List of Bob & Doug McKenzie appearances on SCTV

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The following is a list of Great White North segments from 1980-1982. The characters of Bob & Doug McKenzie first appeared in the first episode of SCTV's third season.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates
Region 1
3 25 1980–1981 October 24, 2006, Various
4/1 2 1981 June 8, 2004
4/2 9 1981–1982 October 19, 2004
4/3 5 1982 March 1, 2005

Season 3 (1980-1981)[edit]

The Great White North segments featured one two-minute sketch per episode. Production took place after hours at SCTV, where several segments would be filmed at once. Of the segments produced, twenty-five were aired during the third season.[1]

Key
  • In the # column the number refers to the order of appearance.
  • In the № column the number refers to the episode number.
# Skit Name SCTV Episode DVD Release Original Airdate
01 "Introductory Show" "Lee Iacocca's Rock Concert" NA September 19, 1980 (1980-09-19) 3-1
The duo has to change the show's name from Canadian Corner to Great White North for legal reasons. They have new boots.
02 "Doug's Got His Earmuffs On" "Thursday Night Live" SCTV: Best of the Early Years September 26, 1980 (1980-09-26) 3-2
Doug has his earmuffs on and misses Bob's cue. They start late and never get around to their topic, while on-screen graphics explain that the show qualifies as 100% Canadian Content.
03 "The French Problem" "Death of a Salesman" NA October 3, 1980 (1980-10-03) 3-3
Separatism and back bacon.
04 "Calculators" "My Factory, My Self" SCTV: Best of the Early Years, SCTV: Volume 1 October 10, 1980 (1980-10-10) 3-4
Bob calls the show Kanadian Korner again, and explains they can only use that name if they spell it with Ks. Doug gets the camera to zoom in. They are opposed to kids using calculators in school, 'cause they didn't get to.
05 "Snow Chains" "Death Motel" SCTV: Best of the Early Years, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary DVD October 17, 1980 (1980-10-17) 3-5
Doug has worked out the full two-part theme; he doesn't quite get around to the topic of snow chains.
06 "Back Bacon and Snow Chains" "The Lone Ranger Show" SCTV: Volume 1 October 24, 1980 (1980-10-24) 3-6
Bob cooks some back bacon, while Doug's got snow chains on his feet. Doug gets the camera to zoom in.
07 "Making Doug Go" "Play It Again, Bob" SCTV: Best of the Early Years, SCTV: Volume 1 October 31, 1980 (1980-10-31) 3-7
Doug is asleep so Bob tries to make him "go" in his pants.
08 "Back Packing with Beer on Ski Trips" "Gaslight" SCTV: Best of the Early Years November 7, 1980 (1980-11-07) 3-8
Doug has a tip on getting your beer through snow with skis.
09 "Snowshoes for Spatulas" "Man's Ability to Imitate" NA November 14, 1980 (1980-11-14) 3-9
What to do when you are out in the open and you forgot a spatula for flipping the back bacon.
10 "Boom Shadows, Stuff that Bugs Us" "Mel's Rock Pile" NA November 21, 1980 (1980-11-21) 3-10
They show the boom microphones and boom shadows. They give up on their other topic.
11 "Miracle of Back Bacon" "The Sammy Maudlin Show" SCTV: Best of the Early Years November 28, 1980 (1980-11-28) 3-11
Doug takes over, gets the crew to join in on the theme, and tells the story of the miracle of back bacon.
12 "Name that Smoke" "Night Gallery" NA December 5, 1980 (1980-12-05) 3-12
Doug's invented a game.
13 "Star Wars" "Star Wars" NA December 12, 1980 (1980-12-12) 3-13
Doug does his phaser and Darth Vader.
14 "Exercise" "Hollywood Salutes the Extras" SCTV: Best of the Early Years, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary DVD December 19, 1980 (1980-12-19) 3-14
The crew does the opening theme. Bob admits he doesn't know much about exercise. Doug suggests using a wolf pelt.
15 "Rolling Your Own With Ski Mitts" "The Irwin Allen Show" SCTV: Best of the Early Years, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary DVD December 26, 1980 (1980-12-26) 3-15
A crew-member wanders across the set, wearing a Canadiens toque. Topic: your snowmobile has broken down, you're loaded, and now you have to roll your own while wearing ski mitts. Doug demonstrates.
16 "Mystery Guest" "Big Brother" SCTV: Best of the Early Years, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary DVD January 2, 1981 (1981-01-02) 3-16
Doug has earmuffs over his eyes. They play name that beer.
17 "The Best Groups and Doug's Imitations" "Two Way TV / Pit Bulls" SCTV: Best of the Early Years, SCTV: Volume 1, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary DVD January 9, 1981 (1981-01-09) 3-17
Disco sucks. Doug imitates two dogs fighting, a boat, sea gulls.
18 "Sports" "Alpha Channel" NA January 16, 1981 (1981-01-16) 3-18
Hockey was better when there was only 6 teams - now it's too hard to carry around your cards. And why is Monday Night Football on Thursdays.
19 "Bowling Loaded" "Midnight Express Special" SCTV: Best of the Early Years, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary DVD January 23, 1981 (1981-01-23) 3-19
The downsides of bowling loaded. Doug persuades Bob to sit on his knee and talk in a funny voice.
20 "Stuff That Bugs Us" "Cookery Crock / Cartoon Coroner" SCTV: Volume 1 January 30, 1981 (1981-01-30) 3-20
People who honk when you stop to look at an accident; express lines in Canadian Tire.
21 "Parking at Donut Places" "The Mating Game" SCTV: Volume 1 February 6, 1981 (1981-02-06) 3-21
Doug's new beer bottle. Why parking lots are so small at donut places. They got a ticket.
22 "Kicked Out of Studio" "Gene Shalit's America" NA February 13, 1981 (1981-02-13) 3-22
Bob and Doug are doing the show on a pile of dirt in the street, after they were kicked out of the studio because Bob knocked over an expensive camera.
23 "Stolen Car" "Mel's Rock Pile - MacArthur Park" NA February 20, 1981 (1981-02-20) 3-23
Bob and Doug are still outside, and they stole a car, which they use to sleep in.
24 "Where to Look for Cops" "Dick Cavett" SCTV: Best of the Early Years, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary DVD February 27, 1981 (1981-02-27) 3-24
Doug talks about cops; they are still on the lam; they hear sirens and take off.
25 "Doug Builds a Studio" "The Cisco Kid" NA March 6, 1981 (1981-03-06) 3-25
Still outside, Doug, wearing safety goggles, has assembled some scrap lumber into what will become their new studio.

