SNL Transcripts: Susan St. James: 10/10/81: Let’s See What’s Bothering Bob


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 7: Episode 2

81b: Susan St. James / The Kinks

Let’s See What’s Bothering Bob

Bob…..Brian McConnachie
Wife…..Mary Gross

[ open on 50’s-style suburban neighbrhood, with SUPER: “Let’s See What’s Bothering Bob” ]

[ pan down to Bob’s house and into his front window, to find him reading the newspaper in his favorite chair ]

Narrator: This is Bob. He doesn’t seem to be himself today. I wonder what’s bothering him? [ Bob reaches for his pipe, but accidentally knocks over his glass in the process ] Maybe he’s just not having a good day.

[ cut to Bob’s wife and daughter doing needlepoint on the sofa ]

Narrator: His wife Ellen has noticed it, too.

[ Ellen expresses a look of concern in Bob’s direction ]

[ cut to Bob sitting at a desk, working on the family finances ]

Narrator: He seems to be working with numbers all the time. Wonder what’s on his mind?

[ cut to Bob looking out the window ]

Narrator: Oh, well… maybe it’s just the weather.

[ cut to Bob standing in front of the family station wagon, which he gices a swift kick ]

Narrator: Wonder what made him do that? That car’s been his pride and joy.

[ cut to Bob mowing the lawn with his push mower ]

Narrator: He’s not mowing the lawn with his usual vigor, either.

[ his kids watch silently from an upstairs window ]

[ cut to Bob entering the kitchen ]

Narrator: Whatever it is… it’s bothering Bob.

[ cut to close-up of the family dog lying on the floor ]

Narrator: Even ol’ Wally seems to know ,i>something’s up.

[ cut to Bob losing his appetite at the dinner table ]

Narrator: Never known Bob to turn down Ellen’s peach pie before. What’s he thinking about?

[ cut to Ellen and the kids in the family room, as Bob enters ]

Narrator: Well… looks like he’s FINALLY made up his mind about something. And Bobby and susie think it’s about time.

[ Bob starts to say something, but stops himself ]

Narrator: Wait a minute. Looks like he’s forgotten something. What could it be?

[ Ellen and the kids continue on with what they were doing, as strange sounds are heard from the kitchen. They look up to ee Bob re-enter the family room pulling the cord on a chainsaw. ]

[ dissolve to the camera panning away from Bob’s house, as his kids run across neighboring lawns to safety ]

Narrator: Oh. That’s it.

[ fade ]

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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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