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The host for the episode is Bill Murray, and the musical guest is Delbert McClinton (his second appearance). The skits for this episode are as follows: Before the show, the entire cast goes... See full summary »
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Himself - Host / Walter Cronkite / Nick Rivers / Bubba Hightower / Various
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Betsy Maxwell / Fayetta Lurlene Dawson Hightower Dawson / Herself / Various
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Roman Polanski / Himself / Various
Gail Matthius ...
Mary Cunningham / Herself / Various
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Sammy Davis Jr. / Himself / Various
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Paulie Herman / Dan Rather / John Kenneth Galbraith / Himself / Various
Ann Risley ...
Herself / Various
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Saturday Night Newsline Anchor / Himself / Various
Delbert McClinton ...
Himself - Musical Guest
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Himself - Announcer (voice)
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The host for the episode is Bill Murray, and the musical guest is Delbert McClinton (his second appearance). The skits for this episode are as follows: Before the show, the entire cast goes to Bill Murray's dressing room to share their anxieties. He gives them a pep talk about how ratings aren't all that important. During his opening monologue, Bill grabs a woman from the audience and has to be restrained by Eddie Murphy. Jersey Guy Paulie Herman praises the chemical industry. Walter Cronkite tries sensory deprivation and goes on a psychedelic trip. A scientist shows off his photos of DNA molecules. Lounge singer Nick performs for Mardi Gras party-goers on a Mississippi riverboat. A sports reporter suggests the use of softer sticks to tone down hockey violence. Bill makes his Oscar picks, all of which happen to be for films starring the original cast. A man with unusual tastes goes into a flower shop. A couple go to a house party but are put at a loss when they can't remember the name... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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7 March 1981 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Executive producer Jean Doumanian and cast members Ann Risley, Gilbert Gottfried, Charles Rocket, and Matthew Laurance were all fired after this episode. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jonathan Lear: Have a nice day, DNA!
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References Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) See more »

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Shotgun Rider
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Performed by Delbert McClinton & Bonnie Bramlett
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At least Doumanian went out with a bang
14 February 2017 | by (Chicora, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

After the travesty of the February 21, 1981 show, everybody was on edge. Bill Murray had agreed to host the episode, against his brother Brian Doyle-Murray's wishes, but this episode was the final run for Doumanian and most of the season 6 cast.

Murray starts the show by giving the cast a pep talk, reminiscent of the speech he gave his campers in MEATBALLS and goes nuts during the monologue. This was a sign it was going to be a good show. The sketches aren't really that bad.

It's sort of a shame we never saw a March 14, 1981 episode, which was to star Robert Guillaime and Ian Dury and the Blockheads as musical guest, but that's show business, I guess.


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