May 15th, 1982
Andy Kaufman Teaser
Danny DeVito’s MonologueSummary: After announcing that ABC has abruptly cancelled “Taxi” for low ratings, Danny DeVito brings out the cast so they can make their final bow.
Also Hosted: 83b, 87f, 88g, 92j, 99h.
Note: HBO wanted to acquire “Taxi” and produce new episodes on its cable station, but NBC secured the rights first and placed it on the same night and time slot it had at ABC. It was scheduled back-to-back with new sitcom “Cheers”; both shows had been created by the Charles-Burrows-Charles team. “Taxi” again finished that season with low ratings and was cancelled once and for all.
TaxiSummary: Louie DePalma (Danny DeVito) drives a cab to ABC’s headquarters and detonates the building with a bomb.
The WhinersSummary: Doug (Joe Piscopo) and Wendy Whiner (Robin Duke) annoy a fellow passenger (Danny DeVito) while preparing for a flight aboard an airplane.
Recurring Characters: Doug Whiner, Wendy Whiner.
Executive Stress TestSummary: Just as he receives a great promotion at work, Bob Hoskins (Danny DeVito) finds himself stressed out over a series of events that appear to be out of his control.
Sparks performs “Mickey Mouse”Lyrics
SNL Newsbreak with Brian Doyle-MurrayRecurring Characters: Dr. Jack Badofsky, Lou Grant.
Solomon & PudgeRecurring Characters: Solomon, Pudge.
Enzo MouthwashRecurring Characters: Ozzy Osbourne.
America is Turning GaySummary: Spoofing Dr. Pepper’s “Be A Pepper” and “America’s Turning 7-Up” jingles, Americans dance in the streets to celebrate their sudden openness in being gay.
Note: Repeat from 81o.
Table TalkSummary: Tony Rosato demonstrates how to skillfully order wine without being taken for a chump by the Steward (Nate Herman).
No More WrestlingSummary: Brian Doyle-Murray interviews Andy Kaufman about his recent match with professional wrestler Jerry Lawler.
Looks at Books
Sparks performs “I Predict”