Saturday Night Live

Season 4 Episode 18

Michael Palin/James Taylor

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM May 12, 1979 on NBC
6.2
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Live from New York, it's... John Belushi! Sketches include "The Coleman Plan," "Miles Cowperthwaite, Part Two: I Am Nailed to the Hull," "Magna-Gro," "Black-Market Gasoline," "Mr. Bill Runs Away" (film), and "Tom Snyder's Mother's Day." James Taylor performed "Johnnie Comes Back," "Up on the Roof," and "Millworker."moreless

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    9.5
    After his fantastic show in January, Michael is brought back for his third time during May sweeps. Joining Michael, also appearing for his third time, is singer/song-writer James Taylor.





    Cold Open- Fred Silverman- Silverman (Belushi) addresses his tenure at NBC and names Gary Coleman his vice president of NBC. This was okay, but it would've been better if something hadn't been cut out of the sketch.





    Monologue- With Mother's Day in mind, Michael tells a funny story about his mother; sweet and funny at the same time.





    James Taylor performs the mid-tempo rocker "Johnnie Comes Back". I think this is the hardest I've ever seen Taylor rock.





    Miles Cowperthwaite II - In chapter 2 of Dicken's lost novel, the orphaned man-child (Michael) must contend with more insanity, this time with the overtly homoerotic Captain Ned (Belushi) and his cleverly titled ship, "The Raging Queen"; great continuation of the story.





    Magna-Gro – a steroid ointment allows massive flowers to grow. Weekend Update- Bill announces that after Chico Escuela's (Garrett) failure after returning to the New York Mets, he will be quitting baseball and returning to the Update desk; Women in the News- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Michael) gets a grilling from Jane, only for Thatcher to make a backhanded comment; Jane and Bill sing happy birthday to Fred Astaire broadway-style; Father Guido Sarducci discusses low turnout at shrines and a new star spotted by astronomers.





    James Taylor performs the slower tempo "Up on the Roof"





    Boulevard of Proud Chicano Cars – During the gas shortage, Chicanos (Gilda, Belushi) in L.A. make an attempt to survive without driving their cars and get some advice from Pres. Carter (Aykroyd). Gilda and Belushi played convincing enough Mexican-Americans. I also liked the reference during the gas hose demonstration. Mr. Bill Runs Away (film) – The clay figure tries to hide, but is easily spotted, in the process Mr. Hands runs over Spot, picks up Slugo, injures Bill some more, then forces him to drive which leads to the car careening over a cliff. Delirious situations always work.





    James Taylor, with only an acoustic guitar, performs the even slower tempo "Millworker". I'm beginning to see the pattern.





    Tom Snyder and his mother- On Mother's Day, Snyder (Aykroyd) and mother (Jane) have dinner and chat; sweet and light-hearted ending to the show.





    Almost as strong his show from January, this was still satisfying. 9.5/10moreless
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Waddy Wachtel

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Leland Sklar

Leland Sklar

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Danny Kortchmar

Danny Kortchmar

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Michael Palin

Michael Palin

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James Taylor

James Taylor

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    • Jane Curtin: Our top story tonight- President Carter expressed anger and shock after the House of Representatives rejected his standby gasoline ration plan, and challenged the House to come up with its own plan. Well, Republican Minority Leader John Rhoades reportedly has developed a new plan, whereby only white people can get gas.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Waddy Wachtel, LA session guitarist, makes his first SNL appearance, as part of James Taylor's band. He appears several times over the next ten years, each with different musical guests.

    • Although the sequel to "Miles Cowperthwaite" was suggested as far back as January 27, 1979, it was not approved until late in the week ending May 12. So late, in fact, that the huge pirate ship set (the largest in original SNL history) did not arrive until 11:30 Friday night. Dave Wilson had to hold blocking sessions around the ship while it was being constructed.

    • Michael Palin appears four months since his last time hosting, the third-shortest period of time in "SNL" history between scheduled appearances (behind Candice Bergen and Billy Crystal).

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