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Repeat broadcasts of the show made an edit to the goodnights: the scene cuts abruptly between "that's our show for tonight" and "we just want today". Also, to eliminate a Pardo voiceover "Happy Trails" is looped from the beginning of the goodnights (the segment with Dan Aykroyd's spoken "until! we meet! again!" is used).
John Sebastian says "Can I start again?" in response to microphone feedback on the first verse of "Welcome Back." He eventually stops the song and starts again from the beginning.
Because the technical strike that crippled last week's broadcast had not been resolved before going to air, a number of technical glitches occur during this broadcast: there are a few bad camera switches in "Purino Rat Chow"; the title screen appears right after the videotaped footage of the skiiers wiping out in "The Claudine Longet Invitational", and the title screen for "Great Moments In History" flickers onscreen before the text epilogue appears. Additionally, the camera and lighting work, especially during the music performances, still looks unpolished: shot composition is awkward and the lights dim and then overbrighten at one point during Phoebe Snow's second number.
During their performance of "My Generation," the Patti Smith Group Patti shouts obscenities at the end of the song, then says "kill censorship!" Ironically, when this episode was repeated two years later a feedback sound effect was overdubbed to cover the obscenities, although you can still hear Patti's kill censorship comment. This censored version also appears in the First Season DVD set.
During the montage, Don Pardo reads the cast names, says "and Laraine Newman", forgetting that Gilda's picture comes after Laraine's. Pardo quickly cuts in "And Gilda Radner!" as he realizes his mistake.
During "An Oval Office," One camera pans a bit too far and reveals the stairs leadig to the studio balcony. (NBC's technical union was on strike that week, forcing heads of department to run the studio equipment.)
During the "Butt County Dance Party" sketch, the video effect with the teletype calling up the criminal records shown in the lower half of the screen plays too early, thus ruining the sketch. After an awkward pause, Dan Aykroyd improvises a way out of the sketch.
In "Literary Recital", Aykroyd introduces Desi as "Desmond Arnaz". Desi is short for Desiderio.
The title card for the Brando sketch misspelled "Dueling" as "Duelling".
During the third "H&L Brock" sketch, Lorne Michaels sneaks under John Belushi's chair and ties his shoelaces together. This would explain Belushi's breaking character during the sketch.
John Belushi drops the cream pie intended for Chevy's face during the cold opening. The skit is redone at the end of the show.
Chevy Chase won an Emmy for "Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music" for this episode.
Buck Henry and Chevy Chase crack up during the "Citizen Kane II" sketch.
In the "Operation Stumblebum" sketch, Ron Nessen (Buck Henry) instructs President Ford on how to go down three steps to the conference room. He accidentally gives the same option twice by saying "you will be either using your left foot twice and your right foot once, or your right foot once and your left foot twice."
In "Godfather Therapy," Sherry states "You can't go home" as a Norman Mailer quotation. In truth, Thomas Wolfe wrote the novel You Can't Go Home Again.
During Weekend Update, Chevy Chase reports President Gerald Ford stabbed his left hand with a fork, but the "simulation" picture on the screen behind Chevy shows a person stabbing his right hand.
In the "Beethoven's Second" sketch, Ludwig strums his hands downward on the keyboard while the backstage pianist plays ascending keys.
With 11 song performances, this is by and large an all-music episode (and still holds the record for most musical performances in a single SNL episode). Chevy Chase appeared in three sketches and the rest of "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" appeared only in the sketch "The Bees Have Been Cut."
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