patient up with drugs goes against everything I stand for as a doctor! You're asking me to tear up the Hippocratic Oath and throw it in the toilet! You're asking me to abandon every principle held by the medical profession! I-I-I absolutely refuse!
      Buck Henry: Lorne, the doctor is right. What you've got in there is a half-dead Englishman! Someone who can't possibly get up in time to host the show! Now, I can give you the energy and the enthusiasm you need! Listen to this: "Live, from New York, it's Saturday Night!
      [ a beat, as Lorne and the Doctor stare at Buck ]
      Doctor: [ shakes head with relunctance ] Well.. I'll give him the shots.. [ returns to Idle's dressing room ]

  • NOTES (3)

    • By air time, Idle had a 104° fever. The show joked about Buck Henry insisting to Lorne, "I can go on," but in fact, Henry was on standby in case Idle really couldn't perform.

    • Anne Beatts has an uncredited appearance as a British Kennedy supporter in the "Weekend Update" segment. Also, this is Harry Shearer's first appearance in the opening credits.

    • This episode was released on home video in the late 1980s. It appeared uncredited as the second episode on one of the two Eric Idle tapes. A 49 minute version of the episode followed the Kate Bush episode. Dylan's musical appearances were removed although he did appear on stage under the closing credits.

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