February 21, 1981
Season 6 episode
Charlene Tilton 6
Todd Rundgren
Episode 117
Season Episode 11
Host Charlene Tilton
Musical Guest(s) Todd Rundgren
Song(s) performed by Musical Guest(s) "Healer"
"Time Heals"
"Party Up"
Previous Episode February 14, 1981
Next Episode March 7, 1981

Charlene Tilton of Dallas hosted this episode. Todd Rundgren and Prince performed as musical guests. It is most widely remembered for containing the "F" word twice. Her co-star, Larry Hagman, was rumored to host before her. He eventually backed down.

Sketches and performancesEdit

  • Opening sketch: Joe Piscopo narrates a boxing match; the boxers are Marc Weiner's hands in costume.
  • Montage
  • Charlene Tilton's monologue
  • Backstage Jealousy: Part of a running gag where cast members complain about Charles Rocket. The first segment featured Joe Piscopo
  • Greatest Records Of All Time
  • Mister Robinson's Neighborhood
  • Pork Parade
  • The Rocket Report
  • A Fiddler Be On The Roof
  • Todd Rundgren performs "Healer"
  • Weekend Update with Charles Rocket and Gail Matthius
  • Haunted Lincoln Bedroom
  • Backstage Revenge: Gilbert Gottfried and Charlene Tilton
  • The Competition
  • Speaking Out
  • Women Behind Bars
  • SNL Sports: A rehash of the opening sketch
  • Submissive Sugar Daddies
  • Todd Rundgren performs "Time Heals"
  • Mary Louise's Party
  • After Midnight: Charles Rocket is shot by an unseen assailant, in a parody of the shooting of J.R. on Dallas
  • Prince performs "Party Up": Prince utters the "F" word during the song
  • Goodnights: Charles Rocket is shown sitting covered, with Charlene Tilton lamenting that he's been shot. When she asks how he is doing, he says "I'd like to know who the f*ck did it!", causing Tilton to burst into uncontrollable laughter.


The job done by producer Jean Doumanian was being called into question well before this episode, but Rocket's f-word wound up sinking her chances of remaining onboard. Rocket said that he'd uttered it accidentally, and Doumanian trusted him, defending him to NBC. Dick Ebersol, the network's choice as replacement, was flown in to attend the taping for the following episode. He was told that NBC would not allow Rocket to remain, seeing he and Doumanian as a pair; Ebersol agreed, leading to most of the cast being let go.[1]


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  1. Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live
Preceded by:
February 14, 1981
Saturday Night Live episode Followed by:
March 7, 1981
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