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Sitcom star Justine Bateman hosts this 1988 episode, with a guest appearance by Dan Aykroyd. Selected sketches include "Republican Debate 88," a Family Ties parody, "Learning to Feel" and "... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Dana Carvey ... Various
Nora Dunn ... Various / Pat Schroeder / Denise Venetti
Phil Hartman ... Various
Jan Hooks ... Various / Elyse Keaton
Victoria Jackson ... Various / Jennifer Keaton
Jon Lovitz ... Various
Dennis Miller ... Weekend Update Anchor / Various
Kevin Nealon ... Various / Pierre du Pont IV / Steven Keaton
Al Franken ... Various
G.E. Smith ... Self - Bandleader
Terence Trent D'Arby ... Self - Musical Guest
Justine Bateman ... Self - Host / Various
Don Pardo ... Self - Announcer (voice)


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Sitcom star Justine Bateman hosts this 1988 episode, with a guest appearance by Dan Aykroyd. Selected sketches include "Republican Debate 88," a Family Ties parody, "Learning to Feel" and "Derek Stevens/Inspirations." For clearance reasons, episodes have been edited from their original version.

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This was Dan Aykroyd's first appearance on the show since leaving the cast in 1979. See more »


Elyse Keaton: I can't believe my little Jennifer is going to die. I just wish we could be at the hospital..
Mallory Keaton: Mom, you know the doctor said we could do far more good for Jennifer if we'd just stay here in the kitchen.
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Spoofs Family Ties (1982) See more »


My Funny Valentine
Music by Richard Rodgers (uncredited)
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart (uncredited)
Performed by Frank Sinatra (uncredited)
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Another Amazing Sketch
12 April 2010 | by revlillo-1See all my reviews

The cold opening of this show is the second in a series of two sketches that are among the best ever produced for the show. In this sketch, we see a debate among the Republican candidates for president in 1988. Nora Dunn served as the moderator in the guise of Pat Schroeder of Colorado. Kevin Nealon appeared as Pierre "Pete" DuPont. Future Democratic punchline Al Franken played then current Republican punchline Pat Robertson. Phil Hartman played Jack Kemp explaining how the economy would give 150% like the Buffalo Bills did in his day. Dana Carvey played George H.W. Bush for the third time. He was just starting to get the rhythms of Bush Sr. down, but perfection would come just a little bit later when he hooked on to the expression, "Not at this juncture." The real star of this sketch, though, was Dan Aykroyd as Bob Dole. This was the first time he had been on the show since he left in 1979 and showed why SNL was the perfect vehicle for his talent. His Bob Dole is a masterpiece of rage and humor. There comes a point in the sketch where he almost breaks up and you can just tell how much fun he had being there in Studio 8-H one more time. Check it out if you can find it sometime. It should be coming to DVD in about 2018.

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