'Wasn't That Special' Season Eight Bonus Material
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As the Wasn’t That Special co-hosts watch each season of Saturday Night Live, they compare notes on each episode, chatting back and forth about both popular and long-forgotten sketches. Some of the topics they discuss make it to the final podcast; others are left on the cutting-room floor.
But for those of you who join at the Executive Producer level, you will have access to Christian and Scot’s behind-the-scenes notes, as well as bonus materials the co-hosts used to prepare for the episode.
Below is the Season Eight bonus notes section, with the clips coming next week.
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Episode One: Chevy Chase
Scot: Wow. Easily the best episode since Season 5. Can they come close to matching in future weeks?
Art Opening with Tyrone Green - Green shows off his pieces - Smart Ass White Boy Blues - refuses to recite Cill My Landlord, instead reads I Hate White People
Christian: I called it! This is exactly what I was talking about last episode when I compared “Prose and Cons” to Tom Wolfe’s Radical Chic.
Scot: Yeah, I liked this even better than the first one.
Saturday Night News with Brad Hall
Christian: Just what America was calling for - an unfunny tirade against the Secretary of the Interior. So lame.
Alan: Video Junkie- by Claude Kerven- children addicted to video games - inside rehab center, shock treatment when touching controller
Christian: Exactly what people are saying now about smartphones - great Juice Newton reference.
Episode Two: Louis Gossett Jr.
Scot: Started hot but the back half just didn't cook at all.
Gossett as drill sergeant puts cast through comedy boot camp
Christian: Gossett's big role that year was as a drill sergeant in An Officer and a Gentleman. I think he won an Oscar. If only there was some way to look it up.
Scot: Solid all-cast moment - Kroeger seems like a solid addition here.
A sex therapist (Gossett) puts his patients through play therapy - Kaz and Mary are first-timers, his gun fires early.
Christian: Gossett's "uh huh" thing is distracting and doesn't add anything.
Scot: Brad might not be very good at this sketch comedy thing - Gossett has this weird laugh thing throughout.
Mr. and Ms. T Bloody Mary Mix commercial
Christian: See, Robin Duke is good!
Singing in the Stalls - a quartet of bathroom-goers sing “Under The Boardwalk” from their stalls - toe-tapping - Tim enters looking for an empty stall while singing “The Message.”
Christian: Wasn't there a pre-filmed bit on people singing at urinals a few seasons ago?
Saturday Night News
Christian: Brad, what is it you say you do here?
The Interesting Four - superheroes with uneeded skills (stapling, 4-second time travel, raise/lower temp 9 degrees) - Dr. Inconsiderate on the loose.
Christian: This is pointless. (I did laugh at the bad guy being named "Doctor Inconsiderate.) But man, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (JLD) is a vision. Even when making faces.
Scot: Writing really doesn't know what to do with these characters.
Episode Three: Ron Howard
Christian: Howard was a good host. Most male hosts they have are geriatrics. Episode collapsed at the end.
Scot: Pretty average stuff all around. Howard was happy to be there!
Opie's Back - adult Opie Taylor returns to a dirty, kinky Mayberry; Eddie as Floyd, really good; Andy Griffith cameo
Christian: Solid whole-cast bit. Good ad-lib by Howard when he gets Murphy's name wrong.
Velvet Jones romance novels, including Kicked In The Butt By Love
Christian: Velvet back from the dead! Resurrected!
Scot: Mel Brandt does the V/O here which leads me to believe it's a S7 leftover.
Harry Anderson shoves a hat pin through his forearm
Scot: A little slower-paced than others.
Focus on Film - Raheem Abdul Muhammed talks with Ron, asks Andy Griffith & Happy Days questions
Christian: "I have a daughter" - Bryce Dallas Howard had just been born.
Scot: "Wow, Opie Cunningham, a sex machine."
Saturday Night News
Christian: MORE LIKE BAD HALL AMIRITE?
Hail to the Chief - Jimmy Carter (Piscopo) recalls Ronald Reagan’s White House visit
Christian: Is Piscopo going to do every impression of every white man all season?
Scot: What happened to Piscopo's Carter impression?? This is terrible.
Sylvester School of Speech Therapy - an IRS agent (Kaz) visits the Sylvester School of Speech Therapy - Tim gets spit all over his face
Scot: Eddie breaks with all the spitting. Four Stars.
Christian: This is TERRIBLE! (But Eddie laughing is funny.)