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October 25th, 1975
Season 1: Order Now! The WheelchairSummary: An injured Mr. Featherstone (Chevy Chase) regains his ability to walk, then falls out of his wheelchair.
Rob Reiner’s MonologueSummary: Rob Reiner portrays a smarmy lounge singer.
Bio: Rob Reiner (1947-). Actor; son of writer/comedian Carl Reiner; played liberal-minded Michael “Meathead” Stivic opposite Carroll O’Connor in TV’s “All In The Family”, 1971-78; often collaborates on projects with longtime friend, Billy Crystal; directed films include: “This is Spinal Tap” (1984), “Stand By Me” (1986), “When Harry Met Sally…” (1989); married to actor/director Penny Marshall, 1971-81.
PancreasSummary: Man (John Belushi) learns his pancreas is on the fritz.
Fashion ShowSummary: Rob Reiner and Penny Marshall host a showing of fashion mistakes.
Bio: Penny Marshall (1942-). Actress/director; sister of TV producer Garry Marshall; played Oscar Madison’s secretary on “The Odd Couple”, 1971-75; co-starred with Cindy Williams in “Laverne & Shirley”, 1976-83; directed films include: “Big” (1988), “A League of Their Own” (1992); married to actor/director Rob Reiner, 1971-81.
Golden NeedlesSummary: Spokesman (George Coe) pitches surgery-free healing that involves voodoo acupuncture.
Andy KaufmanSummary: Andy Kaufman lip-syncs “Pop Goes The Weasel.”
Dangerous But IneptSummary: Squeaky Fromme (Laraine Newman) tries to shoot Jane Curtin during interview.
Recurring Characters: Squeaky Fromme.
Felina Cat FoodSummary: Test proves it’s different than regular tuna.
The LockersSummary: The Lockers dance around Studio 8H.
Bio: Organized by Don Campbell, The Lockers consisted of Fred “Penguin” Berry (later of “What’s Happening!”), Bill “Slim the Robot” Washington, Leo “Fluky Luke” Williamson, Greg “Campbellock, Jr.” Pope, choreographer Toni Basil (“Easy Rider”) and Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quinones. The gimmick of their dance moves involved locking their bodies in comical poses during their performances.
Weekend Update with Chevy ChaseSummary: Kidnappers use Don Pardo to voice their demands from the Blaine Hotel. Garrett Morris, headmaster of the School for the Hard of Hearing, repeats the top story for the hard-of-hearing.
Wrigley’s GumSummary: At a funeral, a priest (Tom Schiller) lets the deceased take the gum with him.
Joe CockerSummary: Joe Cocker (John Belushi) makes a surprise appearance to perform an extra spastic version of “With A Little Help From My Friends.”
Droolers Anti-Defamation LeagueSummary: Chevy Chase promotes awareness.
Middle-American Van LinesSummary: Used to move people, not their possessions.
Hoe-DownSummary: A sadistic hoe-down caller (Dan Aykroyd) torments square dancersith his calls.
The MuppetsSummary: Ploobis discovers his son Wisss has been smoking craters.
Talent NightSummary: Mark Hampton & Denny Dillon as nuns emceeing talent night for their parish.
Note: Denny Dillon will later be a cast member during SNL’s ill-fated 1980-81 season.
What Gilda AteSummary: Gilda Radner tells the audience everything she ate that day.
“Operation”Summary: Albert Brooks film shows a heart surgery.
Note: Albert Brooks is a good friend of Rob Reiner’s, who helped rally in favor of airing Brooks’ short film on tonight’s episode. At thirteen minutes, the film had to be interrupted midway for a commercial break.
The BeesSummary: The Bees ruin Rob Reiner’s chance to do a dramatic scene with Penny Marshall.
Recurring Characters: Bees.