SNL Transcripts: Ralph Nader: 01/15/77


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 2: Episode 11

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Air Date:


Musical Guest:

Special Guests:


Bit Players:

January 15th, 1977

Ralph Nader

George Benson

Andy Kaufman


Al Franken

Tom Schiller

Mitchell Laurance

Neil Levy

Ralph’s New ImageSummary: Ralph Nader shows up at Studio 8H ready to cut loose and have a good time, even in spite of various safety harzards he encounters while having his make-up applied.


MontageNote: Bill Murray’s first episode.

Ralph Nader’s MonologueSummary: Ralph Nader experiences technical difficulties after he discusses some of RCA’s wrongdoings.


Long DistanceSummary: Chess-loving grandfather (Bill Murray) badmouthes his ingrate grandson while waiting for his call.


Televised Execution RehearsalSummary: A manic director (Bill Murray) runs through the dress rehearsal for the televised execution of convincted murderer, Dean Slydell (Tom Schiller).


Baba Wawa Talks to HerselfSummary: Baba Wawa (Gilda Radner) promotes her upcoming special, in which she only talks to herself.

Recurring Characters: Barbara Walters.


George Benson performs “Masquerade”

Carter’s Confederate TakeoverSummary: Ralph Nader imagines that Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) has taken over the country.

Recurring Characters: Jimmy Carter.


Weekend Update with Jane CurtinSummary: A hospitalized John Belushi phones in to complain that no one has mentioned his injury. Bill Murray reports on Rosalyn Carter’s looks. Texxon representative, Mr. Rigg (Nader), explains the conditions of their solar energy deal. Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) comments that she’s against making Puerto Rico a “steak”.

Recurring Characters: Emily Litella.


Andy KaufmanSummary: The less-than-stellar impressions of Foreign Man (Andy Kaufman) lead up to the ultimate Elvis impersonation.


The Coneheads At HomeSummary: Beldar (Dan Aykroyd), Prymaat (Jane Curtin), and Connie Conehead (Laraine Newman) are alien beings who claim to come from France, and spend their days adjusting to their new life on Earth. Tonight, Beldar and Prymaat meet Connie’s new boyfriend, Ronnie (Bill Murray).

Recurring Characters: Beldar Conehead, Prymmat Conehead, Connie Conehead, Ronnie.


Inflatable Doll TestingSummary: Ralph Nader conducts safety “tests” on a pair of blow-up dolls.


GarbageSummary: Gary Weis explores the world of waste management in New York.

Note: Repeat from 04/17/76.

George Benson performs “Gonna Love You More”

Youth Asks The QuestionsSummary: Students ask Ralph Nader less-than-intelligent questions.

Recurring Characters: Rhonda Weiss, Sherry.

Ambassador Training InstituteSummary: A commercial spokesman (Andrew Duncan) explains how you can apply to become a U.S. ambassador for a foreign country, aptly mixing work with play.

Note: Repeat from 11/08/75.


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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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