Season 4, Cycle 1 (1981)[edit]

Most of this cycle was made up of Great White North repeat segments. The only new appearances were in episodes 4/1-2 and 4/1-9. The final episode of the season included a wraparound storyline which heavily featured the characters.[2]

# Skit Name SCTV Episode DVD Release Original Airdate
26 "Traveling and Salaries" "Polynesiantown with Dr. John" SCTV: Volume 1 May 22, 1981 (1981-05-22) 4/1-2
Bob has a traveling anecdote. Doug's heard they have different salaries. (Note: this show is not numbered in Dave Thomas' book, and it didn't appear in Season 3; it is either new or one of the unaired bits from the third season.)
27 "Great White North: Ian Thomas" "The Great White North with Ian Thomas" SCTV: Volume 1 July 31, 1981 (1981-07-31) 4/1-9
*"Bob and Doug Wrap Part 1: Studio" - Bob and Doug finish a show and the crew laughs at them. They run into Brian Johns in the hallway, and are impressed by his preparedness, topic-wise.
  • "Bob and Doug Wrap Part 2: Outside the Studio" - Bob and Doug are out front when LaRue walks up. LaRue persuades them to go to a club that evening, and to wash and wax the limousine as usual.
  • "Bob and Doug Wrap Part 3: The Club" - Bob and Doug are at the club with LaRue, and are joined by Johns, who is going to interview Ian Thomas later. The two ask Bob and Doug to watch their seats, but Bob and Doug go for drinks and two huge guys take the seats. Vic announces that the toilets are now unplugged. Ian Thomas does a song ("Hold On") at the end of which LaRue and Johns get into a fracas with the huge guys and get ejected from the club (by mounties).
  • "Bob and Doug Wrap Part 4: Backstage" - Bob and Doug decide to steal Brian Johns' topic and go backstage to interview Ian Thomas. Thomas figures out that Bob and Doug are hosers. Turns out he's a hoser too.
  • "Great White North: Ian Thomas" - Bob and Doug interview Ian Thomas. They show some video they shot the night before.
  • "Bob and Doug Wrap Part 5: The Club" - Bob and Doug shoot some video of Ian Thomas, to his displeasure. The band does a song ("Pilot"). Thomas then grabs the camera and turns the tables on Bob and Doug, who are on the Great White North set, right next door.
Signoff: The National Anthem - Mel sings the American anthem; it is followed by the Canadian anthem, as selected by Bob and Doug, a medley including Oh Canada, the Great White North theme, Anne Murray, Joni Mitchell, Stompin' Tom, Maple Leaf Forever. Credit crawl.

