Saturday Night Live

Season 1 Episode 3

Rob Reiner/"Joe Cocker"

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 25, 1975 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Live from New York, it's... Chevy Chase!

Sketeches include "Wheelchair-Bound," "National Pancreas Association PSA," "Fashion Faux Pas," a guest performance by The Lockers, "Dangerous But Inept," "Golden Needles Surgery-Free Healing," a guest performance by Andy Kaufman, "Felina Cat Food," "Wrigley's," "Droolers Anti-Defamation League," "Middle American Van Lines," "Sadistic Square Dance Caller," "Smoking Craters" (Muppets), "What Gilda Ate," a performance by Dillon & Hampton, "Operation" (film), and "Dramatic Scene."

John Belushi (as Joe Cocker) performed "A Little Help From My Friends."moreless

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  • An uneven, but sometimes funny episode with Rob Reiner hosting.

    Cold Open

    Chevy in a wheelchair doing the fall.


    Rob Reiner does a tacky lounge singer act, pretty good.

    National Pancreas Association

    Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in an unfunny skit, though the delivery was good.

    Fashion Mistakes

    A fashion show with Rob Reiner and Penny Marshall introducing the cast wearing their fashion mistakes. Dan Aykroyd's appearance is the only hilarious thing about this skit.

    Golden Needles Commerical

    Not a bad commerical, not memorable though

    Andy Kaufman - Pop Goes The Weasel

    To me, this is better than 'Mighty Mouse' and that one was great, I laughed more here though. Kaufman was genius in his simplicity, minimalistic comedy.

    Dangerous But Inept

    Nice short parody of Squeeky's infamous attempt. Larraine is great here.

    Felina Cat Chow commerical

    Great, memorable commerical with a shopper taking a taste test.

    The Lockers performance

    I'm not really into dancing (which is performed well), so this seemed a bit too long for me.

    Weekend Update I & II

    Great debut of Garret's news for the hard of hearing.

    Commerical - People Movers

    Lame commerical

    John Belushi as Joe Cocker performing "With A Little Help From My Friends"

    One of the best immitations on SNL. Belushi is great, and I agree, the best skit of the show.

    The Muppets - Crater Head

    A great Muppets skit, very funny.

    Droolers Anti-Defamation League

    Disgusting Chase skit with him drooling uncontrollably. Not bad.

    Sadistic Square Dancing

    This is so obviously Michael O'Donahue with it's dark humor. Not bad, not great, just there.

    Nuns - Mark Hampton & Denny Dillon

    Terrible, unfunny stand-up as bad as Valerie Bromfield from the first show.

    What Gilda Ate

    Nice Gilda performance.

    Albert Brooks film - Operation

    My favorite Albert Brooks short. I know it's long, but I don't care because it's good, and I enjoyed the whole film. Funny stuff with Brooks attempting to perform heart surgery on an old man.

    Bee Movie

    A really nice pun for a great finish to the show.

  • Getting there, needs a little more...

    After an almost all music episode, the regular cast gets more to do here. Reiner is OK as host, Penny Marshall doesn't do much. No musical guest unless you count Belushi as Joe Cocker which was hilarious, best sketch of the night. Second best was Belushi's rant at Reiner at the end which seems a precursor of the "But, NOOOOO!!" bit he did later. Was that Rerun in the Lockers? Larraine as Squeeky Fromme was funny too & got to the point quick. Sketches whiz by at this stage, in the next few shows the cast is given more time & trusted with a 5 plus minute sketch.moreless
  • Rob Reiner hosts musical guest this week. Still, he is joined by his guests Penny Marshall, the Lockers, comedians Andy Kaufman, Mark Hampton, and Denny Dillon! And who let Albert Brooks make his film 20 years long?moreless

    This episode is now a total opposite from the previous one, which was overloaded with musical numbers. The cast wasn't too happy with that turn of events, so here we go.

    Host: Rob Reiner

    Cold Open: Wheelchair Bound (Chase, Curtin)

    --A wheelchair-bound Chevy Chase suddenly realizes he can walk, but when he tries to again, he falls flat on his face and opens the show. Quick, but decent start.

    Monologue: Lounge Singer (Reiner)

    --Pretty long opening monologue here where Rob comes out acting like a Vegas lounge singer and then thanks everyone for showing up. Not bad.

    Commercial: National Pancreas Association (Aykroyd, Belushi, Radner)

    --Pretty amusing one-joke commercial parody where a doctor (Aykroyd) is trying to raise pancreas awareness to a man (Belushi).

