SNL Transcripts: Louis Gossett, Jr.: 10/02/82: Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood


Saturday Night Live Transcripts

Season 8: Episode 2

82b: Louis Gossett, Jr. / George Thoroughgood & The Destroyers

Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood

Mr. Robinson…..Eddie Murphy
…..Mr. T

Mr. Robinson: [ singing ] “It’s a beautiful day in the neigborhood
A beatuful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

I always wanted to live in a house like yours, my friend
Maybe when there’s nobody at home, I’ll break in!

So, I married a woman who said she was rich,
Spent all of her money, walked out on the bitch!
Won’t you be my..
Won’t you be my..
Won’t you be my neighbor??”

Hello, boys and girls! [ changes his shoes ] You’re probably wondering why Mr. Robinson is putting on his glitter shoes. Now, these are rock and roll shoes, boys and girls. And, do you know why? Let’s look at our word for the day. [ points to board reading “SCUMI” ] You can’t read it, boys and girls, because it’s the Soul Train Scramble Board! [ rearranges the letters to spell “MUSIC” ] There’s our word for the day! [ walks over to a set of drums ] See what these are, boys and girls? They’re drums. That’s a beautiful instrument, you know. You know where drums come from? Africa! You know where these drums come from? Smokey Robinson was at the Apollo Theater, and left his van open in the back of the place. I ripped him off! I wonder how Smokey is gonna sound with no percussion? You know what drums sound like, boys and girls? Listen. [ starts beating the drums, making quite a racket until the phone rings, eliciting a face ]That’s the telephone, boys and girls! Let’s see who it can be. [ answersphone ] WHO IS IT!! What?! Oh, that ain’t loud – this is loud! [ blows his whistle into the phone, then hangs up and smiles ] Now, where were we, boys and girls? [ returns to banging his drums ] [ a knock is heard at the door ]

Voice at Door: Mr. Robinson! Robinson! I know you’re in there! Stop beating them drums! You hear me?

Mr. Robinson: That’s my new neighbor. But don’t be scared, boysand girls, I just installed a new lock! He’ll never get in here!

[ continues to bang his drums, as the door is busted through, and Mr. T enters, grabbing Robinson by the throat ]

Mr. T: Hello, boys and girls. The new word for today.. is “pain”. [ to Robinson ] Sing the song!

Mr. Robinson: [ singing ] “A very happy.. tomorrow.. to you..”

Mr. T: Goodnight, boys and girls.

[ continues to strangle Mr. Robinson as title fades in ]

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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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Richard Turner
Richard Turner
2 years ago

I would really love to see the Saturday Night Live video of Eddy Murphy and Mr T where Mr. Robinson gets a set of drums and annoys his neighbor Mr. T. Where can i see it.

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