The fifth episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by Candice Bergen.
Only Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner, and Michael O'Donoghue were credited as castmembers. This was likely an error in titles, as the following episode listed the cast on two screens instead of one, with Garrett, Larraine, and Gilda on the second title card. It was also the last episode in which O'Donoghue was credited as a member of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players, though his association with the show lasted for many years.
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The President Of The United States
Chevy Chase debuts his impression of Gerald R. Ford, as the accident-prone president stumbles his way through a speech he delivers directly to the "Saturday Night Live" audience.
Candice Bergen Monologue
As Candice Bergen, SNL's first woman host, tells the audience about tonight's great show, a bee (John Belushi) appears on stage and grabs her hand. Chevy Chase approaches to swat the bee with a newspaper, but Candice objects, despite her allergies. Naturally, Chevy swats the bee anyway.
Ambassador Training Institute
A commercial spokesman (Andrew Duncan) explains how you can apply to become a U.S. ambassador for a foreign country, aptly mixing work with play.
At the disheveled offices of the CIA, an employee (Dan Aykroyd) can't seem to find the career criminal file belonging to Garrett Morris.
In this film spoof, the "cleverest species of them all" - the Land Shark (Chevy Chase) terrorizes young woman in their homes, luring them to the door by pretending to deliver flowers and Candygrams. Matt Hooper (John Belushi) and Sheriff Brody (Dan Aykroyd) survey the bodily damages.
Esther Phillips Performs
Esther Phillips Performs "What a Difference a Day Makes".
Weekend Update With Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase makes faces behind congresswoman Jane Curtin's back as she delivers an editorial reply against federal aid to New York City. As a public service to viewers who have difficulty hearing, Garrett Morris, the headmaster of the New York School for the Hard-of-Hearing, repeats the evening's top story.
As he makes a long-distance call to his mother, a gay man reminisces about the joy's of dressing in her clothes. After all, it's "the next best thing to being her."
With her face leaning against the bottle, French actress Catherine Deneuve (Bergen) endorses the perfume that helps her cope with her own fame.
Andy Kaufman enters as his Foreign Man character. He attempts to tell a joke, perform impressions, dance and sing, but he bombs so terribly that he wishes the cameras weren't rolling. After breaking into a nervous crying fit, he plays the bongos to the audience's delight.
Candice Bergen and Gilda Radner discuss their insecurities, prior to introducing this week's film by Albert Brooks.
NBC Super Season
Albert Brooks gives us a look at some mid-season replacement shows waiting to be broadcast on NBC - the dramatic "Medical Season", the wild comedy sex farce "The Three Of Us", and the racially-tense "Black Vet."
Candice Bergen interviews sadistic kiwi trappers Dennis X (Dan Aykroyd) & Anthony Q (John Belushi).
Chevy Chase and girlfriend Jaqueline Carlin don't need to use products to be attractive to one another.
Trans American Airlines
A sadistic gentleman (Michael O'Donoghue) crank calls the receptionist (Laraine Newman) for Trans American Airlines.
The Glig population is down to its last two, so Scred (Jerry Nelson) & Ploobis (Jim Henson) seek the advice of the Mighty Favog (Frank Oz) for a solution.
Reporting from a third world country, Candice Bergen plays practical jokes on its leader (John Belushi) during a controversial interview.
Garrett Morris interviews Jane Curtin, a white woman who passes herself off as am expert black female authoress.
With only the Pong game screen in view as they play, Al Franken and Tom Davis discuss bringing the Al's girlfriend home to meet his parents for Thanksgiving.
Esther Phillips Performs
Esther Phillips Performs "I Can Stand a Little Rain".