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This week's show started with A Message From Mayor Rudolph Giuliani where Darrell Hammond as Giuliani attempted to get ahead of the story of his affair by introducing America to Rachel Dratch who played the woman who he was having an affair with, who also hid behind a plant throughout the entire sketch, peeking her head out from time to time. Rudy not only admitted to his affair but also made it very obvious how much he hated his soon to be ex-wife going as far as to wish he had the huevos to take care of her the way that Robert Blake took care of his wife at the restaurant. After a while, Ana Gasteyer entered the scene as Rudy’s wife who had a baseball bat and was ready to do some damage only to be cut off by the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Christopher Walken then officially opened the show with a monolog where he sang Let Call The Whole Thing Off, only at very point in the song where he was supposed to pronounce a word two different ways he sings them the same exact way, making fun of the fact that our host’s delivery can seem like he’s reading without thinking of inflection or intent.
Mango then returned after a while off. This time Christopher Walken played a janitor that fell for Mango’s magical mini stripper spell. The best part is how Walken played the janitor as being gullible enough to think that Mango was a real cop at the start of his routine so he was really caught off guard when he discovered this was a strip routine. Of course, Mango left Walken alone which then gave him a chance to sing a song called Mango to the tune of Lady by Lionel Richie, complete with reenactments of famous movie scenes. It would have been nice if the sketch ended there but then it evolved to have that sit-com feel that I’ve been complaining about as it dragged on and got a little dramatic as Walken came to grips with the reality of their relationship.
This was followed by another parody of Hardball where this time Darrell Hammond as Chris Matthews yelled at his panel of guests while trying to discuss the latest rise in fear over the energy crisis and America’s addiction to oil.
We then got another installment of The Continental that was pretty much the same as any other installment only this time he tried to entrap a woman in his sky rise apartment with a lost and found scheme.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week Chris Kattan dropped by for another Terrible Re-Enactment where this time he mimicked an injury that happened to Joey Fatone. Kevin Nealon also stopped in to revise his subliminal man character for an editorial on the current cast after reminding the audience that he’s no longer on the show in order to correct those who keep getting confused by all of the reruns that air on Comedy Central. The news then ended on a cliffhanger where Winona Ryder announced that she was pregnant without revealing the father but we do know that it’s either Jimmy or Tina.
Weezer then took to the stage to perform Hash Pipe.
Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch then revised their creepy couple characters known as the Love-Ahs for another sketch where they get too romantic while trying to entertain their guests, who this time were played by Christopher Walken and Ana Gasteyer. Though Gasteyer’s character seemed to be a bit of a prude Walken fit in well with the romantic weirdos and even eventually admitted to once joining the hosts in a three-way.
TV Funhouse the introduced the Anatomicals who were anatomically correct parody version of Yogi Bear and his friends. This time the Anotomicals caused Lorne Michaels to rethink his deal with Satan considering this is the quality of content that he is now putting out to the world.
Centaur Job Interview was as the title suggests, a sketch where Chris Parnell as a Centaur interviewed with Christopher Walken for a new job. Walken seemed to have very little concerns about his qualifications as he was far more interested in asking him bizarre questions about what it’s like to be a centaur. After being super polite and answering all of Walken’s questions, Parnell asked if he got the job only to be told, “No, we don’t hire dirty filthy centaurs,” which led him to leave the room with his head down.
Badger Up His Butt was a sketch that took place during a business meeting where Will Ferrell was acting like a complete jerk and everyone was wondering why since he normally was super nice. They keep asking what crawled up his butt as he started to show signs of pain. This pain got so bad that he had to go to the hospital where Dr. Walken revealed that Will Ferrell had a badger stuck up his butt during a camping but there was nothing they could do because it might hurt the badger.
Weezer then returned to the stage to perform Island In The Sun.
Memorial Day Greetings From "Saturday Night Live" was set up to be a Memorial Day-Themed follow-up to I Wish It Was Christmas Today but then other than the opening line where Horatio Sanz acknowledged Memorial Day, the song quickly evolved to be another rendition of I Wish It Was Christmas Today.
