Saturday Night Live: Season 7, Episode 17

Johnny Cash/Elton John (17 Apr. 1982)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Music
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 18 users  
Reviews: 1 user

The host for the episode is Johnny Cash, and the musical guest is Elton John. The skits for this episode are as follows: Andy Rooney stars as Ralph Kramden in an episode of The Honeymooners... See full summary »


0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 9 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Johnny Cash/Elton John (17 Apr 1982)

Johnny Cash/Elton John (17 Apr 1982) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Saturday Night Live.
« Previous Episode | 137 of 784 Episodes | Next Episode »




Episode credited cast:
Mel Brandt ...
Himself - Announcer (voice)
Himself - Host / Various
Himself - Musical Guest
Tony Rosato ...


The host for the episode is Johnny Cash, and the musical guest is Elton John. The skits for this episode are as follows: Andy Rooney stars as Ralph Kramden in an episode of The Honeymooners, doing his usual observational monologuing. When a condemned prisoner insists on his right to a final request just before execution, he gets Johnny Cash to sing "99,999 Bottles of Beer on the Wall". After coming back from another tropical vacation, Reagan opens up a dialog over the Falklands between Thatcher and Galtieri by having them act out a love scene together. Two women test their hair for dandruff by shaking it over Johnny Cash. A wandering poet muses on the beauty of the commuter train he's riding, but the other passengers don't share his enthusiasm. Johnny Cash performs "Ring Of Fire", "Folsom Prison Blues", "I Walk The Line" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down". Elton John performs "Empty Garden" and "Ball And Chain". Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Music





Release Date:

17 April 1982 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


See  »

Did You Know?


Spoofs The Honeymooners (1955) See more »


Empty Garden
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Johnny Cash and Elton John perform on Saturday Night Live
6 August 2006 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

On this April 17, 1982 broadcast, this cold opening has Johnny Cash (nearly four years before daughter Rosanne became an SNL musical guest) singing about the "Man in Black" as he tells a fictional story about himself (with Tim Kazurinsky playing him in inserts). He tells about breaking a window to get a black dress but when a cell mate asks what he did, he, as Kazurinsky plays him, says, "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die!" Opening credits begin as Mel Brandt says, "And now from New York, the most dangerous city in America!" First sketch is The Honeyrooneys with Ralph Kramden as played by Andy Rooney (Joe Piscopo) asking questions like, "Did you ever wonder why the background looks so fake?" or "Did you ever want to send your wife to the moon? Bang! Zoom!" In comes Ed Norton (Eddie Murphy) who, after getting some food from the fridge, delays with the Norton gestures before Kramden/Rooney says "C'mon!" It seems Ralph is complaining to wife Alice (Christine Ebersole) about her mother again and Norton praises his mother-in-law since she got him his first sewer shoes. Sketch ends with Kramden/Rooney saying, "Well, I coulda said 'I got a biiig mouth!' or go 'Hommina, hommina, hommina!" but I think I'll just go (turns to Alice to kiss) 'Baby, you're the greatest'!" Then Elton John sings his tribute to John Lennon, "Empty Garden". Next sketch has death row inmate Eddie Murphy's last request: for Cash to sing "99,000 Bottles of Beer on the Wall". After a few hours, as the song ends, Governor calls inviting Cash for a Bar-B-Que! Murphy then appears as Bill Cosby plugging "my co-star from I Spy, Robert Culp" for the following weeks show with musical guest Charlie Daniels Band. On SNL Newsbreak, correspondent Mary Gross interviews a man (Akira Yoshimura) who saw Lenin's tomb as opposed to the missing Leonard Breznev. Brian Doyle-Murray shows pictures of various world leaders saluting among them Mussolini ("who later became Curly of The Three Stooges") and Generalissimo Francisco Franco ("Still dead after all these years"). At the newscast's end, Eddie Murphy reads a letter about Larry the Lobster's fate on the previous week's show (the audience voted him to live) expressing skepticism saying, "If Larry didn't die from overexposure, surely Eddie Murphy killed and maimed him. (That man is sick. I thought those people didn't like seafood)". Murphy mentions he kept his word but changed his mind after receiving "this racist letter from you. You want to see what Larry looks like now?" before showing Larry on a plate. "I personally boiled Larry ten minutes ago. And to prove we people do like seafood, in the words of Booker T. Washington, 'I do like me some lobster!'" before eating and passing some portions to Brian and co-anchor Christine Ebersole. Those were the show's highlights so I suggest you watch the rest of the show if you want to know more. Definitely seek this out if you're a die-hard SNL fan!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Thoughts on the Milton Berle episode? Mad_Monster_Party
Its become MADtv DrVadgers
Pick 3 Cast Members who should leave at the end of the season cyclerrollie
Could Michael O'Donoghue Survive at SNL Today? anthony-nasti
Michael Che vomitqueen
Kate McKinnon as Hillary--Brilliant greendahlias
Discuss Johnny Cash/Elton John (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: