Saturday Night Live

Season 2 Episode 12

Ruth Gordon/Chuck Berry

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Jan 22, 1977 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • At the beginning of one sketch featuring Ruth Gordon and Gilda Radner in a darkened living room, both can be seen watching a movie titled "Babies in Makeup".

      The title of that movie would later be used for the name of a film short that aired in the Robert Conrad/Allman Brothers episode in season 7.

  • Quotes

    • Mr. Mike: Yes, you see.. one day, while crossing the highway, Willy the Worm was run over by a large truck. His back half was just.. mashed. He was rushed to the worm doctor, who took one look at him, shook his head slowly from side to side, and said, "Willy, I have bad news for you. I'm afraid you'll never crawl again."
      "Not crawl? Not crawl? But crawling's my whole life," exclaimed Willy, and set out to prove the doctor wrong. Many years past, and progress was slow, but Willy never gave up. His fierce dtermination drove him on, and finally Willy could crawl just as well as he ever did.
      "It's amazing," said the worm doctor. "Why, you'll be written up in medical journals." Indeed, worms had medical journals. "That's nothing, watch this, Doc," cried Willy. And he quickly crawled up a rock, down the other side, over a log, around a stump, and partway across the highway, where he was run over by another truck, even larger than the first. This time, his front half was mashed. The end.

    • Crazy Frank: Quite frankly, I don't like being left alone with him! You'd think I'd have a shovel or something to stun him with!

  • Notes

    • O.J. Simpson (who would host the next season) can be seen in the audience near the end of the episode.

    • The actress who plays Garrett Morris' girlfriend in the short film "Night Moves" appears uncredited.

    • Sketches/segments removed from the 60-minute edit: "The Marines" (repeated from earlier in the season), the Gary Weis film "Night Moves," Emily Litella's commentary on Weekend Update, "Mr. Bill's Magic," "The Last Days of Howard Hughes," and Ricky Jay's performance.

    • This is the first episode that Bill Murray's picture is shown in the opening credits along with the other six Not Ready For Prime Time Players.

    • Ruth Gordon was the oldest host in SNL history up to that point (two weeks older than Miskel Spillman when she hosted later that year), and the bipolar opposite in a classic generation gap. The atmosphere got so bad between her and the SNL fold that, when the show ended, Gordon walked directly out of the building. The cast and writers held the post-show party in the studio to ensure they would not bump into Gordon again.

  • Allusions

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