SNL Transcripts: Michael Palin: 05/12/79


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  Season 4: Episode 18

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Air Date:


Musical Guest:

Special Guests:


Bit Players:

May 12th, 1979

Michael Palin

James Taylor

Don Novello


Al Franken

Tom Davis

Alan Zweibel

Brian Doyle-Murray
Fred SilvermanSummary: Fred Silverman (John Belushi).

Recurring Characters: Fred Silverman.



Michael Palin’s MonologueSummary:


James Taylor performs “Johnnie Comes Back”

The Adventures of Miles CowperthwaiteSummary: In the continuing adventures of Miles Cowperthwaite (Michael Palin), the former drool handler is mentored by the manly Captain Ned (John Belushi) aboard the manly sea vessel The Raging Queen.

Recurring Characters: Miles Cowperthwaite, Hodo.


Magna-Gro Anabolic SteroidsSummary: Apartment dwellers (Laraine Newman, Bill Murray) use Magna-Gro Anabolic Steroids to grow a giant tulip in their indoor garden.

Weekend Update with Jane Curtin & Bill MurraySummary: Chico Escuela (Garrett Morris). Margaret Thatcher (Michael Palin). Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello).

Recurring Characters: Chico Escuela, Margaret Thatcher, Father Guido Sarducci.


James Taylor performs “Up On The Roof”

Boulevard Of Proud Chicano CarsSummary: An East Los Angeles Chicano gang face problems during the gas crisis, so President Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) comes to their rescue.

Recurring Characters: Jimmy Carter.

Mr. Bill Runs AwaySummary: In a film by Walter Williams, Mr. Bill dons a disguise to get away from Mr. Hands and Sluggo, but ends up in a car ride to Hell with them anyway.


James Taylor performs “Millworker”

Tom Snyder’s MotherSummary: Tom Snyder (Dan Aykroyd) dines with his mother (Jane Curtin) for a mother’s Day brunch.

Recurring Characters: Tom Snyder.



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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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