    Fashion Mistakes (Reiner, Penny Marshall, Aykroyd, Belushi, Curtin, Morris, Newman, Radner)

    --Reiner and wife Penny Marshall introduce the Not Ready For Primetime Players, who all give an example of fashion faux pas. Cutesy stuff, but I like Aykroyd's bit.

    Commercial: Golden Needles (Chase)

    --Funny parody in which you can have surgery done to you through voodoo and you won't have to wait all that time in actual surgery.

    Andy Kaufman lip-syncs to "Pop Goes The Weasel"

    --Another hilarious bit from Kaufman, as he gets the timing down-pat so well and continues to display his comic genius here.

    Dangerous But Inept (Curtin, Newman)

    --A quickie interview with Squeaky Fromme (Newman), where she continuously threatens to shoot Curtin but can't get her gun working. Amusing.

    Commercial: Felina Cat Food

    --The commercial parodies in these days were so good. Another prime example of a good one, as a woman tastes what she believes to be tuna and it turns out to be cat food.

    Guest Performance: The Lockers

    --Energetic stuff from the dancing team of the Lockers, who dance about Studio 8H and entertain the audience for a little bit.

    Weekend Update with Chevy Chase (also: Garrett Morris and Laraine Newman)

    --Chevy gets a bit more time here to get his comedic juices flowing, as Newman delivers with a report from the Blaine Hotel and Garrett debuts his "hard of hearing" bit. Good edition.

    Commercial: People Movers

    --This bit runs in the middle of 'Update' and is alright. It's just about moving people instead of their furniture. Meh.

    For some reason, the Wrigley's commercial parody is cut.

    John Belushi (as Joe Cocker) sings "With A Little Help From My Friends"

    --Belushi does a spot-on Joe Cocker impression and sings almost better than the man himself as he performs this Beatles bit. Best sketch of the night.

    The Muppets: Crater-Head

    --A little bit better than the recent editions, as Ploobis finds out his son has been "smoking craters."

    Commercial: Droolers Anti-Defamation League (Chase)

    --Funny quick bit as Chevy cracks up with the audience and barely makes it through the sketch.

    Sadistic Square Dancing (Aykroyd, Belushi, Chase, Curtin, Morris, Newman, Radner, Penny Marshall)

    --Pointless bit where a singer (Aykroyd) gets more and more perverse in what he gets the dancers to do to each other.

    Nuns (Denny Dillon, Mark Hampton)

    --Pretty terrible stand-up comedy here and it's scary that Dillon actually ended up becoming a cast member in the worst season in SNL history.

    What Gilda Ate (Reiner, Radner)

    --Funny bit where Gilda quickly lists off all the things she'd eaten that day. Reiner eventually interrupts and says that they have to proceed with the show.

    Albert Brooks Film: Operation

    --This one lasts nearly 15 minutes (!) and was really pushed by Reiner to get it on the air. It's not bad or anything, but it's wayyyyyyyyyy too long. Brooks is hired by a man who needs surgery to do it for him under the supervision of doctors, but he starts to get furious when some of the doctors fail to cooperate with him.

    Bees Dramatic Scene (Reiner, Aykroyd, Belushi, Chase, Curtin, Morris, Newman, Radner, Penny Marshall)

    --In the midst of a "dramatic scene" with Reiner and Marshall, the Bees interrupt and it infuriates Rob, who simply says that "the Bees don't work!" Belushi really stands out here as he stands up for the Bees and tells Reiner that this is all they came up with for them. Great stuff here.

    No Goodnights, as this show ran long so we just get a bunch of credits.

    Best segment: Belushi's performance as Joe Cocker.

    Worst segment: Dillon and Hampton's "comedy."

    Host: Rob Reiner - 6.5/10

    You could see that the show was progressing a bit more but this week, the host wasn't involved in very many of the sketches which was another thing they had yet to fix up. Next week's episode though would fix that all up.

    Rating: 6.75/10moreless
Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner


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Toni Basil

Toni Basil


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Fred Berry

Fred Berry


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Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall


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Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman


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Neil Levy

Neil Levy


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Chevy Chase: In America today, certain oppressed minorities... (long pause, takes a deep breath) ...are treated like second class citizens. All because of a harmless little affliction. I refer to saliva displacement difficulties, or, as we are sometimes called, "droolers."
      (Drool trickles out of Chevy's mouth and dribbles down his chin. The audience chortles with laughter.)
      We at the Droolers Anti-Defamation League are working to correct the negative image of droolers propagated by the media.
      (Slobber spills all the way onto his shirt.)
      For example, how many people know that many famous individuals throughout history -the great philosopher Spinoza, authoress Charlotte Bronte, and world leader Mahatma Gandhi- were actually droolers? Contemporary droolers include Don Pardo.

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