Finally, Christopher Walken closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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This week's show started with A Message From The Vice-President Of The United States where Darrell Hammond as Dick Cheney talk about America’s need for energy conservation in a way that seemed like a real deal address since it was so serious and dry. It got funnier as he started to point out why he was so dry and low key in order to conserve his own personal energy since he was so down with the cause. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Lara Flynn Boyle then officially opened the show with a monolog about her role on the show The Practice and joked about how working on the show taught her a lot about laws. She then went to start a joke about the laws broken by SNL only to be cut off by Adam McKay as an audience member who didn’t know who she was and then went on to make fun of “the fat lady” on The Practice which was quickly shut down. Lara then tried to return to her joke only to continually be interrupted by McKay who kept on heckling by asking about the size of her famous ex’s penises and then finished by making fun of Boyles weight, suggesting she doesn’t eat. To prove him wrong, Lara then pulled up her shirt to reveal that she was so skinny that we could see the content of her lunch.
The was followed by a repeat of the Corn Chip Nail Tips commercial that has already aired a couple times this season which was an eatable false nail that was being promoted to a hip-hop crowd.
Fake Hernia Doctor was a sketch where Will Ferrell faked being a doctor in order to trick Chris Parnell as a patient into a fake hernia test so the Ferrell could grab his balls and have him cough over and over again. At first, we even think that Will is the real deal because the nurses also got involved, grabbing Parnell’s balls as well, until the end when it was revealed that they were a team of weirdos who sneak into hospitals all of the time to fulfill their quirky kink of grabbing stranger’s balls.
DeMarco Brothers then returned with the two Chrises, Parnell and Kattan as their interpretive dancing characters and this time the two audition to dance in the background for an upcoming Bon Jovi tour. Of course, with Bon Jovi as tonight’s musical guest, he and Richie Sambora were involved in the sketch to judge their extremely literal dance. Their last dance must have switched from rehearsal and Parnell and Kattan threw on wigs in order to recreate Bon Jovi and Sambora’s performance at the MTV Movie Award because the second the wig went on, our musical guests couldn’t control their laughter as if they were totally caught off guard.
We then got a parody of MTV Cribs where we got a quick tour of Chris Kattan as Robert Downey Jr.’s jail cell after he was recently arrested for something to do with drugs.
Save The Starving Actresses Foundation was a parody of the Sally Struthers ads for starving children only with Lara Flynn Boyle as the spokeswoman who shared photos of actresses who need food. Yes, she made fun of herself in this sketch but, especially watching with modern eyes, it’s bizarre how ruthless the body shaming is toward other actresses who were constantly bothered about their low weight.
This was followed by a telling of The Scarlet Letter where Lara Flynn Boyle has a scarlet “B” and “J” on her chest and not the scarlet “A” like the one on Ana Gasteyer. Though Ana was ostracized for her letter, the men of the town much more lenient towards Lara because who doesn’t like a BJ. Though the men love our host for the letters on her chest, when Will Ferrell arrived with a BJ as well they instantly banished him from the town, even after he revealed his HJ undershirt and BF tank top.
Bon Jovi then took to the stage to perform It's My Life.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, the real Lou Reed dropped by in order to squelch any rumors that he had passed away only to admit that he actually was dead in a way that seemed like he was barely aware he was there.
We then got a parody ad of Moulin Rouge film that came out around the time that was set in the 1890s but the music was from the 1970s without any real explanation the mashup of time-period references.
This was followed by a parody of MSNBC Investigates that followed a story of how emulating The Golden Girls endangered a teenager played Chris Kattan’s life. This was in reference to all of the teens at the time who kept getting hurt while emulating the stunts in Jackass.
Wake Up, Wakefield then returned for another installment of the High School Produced morning talk show hosted by Maya Rudolph and her sidekick Rachel Dratch. This week, the interviewed Lara Flynn Boyle as their gym teacher/stereotypical lesbian coach.
