Saturday Night Live: Season 1, Episode 3

Rob Reiner (25 Oct. 1975)

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The host for the episode is Rob Reiner, but there is no musical guest. The skits for this episode are as follows: a man in a wheelchair inadvertently discovers he can walk, but is unable to... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host / Various
Herself - Fashion Show Host / Various
The Lockers ...
Themselves - Performer
Various (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Heart Surgeon (segment 'Operation')
Bee / Various
Joe Cocker / Various
Mr. Featherstone / Weekend Update Anchor / Various
Bee / Various
Bee / Various
Bee / Various
Squeaky Fromme / Weekend Update Correspondent / Bee / Various
Michael O'Donoghue ...
Bee / Various
Himself - Stand-up Act
Herself - Stand-up Act


The host for the episode is Rob Reiner, but there is no musical guest. The skits for this episode are as follows: a man in a wheelchair inadvertently discovers he can walk, but is unable to repeat the miraculous feat. Rob Reiner performs a number of lounge-singer acts. The National Pancreas Association stresses the importance of taking good care of your pancreas. Rob Reiner, together with his wife Penny Marshall, honors some of the more popular fashion faux-pas. The Golden Needles voodoo acupuncture technique offers healing without surgery. Andy Kaufmann sings along with a record of Pop Goes the Weasel. In an interview with Squeaky Fromme, Fromme keeps trying to assassinate the interviewer, only to fail each time. Dance group The Lockers perform a comic dance. A man speaks out against defamation of droolers. An ad for a moving company promotes their skill at moving people from place to place, though not their belongings. A pair of nuns attempt to emcee their church's talent night. ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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25 October 1975 (USA)  »

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The original broadcast of this show ran long and has no good nights segment. When the show was rerun in 1978, a credit scroll ran over a montage of the bumpers used in the show right after the Bees sketch See more »


Himself - Host: He just flew in from London. He's a super rock star, he needs no introduction! Ladies and gentlemen, here he is!
Joe Cocker: [singing] What would you do if I sang out of tune Would you stand up and walk out on me? Well, lend me your ear and I'll sing you a song I will try not to sing out of key, yeah.
Joe Cocker: Oh, baby I get by with a little help from my friends Well, most of all I wanna get high!
Toni BasilFluky LukeFred BerryAdolfo Quinones: By with a little help from my friends
Joe Cocker: You know I wanna get my friends
Toni BasilFluky LukeFred BerryAdolfo Quinones: By with a little help from my friends
Joe Cocker: Oh oh oh, ...
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Pop Goes the Weasel
Performed by Andy Kaufman
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Denny Dillon's first appearance on SNL!!!!!!!!!!
6 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unlike the opening segment where Chevy Chase does his customary fall (this time from out of a wheelchair), this early Saturday Night Live episode starts to discover its own legs. I would say that somewhere during Belushi's "Joe Cocker" impersonation and in his impassioned dressing down of host Rob Reiner while dressed up as a discarded bee, you can clearly see the attitude and biting humor that would emerge through SNL's first five seasons.

Though the Cocker impersonation is reason enough to watch this episode, this third show has some other moments of note. Andy Kaufman makes another appearance, lip syncing masterfully to "Pop Goes the Weasel". Also, later in the show Albert Brooks' film on becoming a heart surgeon for the day still stands as one of his better contributions to that first year of shows.

Update was also still finding its way, but very much on course to what it would become, one of the weekly highlights of the show. And while not nearly as talented (in my opinion) as Belushi, especially in this episode, he most certainly has an easy charm about himself, so it's not all that surprising to remember why he became SNL's first breakout star. Though I'm not crazy about watching performers break up laughing during sketches (see Jimmy Fallon), I can excuse the Chevy Chase all knowing grin for some reason.

Other highlights include 'Dangerous But Inept' a one joke vehicle centered around Squeaky Fromme being interviewed while Squeaky tries to fire a gun at her interviewer and from host Rob Reiner's monologue where Rob gets to play out his fantasy of being a Las Vegas lounge singer, something that Bill Murray would later perform on SNL dozens of times.

There's only a couple of moments of tedium, most notably with the comedy stylings of 'Hampton and Dillon' and of course the dreaded Muppet segment. I don't know how interesting it is to note that Denny Dillon of 'Hampton and Dillon' non-fame would end up being a cast member five years later, especially when you consider that she and her future cast mates would be considered to be the worst follow up cast EVER.

Oh, one more thing...It is very interesting to watch cast members and host alike not reading cue cards, not looking away from others in the cast within a scene. You have to give this early cast a lot of credit, they were pretty damn good performers.

Good episode, even with the Rob Reiner microphone mishap...good episode.

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