The Illinois Nazi story on Weekend Update would later be used by Aykroyd and John Landis as the basis for a subplot in The Blues Brothers movie.
Announcer: Robert Klein! Robert Klein! Do you read me? Well, good-bye, America. Until we meet again, this is Don Pardo saying AAAAAAIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!
Writers Brian Doyle-Murray and Don Novello make their first on-screen appearances in this episode. Both appear in the "Olympia Cafe" sketch.
The 60-minute edit of this episode and the edited version on the Time-Life "Best of SNL 1978" tape does not contain the "Lobster Attack" sketches, other than a brief mention of radioactive lobsters during Weekend Update. The closing credits in both versions are shown over still pictures of Robert Klein.
This show introduces The Nerds, although Jane Curtin is not Lisa Loopner's mother just yet. Also, notice that Bill Murray's character is called "Todd LaBounta." Al Franken and Tom Davis were old classmates with the real Todd LaBounta, who threatened to sue NBC later that year.
Reportedly, after two audio gaffes nearly sabotaged the episode-ending "Attack of the Lobsters" monster-movie spoof, writer Michael O'Donoghue freaked out and proceded to trash the studio. This was one of many temper tantrums that occured during O'Donoghue's tenure as head writer. "Mr. Mike" would leave the show in June 1978.
This is the first Olympia Cafe sketch. New writer Don Novello frequently ate and was inspired by a Chicagoland diner called The Billy Goat, where they do indeed shout back and forth, "Cheeseburger, cheeseburger!"