Tracy Morgan then played Shaquille O'Neal in order to explain the tone of his voice to the audience.
Bon Jovi then returned to the stage to perform You Give Love A Bad Name.
Bloder Brothers brought back the ginger-headed, nerdy brothers, played by Jimmy Fallon and Chris Parnell so that this time they could flirt with Lara Flynn Boyle as a barmaid only to lose all of their nerves the second that she flirted back.
Finally, Lara Flynn Boyle closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with A Message From The President Of The United States where Will Ferrell and George W. Bush reprimanded Julia Stiles and his daughter Jenna after a recent event where she was caught drinking while underage and it got out to the media. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Pierce Brosnan then officially opened the show with a monolog about being the latest James Bond before Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery joined him on stage to give him a little advice.
We then got another repeat of the Homocil that has already aired a couple times this season which was the fake ad for a pill for parents to cope with raising a gay child with the tagline of, “Because, it’s not their problem, it’s yours.”
Just Funnin' was a fictional new MTV show hosted by Gemini’s twin that started with their latest music video to introduce their first guest, Pierce Brosnan who played the video’s director. After a quick interview with Brosnan, musical guest of the night, Destiny Child acted as former members of the group joined in on the interview in order to promote their spin-off group and the two groups went on to perform a song.
This was followed by a parody of The Weakest Link Rachel Dratch as host, Anne Robinson who brutally tore apart the collection of idiotic contestants.
Jeffrey's then returned for another installment this time with Jimmy Fallon and Pierce Brosnan as the two clothes folders in an overpriced store who treat all of their customers like crap. Just like the first time this segment appeared, the cast couldn’t get through the scene without breaking into laughter.
Destiny's Child then took to the stage to perform Survivor.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Tracy Morgan dropped by to announce that he wanted to be a black spy named Lamont Bond.
Angry Boss took place in an office where Will Ferrell was a complete bully of a boss with outbursts that totally reminded me of Ferrell’s character who would yell about owning a Dodge Stratus. To highlight how much this was a different time, at one point Ferrell threatened to rape Chris Kattan. At the end of the sketch, a coked-up Chris Parnell entered the scene with a trident to battle his boss only to end up dead.
We then got a parody of The West Wing that showed what an episode would look like if Aaron Sorkin wrote it while high on mushrooms.
We then got another short film from Adam McKay called Five Finger Discount where Molly Shannon played a shoplifter who stole dogs from the local pet store and due to the shopkeeper’s incompetence she always managed to get away with it.
Destiny's Child then returned to the stage to perform Emotion.
Bravery And Unity was a History Channel retrospective that had a bunch of old jokes cycled throughout the show like telling the tale of the Polish submarine fleet that all died during WWII because of their use of screen doors along with several other Truly Tasteless Joke Book-style jokes.
We then got a fake ad for Casino Daycare that offered babysitting services for parents who want to have a wild time while visiting Vegas. To keep the kids entertained, Horatio Sanz hosted a Vegas-style show that their parents could also watch through the hotel’s CC TV while they gambled and drank. This show was completely inappropriate for kids with the band leader joking about drugs and Tina Fey performing a sexy routine while tying a balloon into an animal. Pierce Brosnan finished things off as a comedian who shouldn’t have even been allowed to be around kids.
Finally, Pierce Bronson closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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This week's show started with The Culps doing one of medley their performances at an H&R Block in honor of the first Tax Day following the Bush Jr. Tax cuts. As always, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Renee Zellweger then officially opened the show with a monolog about how happy she was to host and after she promoted Bridget Jones Diary she went on to read from her own diary which mainly consisted of jokes about her career as she revealed comedic truths about the industry.
We then got a repeat of the Subshack commercial from earlier in the season which was an ad for the anti-Jared Fogle/Subway diet for those who want to regain any weight they lost and possible/probably even more.
Jerry Maguire II had Horatio Sanz as Jonathan Lipnicki who had put on some weight since the last movie but still tried to act like the same cute little kid.
