Saturday Night Live

Season 6 Episode 9

Sally Kellerman/Jimmy Cliff

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Feb 07, 1981 on NBC
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Sally Kellerman/Jimmy Cliff
Live from New York, it's... Charles Rocket! Sketches include "Reagan's Diagrams," "The Rocket Report," "Tony Gavonne's Family," "Name That Sin," "Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat," "Was I Ever Red," "Iranian Joke Book," "Parent & Child," "A Day In The Life Of A Hostage" (film), "Lean Acres," "Iranian Student Council," "New York" (film), "Pillow Pets," and "Televised Criminal Trial." Jimmy Cliff performed "I Am The Living" and "Gone Clear"; Sally Kellerman performed "Starting Over Again."moreless

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  • One of the absolute low points of this season.

    I have a love/hate relationship with this episode... I really think it's dreadful, but I keep trying to force myself to give it a chance.

    While it's true that there are a few chuckle-worthy bits (the Italian standup, pillow pets, and the Reagan opening), it's just not a very entertaining show. This is one of the episodes where the audience's almost complete lack of response becomes nerve-wracking, because sketch after sketch is met with dead silence. With good reason.

    So many sketches in this show are just awful - Name That Sin, Was I Ever Red, and Lean Acres come to mind. Was I Ever Red ranks high on the list of examples of why people thought this season was so horrible... something to do with a dinner party that involves cooking pets and an old lady choking on vomit. (Despite what you might think, Michael O'Donoghue DIDN'T write that one; he didn't return until the next season.) The mass of hostage-related material is extremely irritating, to the point where it just becomes tasteless. By the end of the episode, the audience appears to have just completely lost interest in the actors and the mediocre material they're performing.

    While not the most absolutely unwatchable episode of the season, it starts promising and falls INCREDIBLY fast. Skip this one.moreless

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    • The "Lean Acres" sketch is cut off when an audience member verbally complains about the stereotyping of plus-size women in the sketch. After a longer-than-usual commercial break, she is asked to leave the studio. This incident is removed in all repeats. It was revealed several years later that the "audience member" was portrayed by then-SNL writer Pam Norris.

    • Future Year 11 cast member (and Year 6 writer) Terry Sweeney has a small role in the cold opening.

    • Comedian/puppeteer Marc Weiner appears on "Weekend Update" as puppet boxer Rocko Weineretto. When Charles Rocket complained to Doumanian about Weiner's appearance, Joe Piscopo said Rocket was jealous that the puppets got more laughs than he did.

    • Eddie Murphy becomes a regular cast member in this episode.