SNL Transcripts: Richard Dreyfuss: 05/13/78


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 3: Episode 19

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May 13th, 1978

Richard Dreyfuss

Jimmy Buffett

Gary Tigerman

Paraquat ChaseSummary: The journey of paraquet-laced marijuana is traced from the fields of Mexico to Bill Murray at Studio 8-H in New York.



Richard Dreyfuss’ MonologueSummary: John Belushi forces Richard Dreyfuss to prove he’s a worthy actor by performing “Hamlet” for the audience.

Bio: During the 1970’s, Richard Dreyfuss (1947-) starred in three big-screen blockbusters in a row: “Jaws”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, and “The Goodbye Girl.” The latter yielded him the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1978, for which, at the time, he was the youngest recipient in the category.


Cone Encounters of the Third KindSummary: Linesman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) continues to drive himself crazy with the vision of a strange, mountainous image. After much frustration, he sees a TV commercial for Beldar Conehead’s (Dan Aykroyd) driving school, and is immediately draw to the Conehead residence.

Recurring Characters: Beldar Conehead, Prymaat Conehead, Connie Conehead, Merkon, Kuldroth, Walter Cronkite.


Jimmy Buffett performs “Son of a Son of a Sailor”Bio: Involved briefly in smuggling before turning to music, Jimmy Buffett (1946-) describes his songs as “90 percent autobiographical.” Nautical themes in many of his songs can be attributed to his father, who worked as a naval architect and often took young Jimmy along on sailing trips.

Note: Jimmy Buffett performs with his leg in a cast, due to an accident he had prior to appearing on SNL.

Sex TestSummary: Richard Dreyfuss tests viewers’ knowledge of sex-related subjects whiel yielding the floor to experts in the field.


Weekend Update with Jane Curtin & Dan AykroydSummary: Jane Curtin vows not to let events get the better of her during tonight’s newscast. After reviewing clips from “The Goodbye Girl”, stargazer Bill Murray still doesn’t think Richard Dreyfuss should have won Best Actor. Roseanne Roseannadanna’s (Gilda Radner) UFO commentary quickly sidetracks into a tale of a talking rear end; Jane Curtin finally loses her cool.

Recurring Characters: Roseanne Roseannadanna.


Nick “Springs”Summary: Nick “Springs” (Bill Murray) entertains newlyweds at the room at the Pocomount Honeymoon Lounge.

Recurring Characters: Nick the Lounge Singer, Jimmy Joe Red Sky.


Pet PeevesSummary: Couple (Laraine Newman, Richard Dreyfuss) unload their pet peeves about one another as a prelude to a romantic evening together.


The David Susskind ShowSummary: To celebrate Mother’s Day, David Susskind (Bill Murray) interviews male celebrities who still have strong attachments to their mothers.

Recurring Characters: Henry Kissinger, Tom Snyder, Emma Lou Snyder, Leon Spinks.

Gary Tigerman performs “White Oaxacan Moon”

Father Guido SarducciSummary: Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) discusses the Pope’s new encyclical, which explains the concept of life as a job and how people will have to pay for their sins out of their life’s salary once they enter Heaven.

Recurring Characters: Father Guido Sarducci.


Richard Dreyfuss performs “I Want To Be Seduced”Transcript


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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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