This was followed by a parody of Hardball where once again Darrell Hammond as Chris Matthews ridiculed his guests. This time, his main focus was Renee Zellweger as Molly Ivins who seemed to be an odd fit for the show considering the focus of the show was the U.S. spy plane going down in China and Molly Ivins was just a lighthearted humorist who mainly spoke in old-timey southern catchphrases.
A Wedding Story was a parody of a wedding reality show where Renee Zellweger played a future bride who was beginning to regret being engaged to Will Ferrell because he was the leader of a KISS cover band.
TV Funhouse then gave us the first Fun With Real Audio in quite a while, and this time Robert Smigel created an animation to the real audio from Survivor, focusing on interviews that follow the first season’s final episode.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Will Ferrell dropped by as the guy who can’t control the volume of his voice to pretty much do the same but funny routine where he starts out talking about the China/U.S. spy plane incident only to end up discussing his vocal ailment the entire time. Jimmy Fallon also got his own special segment to review the new The Producers Broadway play but since he couldn’t get tickets due to the fact that it was sold-out for the first two years, he could only guess at how the show went down.
Eve and Gwen Stefani then took to the stage to perform Let Me Blow Ya Mind.
TV Theme Songs had Renee Zellweger and Chris Kattan return to Kattan’s apartment following their first date where he went on to try to charm her into bed but if his bizarre choice of conversation wasn’t enough to kill the mood, the fact that the music he chose to make thing romantic was nothing but a bunch of old TV theme songs.
Crazy Doctor brought back Will Ferrell’s crazy doctor character who recently removed Horatio Sanz taint a couple of episodes ago. This time he made more of his patients very uncomfortable with his crazy ways. Molly Shannon also dropped by for a very quick cameo appearance. Even funnier than the doctor’s wacky antics, was the fact how Will Ferrell kept referring to Molly Shannon by her actual name as if she wasn’t a character of as if this were all in his head.
Eve then returned to the stage alone to perform Who's That Girl?
This was followed by a fake ad for Classical Music Classics that added horrible lyrics to very classical songs for a new compilation album.
Finally, Renee Zellweger closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with A Message From The President Of The United States where Will Ferrell as George W. Bush delivered his list of demands to China after a few U.S. soldiers were captured after a U.S. spy plane went down over their country. First, he apologized for us getting caught then demanded the plane be returned after North Korea was allowed reverse engineer it so that would could then send it off to Libya. They were allowed to keep any documents found inside the spy plane but they could only share copies of copies to other countries. This was followed by more demands that mainly favored China and other countries who we are still supplying resources to while at the same time considering them enemies. Of course, with this being the opening sketch it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Alec Baldwin then officially opened the show with a monolog about being back for the ninth time and how it was good that SNL was his home away from home considering his recent divorce from Kim Basinger. Before he could get any further, Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton joined our host on the stage to give him a few pointers on how to meet women now that he’s single again.
This was followed by a fake ad for Reliable Investments that had Alec Baldwin as a stockbroker who jumped out a window to his death while trying to advise Ana Gasteyer on how to handle her losses following a recent Wall Street downturn. He stayed on the line pleasantly lying to her right up until she hung up just moments before he hit the ground.
Delicious Dish then returned with Ana Gasteyer as her monotoned NPR host character who, first, introduced us to her new sidekick Rachel Dratch, who took over for Molly Shannon and then went on to bring back Alec Baldwin’s Pete Schweddy character who, following the success of his Schweddy Balls visit, came back to promote his new ballpark wiener business where he sold his Schweddy Wieners. This, of course, led to an endless amount of Schweddy Wiener jokes that went even further than they went with Pete’s Schweddy Balls.
Tough Guy had Alec Baldwin as a military Sergeant along with the entire cast as soldiers who were captured by the Chinese from the down US spy plane that was referenced at the top of the show. While trying to prepare his men for escape he let everyone know that he was ready to take on their captors single-handedly while spreading propaganda about the enemy including the “fact” that Chinese women have sideways vaginas. The rest of the men were more realistic considering they were inland with nowhere to hide along with the fact that there was no way they could take on a billion people.
