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Cicely Tyson/Talking Heads 

The host for the episode is Cicely Tyson, and the musical guest is The Talking Heads. The skits for this episode are as follows: Jane and Gilda run in panic when John comes on the set, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Cicely Tyson ... Herself - Host / Wilma Bass / Various
Dan Aykroyd ... Bob Widette / Various
John Belushi ... Jeff Widette / Various
Jane Curtin ... Weekend Update Anchor / Betty Widette / Various
Garrett Morris ... Earl Bass / Various
Bill Murray ... Weekend Update Anchor / Nick Rails / Richard Burton / Various
Laraine Newman ... Various
Gilda Radner ... Tammy Widette / Emily Litella / Various
Talking Heads Talking Heads ... Themselves - Musical Guest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Pardo ... Himself - Announcer (voice)
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Storyline

The host for the episode is Cicely Tyson, and the musical guest is The Talking Heads. The skits for this episode are as follows: Jane and Gilda run in panic when John comes on the set, thinking he's going to throw a tantrum after learning that his Deng Xiaoping act has been cut. Before Cicely Tyson can give her opening monologue, Garrett Morris comes out dressed as her because he think he's supposed to play all black roles, leading Cicely to berate him for throwing his talent away on degrading parts. Elvis Presley's coat continues to perform to sell-out crowds after its owner's death. The Widettes meet up with another family with similarly large backsides. Receptionist Sherry is now working for the Shah, where she keeps all his visitors waiting. The frontier midwife delivers a baby in front of a room full of men. Nick the lounge singer performs on an auto-train bound for Florida. Garrett invites Cicely to talk about the lack of positive perceptions regarding black characters and black... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

TV-14
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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tyson berated the cast and writers because she felt Garrett Morris was given racially demeaning roles to play. See more »

Quotes

Announcer: [voice over] Join us next week on 'Frontier Midwife, when Frontier Midwife delivers her own baby.
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Connections

References Emergency! (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Suicide is Painless
(uncredited)
Music by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Mike Altman
Performed by Bill Murray
[Theme from MASH]
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