The Richard Pryor Show

Season 1 Episode 1

Episode 1

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 13, 1977 on NBC

Episode Recap

The show opens in the 'Star Wars Bar' - A smoky establishment filled with various aliens from different galaxies. Bartender Pryor argues with 2 patrons about baseball; Interprets a phone call from the wife of one of his customers; Urges 2 amorous aliens to take it to a hotel room; And, is attacked by a video game-playing octopus-like character - A western sketch, with Pryor parodying Clint Eastwood's 'Man With No Name' character, from 'A Fistful Of Dollars', confronting 3 bad guys who shot his donkey, and building up to a spectacular gunfight - Musical guests, The O'Jays, perform 'Work On Me', - 'Presidential Press Conference' sketch, with Pryor as the first Black President. Questioned by several members of the press, The President starts out very formal and dignified, but, as the questions become more racial, in nature, he begins to become very pro-Black, eventually exploding in violence, as one pressman brings up the subject of his mother. - 'Mojo healer' sketch, with Pryor as the mojo, helping a man (Robin Williams) regain the use of his immobile arm; A pair of Siamese Twins learn how to have 'fun'; A wheelchair-bound woman to get out of her chair; A partially-deaf woman to improve her hearing; A man whose foot has been bitten off by an alligator; And a buxom blonde how to cure her "Mean backache" - 'Club Harlem' sketch, where Pryor, as 'Bob', a returning Army Veteran goes to find the love of his life: 'Satin Doll' (Paula Kelly), a singer and dancer at the club, to ask her to marry him. First, Bob and his buddy catch Satin's act, wherein she dances, and sings 'The Quickest Way To Get To Harlem', 'Satin Doll', and 'The A Train'. After the act, Bob goes to Satin's dressing room, to give her the ring, but quickly finds, to his great disappointment. that Satin will soon be marrying her manager, then will be leaving for an extended tour of Europe.