This was followed by another parody of Inside The Actors Studio where this time Will Ferrell as James Lipton interviewed Alec Baldwin as Charles Nelson Reilly while making fun of Charles’s personality and voice as well as the real show’s style and format.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Tracy Morgan dropped by to discuss what happened with Daryl Strawberry after he disappeared from rehab, violating his probation in the process. Of course, Tracy defended Strawberry’s actions while guessing on how things went down. Jimmy Fallon gave us an international version of his I Have An Opinion segment that focused on the China situation where they captured our spies, pointing out that it was totally our fault and Tina got a segment to rant against Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends complaining about the fact that they were all blondes. The news then wrapped up with Kid Rock stopping by for a special installment of Spade’s classic Hollywood Minute after it was announced that David would be doing the segment but Kid Rock joke that they were partying and Spade passed out so he decided to step in. David did eventually come out, dressed as Kid Rock and dancing and singing on the desk until the real Kid Rock pushed him off for his horrible impersonation.
Coldplay then took to the stage to perform Yellow.
Red Ships Of Spain brought back Will Ferrell as Robert Goulet in order to team up with his two brothers, as played by Alec Baldwin and Chris Parnell in order to put on a new Goulet musical.
The Bush Tax Cut was a C-SPAN sketch that had Chris Kattan and Darrell Hammond as Tom Daschle and Richard Gephardt who both ruined a press conference as they tried to explain the new Bush tax cuts by using the craziest references to explain their point of view.
Lasting Impressions featured Alec Baldwin and Jimmy Fallon as two artists who showed how to add a touch of class to photos by painting portraits inside of a brandy snifter to create the pre-everyone had Photoshop images that were big around this time, even though they were already cheesy at the time.
Coldplay then returned to the stage to perform Don't Panic.
Finally, Alec Baldwin closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a parody of Martha Stewart Living where Ana Gasteyer as Martha shared her tips for surviving St. Patrick’s Day using her brand of arts and crafts decorating techniques. Of course, with this being the opening sketch it ended by her announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Julia Stiles then officially opened the show with a monolog about how this was the five hundredth episode and then was quickly joined by Tracy Morgan who started to hit on her since she fell in love with a black guy in her movie Save The Last Dance that she was there to promote.
This was followed by a repeat of the Homocil commercial from earlier in the year which was a pill for parents who needed to cope with their kid being gay.
Wake Up, Wakefield brought us the debut of this high school produced morning show with Maya Rudolph as the host and Rachel Dratch as her nerdy best friend/sidekick. This week, the two interviewed Julia Stiles about the school’s latest stage play production Hair and how they handled the nude scenes.
Jackie Gives Attitude had Maya Rudolph rude character Jackie return, this time to give attitude while working at the post office. Only this time she meets her match in Julia Stiles who played an irate customer.
Aerosmith then took to the stage to perform Jaded.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Darrell Hammond dropped by as Arnold Schwarzenegger to talk about his upcoming run for Governor of California and his plan to eventually become the President only to end up arguing with Jimmy and Tina, who tried to explain why that goal would be impossible to fulfill. Later, during a story, Jimmy and Tina also learned that the real David Copperfield was the person in control of their cue cards who magically made words appear on pages that were blank.
Suel Forrester Directs A Movie brought back Chris Kattan’s mumble-mouthed character, who’s been gone for quite a while. As the title suggests, this time, Suel Attempted to direct a movie only none of his actors could understand a single word that he said.
Beppi had Rachel Dratch and Julia Stiles as two foreign sisters who clean up and office after business hours who had to listen to Maya Rudolph and Ana Gasteyer complain about staying late and how horrible their jobs were even though it seemed like a cake walk when compared to these two cleaning ladies who felt happy to just be in The States.
The Doberman! was another short film by Adam McKay that pretty much just had Will Ferrell being attacked by a Doberman that some random guy let loose in Ferrell’s mess of a bachelor apartment in the middle of the night, only it became daytime the moment the scene moved outside. It turned out this was a service that Ferrell paid for to add some excitement to his life.
