Saturday Night Live: Season 1, Episode 5

Robert Klein/ABBA, Loudon Wainwright III (15 Nov. 1975)

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The host for the episode is Robert Klein, and the musical guests are ABBA and Loudon Wainwright III. The skits for this episode are as follows: Sherry wins the Miss America beauty pageant, ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host / Captain / Rex / Exterminator / Various
Themselves - Musical Guest
Himself - Musical Guest
Himself (credit only)
Various (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Mike Mendoza / Frank Telinka / Various
Lopez / Sam Peckinpah / Bugs / Various
Butler / Greg Allman / Weekend Update Anchor / Various
Titanic Guest / Bee / Garrett Morris
Sherry / Mistress / Various
Debbie / Fireman / Emily Litella / Various


The host for the episode is Robert Klein, and the musical guests are ABBA and Loudon Wainwright III. The skits for this episode are as follows: Sherry wins the Miss America beauty pageant, but refuses to accept the honor. Two men discuss the results of their latest mid-term exam while playing Pong. One of the Bees delivers an inspirational message for the Bicentennial about moments in Bee history. An interviewer asks Greg Allman about his love life, but Allman keeps trying to steer the conversation elsewhere. Director Sam Peckinpah describes his vision to a new actress, steadily brutalizing her in the process. A parody ad for Jamitol features a husband and his exhausted wife. An exterminator, horrified at the prospect of killing, shows his partner a film about the history of cockroaches. Gilda Radner offers viewers a number of fire safety tips. A commercial offers viewers a way to save money when shopping with their own pricing gun. Emily Litella appears to pitch her new book. During ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Did You Know?


ABBA lip-synced "Waterloo". During their performance, subtitles appear onscreen saying: "Right now Abba is lip syncing ... it's not their fault ... the tracks didn't arrive from Sweden." Lorne Michaels did not want them on the show but NBC executive Dick Ebersol insisted. See more »

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Since there is an absence of an Albert Brooks film in this episode, Don Pardo acknowledges this by announcing that one of the featured acts is "No film by Albert Brooks." See more »


References Zoo Parade (1950) See more »


Unrequited to the Nth Degree
Performed by Loudon Wainwright III
Written by Loudon Wainwright III
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20 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Robert Klein/ABBA/Loudon Wainwright III episode was not so much as it was an episode that was starting more and more to feel comfortable with itself. The performances by the cast felt more assured, as if they were settling into the show while developing it at the same time. Though the show was still heavy on musical numbers and Muppet's, you could sense at least one cast member asserting them self into becoming a show favorite: Gilda Radner, the show's sweetheart taking center stage reading a poem of fire safety one minute, the next getting manhandled by Belushi in a very funny sketch built around the violent nature of film director Sam Peckinpah. Gilda also debuted Emily Litella as Emily read from her book, Tiny Kingdom.

The show had very little Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin or Larraine Newman. Even Garrett Morris, who would almost always have the least amount to do per show, had his recurring "News for the Hard of Hearing".

Also of cast members on stage at the end of the show.

The biggest laughs were the Peckinpah sketch; Emily Littela's Looks at Books and Weekend Update featuring a very relaxed and confident Chevy Chase.

Robert Klein didn't do very much besides his stand up routines, but unlike George Carlin only a few shows before him he did actually get into some sketches.

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