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Jr. Walker & the All-Stars 

The musical guest is Jr. Walker & The All-Stars. There is no host. The skits for this episode are as follows: Chevy Chase finds Mr. Bill while rummaging through some supply closets. The two... See full summary »

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Dave Wilson, Ted Haimes
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Episode cast overview:
Denny Dillon ... Bag Lady / Various
Robin Duke ... Various
Tim Kazurinsky ... Harold Duffy / Tim / Various
Gail Matthius ... Melissa / Irene Cara / Various
Eddie Murphy ... Bill Cosby / Raheem Abdul Muhammed / Various
Joe Piscopo ... Frank Sinatra / Various
Tony Rosato ... Jerry Hemphill / Mike Short / Various
Jr. Walker and the All Stars Jr. Walker and the All Stars ... Themselves - Musical Guest (as Jr. Walker & The All Stars)
Laurie Metcalf ... Weekend Update Reporter
Emily Prager ... Various
Don Pardo ... Himself - Announcer (voice)
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The musical guest is Jr. Walker & The All-Stars. There is no host. The skits for this episode are as follows: Chevy Chase finds Mr. Bill while rummaging through some supply closets. The two reminisce about old times until Chevy accidentally crushes Bill. Frank Sinatra puts on a show to encourage people to buy American cars by bashing everything Japanese. Bill Cosby sells light beer to kids. A husband accuses his chimpanzee wife of having an affair. During the Weekend Update, Raheem Abdul Muhammed gives a movie review but confuses 'Altered States' with 'Stir Crazy', Laurie Metcalf asks people on the street if they would take a bullet for Ronald Reagan, and Al Franken tells viewers to forget about SNL and just let the show die peacefully. An Italian father gives his son some advice on his wedding day. Irene Cara sings about how all her songs sound alike. Chevy tries to convince viewers that the show is getting better, but Robin Williams and Christopher Reeves come on to voice their ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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English

Release Date:

11 April 1981 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Weekend Update was separated into two parts by a commercial break in this episode. This is the only episode in the history of the show where this happens. See more »

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Al Franken: You see, Lorne Michaels, the producer of "Saturday Night", decided after last season that it was time to go on to different things. Now, he figured the first season had been great. Then, Chevy left. And the show, of course, got even better. Then, then after the fourth year, Danny and John left. Now, them, them, we missed. So, after five golden years, Lorne decided to leave. And so did those close to him, including me, Al Franken.
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Alternate Versions

Reruns of this episode shown on Comedy Central during the 1990s remove the "Drive for America" sketch following the opening, and instead replace it with two previously aired sketches "60 Minutes" (from January 17, 1981) and "Mister Robinson's Neighborhood" (from February 21, 1981, also featuring Gilbert Gottfried). See more »

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References Joe & Valerie (1978) See more »

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What Does It Take
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Performed by Jr. Walker and the All Stars
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This episode made me a fan of Junior Walker
23 April 2015 | by vonnooshSee all my reviews

This was the first show from the 6th season to air after the mass firing and marked the start of the sweeping overhaul. Gone were Charles Rocket, Gilbert Gottfried, Ann Risley, the executive producer Jean Doumanian and nearly all of the writing staff from Season six. The change over in staff writers from the first five seasons to six is what hurt this season more than any cast change over in my opinion. The quality of the jokes and penned sketches were not nearly on the level established in the first five seasons and it painfully showed.

The overhaul led to no listed host for this show except the musical guest Junior Walker and the All Stars.

Junior Walker's solo work usually gets lost in the mix of his contemporaries. His biggest hits were sharing the spotlight with star R&B vocalists like Otis Redding, James Brown and Wilson Pickett. He had a revival of sorts near the time of this show's airing for his ripping sax solo on Foreigner's Urgent. Walker even ended up recording a solo version of Urgent.

The show itself feels incomplete. Second City performers, Robin Duke and Tony Rosato (both also were regular cast members on SCTV) make brief appearances. Also the excellent Tim Kazurinsky appears in his first episode.

Making their last appearances here as regular cast members were Denny Dillon, Yvonne Hudson, Gail Matthius and Matthew Laurance. Emily Prager and Laurie Metcalf make one episode appearances as cast members.

Chevy Chase and Al Franken both make brief appearances but neither are credited on IMDb for appearing. Neither is Junior Walker for that matter. Whoever moderates these reviews, please pass this information along.

Despite feeling incomplete, the episode is enjoyable and seeing Junior Walker perform is a treat.


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