Apollo Theater Amateur Night had Julia Stiles attempt to entertain the rough Apollo audience and eventually won them over by partnering up with Jerry Minor in order to complete her routine.
We then got an infomercial-style fake ad for Willy Sluggs Eye Poppers where Julia Stiles played the pitchwoman who tried to promote Jerry Minor as the titular magician whose tricks were terribly lame while some didn’t even work.
Aerosmith then returned to the stage to perform Big Ten Inch Record.
Der Lacheln Beherrscht was a parody of a German kids’ show that was far too disturbing for the age range of its target audience since it was so surreal and creepy that it was almost too disturbing for adults.
Van Morrison St. Patrick's Day Message had Jimmy Fallon as Van Morrison who sang a song where you could barely make out the words while chugging Guinness so aggressively toward the end he was just throwing it in his face.
Finally, Julia Stiles closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with A Message From The President Of The United States where Will Ferrell as George W. Bush announced his new worry-free attitude now that he’s won the race but more importantly is free to do what he wants with Dick Cheney having to take things slow after a recent heart attack. He also highlighted how his care-free approach has him healthier than Cheney, who worked too hard at his job. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Conan O'Brien then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he started out as write for SNL and then went on to share a few clips from when he ended up in the background of random sketches. After sharing the clips he then took Tracy Morgan, some Japanese tourist and a random pair of paramedics downstairs to give them a tour of his talk show’s studio to show off how much he’s grown from those humble early beginnings.
This was followed by a fake ad for Subshack which offered a solution for those who lost too much weight using the Jared Fogel, Subway Diet where you could eat as many Subshack sandwiches as you want in order to put the weight back on since these SubShack subs were humongous plus there was no walking involved.
Cumberland Farms was a sketch where Conan O’Brien played the buddy of Jimmy Fallon’s and Rachel Dratch’s Boston teen couple characters who helped them score some beer with the help of a fake mustache. The mustache plan worked like a charm and the moment they got the beer, the real Ben Affleck appeared from out of nowhere to join in on the party.
This was followed by Moleculo: The Molecular Man which I still quote to this day, with Conan O’Brien as a superhero who kept giving his mild-mannered disguise away by constantly repeating his catchphrase, “The Molecular Man,” in a super-heroic tone. At one point he even burst through a wall in order to yell his catchphrase after some simply said Moleculo. After getting caught he moved down to Mexico but fails to hide his identity after making the same mistakes.
Napster Hearings had Conan O’Brien in court as the singer of Right Said Fred who not only sought copyright protection laws but he also sought something to eat. We also got to see a couple other cast members impersonate one-hit-wonders about how Napster had killed their careers, they even fit in a Rico Suave joke with Horatio Sanz as Rico, who let his weight get out of hand.
Don Henley then took to the stage to perform Everything Is Different Now.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, was all Jimmy and Tina with no special guests at all.
Taint-less Ted had Conan O’Brien as a doctor who had to inform Horatio Sanz as the titular Ted that he had to remove his taint after Horatio got into a horrible car accident while trying to get to the McDonalds on the other side of town and then back home in time to catch Bruce Jenner’s Inside The Actors Studio interview.
TV Funhouse then used footage from an NBA game in order to invite the viewers to play, Find The Black People At The Knicks Game, which turned out to be a lot harder than one would think, especially as we got closer and closer to the court, but then all that changed when we saw the players and audience members in the cheap seats, which included Tracy Morgan.
VH-1 Diva-thon brought back Ana Gasteyer as her Diva character who constantly fights with her backup band. Which was pretty much what happened again only the barbs and jabs were both new and improved, as was the fictional venue.
Democratic National Committee had Chris Kattan as Marc Rich spoke on behalf of the DNC to share his financial woes while complaining about Bush’s planned tax breaks for the rich, highlighting how this tax cut doesn’t even affect him since he’s never paid his taxes anyway.
Don Henley then returned to the show to perform The Heart Of The Matter.
