Saturday Night Live

Season 1 Episode 6

Lily Tomlin/Howard Shore and His All Nurse Band

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Nov 22, 1975 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Live from New York, it's... Chevy Chase!

Sketches include "Ford Addresses the Nation," "Beethoven Composes 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon'," "Jaws III," "Triopenin," "Edith Ann On Ice," "Spud Beer," "Beethoven Composes 'My Girl'," "The Clumsy Bellhop and the Interracial Couple," "Show Us Your Guns" (film), "Suzy Forgives Patty Hearst," "Beethoven Composes 'What I Say'," "Skred In Love" (Muppets), "The Impossible Truth" (film), "Reverse Sexual Harassment," "Speed," and "1950s Teenyboppers."

Lily Tomlin and Howard Shore's All-Nurse Band perform "St. James' Infirmary."moreless

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  • Lily Tomlin hosts this one with no musical guest! She is joined, however, by Howard Shore and his All-Nurse Band to sing a tune. It's a good one, for sure.

    Lily Tomlin would be the second-ever female host and the first homosexual host for Saturday Night Live. She had previously worked with Lorne Michaels on other comedy programs as well so she wasn't entirely new to him or this type of comedy.

    Host: Lily Tomlin

    Cold Open: Ford on the Phone (Chase)

    --After a humorous opening word crawl that informs us that "this is not a good impression of Gerald Ford", President Ford (Chase) proceeds to bump his head, answer the wrong phones, and then tumble to open the show.

    Monologue: New York (Tomlin)

    --Lily reads off some quips she made about New York and then does a New York cheer to get the crowd all riled up. Amusing.

    Beethoven I: Tie A Yellow Ribbon (Belushi, Newman, Radner)

    --Ludwig Van Beethoven (Belushi) has trouble coming up with a new song and doesn't eat much to the chagrin of two women (Newman, Radner). Finally, he comes up with a new number that sounds very familiar. Funny start to the trio of sketches.

    Lily Tomlin, Howard Shore, and the All-Nurse Band sing "St. James Infirmary"

    --Pretty catchy tune here from Lily and the gang. She has quite a decent voice to boot.

    Commercial: Triopenin (Chase)

    --The second repeat of the lame arthritis ad. Way to break the flow of the show.

    Jaws III (Tomlin, Aykroyd, Belushi, Chase, Curtin, Newman, Radner)

    --Hooper (Belushi) and Brady (Aykroyd) continue to investigate the strange occurences involving the clever Land Shark (Chase), who continues to stalk and eat his female victims. This one was just as good as the "Jaws II" segment and had a great fourth-wall-breaking ending with Lily to boot.

    The Clumsy Bell-Hop (Chase, Curtin, Morris)

    --Two people (Curtin, Morris) make out in a hotel room, until the bell-hop interrupts and very clumsily excuses himself. Not sure what the point of that was, but Chevy was amusing.

    Film: Edith Ann on Ice (Tomlin)

    --Five-and-a-half year old Edith Ann (Tomlin) goes skating for the first time with her dog. Cutesy, but amusing because of Lily's performance.

    Beethoven II: My Girl (Belushi, Newman, Radner)

    --Another familiar tune is composed by Beethoven (Belushi). Getting better and better...

    Gilda Radner announces that SNL will return on December 13th with host Richard Pryor and then on December 20th with Candice Bergen for the Christmas show.

    Weekend Update with Chevy Chase (also: Garrett Morris)

    --Chase takes his first swipe at Generalissimo Francisco Franco as he passed away just before this episode, then also mentions Ronald Reagan, Ford, and Wallace. Chevy also delivers a great story relating to "Peanuts" and then we get Garrett doing his "hard of hearing" bit again. Great stuff this week.

    Commercial: Spud Beer (Morris)

    --The beer to drink right after electroshock therapy and it's made from potatoes. Because really, who the hell cares what it tastes like if you're braindead? Love it.

    A Letter To Patty Hearst (Tomlin, Newman)

    --Susie (Tomlin) writes a letter to her sorority sister Patty Hearst, which turns into a song as she is writing it. Lily really makes this sketch work.

    The Muppets: "I Got You Babe" (Tomlin)

    --Ploobis and Peuta find out that Scred has a crush on Lily Tomlin, which leads to the two of them doing a duet performance of "I Got You Babe." I liked this more than the other Muppet sketches so far.

    Albert Brooks Film: The Impossible Truth

    --Already reviewed it for the first show. Suffice to say it's pretty good.

    Beethoven III: What'd I Say (Belushi, Newman, Radner)

    --For the final bit, Beethoven (Belushi) goes all out as Ray Charles, while the two women (Newman, Radner) sing along in a clever fashion. This trio of skits was brilliant.

    Hardhats Harassment Course (Tomlin, Aykroyd, Curtin, Newman, Radner)

    --A teacher (Tomlin) teaches her students how to sexually harass a man, with her example student (Aykroyd) getting more and more flustered about the treatment he gets. Pretty funny lines in this sketch.

    Commercial: Speed

    --A woman quickly explains all the things she does in a day in an advertisement for Speed. Hmm.

    50s Dance (Tomlin)

    --Lily does a spiel where she pretends she is at a 50s Dance and has the talk and the actions down-pat, but the whole thing goes on a little long.

    Lily and the cast do a Bee Scat to close the show and then say goodnight.