Season 4, Cycle 2 (1981-1982)[edit]

Growing in popularity, the characters returned for 9 new segments in the second cycle of season 4. While Cycle 1 featured many repeats, this is the only cycle to feature a new Great White North segment in each episode.[3]

# Skit Name SCTV Episode DVD Release Original Airdate
28 "Economics" "CCCP 1 with Al Jarreau" SCTV: Volume 2 October 16, 1981 (1981-10-16) 4/2-1
Bob's got a frog in his throat. Economics - it's about what you do when you got so many empties you can't fit them all in the truck.
29 "Mouse in a Bottle" "I'm Taking My Own Head, Screwing It On Right, and no Guy's Gonna Tell Me It Ain't with The Plasmatics" SCTV: Volume 2, Strange Brew DVD October 23, 1981 (1981-10-23) 4/2-2
Bob and Doug have a tip on how to get a free two-four of beer.
30 "Short Cuts" "Zontar with Bonar Bain and Natalie Cole" SCTV: Volume 2 October 30, 1981 (1981-10-30) 4/2-3
Doug extends the theme. He behaves obnoxiously, Bob complains and they argue. As a result, they don't get around to Bob's topic, short cuts.
31 "Carpets" "Walter Cronkite's Brain with Rough Trade" SCTV: Volume 2 November 6, 1981 (1981-11-06) 4/2-4
They got excess carpet and put it up on the walls in their van.
32 "Microwave Ovens" "Doorway to Hell with Eugene Fodor" SCTV: Volume 2 November 20, 1981 (1981-11-20) 4/2-5
Should you cook back bacon in microwave ovens (obviously not, eh).
33 "Long Underwear and Back Bacon" "The Godfather with James Ingram and John Marley" SCTV: Volume 2 December 11, 1981 (1981-12-11) 4/2-6
Doug explains long underwear, and Bob shows some overcooked back bacon.
34 "Beer Nog" "SCTV Staff Christmas Party" SCTV: Volume 2, Christmas with SCTV December 18, 1981 (1981-12-18) 4/2-7
*"Beer Nog" - Doug has a special Christmas theme. Tip for getting out of drinking egg nog. An anecdote about a turkey. They exchange gifts (smokes!). Tree decorations.
  • "SCTV Staff Party Part 5" - Bob and Doug are late to the SCTV Staff Christmas Party - everyone's gone. Turns out they decided to get loaded before going there.
Roll credits (music is 'Zadok the Priest' by Handel).
35 "The Great White North" "Teacher's Pet with The Boomtown Rats" SCTV: Volume 2 February 12, 1982 (1982-02-12) 4/2-8
The Great White North, including the 3 Great Lakes, the provinces and the Maritimes.
36 "The Space Arm/Snow Routes" "Midnight Video Special with Talking Heads and Plastics" SCTV: Volume 2 February 19, 1982 (1982-02-19) 4/2-9
Doug wonders if the space arm, made in Canada, can be used to open beers, while Bob has a topic about snow routes. They argue about who had the best topic.

