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Saturday Night Live: Ellen Burstyn/Aretha Franklin

Live from New York, it's...Charles Rocket!

Sketches include: "A Message from David Rockefeller", "The Ed MacMahon School of Laughing", "What's It All About?", "The Rocket Report", "Paulie Herman: The Video Date", "Housing a Junkie", "Pepe Gonzales: The New York Matador" (short film), "Valley Girl Vickie at Planned Parenthood", "Mary Louise's Lesson", "The Toni Tenille Show", "Fish Heads" (music video), "Blaming The Kids for Divorce", and "The Lonely Old Lady"

Aretha Franklin performs: "United Together" and "Can't Turn You Loose"; special guest Keith Sykes performs: "B.I.G.T.I.M.E"

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x3
Airdate: Saturday December 06th, 1980

Director: Dave Wilson (2)

Guest Stars
Ellen BurstynEllen Burstyn
As Herself (Host)
Ellen BurstynEllen Burstyn
As Herself (Host)

Musical Guests
Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
As Herself

Bill PaxtonBill Paxton
As Man in 'Fish Heads' video
Episode Notes
This episode almost got barred from being shown due to three then-controversial sketches that the censors didn't want Jean Doumanian to do: one about a family who take in a heroin addict (played by Charles Rocket), a Valley Girl Vickie sketch where Vickie takes her friend to a Planned Parenthood clinic and keeps harassing the receptionist about abortions, and a short film where NBC executives search all over America for a virgin female to be SNL's newest castmember. In the end, only the "Housing a Junkie" sketch and the "Valley Girl Vickie at Planned Parenthood" sketch actually aired. The "Virgin Search" short film would later be seen on the Christmas episode hosted by David Carradine.

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