Good ol' neurotic Dick Dreyfuss. Fresh off winning an Academy Award for The Goodbye Girl (a film I have not seen as of yet), Mr. Dreyfuss was asked to host the show and it seemed like, leading up to this show, the cast were already fans of his. Richard had also done "American Graffiti", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", and "Jaws" by this point, so it must've been quite a coo to land him for this hosting gig. Joining Richard would be Jimmy Buffet, singer of such tunes as Margaritaville and other mellow melodies. You could almost say he was the Jack Johnson of his time I guess. Joining Buffet as a second musical guest is Gary Tigerman, who would only make ONE television appearance as a musician and then move on to doing science fiction novels. Keep in mind as well that this was an episode that followed the Martin/Blues Brothers spectacular, so how would it fare in comparison? Would it seem weak because of its placement in the season or rise to the occasion? Let's take a look...
Host: Richard Dreyfuss
Musical Guests: Jimmy Buffet & Gary Tigerman
Cold Open: Paraquat Trail (voice of Aykroyd, Belushi, Murray, Radner) (2:37)
--Paraquat finds its way into marijuana in Mexico, which is then eventually sold to Bill Murray by one of the bandmembers. Not the best opening, but still good for a quick laugh.
Monologue (Dreyfuss, Belushi) (4:47)
--Richard comes out in a Hamlet costume and with his Academy Award in tow to prove that he can play Hamlet just like fellow nominee Richard Burton did. Belushi then interrupts with a similar type of schtick he did every now and then with the host in humourous fashion.
Cone Encounters of the Third Kind (Dreyfuss, Aykroyd, Belushi, Curtin, Morris, Murray, Newman) (7:14)
--Reprising his role as Roy Neary, Dreyfuss finally finds the symbol that resembles his monument, that of Beldar Conehead's skull. At the same time, the High Master (Belushi) and Merkon (Belushi) arrive in the Coneheads' home to scold them and instead end up taking Neary back to their planet. Solid Coneheads sketch crossed with a funny Close Encounters parody.
Jaws Theme (Dreyfuss) (:24)
--Just before introducing Buffet, the "Jaws" theme starts up and catches Dreyfuss off guard for a bit in a cute nod to the film.
Jimmy Buffet sings "Son of a Sailor" (3:09)
--Sporting a cast on his foot, Buffet mellows it all out with his mellow tune that's all mellow-like. Did I mention it was mellow? In all seriousness though, it's a good tune with a funny bit near the end as Buffet slightly tweaked the lyrics to represent his current state. Nice set too.
Sex Test (Dreyfuss, Morris, Murray, Newman, Radner) (4:50)
--Richard hosts a show to teach people about common misconceptions about sex including that girls should climax hundreds and hundreds of times. Several experts (Morris, Murray, Newman, Radner) offer some advice as well in this decent but rather dry bit.
Weekend Update with Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin (also: John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner) (10:35)
--Jane starts off by apologizing for her angry outbursts towards correspondents on Update. Bill Murray stops by to talk about how Richard Burton should've won the Oscar rather than Dreyfuss, but then plays a "clip" from the film with Richard (Belushi) and his female co-star (Radner), which doesn't change his mind. Roseanne Roseannadanna (Radner) makes another one of her frequent appearances to comment on two UFOs being sighted and Jane flashing her at the end of it in quite a highlight.
Nick at the Honeymoon Room (Dreyfuss, Aykroyd, Belushi, Murray, Newman, Radner) (6:51)
--Nick Winters (Murray) brings on more of the goods to the Honeymoon Room in his typical smarmy fashion, interviewing a couple (Belushi, Radner) covered with calamine lotion and then Jeff Greenspoon (Dreyfuss) and Mrs. Liebowitz (Newman), who seem a tad embarrassed. Of course, Jimmy Joe Red Sky (Aykroyd) makes his obligatory performance as well to round out this typically fun sketch.
Pet Peeves (Dreyfuss, Newman) (7:30)
--A couple (Dreyfuss, Newman) argue about an assortment of things in a typical Marilyn Suzanne Miller piece that is well-written and could be an Act One of a play.
The David Susskind Show (Aykroyd, Belushi, Curtin, Morris, Murray, Newman, Radner) (4:50)
--Susskind (Murray) interviews Henry Kissinger (Belushi) and mother (Newman), Tom Snyder (Aykroyd) and mother (Curtin), and Leon Spinks (Morris) and his mother (Radner). This is really an excuse to allow the female castmembers to have fun with some quasi-impressions but it's still a lot of fun, especially Curtin as a replica of Aykroyd's Snyder.
Jaws Theme II (Dreyfuss) (:24)
--Once again, Richard gets a scare and even teases a Land Shark appearance, but nothing transpires.
Gary Tigerman sings "White Oaxacan Moon" (2:47)
--Tigerman challenges the mellow factor with a slow little ditty of his own that is quite relaxing.
How To Pay For Your Sins (4:34)
--Father Guido Sarducci (writer Don Novello) makes his SNL debut on crutches due to his injury during a dress rehearsal from Sarrazin/Jarrett, Gravity. He immediately offends lots of the religious right I would imagine by blatantly stating that Jesus walking on water is ridiculous. Quite a brilliant character here from Novello.
Richard Dreyfuss sings "I Want To Be Seduced" (2:30)
--Dick debuts his singing voice on television to do a tune by Gary Tigerman (did he have to leave early or something?) and actually does a fairly decent job.
Richard says goodnight to all before being devoured by the Land Shark (not Chevy) temporarily. The cast then joins him (along with Danny's "Don't Buy Books By Crooks" shirt) and they all say night-night.
Best segment: How To Pay For Your Sins
Worst segment: Sex Test
Host: Richard Dreyfuss - 7.5/10
Musical Guests: Jimmy Buffet - 8/10
Gary Tigerman - 7.5/10
So how did this episode fare? Well, although it would seem like an impossible task to follow up the magnificent Martin/Blues Brothers show, the effort is still here from the host and cast despite only having one genuinely hilarious bit and others that were pretty funny. That being said, Richard Dreyfuss was a worthy host who didn't really bring a whole lot to the table but his acting and energy definitely benefitted the show along with the solid writing that was present. Buffet and Tigerman were two solid musical guests, although I definitely would have liked to have heard another number by Jimmy. So, another thumbs up for a season three episode but in comparison with the previous one, it's not even close.