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Madonna/Simple Minds 

No cold opening. In her monologue, the host Madonna talks about her and Sean Penn's recent secretive wedding and shows mockumentary clips from it. Hell beer commercial carries a warning for... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Joan Cusack ... Various
Robert Downey Jr. ... Sean Penn / Elvis PresleyVarious (as Robert Downey)
Nora Dunn ... Maura Cornell / Various
Anthony Michael Hall ... Bobby Kennedy / Fed Jones / Various
Jon Lovitz ... Eric Brewer / Prince Charles / Victor LaSalle / Various
Dennis Miller ... Weekend Update Anchor / Various
Randy Quaid ... John F. Kennedy / Ronald Reagan / Joaquin Andujar / Various
Terry Sweeney ... Ted Kennedy / Nancy Reagan / Clint Weston / Various
Danitra Vance ... Cabrini Green Jackson / Various
Madonna ... Herself - Host / Marilyn Monroe / Melinda Zumont / Princess Diana / Marika / Various
Simple Minds ... Themselves - Musical Guest
Penn & Teller Penn & Teller ... Themselves - Special Guest
Damon Wayans ... Ned Jones / Various
Don Pardo ... Himself - Announcer (voice)


No cold opening. In her monologue, the host Madonna talks about her and Sean Penn's recent secretive wedding and shows mockumentary clips from it. Hell beer commercial carries a warning for the soul. The Reagans spend a quiet evening with Prince Charles and Lady Di at the White House but tongues get loose after a few drinks and Nancy gets frisky. The musical guest Simple Minds perform their song Alive and Kicking. Twitchy street fences Jones & Jones offer the best cheapest goods in town. Dennis Miller makes his first appearance as the anchorperson on the Weekend Update. He comments on the USSR's paranoid reaction to Halley's Comet, the US and USSR's peace talks, Georgia's ironic anti-gay law, Ferdinand Marcos hold over the Philippines elections, the passing of Orson Welles, the new way to throw away the garbage, Libya, the Palestinian PLO and Jehovah's Witnesses clash, clinical death record, the Beatrice Company expansion, Louis Farrakhan's similarities to Pee-wee Herman, the ironic ...

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Release Date:

9 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the "Pinklisting" sketch, a stage light fell into an empty pool that was on the set, causing Terry Sweeney to scream and nearly fall out of his chair. See more »


Princess Diana: [quite tipsy] When will you understand that I am a person? That I am not some thing... that I am me, a person, and not just some thing. That you can't treat me like some thing. Because I am not a thing. I am a person, so treat me like a person and not a thing, because that is what I am. A person. Me.
[buries her face against Ronald Reagan's broad chest]
Ronald Reagan: Well, that pretty much says it all.
Prince Charles: [stands up, walks to Diana] Oh darling, you poor thing.
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Alternate Versions

In the original airing, the cold opening featured NBC executive Brandon Tartikoff stating that urine drug tests will be given to the new cast members. This sketch was cut from all subsequent reruns. See more »


Edited into Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found (2005) See more »


Three Times a Lady
Written by Lionel Richie
Performed by Madonna
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