3x08 Mrs. Miskel Spillman/Elvis Costello and the Attractions
First Aired: Dec. 17, 1977 on NBC
Summary: Live From New York, It's...John Belushi Sketches include ""America's Oldest Living Doper," "Meat Wagon Toy Ambulance," "Dating the Self-Conscious & Extremely Obnoxious," "Gift of the Magi," "Starsky and Hutch," "The Al Franken and Tom Davis Show," "E. Buzz Miller's Art Classics," "College…
Main Characters in this Episode
John Belushi: What if she forgets her lines?
Laraine Newman: Don't worry, she won't. You know, you should be this together when you're 80 as Mrs. Spillman is.
John Belushi: Don't worry, I'll probably be dead by 30.
Weekend Update Anchor: And I'm Jane Curtin, and I catch your drift, Dan.
Himself - Musical Guest: [to audience] I'm terribly sorry. There's no reason to play this song here. Ready? One, two, three, four!
- Miskel Spillman was an elderly housewife who entered the "Anyone Can Host" contest in which a viewer would be allowed to host the show. She was one of five finalists chosen by the producers. The viewers were invited to vote for the winner. Mrs. Spillman won by a wide margin.
- The Sex Pistols were scheduled to appear as the musical guest but had to cancel due to visa problems. They were replaced at the last minute by Elvis Costello.
- The elderly couple that appeared in the "Franken & Davis Show" sketch really were Al Franken's parents, Joseph and Phoebe Franken.
- In the sketch before the opening, Laraine Newman says to John Belushi that she bets he won't be as together when he is 80 as is the contestant host grandmother Miskel Spillman. Belushi replies, "Don't worry, I'll be dead by 30." He was only off by three years.
- Elvis Costello's drummer, Pete Thomas, wears a shirt saying "Thanks Malc", during their performance. This is a reference to the Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, who got them to fill in for the absent Sex Pistols.