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.
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.
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.