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Tom Hanks/Edie Brickell and New Bohemians
Tom Hanks/Edie Brickell and New Bohemians
Season 16, Episode 8
Airdate December 8, 1990
Written by A. Whitney Brown
Tom Davis
James Downey
Jack Handey
Lorne Michaels
Conan O'Brien
Bob Odenkirk
Adam Sandler
Herb Sargent
Rob Schneider
Robert Smigel
David Spade
Bonnie Turner
Terry Turner
Christine Zander
Directed by Dave Wilson
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Saturday Night LiveSeason Sixteen

Tom Hanks/Edie Brickell and New Bohemians is the eighth episode of the sixteenth season of Saturday Night Live, and the two hundred and ninety-sixth episode overall. It is the fifth appearance of Tom Hanks as the host of an episode.

Guest Stars: Tom Hanks (Himself), Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (Themselves)

Special Guests: Paul Simon (Himself), Steve Martin (Himself), Elliott Gould (Himself), Jon Lovitz (Himself), Ralph Nader (Himself), Tony Randall (Himself)


Episode Breakdown

  • Mr. Subliminal - Editorial Reply: Mr. Subliminal (Nealon) gives an opposing viewpoint to NBC's urging of restraint in the conflict with Iraq. He calls sanctions a waste of time and says the most important thing to President Bush is oil. He recommends that they lobotomize Saddam Hussein and says Bush is a pussy for not acting.
  • Tom Hanks' Monologue: As this is his fifth time hosting, Tom Hanks is inducted into the Five-Timers Club, where Sean (a young Conan O'Brien) acts as the doorman and Jon Lovitz as a waiter. In the club, Hanks meets Steve Martin (who asks to be called "Mr. Steve Martin") and Paul Simon. He also meets Elliott Gould and Ralph Nader, who only hosted the show once but still wants to get in. After ordering an "Anthony Michael Hall" sandwich and a beer, Hanks phones in the rest of his monologue.
  • The Gross-Out Family: A family sits down to dinner but when the father (Hanks) drinks some rancid milk, the rest of the family (Hooks, Sweeney, Myers) tastes it anyway just to be sure. This continues several more times with leftover fish, feeling Kevin's (Farley) sweat, sitting on a nail, smelling foul kitty litter and throwing themselves down the stairs.
  • Mr. Short-Term Memory - Game Beaters: Whip Trillby (Hartman) hosts a trivia game show with Jeff Morrow, Mr. Short-Term Memory (Hanks), and Susan Carlisle (Jackson). Morrow lacks the ability to remember any of the questions that are asked. In an attempt to make Susan win, Whip goes straight to the elimination question, but Susan gets it wrong. Jeff is "declared the winner" of the game and given $1000 to spend in the showcase. He buys three TVs and moves on to the celebrity lightning round with Tony Randall. In the round, they manage to get one of the ten clues but Randall manages to turn things in his favor by sending Jeff out of the country because his life is in great danger. This seems to work at first but ultimately fails.
  • Woyaho: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians song.
  • Weekend Update:
    • Dennis Miller sings "Jingle Bells" with two copies of himself (Carvey and Hanks) in three-part harmony.
  • Global Warming Christmas Special: Carl Sagan (Myers) hosts the Global Warming Christmas Special, which warns against the dangers of global warming. Co-hosting with Sagan is Dean Martin (Hanks), who is clearly already drunk. They sing a song about the greenhouse effect before bringing out special guest Sally Struthers (Jackson), who begs people to send money to "fix this terrible tree thing." Crystal Gale (Hooks) and Isaac Asimov (Hartman) then sing "Silver Bells," and Sagan throws paint on Gale's fur coat to remind her that "fur is, indeed, murder." Paul McCartney (Carvey) and his wife Linda (writer Christine Zander) come out to exchange guests and make inexplicable comments about global warming. They then go to George Hamilton (Nealon), who appears with a dark brown tan and warns people about their future. Finally the program is closed with Dean Martin interrupting Ralph Nader and bringing in Dom Deluise (Farley), Petula Clark (Sweeney) and several dancers.
  • P. Whipped: Andrea (Hooks) hosts a talk show called "P. Whipped," in which guests Paul (Myers), Barry (Hanks) and David (Carvey) talk about how their lives are ruled by their girlfriends. One talks about how his ex-girlfriend was clearly bad for him, another calls his girlfriend compulsively and asks everyone to back him up when she doesn't pick up, and the last talks about moving his girlfriend's things into his apartment. The show is adjourned when Barry is paged by his girlfriend and they aren't able to take any more calls.
  • Sabra Shopping Network: Uri Shulenson (Hanks) hosts an Americanized Israeli shopping channel and sells several off-brand electronic appliances. He haggles with callers (who include Nealon, Hooks, Hartman and writer Rob Schneider), who question whether or not his business is legitmate. Uri brings in two salesmen (Carvey and Sandler) to assist him in making sales.
  • He Said: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians song.
  • Saying Everything Twice: Mr. Blanston (Hanks) comes home to his wife (Jackson), who tells him that he has a problem with repeating everything she says twice, once quietly and again loudly. She schedules him a visit with a psychiatrist named Dr. Charles Whittaker (Hartman), who tells him to try harder to repress saying everything twice. His wife tells him that she liked him better when he said everything twice, so he reverts to his old ways. His house then explodes because it was made of "exploding wood."
  • Christmas Tree Story: A. Whitney Brown tells a story about hunting and chopping down a Christmas tree in front of a church. He then describes how he tortured the tree by "dressing it up like a geek" and putting presents at his feet that weren't his.


"Live from New York, It's Saturday Night!"

  • Kevin Nealon as Mr. Subliminal. His exact quote is, "I think it's important to remember in the long run (Live from New York), everything will turn out OK (it's Saturday Night)."


  • Woyaho, performed by Edie Brickell and New Bohemians: "Woyaho" is a song off Edie Brickell & New Bohemians' second album Ghost of a Dog. The song is the only one that was co-written with Kenny Withrow. The album was their last before the broke up and Brickell married Paul Simon. Incidentally, Matt Chamberlain, the band's drummer, would go on to briefly perform as the Saturday Night Live house band's drummer.
  • He Said, performed by Edie Brickell and New Bohemians: "He Said" is another song from the second album by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. It isn't, however, the one single from the album.

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