"Saturday Night Live" Malcolm McDowell/Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band (TV Episode 1980) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • The host for the episode is Malcolm McDowell, and the musical guest is Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band. The skits for this episode are as follows: mother nags at her son to sit up straight as he's strapped into the electric chair. A nature program searches through urban America for the elusive black republican. A spokesman for American tobacco growers explains that lung cancer is actually caused by the lungs themselves, and not by smoking. Two British nobles develop the sport of serf-riding. The Reagans decide to adopt Amy Carter as their own White House daughter. The American Milk Association invites Alex DeLarge to speak on behalf of their product. During the Weekend Update, Charles Rocket reports on the trial of the Gang of Four, the Reagans' first visit to the White House, the seizure of a cargo ship in Miami, and the failure of the movie Heaven's Gate, Charles interviews John Lennon and Yoko Ono, only to find that John has become obsessed with housekeeping, and Joe Piscopo re-enacts the Leonard-Duran fight with toy robots. A dominatrix delivers the leather weather report, using her shackled slave as the map. Two hunters are eager for the opening day of Commie hunting season. For the Rocket Report, Charles tries to interview passers-by on Fifth Avenue, but nobody is eager to talk with him and answer his awkward questions. A wine connoisseur recommends American wines that go well with American foods. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band perform "Hot Head" and "Ashtray Heart".


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