September 18th, 1976
Marilyn Suzanne Miller
Lily’s ArrivalSummary: The cast waits for Lily Tomlin to arrive at Studio 8-H. She finally shows up with her entourage in tow and no intention of rehearsing for the show.
Lily Tomlin’s MonologueSummary: When the cameras go off, the audience sees how Lily Tomlin really feels about the show.
First Hosted: 75f.
Debate ’76Summary: President Ford (Chevy Chase) and Governor Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) cover strange ground during their first debate.
Recurring Characters: President Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter.
Note: Chevy Chase actually injures himself in the groin while falling over the podium. He will miss the next two shows while recovering from his injury.
Weekend Update with Chevy ChaseSummary: Laraine Newman reports from an outbreak of Foreign Legionnaire’s Disease at the Blaine Hotel. Emily Litella phones Chevy Chase to inquire about five “crustaceans” that hijacked an airplane.
Recurring Characters: Emily Litella.
The Phone CompanySummary: Telephone operator Ernestine (Lily Tomlin) says that the Phone Company doesn’t have to care about its consumers.
The MuppetsSummary: In the final Muppets piece, the Muppets wake up in a morgue-like atmosphere, surprised that they didn’t officially make it to the second season. Lily Tomlin wanders downstairs to visit them and perform a final song.
James Taylor performs “Road Runner”
Tess & The SalesmanSummary: Christmas-loving Tess DiSenzo (Lily Tomlin) chats with real estate salesman Ralph Hopkins (Garrett Morris).
James Taylor performs “Sweet Baby James”
We Asked Judith BeasleySummary: Dan Aykroyd encourages housewife Judith Beasley (Lily Tomlin) to perform a series of crazy stunts around town.
Women In LiteratureSummary: Elna Sullivan’s (Laraine Newman) journal entries are devoid of depth.
Gary Weis FilmSummary: “Television Viewer” is Gary Weis’ premiere film for the new season, and it features writer/performer Taylor Mead’s thoughts on his neverending viewing of television programming.
First Appeared: 75n.
The Antler DanceSummary: Lily Tomlin and Payl Shaffer and the SNL Band lead the audience in a wild performance of “The Antler Dance”.