Second City Television Season 2
S02 E01Sep 16, 1978
Premiere Sep 16, 1978 As the show starts, the scripts are not finished. The first on-screen appearance of Guy Caballero, in a wheelchair (which he uses for respect) with a phone. And, seemingly out of nowhere, Lola Heatherton appears, fully formed, in her first special.Additional Viewing: 70s TV series The Love Boat and The Incredible Hulk.
S02 E02Sep 23, 1978
Bob Hope Desert Classic Sep 23, 1978 Bob Hope hosts his own celebrity golf tournament, this time in the deserts of the Middle East, even doing a walk on during Masterpiece Theatre to promote it. Bob is joined by a raft of Mid-East personalities, Lou Jaffe does the play by play, and SCTV Sports Central provides some background. Meanwhile, Monster Chiller Horror Theatre returns with the second Dr. Tongue feature, 'House of Wax.'The show marks the introduction of Thomas' celebrated Hope impression, which he would eventually perform on an actual Bob Hope special; Thomas continued to do the impression long after SCTV left the air, most recently on Primetime Glick. The Desert Classic also introduces another long-running character - Flaherty's Charleton Heston. (ref: sctvguide.com)Dr. Tongue's House of Cats, Naughty Chambermaids, Bob Hope Desert Classic
S02 E03Sep 30, 1978
Kidnapping of Moe Green Sep 30, 1978 The Leutonian Liberation Front has threatened Moe Green with his life and his career. Once the dirty deed is done, SCTV's on-air personalities cannot hide their relief.
S02 E04Oct 7, 1978
SCTV Solid Gold Telethon Oct 7, 1978 Sammy Maudlin, Bobby Bittman and Johnny LaRue anchor the show-length star-studded charity telethon. A great celebrity schmooze fest. The Solid Gold Telethon marks the first of three telethons SCTV would air in an attempt to get cash from viewers; it was followed by Pledge Week in Series 4, and the very final SCTV episode, Pledge Week in Series 6.The Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme duet is an almost note-for-note parody of Jackie and Roy's rendition of the tune "You Smell So Good", a jazz classic. (Thanks Charlie R)
S02 E05Oct 14, 1978
Writer's Strike Oct 14, 1978 Something of a sequel to the first episode as Ernest Kirsch, SCTV writer, goes on strike, disrupting regular programming. At SCTV News, Floyd and Earl are forced to write their own copy. Caballero (still in a wheelchair with a phone) starts a tradition of giving speeches to the camera - as the show progressed, he would become more and more verbose, but here he's brief and to the point.
S02 E06Oct 21, 1978
Municipal Election Oct 21, 1978 Earl Camembert faces a conflict of interest as Johnny LaRue's campaign manager as SCTV News covers the municipal elections and Johnny's run for council.Additional Viewing: The 1978 TV miniseries The Bastard, starring Tom Bosley; 70s sitcom Three's Company.
S02 E07Oct 28, 1978
Farm Film Report/Arabs Oct 28, 1978 Guy Caballero gives his statement to the Arabs emerging on the world scene: ""Invest heavily in the SCTV Network."" Then programming begins with the first-ever Farm Film Report, with Big Jim McBob and Billy Saul Hurok discussing movies in which people get ""blowed up good."" Lou Jaffe does a Speaking of Talk interview with Harvey K-Tel in the recording studio shouting voice-overs. The Millionaire has given away just about all his money (his last check bounced). He is desperate to pay back Michael Anthony, until The Millionaire of Mecca appears. Peter O'Tool, Richard Berton, Richard Hariss, Shawn Connery, and Candice Burgen tease the audience with highlights of the new theatrical release How the Middle East Was Won.Farm Film Report, Speaking of Talk, Millionaire, How the Middle East Was Won
S02 E08Nov 7, 1978
The Mirthmakers/Happy Endings Nov 7, 1978 It appears there isn't any happiness on television, except on SCTV. Earl Camembert gives a bright side to tragic news stories. Lin Ye Tang must answer to viewers who have complained about the contents of Chinese Fairy Tales. And a Triple Feature Movie has three different settings with identical plots.The Mirthmakers, Chinese Fairy Tale, Happy Endings
S02 E09Nov 11, 1978
Undersea World Nov 11, 1978 The first appearance of gameshow host Alex Trebel, hosting the high school quiz show High Q.Additional Viewing: The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, the long-running nature show from the 60s and 70s.Second City notes: Marriage Counsellor originated in the 1976 revue For a Good Time Call 363-1674, Thomas and O'Hara reprising their respective roles here.
S02 E10Nov 18, 1978
Edith Prickley Station Manager Nov 18, 1978 Edith Prickley has succeeded Moe Green as SCTV Station Manager. (Naturally, she rubs Guy Caballero the wrong way.) Her first day on the job sees the world television premiere of Jaws 23, where Amity residents want to lure a mackerel into town for the Fourth of July.Edith Prickley: Station Manager, Shoot at the Stars, Jaws 23' Sore Loser
S02 E11Nov 25, 1978
SCTV 30th Anniversary Show Nov 25, 1978 Features the show-length, star-studded salute to SCTV's 30th anniversary, with some great parodies of 50's television.Additional Viewing: Branded, the 1965 TV show starring Chuck Connors; and What's My Line?, the long-running 50s panel show. While Kirk Douglas made two appearances as a mystery guest on What's My Line? (in 1953 and 1960), he was never a guest panelist (his second wife, Anne Buydens, did appear as a guest panelist on a 1966 show, however). Coincidentally, Andrea Martin, like Arlene Francis, is of partial Armenian descent, while Catherine O'Hara, like Dorothy Kilgallen, is from an Irish-Catholic family. The opening sequence of What's My Shoesize? has more in common with the 1968-75 syndicated version of What's My Line? (Thanks William Brown
S02 E12Dec 2, 1978
Whispers of the Wolf/The Occult Dec 2, 1978 Mr. Science: Acid and Electricity, SCTV News: SCTV is Haunted, Fireside Chat: Firewood, 4th Degree, Monster Chiller Horror Theatre: Whispers of the Wolf, Words to Live By with Mulciber Arimaspians
S02 E13Dec 9, 1978
Bad Acting In Hollywood Dec 9, 1978 Features Sid Dithers Private Eye and the superb Bad Acting In Hollywood.Additional Viewing: Bad Acting In Hollywood is a parody of That's Hollywood, a late 70s TV show hosted by Tom Bosley that looked at historic Hollywood films (mostly from 20th Century-Fox) (Thanks Jim Donato). Johnny Dark Always Rings Twice parodies 30's and 40' gangster films; start with Little Caesar from 1931. The Phil Donahue Show, which ran through the 70s and 80s, was the precursor of all modern daytime talk shows. C.P.O. Sharkey was a mid-seventies sitcom starring Don Rickles.