    Best segment: Jaws III

    Worst segment: Triopenin

    Host: Lily Tomlin - 8/10

    This is one of the early goodies of the season with Lily further proving herself as one of the best comediennes of the time. She did a nice mix of her own material and original material, while she especially excelled in the Patty Hearst sketch. Even the singing worked out, as she was able to croon fairly well on top of that. And on top of THAT, she is very good at ad-libbing when she just chats to the audience between segments every now and then.

    Rating: 7.75/10moreless
Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin


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Howard Shore (I)

Howard Shore (I)


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Alan Zweibel

Alan Zweibel

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • During Weekend Update, Chevy Chase reports President Gerald Ford stabbed his left hand with a fork, but the "simulation" picture on the screen behind Chevy shows a person stabbing his right hand.

    • In the "Beethoven's Second" sketch, Ludwig strums his hands downward on the keyboard while the backstage pianist plays ascending keys.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Chevy Chase: A final humorous note- cartoonist Charles Schulz announced today that he plans to create another character for his popular comic strick, comic st -- toy boat, toy boat -- comic strip Peanuts, famous for such personalities as Snoopy and Woodstock. (Screen shows picture of the little yellow bird Woodstock wearing Nazi uniform) According to Schulz, he will replace Woodstock with a bird named Altamont, who will beat the other birds to death with a pool cue.

    • (After the "Spud Beer" ad, we dissolve back on close-up of Spud Beer can on Weekend Update desk. Camera pans back to show Chevy holding the can)
      Chevy Chase: Spud Beer. I drink it, and it's very unusual (opens can) for a newsman to make an issue out of a good beer. But I drink it, and I pour it on my suit. (He pours a bit on his suit) Strange, isn't it? (Sets can aside)

    • Chevy Chase: After seven years in exile, author and black leader Eldridge Cleaver returned to the United States Thursday to face federal charges. Cleaver stated to the surprise of many that he wants to celebrate the bicentennial of his country. Calling his book Soul On Ice merely a practical joke, the author says that the future of America's black movement is in the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs now.

    • Chevy Chase: The FCC announced today that for every Ford commercial run on television, a minute of an old Ronald Reagan film must be shown. As a result of this action, a spokesman for George Wallace responded by demanding equal time by showing one minute of "Ironsides."

    • (Screen shows photo of a man loading a mortar round into a cannon)
      Chevy Chase: Ex-heavyweight champion Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, proved he still has the fastest hands in the business by catching a live mortar round in mid-air.

    • Chevy Chase: Well, after a long illness, Generalissimo Francisco Franco died Wednesday. Reactions from world leaders were varied. Held in contempt as the last of the fascist dictators in the West by some, he was also eulogized by others, among them Richard Nixon, who said, quote "General Franco was a loyal friend and ally of the United States. He earned worldwide respect for Spain through firmness and fairness." Despite Franco's death and an expected burial tomorrow, doctors say the dictator's health has taken a turn for the worse.

    • Chevy Chase: Meanwhile in Miami, a man tried to attack Reagan with a fake pistol a few short hours after the announcement. Reagan said he was not shaken, but later, he about-faced on an issue that he strongly opposed for years, calling for strenuous toy gun control legislation.

    • Chevy Chase: Former Governor of California Ronald Reagan formally announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday. Reagan stated, quote, "I haven't lost my looks yet, and I'm still as knowledgeable on foreign affairs as I was when I was narrating Death Valley Days."

    • Chevy Chase: Later, Mr. Ford pierced his left hand with a salad fork at a luncheon celebrating Tuna Salad Day at the White House. Alert Secret Service agents seized the fork and wrestled it to the ground.

    • Chevy Chase: Good evening. I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not. The top story tonight: The Senate Intelligence Committee has revealed that the CIA has been involved in no less than nine assassination plots against various foreign leaders. Commented President Ford upon reading the report, quote, "Boy, I'm sure glad I'm not foreign."

    • President Gerald Ford: My fellow Americans.. I've called upon the networks tonight to make two pressing issues clear to the American public. (sneezes into his tie) number one: The possible default of New York City... and number one: My stand on the Ronald Reagan announcement. (red phone rings; Ford picks up the glass of water, splashing water all over his suit) Hello! (red phone keeps ringing) Hello?! Hello, Nessen! I can't hear you! What, are you in the pool? (red phone still ringing) Uh, I guess the other phone's ringing, I don't know. Alright. (hangs up glass, allowing the red phone to continue ringing)
      Firstly, the default of New York City. Let me be clear on my feelings about this. As President, I will change my mind wherever I want. (finally answers red phone) Hello, hot line. Anwar, uh.. just a second.. I'm on the air right now, I'll get you Kissinger, alright? (picks up black phone, dials Kissinger) Hank? Can you call to talk to Sadat for a minute? Thank you. (holds the two phones to one another, then drops them on the desk)

    • Lily Tomlin: Being a New Yorker means never having to say you're sorry.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The episode introduces the recurring catchphrase "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" during Weekend Update. This was also the first catchphrase to emerge from the show, and was used as a running gag for the next season and a half.

    • Lily Tomlin is technically the first person to simultaneously host and be the musical guest, but the show was listed without a musical guest so Tomlin was only credited for her hosting duties.

    • Lily Tomlin is the first host of SNL to interact with the Muppets.

    • Lily Tomlin had previously worked with Lorne Michaels on two mid-Seventies television specials. SNL head writer Herb Sargent and cast member Laraine Newman also contributed to Tomlin specials.