Summary: Chevy Chase debuts his impression of Gerald R. Ford, as the accident-prone president stumbles his way through a speech he delivers directly to the "Saturday Night Live" audience.
Note: The running gag in which President Ford encounters one malady after another stems from a June 1st, 1975 incident in Salzburg, Austria, when he slipped on a wet ramp while exiting Air Force One. These episodes are especially fun to look back on, when there were no cell phones, laptops, any way to generate QR code numbers for your devices. Seems very innocent now.
Note: In the early days, the cast was only listed by name, four at a time on two title cards. Only the second title card, containing the names Garrett Morris, Michael O'Donaghue, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner appears in the opening credits this week.
Candice Bergen's Monologue
Summary: As Candice Bergen, SNL's first woman host, tells the audience about tonight's great show, a bee (John Belushi) appears on stage and grabs her hand. Chevy Chase approaches to swat the bee with a newspaper, but Candice objects, despite her allergies. Naturally, Chevy swats the bee anyway.
Recurring Characters: Bee.
Bio: Candice Bergen (1946-). Actress; daughter of Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist to Charlie McCarthy; film credits include: "Carnal Knowledge" (1971), "Rich and Famous" (1981); starred in CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown", 1988-98; starred on "Boston Legal", since 2005.
Summary: In this film spoof, the "cleverest species of them all" - the Land Shark (Chevy Chase) terrorizes young woman in their homes, luring them to the door by pretending to deliver flowers and Candygrams. Matt Hooper (John Belushi) and Sheriff Brody (Dan Aykroyd) survey the bodily damages.
Recurring Characters: Land Shark, Matt Hooper, Sheriff Brody.
Summary: Chevy Chase makes faces behind congresswoman Jane Curtin's back as she delivers an editorial reply against federal aid to New York City. As a public service to viewers who have difficulty hearing, Garrett Morris, the headmaster of the New York School for the Hard-of-Hearing, repeats the evening's top story.
Summary: As he makes a long-distance call to his mother, a gay man reminisces about the joy's of dressing in her clothes. After all, it's "the next best thing to being her."
Note: This ad parody angered The Gay Activists Alliance during its initial broadcast. It was edited out of a late-night classic rebroadcast on NBC in 2005, and replaced with a repeat of the Triopenin ad parody.
Summary: With her face leaning against the bottle, French actress Catherine Deneuve (Bergen) endorses the perfume that helps her cope with her own fame.
Summary: Andy Kaufman enters as his Foreign Man character. He attempts to tell a joke, perform impressions, dance and sing, but he bombs so terribly that he wishes the cameras weren't rolling. After breaking into a nervous crying fit, he plays the bongos to the audience's delight.
Summary: Candice Bergen and Gilda Radner discuss their insecurities, prior to introducing this week's film by Albert Brooks.
NBC Super Season
Summary: Albert Brooks gives us a look at some mid-season replacement shows waiting to be broadcast on NBC - the dramatic "Medical Season", the wild comedy sex farce "The Three Of Us", and the racially-tense "Black Vet."