SNL Transcripts: Richard Benjamin: 04/07/79


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  Season 4: Episode 16

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April 7th, 1979

Richard Benjamin

Rickie Lee Jones


Marvin Goldhar

Rodney Dangerfield

Nelson Briles

Steve Henderson

Ed Kranepool

Brian Doyle-Murray

Jim Downey

Anne Beatts

Rosie Shuster

Al Franken

Tom Davis

Personnel Substitution


Richard Benjamin’s MonologueAlso Hosted: 79o

The Pepsi SyndromeSummary: In an elaborate spoof of “The China Syndrome”, President Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) suffers radiation poisoning after a Pepsi Cola is spilled on a nuclear console.

Recurring Characters: President Jimmy Carter, Rosalyn Carter, Barbara Walters.


The Nerds in LoveSummary: Todd (Bill Murray) borrows his older brother Milt’s (Richard Benjamin) bachelor pad so he can try some moves on Lisa (Gilda Radner).

Recurring Characters: Lisa Loopner, Todd DiLaMuca, Enid Loopner.

Weekend Update with Jane Curtin & Bill MurrayRecurring Characters: Chico Escuela, Roseanne Roseannadanna.

Rickie Lee Jones performs “Chuck E’s In Love”Also Performed: 81o, 89b.

A Bird For All Seasons

Scottish Restaurant

Little Chocolate DonutsSummary: John Belushi promotes the sugary breakfast treat that has brought him success on the ahletic field.

Note: Repeat from 77f.

Rickie Lee Jones performs “Coolsville”


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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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