SCTV Network 90: Pledge Week with Roy Orbison (1981)

Run Time - 90 min.  |  
  • AllMovie Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

Share on

After the previous week's fiasco, the Sunbright Detergent Company has pulled all its commercials from SCTV, forcing desperate station owner Guy Caballero (Joe Flaherty) to emcee a pledge drive. In an effort to shake the audience from its indifference, P.R. director Maureen Wallace (Catherine O'Hara) conducts a tour of the SCTV studios, which gets off to a bad start when she finds the doors are locked. Ultimately, the tour segues into an extended running gag spoofing the then-current feature film The Elephant Man, with Dave Thomas as the title character. In other highlights, Count Floyd (Joe Flaherty) and Lola Heatherton (Catherine O'Hara) offer a dramatic reading of Neil Simon's The Out-of-Towners; a commercial for Kovak Pictures parodies the movie Ordinary People ("When a vivid memory of it alone won't do"); Billy Sol Hurok (John Candy) and Big Jim McBob (Flaherty) deliver their first review of a movie in which all the characters "blow up reeeeal good"; and the 20th Anniversary telecast of "Mel's Rock Pile" manages to work in a genuine musical number, as guest star Roy Orbison performs "Workin' for the Man."