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Lily Tomlin/James Taylor 

The host for the episode is Lily Tomlin (her second appearance), and the musical guest is James Taylor. The skits for this episode are as follows: For the opening skit, everyone is waiting ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Lily Tomlin ... Herself - Host / Ernestine / Ruth Clusen / Various
James Taylor ... Himself - Musical Guest
Frank Oz ... The Mighty Favog (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Jerry Nelson ... Scred (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Alice Tweedy Alice Tweedy ... Queen Peuta (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Richard Hunt ... King Ploobis's Right Hand (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Jim Henson ... King Ploobis (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Dan Aykroyd ... Jimmy Carter / Various
John Belushi ... Tom Burke / Paul Rutherford / Himself
Chevy Chase ... Weekend Update Anchor / Gerald Ford / Various
Jane Curtin ... Herself / Liz Montgomery / Herself
Garrett Morris ... Himself / Earl Roland / Ralph Hopkins
Laraine Newman ... Himself / Elna Sullivan / Herself
Gilda Radner ... Emily Litella / Various
Don Pardo ... Himself - Announcer (voice)


The host for the episode is Lily Tomlin (her second appearance), and the musical guest is James Taylor. The skits for this episode are as follows: For the opening skit, everyone is waiting around for Lily Tomlin to arrive, but she shows up late and announces she's not going to bother rehearsing for the show. After Lily's opening monologue, she begins talking about what she really thinks of the show, thinking that her microphone is off. President Ford gets into a strange debate with Jimmy Carter. During the Weekend Update, Laraine Newman reports on an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease and Emily Litella wonders about crustaceans hijacking airplanes. Ernestine the operator talks about why phone service is unreliable and why they don't care. A housewife is persuaded to perform a series of increasingly bizarre stunts. Lily finishes the show performing The Antler Dance with the SNL band. James Taylor performs "Shower the People", "Road Runner" and "Sweet Baby James". Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Release Date:

18 September 1976 (USA) See more »

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NBC Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When this episode was rerun in September 2001, the portion of Weekend Update with Emily Litella talking about the five 'crustaceans' hijacking an airplane was removed due to the then-recent September 11 attack on the United States. See more »


Liz Montgomery: Mr President, you've said that the Humprey Hawkins bill will cost a possible 60 billion dollars but isn't it true that the jobs provided by the bill will provide up to one hundred-fifty billion dollars in increased productions. Using Walter Hiller's figure that for every one per cent unemployed there is a resulting thirty-seven billion dollar loss in GNP. Now at the present rate of taxation on GNP of thirty nine per cent doesn't this come to about the same sixty billion dollars in increased ...
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References Kojak (1973) See more »


Road Runner
Written by Jimmy Walker
Performed by James Taylor
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