Saturday Night Live

Season 4 Episode 8

Eric Idle/Kate Bush

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Dec 09, 1978 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... Dan Aykroyd! Sketches include "Telepsychic Ray," "Julia Child," "Madrigal," "The Woman He Loved," "What Do You?", "Candy Slice," "Consumer Probe," "Singing Dog Agent" (film), and "Cochise at Oxford". Kate Bush performed "The Man With The Child In His Eyes" and "Them Heavy People."moreless

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    8.0
    Eric Idle hosts for his third time, nearly two year since his last and Kate Bush makes her US television debut.



    Cold Open- Telepsychic Ray- Ray (Aykroyd) hosts a talk-call in show for his often terrible psychic advice. I really like when Aykroyd does these types of characters--with the creepy look and wise-guy voice; this was great.



    Monologue- Idle stands around stage waiting for his monologue to be written. Anxious, he wanders backstage and findsâ€"Lorne getting interviewed (Tom Schiller as the interviewer), Belushi getting a massage, the writers smoking a huge bong and Bill coaching him to be funny without a written monologue- which he does-- about a trip to Tunisia and the music played there. Great monologue with a lot funny sight gags, Idle’s Tunisian music interpretation and the backstage area with the running gagsâ€"animals and Abe Lincoln.



    The French Chef- While preparing a chicken, Julia Child (Aykroyd) cuts part of her finger and proceeds to bleed profusely while waiting for help to arrive. Sketch classic, well executed, performed and written.



    A Madrigal- After his classical music performance the previous week, Garrett introduces a Choir (Idle, Laraine, Curtin, Bill) who sing a piece entitled “A Madrigal�. Nice voices.



    The Woman He Loved- Prince Charles (Idle) must choose his new life with his child-bride (Laraine) and the various characters (Aykroyd, Belushi) in Mississippi or the life he left behind in England. I loved the fast cutaways to the plane and bus traveling back and forth in this sketch, Belushi and Aykroyd’s character, but other than that, it sort of blah.



    Kate Bush- The quirky British vocalist performs “The Man with the Child in His Eyes�, delightful, and ironic, considering the previous sketch.



    What Do You- a game show host (Idle) explains the various sound effects for each section of a game, leaving no time for actual play. Great sketch and it looks like something Monty Python would do. Weekend Update- on Bill Murray’s Celebrity Corner- Valerie Harper (Gilda) talks about “Rhoda� being cancelled and also realizes she isn’t actually Jewish; Chico Escuela (Garrett) reports sports news, but only knows baseball; Jane Curtin calls for a moratorium on fellatio until ERA is ratified in all states, countering Bill Murray calls for a moratorium on cunnilingus; and Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) gives commentary about nude wrestling on 42ND St. Jam-packed Update, but everything worked. Candy Slice- Rock maven Candy Slice (Gilda) stumbles drunkenly about in a recording studio and insult admirers (Curtin, Laraine) and then gives it her all when time to perform. I liked this character from Gilda; I’m assuming it was a take-off on Patti Smith.



    Consumer Probe- Joan Face (Jane Curtin) once again confronts sleazy Irwin Mainway (Aykroyd) who showcases his fashion show of endangered species clothing. I liked that they showed the real animal in a picture at the bottom of the screen and the dialogue from Joan Face and Irwin Mainway about the fashions.



    Dog Choir (film) â€" Dogs are featured in a musical procession under the tutelage of hot shot producer (Bill). That was ruff.



    Cochise at Oxford- A Native American (Bill) joins a class where an unusual professor (Idle) asks students a series of questions that expand the philosophic mind; conceptual sketch that I didn’t quite get.



    Kate Bush performs “Them Heavy People� Caps two great songs by the intriguing Brit.



    Overall, this was an interesting episode with many conceptual sketches. It lost me in some instances (Cochise) but overall I think most of the sketches worked. 8/10moreless
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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Julia Child: Today, we're going to make a holiday feast, and we're going to start with a half-boned chicken, a fine, fat roasting chicken. Now, first, remove the giblets - and you really should save the giblets. They make a fine stock for soup. Or you can save the liver and fry it up with some onions for a little snack; or if you have a number of livers, you can make a lovely liver pate, or a delicious liverwurst which you can spread on a cracker - a Ritz cracker, a Saltine.. or rye bread, or pumpernickel bread.. or if you're celebrating the Jewish holidays, you can make a chopped liver and shape it into the bust of a friend... if someone's getting married or bar-mitzvahed. Or, if you have a little cat or a dog, they love liver. Save the liver! Don't throw it away! I hope I've made my point. Don't throw the liver away.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Julia Child: Now I've done it- I've cut the dickens out of my finger.

      The fact that Eric Idle was host this night may have had something to do with the massive bloodletting in the Julia Child sketch. Six years before, Idle starred in a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch called "Sam Peckinpah's Salad Days," in which massive amounts of fake blood spewed from everyone in every direction.

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