SNL Transcripts: Rodney Dangerfield: 03/08/80: Rodney’s Dressing Room



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  Season 5: Episode 13
















79m: Rodney Dangerfield / The J. Geils Band

Rodney’s Dressing Room

…..Rodney Dangerfield
…..Father Guido Sarducci
…..Jane Curtin

[ open on Rodney Dangerfield seated in his dressing room, smoking a cigarette as he practices his lines ]

[ a knock at the door ]

Rodney Dangerfield: Uh — come in!

[ Father Guido Sarducci enters the dressing room with a robe draped over his shoulder ]

Father Guido Sarducci: Hello, Mr. Dangerfield.

Rodney Dangerfield: Oh. Hello, Father. How are you? It’s good to see you.

[ they shake hands ]

Father Guido Sarducci: Now, listen — I’m just coming by to say Hello to you —

Rodney Dangerfield: Oh, yeah?

Father Guido Sarducci: And I wanted to tell you that I really respect you — I have ALL kinds of respect for you.

Rodney Dangerfield: Oh, yeah? Thanks very much, Father. I’m flattered! That’s really nice. No kidding, you know?

Father Guido Sarducci: How’s everything a-going?

Rodney Dangerfield: Oh! Very —

Father Guido Sarducci: They treating you well?

Rodney Dangerfield: They’re treating me like a PRINCE here! It’s really beautiful, you know? Really nice, you know?

Father Guido Sarducci: Hey, uh, I’m-a not-a holding you up, am I?

Rodney Dangerfield: Well… I got a little time to myself — I was gonna look over the script, the show starts in a few minutes. I was gonna go over a few things, that’s all.

Father Guido Sarducci: Hey, you know — I wanted to ask you a favor, if you wouldn’t mind?

Rodney Dangerfield: Yeah?

Father Guido Sarducci: They put me in-a this-a dressing room over here with three other fellows, and it’s-a really crowded in-a there. And, I was wondering — you know, if you didn’t mind — if I could share this dressing room with you. You know, just if it’s okay with you, of course.

Rodney Dangerfield: Well… gee… it’s not really very big in here. There’s not too much room, you know?

Father Guido Sarducci: Well… that’s okay, we can manage. I don’t mind.

Rodney Dangerfield: Oh, yeah?

[ Sarducci shoves Dangerfield’s clothes down the rack ]

Father Guido Sarducci: I’m gonna put your stuff down this side, okay?

Rodney Dangerfield: Okay… yeah. I’m just gonna look at this script here real quick, you know?

[ a knock at the door ]

Father Guido Sarducci: I’ll get it.

Rodney Dangerfield: Okay. Right.

[ Sarducci opens the door to allow entry for Jane Curtin ]

Jane Curtin: Oh, good, you’re here. I’ve been looking all over for you.

Father Guido Sarducci: Well… I had to change dressing rooms. It’s a long story, believe me.

Jane Curtin: Hi, Rodney! How are you!

Rodney Dangerfield: Jane! How are you? How are you? There’s a few changes, I’m just going over it.

Jane Curtin: Ahhh! Okay. [ to Sarducci ] Uh… Father and a guy showed up.

Father Guido Sarducci: He did? Well, good. You got it, huh?

Jane Curtin: Yeah. But I had to put up the whole two-hundred myself. If you want half, I’m gonna have to get fifty from you now.

Father Guido Sarducci: Well… do you think, maybe, I could give it to you next week or sometime? Will that be okay?

Jane Curtin: [ shaking her head ] No… I need it now.

Father Guido Sarducci: Well… I only got a hundred-dollar bill. Can you… change a hundred?

Jane Curtin: No, I can’t. Look — why don’t you give ME the hundred, and I’ll owe you fifty?

Father Guido Sarducci: Hey, Mr. Dangerfield? Can you break a hundred-dollar bill for me, please? It’s very important.

Rodney Dangerfield: Uh — I only got about fifty, sixty bucks on me.

Father Guido Sarducci: Uh — can I borrow fifty from you?

