Saturday Night Live

Season 4 Episode 16

Richard Benjamin/Rickie Lee Jones

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Apr 07, 1979 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... Dan Aykroyd! Sketches include "John's Substitute," "The Pepsi Syndrome," "Nerds in Love," "A Bird For All Seasons" (film), "Scottish Restaurant," and "Little Chocolate Donuts." Rickie Lee Jones performed "Chuck E's In Love" and "Coolsville."

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Richard Benjamin

Richard Benjamin

Himself

Guest Star

Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones

Herself

Guest Star

Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield

Himself ("The Pepsi Syndrome")

Guest Star

James Downey

James Downey

Reporter

Recurring Role

Brian Doyle-Murray

Brian Doyle-Murray

Two Mile Island Technician

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The chief technician at 2 Mile Island tells President Carter that no one is allowed inside the reactor core, and yet in the background there is stock footage of two scientists working inside.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Matt: All right. Give me a napkin! [ hands Matt a tissue, as Matt tries to clean up spill ] No, that's a Kleenex! Have you got a napkin somewhere? Turn down that alarm, it's driving me nuts! [ Carl turns down the alarm ]

    • Reporter #1: Is it true that the president is a hundred feet tall?
      Ross Denton: That's nonsense! Of course not!
      Reporter #2: Is it true that he's ninety feet tall?
      Ross Denton: No comment.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Due to the length of the "Pepsi Syndrome" and "Nerds in Love" sketches (25 minutes combined), this broadcast features the smallest number of sketches/segments in one 90-minute broadcast of the show (10).

    • "The Pepsi Syndrome" ran 14 minutes, so long that, in the 30-minute cutdown of this program syndicated by Orion in the 1980s, a commercial break had to be inserted before all the events of "Day 4."

    • John Belushi does not appear in this episode. An ear infection prevents him from flying back to New York for rehearsals.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The "Pepsi Syndrome" sketch is a cross-parody of the film "The China Syndrome" and the situation at Three Mile Island. In fact, Rodney Dangerfield's "The President's So Big..." routine lampoons Jack Lemmon's famous rant in the film.

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