Saturday Night Live: Season 1, Episode 18

Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian (24 Apr. 1976)

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Lorne Michaels tries to lure the Beatles onto the show. Baba Wawa makes her first appearance.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Herself - Host / Jane Russell / Various
Herself - Musical Guest
Himself - Musical Guest
King Ploobis (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Howard Hughes / Various
Joe Cocker / Various
Jessica Antlerdance / Herself / Announcer
Husband / Skip Dixon / Himself / Nurse
Herself / Nurse
Baba Wawa / Colleen Fernman / Various
The Mighty Favog (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Scred (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Alice Tweedy ...
Queen Peuta (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Richard Hunt ...
Wisss (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)


The host for the episode is Raquel Welch, and the musical guests are Phoebe Snow (her second appearance) and John Sebastian. The skits for this episode are as follows: Chevy Chase presents the an award for best performance by a political actor, but becomes angered when he gets handed a card telling him to stop talking and just do the fall already. During Raquel Welch's monologue, she is joined by Joe Cocker in a duet performance of "Superstar". An ad pitches a new Purina pet food for rats. A spokesman from the U.S. Council of Standards and Measures presents a new streamlined metric alphabet. Two sportscasters present the results from the Claudine Longet Ski Invitational, in which every competitor gets 'accidentally' shot by Claudine as they go down the slope. During the weekend update, Laraine Newman looks at the results of the preliminary party elections and Baba Wawa complains about Tom Snyder's hair. Producer Lorne Michaels makes an offer to pay the Beatles $3000 if the come on the... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Welch voted down several breast jokes that the male writers submitted, including a Franken & Davis movie trailer for The Planet of the Enormous Hooters. Costume designer Franne Lee actually made size fifty-something tops for Jane, Laraine, and Gilda, all of which were put on hold for the Dolly Parton show, thirteen years later. See more »


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5 Music segments, and none of them are any good
3 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't even know Raquel Welch could sing, or not, until I saw the 18th episode of SNL, and now I'm absolutely convinced that she can't. While Raquel's singing isn't horribly embarrassing to watch, but it's definitely very average at best, and instantly forgettable. Reminding us all why we never bought that "Best of Raquel Welch's Top 10 Hits of the 70's" album, because it's impossible that such a thing could possibly exist.

Which helps explain why Pheobe Snow was one of the 2 musical acts booked for this episode, because Pheobe's music is so annoyingly uncreative that there's no chance that Raquel could possibly be upstaged by the professional musical guest. I mean, Pheobe Snow performance is so bad, that it makes Raquel Welch's cover of Karen Carpenter's "Superstar" actually seem adequate.

Pheobe Snow was introduced as a talented musical genius by Raquel Welch just before her 1st performance, but does anyone remember hearing a single song by Pheobe Snow on the radio in the 70's, or any other decade? I sure don't. Which might help explain why nobody ever bought that "Best of Pheobe Snow" album either.

John Sebatian would've been easily the best musical performance of the episode, but due to microphone technical problems his performance of "Welcome Back" fell flat and was uninspired. I suspect Raquel and Pheobe of intentionally sabotaging Sebatian's microphone.

Other than a running joke about trying to get Raquel Welch to undress in front of the cameras, the comedy sketches reminded me of bad high school talent show routines. Two skits in particular that at least had a pretty good creative idea behind them like, "One Flew Over the Hornets Nest", and, "Howard Hughes new Golden Bra for Jane Russell", but ended up never going anywhere comically, and once again come off as rather amateurish.

In my opinion, there's a reason why no skits from the 18th episode are ever included in the Best of SNL broadcasts or DVD releases, because there are no skits or musical performances in this episode worth remembering.

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