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  Season 3: Episode 19







77s: Richard Dreyfuss / Jimmy Buffett, Gary Tigerman

Paraquat

Pedro...John Belushi
Woman...Gilda Radner
Announcer...Dan Aykroyd
...Buddy Williams
...Bill Murray

[Open on Pedro and a woman harvesting marijuana in a field. A plane is heard flying overhead as it dumps a white powder onto the crops]

Woman: Pedro! Pedro, this must be a sign from Our Lady of Guadalupe. It hasn't snowed in Sonora for 192 years. It's a MIRACLE!

Pedro: It's not a miracle! It's Paraquat!

Woman: Pedro, is this a sign that we will have an early harvest?

Pedro: Darn right we're gonna have an early harvest, like tonight! We gonna cut and bathe this stuff right away, we can still sell it to the Gringos.

Woman: But Pedro, doesn't it cause irreversible lung damage?

Pedro: Have you been reading newspapers again, huh? [Slaps woman] Wha'd you been doing, huh? [Slaps her two more times] Come on, work, work! It's harvest time! HARVEST TIME!

Announcer: Yes, Paraquat does affect the quality of marijuana, but it does not affect the importation and traffic. One afternoon from this secluded valley in Sonora province, Mexico [Dissolve to North American map with a mule placed over Sonora] one-hundred tons of Paraquat-treated marijuana was transported by mule [mule moves to a plane just south of Texas] to a point 30 miles south of the United States border at York, Texas. Here, 50 tons was transferred to six converted Lockheed Hudson C-40 transport planes with flight plans for the American Midwest. [Plane on map moves north to Kansas, where a semi truck is positioned] Six hours later, the six cannabis-carrying transport planes touched down safely in the wheat field of a high-volume dealer near Pitkin, Kansas, where most of the payload was seized by federal and state law enforcement officials acting on an elderly neighbor's tip. [Plane falls off map] But before the lawmen could surround the area, ten tons were concealed in a refrigerated tractor-trailer unit hauling a load of fresh zucchini [semi drives east to a van positioned in Kentucky] Agricultural officials stopped the tractor trailer at Bowling Green, Kentucky and, while making a random inspection, they discovered the marijuana in the zucchini. Of the ten tons on that truck, nine were seized by drug enforcement agency representatives [semi falls off map] who accepted a large bribe to let the only remaining ton leave the state safely in a customized van [van drives southeast to a saxophone player in Georgia]. This shipment was delivered to a professional cannabis broker in Macon, Georgia. This broker subsequently sold two pounds to a black musician, who returned to New York City. [Sax player moves northeast to New York] The musician took some paraquat-treated joints to work one night, and passed one of them to a young actor.

[Dissolve to Bill Murray accepting a joint from SNL bass player Buddy Williams]

Bill Murray: Are you sure this stuff is okay?

Buddy Williams: Oh yes, man. I swear it's Colombian.

[Bill takes a few puffs, gags and coughs]

Bill Murray: [in a raspy voice] "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"


Submitted by: John Ravetti


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