The Moment: “Jaws II,” aka “Land Shark” on Saturday Night Live in 1977
The Setup: A little summer movie called Jaws
The Punchline: In one of the finest movie parodies ever, Chevy Chase, as the cunning and dastardly Land Shark, inhabits a cheap foam-rubber shark suit and roams from dwelling to dwelling in search of fresh meat. He gains entrance to victims’ abodes by knocking on their door, mumbling and posing as repairmen, deliverymen and a dolphin.
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi are over-the-top funny as Jaws’ hunters Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss. And Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner,Laraine Newman and guest host Candice Bergen are hilarious as the alternately trusting and suspicious victims.
Newman answers a knock on her door: Yes?
Chase: (disguising his voice) Mrs. Arlsburgerhhh?
Chase: Mrs. Johannesburrrr?
Newman: Who is it?
Chase: [Beat.] Flowers.
Newman: Flowers? From whom?
Chase: [Long beat.] Plumber, ma’am.
Newman: I don’t need a plumber. You’re that clever shark, aren’t you?
Chase: [Beat.] Candygram.
Newman: Candygram, my foot. Get out of here before I call the proper authorities. You’re the shark, and you know it.
Chase: I’m only a dolphin…
Newman: A dolphin? Well…okay.)
The skit also stars every original SNL cast member.
Who’s to Thank: Chevy Chase, Michael O’Donoghue, Lorne Michaels, Anne Beats, Jane Curtin, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, Candice Bergen, Garrett Morris, Don Pardo
and this just in
Native America: From Caves to Cosmos (Series Premiere Tues 23 Oct on PBS)
From Caves to Cosmos: Combine ancient wisdom and modern science to answer a 15,000-year-old question: who were America’s First Peoples?...
Splitting Up Together: Asking For A Friend (S2EP2 ABC Tues 23 Oct 2018)
Asking For A Friend: Afraid that the answer could ruin his chances with Lena, Martin finds every way he can...
The Kids Are Alright: Timmy’s Poem (S1EP2 ABC Tues 23 Oct 2018)
Timmy’s Poem: To Peggy’s dismay, Timmy decides to enter a poetry contest to win the money he needs to repair...
The Voice: The Battles, Part 4 (S15EP10 NBC Tues 23 Oct 2018)
The Battles, Part 4: The “Battle Rounds” conclude as the coaches enlist music industry powerhouses Keith Urban, CeeLo Green, Halsey...
NCIS: Fragments (S16EP5 CBS Tues 23 Oct 2018)
Fragments: After a 50-year-old tape recording left by a murder victim is found, the NCIS team tries to exonerate Ray...
The Flash: The Death of Vibe (S5EP3 The CW Tues 23 Oct 2018)
The Death of Vibe: After Cicada’s (Chris Klein) attack on The Flash (Grant Gustin), the team realizes they need to...
The Great American Read: Grand Finale (Season 1 Finale PBS Tues 23 Oct 2018)
Grand Finale: And the winner is… after millions of votes, find out which of the 100 nominated books is crowned...
The Connors: Tangled Up In Blue (S1EP2 ABC Tues 23 Oct 2018, with Juliette Lewis)
Tangled Up In Blue: After last weeks shock death of matriach Roseanne (much to Roseanne Barr’s twitter unhappiness) the series...
Cloverfield Paradox, The (Netflix 2018, Daniel Bruhl, Elizabeth Debicki)
In The Cloverfield Paradox, orbiting above a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an...
Captain America: The First Avenger (Marvel 2011, Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell)
In the first Captain America movie we head back to world war II where Steve Rogers is a sickly young...
Avengers, The (Marvel 2012, Robert Downey Jr, Samuel L. Jackson)
In the first of The Avengers movies, when an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury,...