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Ralph Nader had worried all week about the sight gag in which his shirt was equipped with an air bag. Though the air bag inflated in dress rehearsal, it didn't work on-air. (Three years later, an episode of 3-2-1 Contact would successfully pull off the sight gag on Rita Moreno.)
In the "Right to Exterme Stupidity" sketch, Bergen (as Fern) accidentally calls Radner (as Lisa) "Fern." Both actresses break character but Radner quickly rebounds ("You know, we all can't be as bright as Fern here...!") while Bergen laughs through the rest of the sketch. The blooper leads to a much funnier interpretation of the sketch's original premise.
Don Pardo was born in 1918, not 1926.
Allegedly, George Harrison was so stoned during "Here Comes the Sun" he forgot the words to his own song.
In the Jeopardy 1999! sketch, the card about Chevy Chase has the word "who's" in place of the correct phrasing, "whose."
At the end of the "Beatniks" sketch, the caption says "Francesca Richardson," while Don Pardo says "Francesca Robertson."
Right before Chevy says "Live from New York..." you can hear an off-screen voice yell "Tell Billy, turn it on."
The song "Hula Hoop" sung by Rita Coolidge was written by a young T-Bone Burnett who was fresh off of touring with Bob Dylan in his 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue.
Burnett later recorded the song himself in his cult 1983 album "Proof Through The Night."
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.
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Satire, frat guy humor, ensemble cast, feel good comedy, improvisational