Season 4, Cycle 3 (1982)[edit]

This was the last season to feature the characters. The first episode's plot revolves around the growing popularity of Bob and Doug and they are given their own variety show on SCTV, which turns into a catastrophe. The characters are then featured in four final segments before Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas left SCTV to film Strange Brew.[4]

# Skit Name SCTV Episode DVD Release Original Airdate
37 "The Great White North Palace" "The Great White North Palace with Tony Bennett" SCTV: Volume 3 April 16, 1982 (1982-04-16) 4/3-1
Guy Caballero (President of SCTV) has been taking a lot of heat for showing reruns lately, and he responds by exploiting the incredible popularity of Bob and Doug McKenzie, giving them their own superspecial. (Guy's rerun troubles stem from the heavy use of repeated sketches at the end of Cycle 2, including three full Best Ofs.)
  • "Bob and Doug Wrap Part 1: Guy's Office" - Carl and Fred make a proposal to Guy to exploit Bob and Doug, including a hoser weekend and merchandizing. Guy gives them a speech about the SCTV family, throws out the Scutz brothers, and decides to go it alone. (Note: Indira is still playing on his monitor.) He then mulls over the program schedule.
  • "Bob and Doug Wrap Part 2: Linen Closet" - Johnny LaRue gets the boys to wash his car. Guy arrives and tells Johnny he's replaced his show with a Great White North special. He also takes away Johnny's limo, per diems and dressing room, and gives them to the boys along with his own wheelchair. They run into Bobby Bittman, and Guy cancels his special. They arrive at their new dressing room. Guy runs into Prickley and explains his plan. Note: The girl calendar on the wall of the dressing room is courtesy Al Peck's Cars.
  • "Bob and Doug Wrap Part 3: Guy's Office" - Guy is talking to Tony Bennett (while Way to Go Woman continues on the monitor). Lola comes in to chew Guy out for ruining her show. Guy says it was a rerun anyway, and he's been taking a lot of heat for reruns lately.
  • "Bob and Doug Wrap Part 4" - The boys are being fitted in wardrobe. Juul's peeved because the Haalmeyer dancers are being replaced with union dancers for Bob and Doug's special. Prickley, in her office, is feeling a bit left out and tense, what with shows being cancelled and new ones added without her knowing. So she goes lugeing to relax. In a bar, Bittman and LaRue are drunk and conflicted about Guy. A patron asks Johnny for his autograph, but doesn't recognize Bittman. In Makeup, Bob and Doug get their hair done.
  • "The Great White North Palace Part 1" - Bob and Doug's fabulous variety special begins, but they have trouble with the cue cards and generally screw it up. Guy, watching on his monitor, tries to salvage the show by getting Tony Bennett to do a number ("I Wish I Were In Love Again").
  • "The Great White North Palace Part 2" - Bob and Doug do a blind date sketch with Joyce and Morgan, but screw up reading the cue cards again. Morgan walks out, followed by Joyce. Guy pulls the plug.
  • "Bob and Doug Wrap Part 5: Studio" - The boys clean up after the disaster. They find their old Great White North set, and moan about having no show anymore. Tony Bennett drops by and tells them he really just wanted to be their "topic" all along; so they do an impromptu show. Today's topic is Tony Bennett. Tony sings a morale boosting number ("The Best Is Yet to Come").
Credits (over The Great White North Palace theme song and the Great White Dancers.)
38 "15-Pin Bowling" "The People's Global Golden Choice Awards with Third World" SCTV: Volume 3 May 1, 1982 (1982-05-01) 4/3-3
They're back, but their show has been cut from two minutes to one. Doug does several themes. Bob shows a mirror ball he stole from their special. In the Great White North, there's 5 pin bowling, and in the U.S., there's 10 pin, so they want to talk about 15-pin bowling, but they run out of time.
39 "How to Beat the Russians" "Pet Peeves / The Happy Wanderers with Carl Perkins" SCTV: Volume 3 May 21, 1982 (1982-05-21) 4/3-5
The show is back to two minutes. Relaxed, the boys have the camera pan off set, given that they have all kinds of time. When the camera pans back, Doug quickly comes up with a topic: how to beat the Russians in the space race.
40 "Twist-off Beer Caps" "Chariots of Eggs with Hall and Oates" SCTV: Volume 3 June 5, 1982 (1982-06-05) 4/3-6
Bob and Doug want to know why American beers have twist-off caps. Doug figures it's because their beer is weaker and they have to drink faster.
41 "Dog Scoopers" "Rome, Italian Style with Jimmy Buffett" SCTV: Volume 3 October 15, 1982 (1982-10-15) 4/3-8
Using dog scoops and dealing with business in New York.

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