Saturday Night Live

Season 3 Episode 7

Mary Kay Place/Willie Nelson

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Dec 10, 1977 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Live from New York, it's... Mary Kay Place and the cast of SNL!

Sketches include "Peppiest Show Ever," "Hey, You!," "More Insects To Worry About," "Total Womanhood", "Married In A Minute!," a guest performance by Andy Kaufman, "Bad Musical," and "Hanukkah Explanation."

Willie Nelson performed "Whiskey River," "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," and "Something To Brag About."moreless

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  • SNL gets a dose of pep!

    This would mark the second castmember from "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" to host and if it was anything like the last time a certain castmember from that show hosted, they would be in trouble quality-wise. Mary Kay was also only a few months removed from winning a Primetime Emmy for her work on the aforementioned show and would attempt to bring her perky acting to give the show a sense of pep and sass. Joining her is Willie Nelson, whose big hit album "Red-Headed Stranger" turned heads in the industry and made people take notice, would join in as musical guest and would soon be known as a huge pothead on top of that. So we've got a former castmember of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" and a pothead country singer. How would this mesh?

    Host: Mary Kay Place

    Musical Guest: Willie Nelson

    "Grizzly Adams Sets Fire To His Head"...nice.

    Cold Open: Pep (Place, Aykroyd, Belushi, Curtin, Morris, Murray, Newman, Radner) (4:32)

    --Mary Kay attempts to pep up the cast, including John Belushi, who shows up late and discredits Mary's concept of "pep", calling it stupid and lame. Eventually, the cast is set to go with an amusing cheerleader bit. Not a bad opening, but more cutesy than funny.

    Monologue: Mary's Diary (Place) (3:33)

    --Mary Kay reads from her 8th grade diary and then expresses her disgust at an old flame by talking about the fact that she's been getting hit on by Dan Aykroyd. Again, not bad but cutesy.

    Commercial: Hey You! (Radner, Davis, Franken) (1:28)

    --A woman (Radner) picks up a man for a one-night stand thanks to the perfume that is designed for that sole purpose. Funny and daring piece.

    More Insects To Worry About (Belushi, Curtin) (4:07)

    --Joan Face (Curtin) interviews Dr. Haskell Lack (Belushi), who describes the Lens Beetle, which hatches its eggs between a human eyeball and contact lens and also mates in the victim's underwear. Amusing in the way Belushi keeps talking of different types of bugs that do ridiculous things.

    Total Womanhood Meeting (Place, Belushi, Curtin, Newman, Radner) (5:04)

    --A meeting on how to be submissive to your man occurs as the four of them (Mary Kay, Jane, Laraine, & Gilda) talk of ridiculous measures they've gone to satisfy their husbands. Pretty clever writing in this feminist sketch.

    Willie Nelson sings "Whiskey River" & "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain" (5:32)

    --Willie sings two of his best and if you like the man, you'd dig these tunes. I especially like his set-up in the background with the flags and such.

    Weekend Update with Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin (also: Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman) (8:10)

    --This marks the first Weekend Update with a teaser before the actual segment begins. Jane pokes fun at Anwar Sadat and finds out the true answer to the JFK mystery, while Danny makes a funny quip about the Black Panthers. Garrett Morris walks through as a bellhop (I'm not sure what the joke was), Laraine comments on the complexities of lie detecting and then demonstrates some very obvious lies, and then finally Eric Sevareid (Murray), retired CBS editor, does an editorial on the required retirement age of 65. Murray's was good, the other two appearances were okay, and the jokes were mostly good, leading to a pretty decent edition of Update.

    Married in a Minute! (Place, Aykroyd, Curtin, Morris, Murray, Newman, Radner, Davis) (6:10)

    --A melodramatic spoof of four women (Place, Curtin, Newman, Radner) who arrive to New York with no money, but somehow get a million dollars, roles on Broadway, and then husbands. Downey shows up at the end as a priest too. Funny in an over-the-top ridiculous way.

    Andy Kaufman: Foreign Man (6:45)

    --Andy does his Foreign Man character while playing bongos and then does some stand-up in his jibberish language that of course goes way over the audience's heads despite their laughing. Andy even gets some audience participation in his funniest bit on SNL, IMO.

    Bad Musical (Place, Aykroyd, Belushi, Morris, Murray, Radner, Franken) (5:33)

    --Leonard Pinth-Garnell (Aykroyd) introduces a musical about the discovery of the microscope, which "closed in two and a half minutes." The "Bad..." sketches were usually good for a laugh and this is no exception.

    Mary Kay Place & Willie Nelson sing "Something To Brag About" (1:57)

    --Mary Kay and Willie sing a quick duet that is quite catchy and infectious even though I'm not a huge country fan.

    The Story of Chanukah (Place, Aykroyd, Belushi, Morris, Murray, Radner, Davis, Franken) (8:24)

    --The Farbers (Belushi, Radner) invite the Nelsons (Place, Murray) over for Chanukah dinner and tell them of the story of how Chanukah came to be. Judah (Belushi) gets the everlasting light and the fellow Jew warriors notice that the light has kept up for days and days. Not one of the stronger Farber bits, so it was blah.

    And that's that as Mary Kay waves goodbye to the audience, thanks the cast and crew, and says goodnight. Even Andy joins them on stage in a hoodie.

    Best segment: Married in a Minute!

    Worst segment: The Story of Chanukah

    Host: Mary Kay Place - 6.5/10

    Musical Guest: Willie Nelson - 7.5/10

    While Mary Kay did inject a certain amount of 'pep' into some of the bits throughout the night, she didn't really showcase her acting chops too much as she pretty much did the same acting for all her characters. Place was still a decent and willing host, but just not one who was really memorable or one who went down in history as being a great host. Willie Nelson held up his end with being the musical guest as he did two pretty good songs out of his repertoire plus a really quick catchy one with Mary Kay. The cast was good too and it seemed to be Belushi standing out in this episode this time. Still, a fairly solid show this time out with some good effort all around.

    Rating: 7/10moreless
Mary Kay Place

Mary Kay Place


Guest Star

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson


Guest Star

Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman


Recurring Role

Mitchell Laurance

Mitchell Laurance

Bar patron / Warrior

Recurring Role

Tom Schiller

Tom Schiller


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the "Bad Musical" sketch, Leonard Pinth-Garnell names the inventor of the microscope as Frederick Leewenhoek. First of all, his name was Antony Van Leewehoek, not Frederick. Secondly, the microscope was actually invented by Zacharias Janssen; Leewehoek merely improved upon the idea.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Announcer: Hey, You! for that special someone you never expect to see again.
      [ cut to the next day, as the woman hobbles out of a hotel and tries to catch a taxi ]
      Announcer: Hey, You! The Perfume for One-Night Stands.

    • Don Pardo: Stay tuned for next week on Saturday Night Live, with the "Anyone Can Host" winner and musical guest, The Sex Pistols. Until then, this your friendly neighborhood annoucer Don Pardo saying, good night.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode marks the first time a teaser for Weekend Update aired before the segment. The Update teasers would appear in nearly every show from this point on until midway through Year 6, and were briefly reprised at the beginning of Year 11.

    • The Weekend Update set gets a bit of an alteration starting with this show. Instead of having the full set background used for all the chromakey graphics, a display screen was put between Curtin and Aykroyd.