October 10, 1981
Season 7 episode
Susan Saint James 7
Episode 121
Season Episode 2
Host Susan Saint James
Musical Guest(s) The Kinks
Christine Ebersole
Song(s) performed by Musical Guest(s) "Destroyer"
"Single Women"
"Art Lover"
Previous Episode October 3, 1981
Next Episode October 17, 1981

The 121st episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by Susan Saint James. The billed musical guest was The Kinks; cast member Christine Ebersole also performed the Michael O'Donoghue-penned Single Women, which would later be covered by Dolly Parton.

While hosting the episode, Saint James met and began dating producer Dick Ebersol; the two were later married.


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Cameos by Brian McConnachie, Michael O'Donoghue, Tom Davis, and Emily Prager, with a film starring Andy Warhol.


 Cold Open   Sketch   Pre-recorded   Weekend Update   Music Performance   Other 

Title Image Summary
Exxico: Today's Technology at Tomorrow's Prices Blank2
Montage Blank2
Susan Saint James' Monologue Blank2 Saint James asks the audience to choose a McMillan & Wife parody: MacArthur & Wife (Tim Kazurinsky in an army uniform), MacBeth & Wife (Tony Rosato in Shakespearean garb), or McDonald & Wife (Joe Piscopo as Ronald McDonald).
McDonald & Wife Blank2 Saint James chooses McDonald during her monologue.
Buh-Weet Sings Blank2
The Bizarro World Blank2 A very artsy/off-color sketch, written by Michael O'Donoghue. O'Donoghue provides the voice-over and appears as an ethereal head.
Push Button To Explode Building Blank2 Written by Andy Aaron and Tom Davis. Features Davis and Emily Prager.
Here In a Lifeboat With You Blank2
She's a Pig Blank2
Let's See What's Bothering Bob Blank2 Guest star Brian McConnachie.
The Kinks performs "Destroyer" Blank2
SNL Newsbreak with Mary Gross and Brian Doyle-Murray Blank2 Features meteorologist Christine Ebersole, Joe Piscopo on sports, and Eddie Murphy reading fan mail from President Reagan (which turns out to be riddled with racist jokes).
Christine Ebersole performs "Single Women"


An original song written by Michael O'Donoghue. Dolly Parton later recorded a cover version.
Honeymoon Virgin Blank2
Cheap Laffs Blank2 Tim Kazurinsky (as himself) introduces the show's "cheap laugh" segment, dribble guards for men's pants.
The Kinks performs "Art Lover" Blank2
Andy Warhol's TV Blank2
Alan Alda's Sensitivity Training For Men Blank2
Sadat Blank2 A serious film about the aftermath of the assassination of Anwar el-Sadat.
Goodnights Blank2 Saint James proclaims "Saturday Night is back!"
Preceded by:
October 3, 1981
Saturday Night Live episode Followed by:
October 17, 1981
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