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 <>

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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.

Also, Dan Aykoryd's, Roy Waddmaker commercializes jars filled with water that actual stars bathed in. A skit that was humorous back in the mid-70's because of how ridicules it would be that people would want to buy jars of water just because a celebrity bathed in it. Hah, HAH, how preposterous! Right?

Well, don't laugh too hard, because after you consider how celebrity obsessed American culture is today, then the skit takes on a whole new perspective that might be considered some what prophetic. And, I'm pretty sure there's an actual market today for "Bathwater of the Stars" that people would actually buy to poor into their bathtubs, so they could Bathe with the Stars of their choice.

In fact, while writing this review, I Googled, "Celebrity Bathwater", and one of the top links was an article posted by the Bleach Report that recently the London Olympic Hero Mo Farah is selling his bathwater on a popular auction website. That I can't mention "specifically", or this review will not be posted on IMDb.

However, while Mo Farah is the only celebrity that I've heard about selling their bathwater for profit, so-far. I personally think that there is an endless amount of potential in the "Celebrity Bathwater" market for the future, early on. Before all the stars want to jump into the new money bath and wind-up driving down the value of celebrity bathwater for the general public to buy and resell at a profit.

For instance, while stars like Tom Hanks and George Clooney bathwater might always be bought and sold at a premium amount, but how can anyone expect to break even on a jar of that Jennifer Lopez bathwater they bought at its once premium value of $200, when a jar of Miley Cyrus's bathwater suddenly becomes available for only $50. Which in turn makes the whole "Bathwater of the Stars" market place far too speculative for long term investors.(but I digress)

Watching early episodes of SNL also provides the viewer an opportunity to watch movie and TV stars travel out of their comfort zones, and attempt to do things that you normally wouldn't see them do in other shows. Like actors and actresses singing for example. Which brings me to make this observation that appeared in this episode. Dyan Cannon's voice seems to just strangely disappear when ever she starts singing, then re-emerges for short while, then disappears again. I don't know if it was due to technical issues, or if Dyan's singing voice is so weak that it gets almost completely drowned out by the accompanying music? But the otherwise funny skit were a teenage Dyan Cannon sings "Johnny Angel" as her three Hell's Angels boyfriends ransack her parents home definitely suffered, because you couldn't hear what Dyan was singing.

So 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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