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The Land of Gorch sketches on Saturday Night Live were performed live and filmed in front of a live audience by the show's traditional camera crew. As a result, several puppeteering gaffs were captured and broadcast.

Goofs

Image Airdate Guest Host Summary
  October 11, 1975
George Carlin
Two mistakes occur during the sketch. The first occurs when Queen Peuta walks offscreen; the camera cuts, and she is seen being pulled down while still in frame. The second mistake happens when Vazh hands Ploobis his food, when her sleeve gets caught on Ploobis' arm. Ploobis exclaims, "Let go of it, would you?" Later, after Vazh falls to the ground, it is believed that the puppeteer was the one who fell down, and that Ploobis' line, "Excuse me, ma'am," was actually Jim Henson apologizing to Hansome.
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October 25, 1975
Rob Reiner
The top of Alice Tweedy's head is visible as she performs Queen Peuta in this scene.
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November 8, 1975
Candice Bergen
Scred's peformer is momentarily visible in the lefthand corner as he give The Mighty Favog his chickens.

The very top of Tweedy's head is visible during Peuta's scene.

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December 13, 1975
Richard Pryor
Scred's sleeve gets caught on Ploobis' ring. The two fight to get it off.
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December 20, 1975
Candice Bergen
The top of Fran Brill's head is visible while she is performing Vazh in this scene. Moments later, the top of Richard Hunt's head can be seen briefly.
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March 13, 1976
Anthony Perkins
While Ploobis is pushing John Belushi around, we get a brief glimpse of the back of Jim Henson's head.
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April 24, 1976
Raquel Welch
Before the camera operator has the chance to readjust, Jerry Nelson's face is fully visible as Scred enters.

The very top of the performers heads become visible as Scred and Ploobis head for the trunk.

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September 18, 1976
Lily Tomlin
During "The Antler Dance", Jerry Nelson can be visibly seen performing Scred and Jim Henson's face is seen performing Ploobis.

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