Rodney Dangerfield: [ counting his money ] I got $52 here on me —

Father Guido Sarducci: Well… I don’t need the whole thing. The fifty would be fine.

Rodney Dangerfield: Oh, yeah? Alright…

Father Guido Sarducci: [ taking the fifty ] Thank you very much, I appreciate it.

Rodney Dangerfield: Okay… right… right…

[ the phone rings ]

Father Guido Sarducci: [ to Jane ] There.

Rodney Dangerfield: [ answering the phone ] Yes? Yes, it is. Who? Okay. Jane! Jane, it’s for you.

Jane Curtin: Oh! [ taking the phone ] Hello? Yeah. Yeah, I got the money…

[ a knock at the door ]

Father Guido Sarducci: I’ll get it.

[ an Italian family enters the room, to Sarducci’s delight ]

Father Guido Sarducci: Hey, uh, Mr. Dangerfield! These are some friends I want you to meet!

Rodney Dangerfield: Oh?

Father Guido Sarducci: Their nephew is-a gonna be on the show with me tonight, from Italy!

Rodney Dangerfield: Oh?

Father Guido Sarducci: And I told them they could watch the show from my dressing room.

Rodney Dangerfield: Oh… sure.

Father Guido Sarducci: I told them you wouldn’t mind.

Rodney Dangerfield: Nah!

Father Guido Sarducci: This is Gabriella Pollino —

Rodney Dangerfield: Good to see ya’.

Father Guido Sarducci: This is her husband, Ron Pollino —

Rodney Dangerfield: Nice to see you, Sir.

Father Guido Sarducci: This little girl, her name is-a Gabriela. That’s their granddaughter. She’s-a named for the grandmother. Same name!

Rodney Dangerfield: Oh, yeah…

Father Guido Sarducci: And this is Mr. Pollino’s brother. His name is Mr. Moo Mamou.

Rodney Dangerfield: Good to see ya’. Well, I tell ya’ — I got a lot of stuff to go over here, you know what I mean?

Father Guido Sarducci: Yeah, I bet you never met anybody named Gabriela before, am I right?

Rodney Dangerfield: No. No, never, never.

Father Guido Sarducci: And I’ll bet, for sure, you never met-a TWO Gabrielas in-a the same day! Right?

Rodney Dangerfield: I-I never met one in one MONTH, to tell you the truth, you know?

[ the old woman begins to speak about Dangerfield to Sarducci in Italian, confusing him for Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon, until they recognize Sarducci’s impression of Dangerfield’s “No Respect” routine ]

Father Guido Sarducci: He says they think that they saw you once!

Rodney Dangerfield: Oh, yeah? Listen, I think the show’s gonna start pretty soon. I mean, how do I know when I’m supposed to go on? I don’t know, you know what I mean?

Father Guido Sarducci: Well, you can tell because it comes-a on this television set.

Rodney Dangerfield: Oh, yeah? But the television’s not turned on!

Father Guido Sarducci: I’ll get it for you.

Rodney Dangerfield: Alright…

[ Dangerfield sits next to Jane on the couch, as Sarducci turns the TV on to reveal a close-up of Dangerfield’s face ]

Father Guido Sarducci: Hey, look! Mr. Dangerfield! That’s YOU!

[ the Italian family becomes excited and repeats Dangerfield’s routine ]

Rodney Dangerfield: Hey! What am I supposed to do?!

Jane Curtin: Oh, look, Rodney — it’s right here in your script, come on. [ she flips through his script ] Let me see, wait a second… um… Okay, Sarducci enters… [ she flips the pages ] Um… a phone call… [ she flips the pages ] Paternas and Mr. Marou… [ she flips pages ] Sarducci turns on the TV set… [ she flips the pages ] I help you find your place in the script… [ she flips the pages ] Oh, yeah! Here it is, here it is right here.

Rodney Dangerfield: Oh, yeah! Okay! [ reading from his script as he looks at the camera ] “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

[ the opening montage plays on the TV set, until it dissolves to full-screen mode ]

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