Saturday Night Live

Season 5 Episode 1

Steve Martin/Blondie

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 13, 1979 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Live from New York, it's... Steve Martin! Sketches include "The Pope's Doorman," "Craig's Travellers' Checks," "Free Spanish Lesson," "Juvenile Delinquent Vandal," "Rise," "Carole King," "The David Susskind Show," "Bolshoi Ballet," "The All-New Mr. Bill Show," and "What the Hell is That?" Blondie performed "Dreaming" and "The Hardest Part."moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Blondie wears a Hefty Bag

    This one has lots of fairly fun sketches, including the goofy classic "What the hell is that?" bit of filler at the end, which Steve Martin seems to prefigure during his turn as the Illinois farmer. Plus there's Blondie dressed in a green trashbag singing "Dreaming," which is one of my alltime great memories (I woke up once before work and turned the TV on right at the spot where she begins to sing that one, which made for a very nice day at the office, I must say).moreless



Guest Star

Brian Doyle-Murray

Brian Doyle-Murray


Recurring Role

Tom Schiller

Tom Schiller


Recurring Role

James Downey

James Downey


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Al Franken missed his cue to enter during the Vandals sketch. He later said he had been daydreaming about how great his part would have been for John Belushi.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Steve Martin: Thank you... thank you very much! Although I have just released a new comedy album, I'm kinda getting out of the comedy thing.. And I feel a lot of you people are wondering what.. Steve.. is into now. Well.. I'm kinda getting into the high-fashion deal. I've always enjoyed the fashion magazines, like Bazaar and Vogue.. and now they have the fashion magazines for men. And that's kinda what I want to get into - I want to be a male model. Because they always get to stand like.. this. [ strikes a series of his male model poses ]

  • NOTES (5)

    • Jim Downey and Paul Shaffer appeared uncredited in this episode. Although both actors would appear in every episode in Season 5, they did not appear in the opening credit montage until the Bea Arthur/Roches broadcast.

    • After the spoof network ID ("Smart As A Peacock"), the words "THIS IS NOT A REPEAT" are superimposed at the bottom of the screen in the first few seconds of the cold opening.

    • One of the guests in the "David Susskind Show" sketch goes by the name of "Audrey Peart-Dickman." The character, played by Jane Curtin, is named after the show's beloved longtime producer, who died in 2001.

    • Harry Shearer joins the cast as a featured player, he will become a full fledged cast member in Feburary of this season.

    • Until at least 1994, this episode was the highest-rated SNL broadcast according to the Nielsen ratings.


    • Mr. Bill: Hey kids, it's time for The All-New Mr. Bill Show!

      Mr. Bill's attempts to rid the show of Mr. Hands, accurately reflected a court bat-tle that Walter Williams, creator of the Mr. Bill films, had just entered in New Or-leans. Vance Degeneres (Ellen's brother, and later a correspondent on "The Daily Show") had been Mr. Hands in the original films. After five years, Degeneres sued Williams to earn a share of the Mr. Bill copyright. The proceedings were enlivened when the presiding judge, wearing a Judge Sluggo name tag, dissected a Mr. Bill doll and split the parts between Williams and Degeneres. Mr. Bill was ruled in favor of Walter Williams's basic concept, though Degeneres did get credit for his role in the original films.