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"Saturday Night Live" Candice Bergen/Frank Zappa (TV Episode 1976) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • The host for the episode is Candice Bergen (her third appearance), and the musical guest is Frank Zappa. The skits for this episode are as follows: For the opening, Patty Hearst enjoys a Christmas back with her family. Instead of doing her opening monologue, Candice Bergen hides in her dressing room and has to be coaxed out by John Belushi doing a Humphrey Bogart impression. President-elect Carter admits he can't follow through on all the things he promised during the campaign. A pitchman convinces a woman to use Santi-Wrap before sitting on the lap of a disreputable Santa. Irwin Mainway defends the safety of his company's obviously unsafe toys. A re-run ad promotes saving money with your own pricing gun. A woman defends her right to be extremely stupid. During the Weekend Update, Jane Curtain's husband urges her to quit SNL and come home, after which Jane comments on Amy Carter, Olga Korbut's marriage and the killing of Rudolph the Reindeer, while Emily Litella doesn't think people should give money to unisex. Candice advertises an instant camera that dispenses cheese slices. Two police officers investigate a string of murders perpetrated by trees. Candice announces that John has no place to spend Christmas and asks someone to adopt him for the holiday. The cast perform a song hoping that Gary Gilmore gets his wish to be executed as soon as possible. Frank Zappa performs "The Slime", "Lagoon" and "Peaches & Regalia".


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