S02 E14Dec 16, 1978
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Dec 16, 1978 Additional Viewing: Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the 50s anthology series hosted by the man himself. Murder Is Bad For Your Health is (possibly) a parody of the 1948 film An Act Of Murder, starring Florence Eldridge and Fredric March (thanks Dusty Towne); Cecil and Cynthia appear again in Series 3's Gaslight.
S02 E15Dec 23, 1978
Fighting Air Dogs Dec 23, 1978 Promo: Undercover Policewoman, SCTV News: Marijuana, Commercial: Daylea Yogurt, Masterpiece Theatre: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Mohicans Galore, Cretin's Island, Commercial: Mike's Mercenaries from Amco the Toy People, SCTV Movie of the Week: Fighting Air Dogs over the Pacific
S02 E16Dec 31, 1978
Death Takes No Holiday Dec 31, 1978 Phil from Phil's Nails (later the Garment King) is a send-up of Phil Givner, who did similar commercials for his carpet outlet back in the 70's in Toronto.Additional Viewing: William Castle was a director of B-movie thrillers that usually featured a gimmick of some sort. His 1961 film Mr Sardonicus featured The Punishment Poll, a gimmick whereby the movie audience could vote to determine how the movie would end. The Amazing World of Kreskin, the early 70s mentalist show hosted by the Amazing Kreskin.
S02 E17Jan 6, 1978
Rock Concert Jan 6, 1978 Features the first Tex and Edna Boil Organ Emporium commercial, while Bob Clark in the Mailbag segment is a very similar character to Bill Needle, who would take over the Mailbag in series 3.Additional Viewing: Mind Games includes a neat little parody of the 1966 film Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. They parodied the film again (in a radically different way) in Fast Talking Playhouse.
S02 E18Jan 13, 1979
Fantasy Island Jan 13, 1979 Features the show-length parody of Fantasy Island, which itself incorporates a bevy of parodies of classic 40s pictures.Additional viewing: the 70s hit TV show Fantasy Island; Hope and Crosby road pictures; Casablanca; and The Wizard of Oz.
S02 E19Jan 20, 1979
On the Waterfront Again Jan 20, 1979 The second episode in a row to feature a show-length sketch, an episode of The Sammy Maudlin Show with Bobby Bittman promoting his remake of On the Waterfront. Maudlin music is "Soulful Strut" by Young-Holt Unlimited.Additional Viewing: On The Waterfront, the 1954 classic
S02 E20Jan 27, 1979
SCTV Disco Jan 27, 1979 SCTV Boogie, from episode 20 of the first series, has been rechristened SCTV Disco.Additional Vieweing: Lou Grant, the Mary Tyler Moore Show spinoff series starring Ed Asner; Art Linkletter's House Party, a long-running TV series during the 50s and 60s, included a segment Kids Say the Darndest Things.
S02 E21Feb 3, 1979
Pipeline Feb 3, 1979 Notable for the unusual Pipeline documentary and the Dr Braino Hour (featuring "Casey Jones" by Grateful Dead and "Fresh Air" by Quicksilver Messenger Service).
S02 E22Oct 2, 1979
Consumer Action Line Oct 2, 1979 Features the mysteriously cut from syndication Family Crisis Game Show.Syndication Note: Family Crisis was dropped; replaced by Wara Wara Wara from 1-2 (2)
S02 E23Feb 17, 1979
Relaxing With Raoul / Dining With LaRue Feb 17, 1979 Bit of a grab bag, padded with two repeats, but I love the sleazy Raoul Wilson.
S02 E24Feb 24, 1979
The Flaming Turkey Feb 24, 1979 Hugh Betcha's Insights and Firing Squad, both first seen in Series 1, return; Socrates is now played by Thomas (replacing Ramis) - the numbskulls are stilled played by Levy and Candy.Second City notes: A Flaming Turkey-style ballet parody was featured in the 1975 revue Alterations While You Wait; the stage version was also introduced by Candy.
S02 E25Mar 3, 1979
Best Of 1 Mar 3, 1979 Promo: Lola Heatherton In Concert, Donna: Barbara Streisberg, Promo: U.F.O. Sharkey, What's My Shoesize?, Commercial: Phil's Nails, Bob Hope Desert Classic
S02 E26Mar 10, 1979
Best Of 2 Mar 10, 1979 Rerun package: all sketch material was seen earlier in the season.Speaking of Talk with Lou Jaffe, Commercial: Long Distance, Family Crisis Game Show, Commercial: Tex and Edna Boil's Organ Emporium: Rhythm Ace, The $Millionaire, SCTV Rock Concert with Big Jim and Billy Sol,