'Wasn't That Special' Season Five Bonus Material
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 Five bonus notes section, with the clips coming next week.
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Episode One: Steve Martin
Scot: Live band listed in credits for first time? - Feels like fun, more so that S4, but could just be Martin's presence.
Martin comes into Murray and Radner's house to teach them Spanish, starts taking a shower
Christian: Silly and fun.
Scot: I have a funny feeling this might one of the best acted sketches of the season.
The Vandals attack Roman soldiers by doing flaming poop trick, getting egged, TP'ed, ordering pizzas under Martin's name. They catch Franken, Murray and Jane are his parents.
Scot: Franken missed his cue to enter b/c he was daydreaming about how perfect his role would have been for Belushi.
Murray as David Susskind - panel of people who have seen Carter COS Hamilton Jordan do cocaine
Christian: Dated, but probably wasn't even funny then.
Scot: Was David Susskind a big deal? This is like his third appearance and I don't really know who he is.
Shearer introduces Martin and Radner, who dance in Russian ballet while surrounded by Russian police officers.
Christian: What happened in the Russian ballet that week - maybe someone defected?
Scot: Yep. Defection. It's not fantastic, but a point for being very current and figuring out a way to comment on the recent news.
Episode Two: Eric Idle
Christian: A top-5 episode from the first five seasons.
Scot: A very good episode; I'm not quite as high on it as you are, but still could end up one of the season's best.
Eric's sick - Harry Shearer as doctor - if Idle goes on, he has a 50/50 shot of surviving the show (Hi, John) ---weird false start to song.
Christian: Direct shot at Belushi - how do we feel about Lorne as a performer?
Prince Charles Tells You How to Pick Up Girls
Christian: "How many times has this happened to you?" - Some callbacks: "Foxes," "Hot Monkey Love."
Scot: Idle says the name of the book wrong the second time ... women, not girls.
Murray as dancer in drag bar, Laraine's father - "Hardcore II"
Andy Kaufman - Wrestles women - they are not physically or mentally capable - good for scrubbing potatoes, mopping floors, raising babies - men are pussycats and pansies for letting women's lib happen - crowd wants pregnant woman to do it - beats the woman - challenges Diana Nyad.
Christian: One of the best things on television, ever.
Scot: I mean, he's cutting a wresting promo. Ravishing Rick Rude (and others) used this template for years. - Kelly would be a handful, methinks. - Wait, is the winner pregnant? -- It's so natural that Kaufman would be drawn to the real/fake world of wrestling
Episode Three: Bill Russell
Ted Kennedy (Murray) late to his presidential announcement because he's soaking wet
Christian: "There are those who would look at my past and say 'why?' I choose to look at my past and say 'so what?'"
Scot: Downey is Dave Powers, I think?
"The Ann Landers Files" - finally, Jane has her "Baba Wawa"
Christian: Paul Shaffer is effectively an uncredited cast member at this point.
Scot: Paul's reward for not defecting to the Blues Brothers & sticking with Gilda Live! --- too long, too many segments.
Eleanor Roosevelt sends lesbian love letters as chain letters?
Christian: Can't quite unlock this one.
Scot: "My hot monkey love, always. Eleanor."
Murray hosts sports talk show about made up sports like "sticks and melons," and "rudder bat," has never heard of basketball. Russell is guest.
Scot: A different version of the Aykroyd/Idle nonsense sketch from a few years ago; a likeable sketch.