SNL Transcripts: Dick Cavett: 11/13/76: Mobile Shrink


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 2: Episode 7

76g: Dick Cavett / Ry Cooder

Mobile Shrink

Dr. Robert Liebman…..Chevy Chase
Female Patient…..Ann Risley
Cashier…..Laraine Newman
Construction Worker…..John Belushi

[ open on NBC promo jingle ]

Jingle: This Faaaaalll… NBC sends you All The Best!

[ iris into Mobile Shrink’s office, as a Female patient lies on his couch ]

Female Patient: — And, if I don’t call you, how am I gonna speak to you? Well, listen, I just don’t have any idea of why you want to speak to me.

Announcer: This Fall, NBC presents an exciting new medical drama. Dr. Robert Liebman, a new breed of analysts, gives up his comfortable office practice to fight depression, neuroses, and feelings of inadequacy, no matter where or when they strike.

[ Dr. Liebman casually exits his office in mid-analysis ] [ dissolve to Dr. Liebman’s car pulling up to a mailman on the street ]

Announcer: [ over SUPER: ] “Chevy Chase is… “Mobile Shrink”.

[ Dr. Liebman follows the mailman along his route, taking down notes in a notepad ]

Dr. Robert Liebman: Sorry I’m a little bit late this afternoon. How are you feeling today?

Mailman: Fine.

Dr. Robert Liebman: That’s good, I’m glad to hear it.

Announcer: With a beeper, compassion, and a notepad, he goes out into the streets to those who need help most — the over 5.3 million Americans who don’t seek proper mental health care.

[ dissolve to Dr. Liebman taking notes as he examines a Cashier working at the supermarket ]

Dr. Robert Liebman: — something bothering you today. You seem upset.

Cashier: Yeah, well, uh — I had that same nightmare dream, you know the one about that squishy snake?

Dr. Robert Liebman: Oh, yeah.

Cashier: [ to her customer ] Fifty-nine cents.

Announcer: “Mobile Shrink”. Boldly exploring the subconcious, breaking down defense mechanisms, restructuring anxieties, and reintegrating the behaviorial characteristics of the individual.

Cashier: [ picks up an avocado ] How much are the avocadoes?

[ dissolve to Dr. Liebman analyzing Tony as he flips dough at a pizzeria ]

Dr. Robert Liebman: Tony, it’s a simple Rorschach test. Tell me what you see on the card, whatever comes to your mind. [ he holds up a card ]

Tony: I see a rabbit.

Announcer: “Mobile Shrink”. Combining the wisdom of Freud, the clarity of Jung, and the human insight of Dr. Joyce Brothers.

[ Dr. Liebman holds up another card ]

Tony: Uh, let’s see — a bat.

Dr. Robert Liebman: What about the last one here? [ he holds up another card ] [ Tony flips the dough into the air, and it lands on the card ] [ dissolve to Dr. Liebman climbing down a mound of dirt to a construction worker with a jackhammer ]

Announcer: “Mobile Shrink”. He went outside… to help people go inside — inside themselves. Deeper than they’ve ever been before. Down into the depths of the psyche. Uprooting the basic fears that block their happiness.

Dr. Robert Liebman: Let’s get back to the separation of you and your parents! How old were you at the time?

Construction Worker: Uh — 27!

Dr. Robert Liebman: [ frowning ] What!

Construction Worker: 27!

Dr. Robert Liebman: How old were you?!

Construction Worker: When?!

Dr. Robert Liebman: When your parents separated! How old were you?!

Construction Worker: I was 4!

Dr. Robert Liebman: Okay! [ he makes a note in his notepad ] How do you feel? Any anxiety, any what?

Construction Worker: Anxious!

Dr. Robert Liebman: Anger?

Construction Worker: Anxious!

Dr. Robert Liebman: Let it out!

Construction Worker: ANXIOUS!!

Announcer: “Mobile Shrink”. Coming to NBC this Fall.

Jingle: All the best, from NBC!

[ fade ]

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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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