Saturday Night Live

Season 5 Episode 9

Teri Garr/The B-52's

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Jan 26, 1980 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Live from New York, "and the wonderful empire of Japan," it's... Don Novello!

Sketches include "Paul McCartney in Japan: Day 11," "Craig's Traveler's Checks," "Somewhere Near Mason City, Iowa," "Debs Behind Bars," "Anchovy Council of America," "Bad Playhouse," "Baby Casting Director," and "Mr. Bill's Down and Out" (cartoon).

The B-52's perform "Rock Lobster" and "Dance This Mess Around."moreless

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    Teri Garr

    Teri Garr


    Guest Star

    The B-52's

    The B-52's


    Guest Star

    Tom Gammill

    Tom Gammill

    Biddle Pemberton

    Guest Star

    Akira Yoshimura

    Akira Yoshimura

    Japanese Prison Guard

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Bill Murray begins the "Day 11: Paul McCartney in Japan" scenario by saying the first day of the crisis was January 14, 1980. That would mean this broadcast took place on the 13th day, not the 11th.

      • In "Debs Behind Bars," Bill Murray almost broke out laughing next to Laraine Newman's Gloria Vanderbilt ("She designs [voice breaks] blue jeans."), but the real gaffe occurred when the earring fell out of Laraine's right ear during her jeans spiel.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Announcer: The following episode of "Debs Behind Bars" contains scenes of icky prison life among hardened criminals, as well as graphic depiction of unattractive mess halls, and cells so gross and disgusting you wouldn't even walk into one, much less have to spend a lot of time there. Parental discretion is advised.

    • NOTES (2)

      • On June 6, 1992, Starmaker Video released an edited version of this show, along with highlights from the Kirk Douglas broadcast from February 23rd and the Buck Henry show from May 24th in a 110-minute video titled "The Best of Saturday Night Live 1980."

      • SNL's writers made no attempt to write a monologue for Teri Garr. She said little more than "We'll be right back." It was a sign that SNL was on the decline, a fact Garr noticed succinctly. "Everyone was complaining," she said later. "It was sad."

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Don Novello wrote "Day 11: Paul McCartney In Japan" to send up ABC's never-ending adfdiction to covering the Iranian hostage crisis; this coverage spawned the regular ABC News program Nightline several months later.