Saturday Night Live: Season 1, Episode 20

Dyan Cannon/Leon & Mary Russell (15 May 1976)

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The host for the episode is Dyan Cannon, and the musical guests are Leon & Mary Russell. The skits for this episode are as follows: Chevy Chase, lying on his back after a tremendous fall, ... See full summary »

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The host for the episode is Dyan Cannon, and the musical guests are Leon & Mary Russell. The skits for this episode are as follows: Chevy Chase, lying on his back after a tremendous fall, is informed that the control room clock was running fast and he'll have to do it all again to get it on air. During her opening monologue, Dyan Cannon confesses to a lifelong dream of being swept off her feet by a man on a white horse, and during the rest of the show, different male cast members attempt to re-interpret its meaning to make themselves her dream man. A woman takes a taste test to see which is better: a new diet soda or a glass of phlegm. Participants in a hearing test don't notice that their teacher has been taken hostage by a pair of wanted criminals. A husband catches her wife having an affair, but the woman and her lover make up an outrageous story to explain everything. A Bulgarian travel agent attempts to convince a woman to vacation in Bulgaria. During the Weekend Update, a man ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Dyan Cannon makes it fun to watch
3 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While there really are no memorable, or "Classic", comedic skits and musical performances in this episode, there are a few skits worth mentioning here like "Anita Bryant attempts to pitch Florida orange juice while being held hostage in Beirut" is probably the best of the show.

A close second is Dan Aykoryd and Dyan advertising pickle jars filled with water that famous people have bathed in. And as crazy as that may have sounded in the 70's, I'm pretty sure there's an actual market today for "Bathwater of the Stars" that's available for purchase over the internet.

In fact, while writing this review, I Googled, "Celebrity Bathwater", and one of the top links was an article posted by the Bleach Report where recently, the 2012 London Olympic swimmer, Mo Farah, is selling his bathwater on the most popular auction website on the internet. I can't mention "specifically" the site, or this review will not be posted on IMDb. But, it's not that hard to guess which one it is.

However, while Mo Farah is the only celebrity that I currently know of who is selling their bathwater for profit. I personally think that there is an endless amount of potential in the "Bathwater of the Stars" market, early on, until all the YouTube and Reality TV celebrities eventually get into the new bathwater market, and wind-up driving down the value of the celebrity bathwater as an investment business for the general public to buy and resell at a profit.(but I digress)

While the episode as a whole definitely had some problems that needed to be ironed out before show date, I think that the best reason to watch this particular episode is Dyan Cannon, who appears to be having a lot of fun working with the crew and cast members. And, reminding us why she was always the very talented and likable co-star for over 50 years in TV and movies. And not just another Hollywood blonde bombshell for a few years before disappearing into the has-been celebrity abyss.


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