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  • The green velvet curtain dress from "Went With the Wind."
    • Near the beginning of the sketch, Starlet and Melody lampshade the fact Melody's personality Tastes Like Diabetes:
      Starlet: Why don't you just stick your head in the punch bowl? I'm sure it could use a little more sugar.
      Melody: Okay. (she obeys)
    • The sketch has a running gag where Starlet's maid, Sissy, panics about things, until Starlet slaps her. The end of the sketch inverts this: After Rat leaves Starlet, she panics the same way Sissy did earlier, prompting Sissy to slap her.
      Sissy: Well, frankly, Miss Starlet, I don't give a damn!
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  • Only appeared as a blooper years later, but still.. after the director told everyone time was short and not to goof around, Tim Conway proceeded to absolutely destroy a Mama's Family sketch by talking about a pair of Siamese elephants joined at their trunks, and the pathetic "fnorthl" noise they had to make instead of trumpeting. After Burnett desperately tried to get the show back on track by asking Vicki Lawrence in character to continue what she was saying, Lawrence replied, also in character, "You sure that little asshole's through?" Wave goodbye to any hope of recovering the sketch after that.
  • The dentist sketch, with Tim Conway constantly giving himself accidental injections of Novocaine, and becoming more and more uncoordinated as a result. Made even more awesome by Harvey Korman becoming less and less able to hold himself together.
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  • Tim Conway again, this time as a Nazi commandant who interrogates POW Lyle Waggoner with an Adolf Hitler hand puppet.
  • Turnabout is fair play; Carol returns the favor to Tim in this outtake, with a rather risqué body appliance.
  • In the Love Story parody, after the doctor tells Harvey, but not Carol, that she only has five minutes left, Harvey asks Carol if she'd like something to eat in her hospital bed. Carol answers, "I'd love a four-minute egg."
  • The 'Mary Worthless' sketch, already a good parody of the famous newspaper strip, gets thrown completely Off the Rails in the last 90 seconds or so, starting with a missed doorbell cue, ending with Harvey receiving Pie in the Face and leaping out the window, with Carol trying to deliver her final monologue through tears of laughter. Take a look.
  • Tim once managed to get himself with a joke because halfway through telling it, he realized he didn't have a punchline to explain why a pretty girl didn't make it back to shore. He managed to pull something about a lucky ham attracting sharks out of his hat but everyone still laughed at his expense.
  • The Butler and Maid sketch features upper class couple Lancecroft (Harvey) and Evelyn (Vicki), whose butler Benchley (Tim) and maid Louella (Carol) spend the first half of the sketch feeding them as if they were infants. Then they start arguing over alleged infidelities, and things get... interesting.
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    • As part of Lancecroft and Evelyn's emotional detachment, Benchley and Louella are the ones who attack each other on their behalf; at one point, Evelyn announces she will throw a tantrum, so Louella screams "I HATE YOU!" as she pounds the table with her fists, lies on the table on her back and kicks her legs in the air, and finally smashes her head against - or, rather, straight through - the wall.
    • Finally, Evelyn announces she has had enough, and Louella takes a gun out of the sideboard and points it at Benchley... only for Evelyn to announce she is killing herself. Louella's reaction is priceless.
    • The distraught Lancecroft announces that he can't live without Evelyn, and despite a "Sure you can!" from the worried Benchley, he decides to kill "himself" as well. After shooting himself in the stomach, Benchley takes a moment to clear a spot on the table before falling over it.
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