October 20th, 1979
Eric is SickSummary: Buck Henry begs Lorne Michaels to let him host the show in place of a near-death Eric Idle.
MontageNote: Don Pardo introduces SNL’s newest performer by saying, “And a little of Harry Shearer.”
Eric Idle’s MonologueSummary: Confined to a stretcher, Eric Idle performs a new breed of medical impressions that require little movement.
Hotel-Motel Art FairSummary: Pitchman Tom Clay (Harry Shearer) promotes the exquisite art treasures being sold at the acclaimed Hotel-Motel Art Fair.
Recurring Characters: Tom Clay.
Shoe StoreSummary: A shoe salesman (Eric Idle) complicates his customer’s (Bill Murray) simple request for a size 10 and-a-half pair of brown shoes.
Bob Dylan performs “Gotta Serve Somebody”
Prince Charles Tells You How To Pick Up Girls!Summary: Prince Charles’ (Eric Idle) new book demonstrates the best methods for picking up girls.
Recurring Characters: Prince Charles.
Weekend Update with Jane Curtin & Bill MurraySummary: Political correspondent Gerald Hacker (Harry Shearer) reports on a presidential straw vote held in England. Economic advisor Roseanne Roseannadanna (Gilda Radner) wanders from discussing the increase in mortgage rates to social gaffes by designer Yves St. Laurent.
Recurring Characters: Roseanne Roseannadanna.
Hardcore IISummary: A teenager (Laraine Newman) searches for her long-lost father (Bill Murray), who’s now working as a transvestite stripper.
Bob Dylan performs “I Believe in You”
Andy KaufmanSummary: Andy Kaufman wrestles a random female audience member.
Heavy SarcasmSummary: Joan Face (Jane Curtin) is extra sarcastic towards her guests (Eric Idle, Bill Murray) on her show’s final broadcast.
Recurring Characters: Joan Face.
Ask ElvisSummary: Psychic Dorothy Haagen (Laraine Newman) channels the spirit of Elvis Presley (Andy Kaufman) to offer advice to her troubled viewers.
Bob Dylan performs “When You Gonna Wake Up”