SNL Transcripts: Buck Henry: 10/30/76

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  Season 2: Episode 6

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October 30th, 1976

Buck Henry

The Band



Alan Zweibel

Marilyn Suzanne Miller

Michael O’Donoghue

Land SharkSummary: The Land Shark (Chevy Chase) attacks a woman (Gilda Radner) long after the trick-or-treaters have subsided.



Buck Henry’s MonologueSummary: Buck Henry casually reveals deep, dark secrets about the cast.

First Hosted: 75j.


Samurai StockbrokerSummary: Thanks to Futaba’s (John Belushi) faulty financial advice, Mr. Dantley (Buck Henry) discovers that he’s bankrupt.

Note: Buck Henry is nicked in the head by the samurai sword when John Belushi thrusts it too close to his head, then, due to the shock, he also experiences trouble jumping through the makeshift window. Afterwards, Henry was mysteriously examined by Belushi’s own personal physician who was on hand in the studio.

Recurring Characters: Samurai, Mr. Dantley.


Not For First Ladies OnlySummary: Barbara Walters (Gilda Radner) question Betty Ford (Jane Curtin) and Rosalyn Carter (Laraine Newman) on why they will be a great First Lady.

Recurring Characters: Barbara Walters, Betty Ford, Rosaylnn Carter.

RootsSummary: Garrett Morris takes a look back at some of the famous people his ancestors have had relations with.

Debate ’76Summary: President Gerald Ford (Chevy Chase) and Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) tackle the final issues prior to the election in the style of a beauty pageant.

Recurring Characters: Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter.

Weekend Update with Chevy ChaseSummary: Chevy Chase examines a pair of unreleased Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter campaign ads. Jane Curtin reads celebrity news items. Chevy Chase demonstrates the Game of the Week, then receives a phone call from the dead Generalissimo Francisco Franco.


Super Bat-O-Matic ’77Summary: Warlock spokesman (Dan Akroyd) shows how to blend magic potions the easy way.


The Band performs “Life Is A Carnival”, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, and “Stage Fright”Bio: Canadian-American rock group; first performed as Ronnie Hawkins back-up band, The Hawks; disbanded in 1976, with a farewell tour on Thanksgiving Day; Martin Scorcese filmed their final concert and released it as documentary “The Last Waltz” (1978); members: Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm.


The OintMENtSummary: Ambassador Thorne (Buck Henry) searches in vain for demon-child Damien’s (John Belushi) real parents.


It’s Halloween TonightSummary: In a film by Gary Weis, Buck Henry is made up to look like a woman.

Houdini’s GraveSummary: On the 50th anniversary of his death, Garrett Morris waits inside Machpelah Cemetery to see if Houdini will return from the grave as he promised before his death.

Mr. Mike’s Least-Loved Bedtime TalesSummary: Mr. Mike (Michael O’Donaghue) tells the story of “The Enchanted Thermos”.


Houdini’s Grave IISummary: Garrett Morris appears to have been spooked by an apparition of Houdini’s ghost.

The Band performs “Georgia On My Mind”


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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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