Sports Century took us back to the old-timey days back when the Irish dominated boxing with their fighting Irish style. Conan O’Brien played a boxer named James “The Gentlemen Masher” Corcoran who was at the top of his game until he spared with his first black competitor and it was all downhill from then.
Finally, Conan O'Brien closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with The Clinton Gang which had Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton return with his gang of cohorts including Ana Gasteyer as his wife, Chris Parnell as his brother Roger, and Horatio Sanz as Hilary’s brother Hugh in order to acknowledge how much the public seems to love his wrong doings, especially following all of his last minute pardoning and justified it all by saying, “I do what I likes and I likes what I do,” and then went on to promise to do even more scandalous moved in the future. He then wrapped things up by announcing, “Live from New York…”
Katie Holmes then officially opened the show with a monolog about how excited she was to host and how she just lost her virginity to her ex-boyfriend’s ex-best friend, trying to make a Dawson’s Creek joke that didn’t get a single laugh. Keep in mind, her dress seemed to break when she was waving to the crowd so her entire delivery was a little off as she was distracted by holding up her clothes. After an awkward but quick moment of silence to recover, she then went on to say that she was happy to host a variety show because she loved to sing and dance. Enter Will Ferrell, who challenged her to a tap dance showdown. The wardrobe woman than entered with her tap shoe and fixed her dress which was followed by a tap-off where they both showed off their skills, Will’s being wild and phony with pre-recorded tap sound while Katie was the real deal.
This was followed by a parody of Dawson's Creek, where Katie revised her character from the show and falls in love with, new student, Mr. Peepers. At one point in the sketch, Katie almost ended up in another accident when Mr. Peepers hopped on the bed and knocked over the footrest.
KXLA Special Report covered the fire at Tom Green and Drew Barrymore’s home with Jimmy Fallon and Katie Holmes playing the former SNL hosts. Though the news reporter, Maya Rudolph treated the incident like a serious story Tom Green was up to his wacky antics while Drew Barrymore seemed to be blissfully accepting of everything.
TV Funhouse then gave us an animation that had The Backstreet Boys as crime fighters. Which mainly focused on how bad they suck since their horrible music was their superpower that scared all of the bad guys away.
Love-ahs brought of the debut of Will Ferrell’s and Rachel Dratch’s creepy, hippy, intellectual couple who disgusted their guest Katie Holmes and Jimmy Fallon with their HBO’s Real Sex brand of expressing their love. The Real Sex aspect was not a part of the sketch but is my own reference to how that show always featured the last people you wanted to see go into deep details about their sex.
Dave Matthews Band then took to the stage to perform I Did It.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week we saw Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell as Elton John and Eminem who performed the song Stan and then ended it with a gay kiss after Tina Fey claimed that it was a clip from the Grammy’s.
Jarrett's Room then returned with Jimmy Fallon as Jarrett and Horatio Sanz and Goby who gave us another installment of their dorm room webcast where this time Jarrett ended up in a love triangle between him, Katie Holmes and Chris Parnell.
Tough As Nails had Chris Parnell as a director who wanted multiple takes of what seemed to be a very painful crotch grab scene between Katie Holmes and Will Ferrell as a Steven Seagal looking, bad guy because Parnell kept getting new ideas between each shot to make it even more painful.
Dave Matthews Band then returned to the stage to perform The Space Between.
Passive-Aggressive Pam had Ana Gasteyer as the titular Pam who was so passive aggressive that it was hard for anyone to interpret what she was trying to say.
Singles Cruise had Chris Parnell as a cowboy meet a redhead Maya Rudolph just moments before this cruise designed for dating reached its final stop.
Finally, Katie Holmes closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with A Message From The President Of The United States where Will Ferrell as George W. Bush announced that he performed a strike on Iraq as a personal favor to former President Bill Clinton in order to keep yet another Clinton scandal out of the news. It turned out the scandal in question was the pardoning of Mark Rich and Bush decided to help cover this up since he and the Republicans would have done the exact same thing, so this act was actually bipartisan. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually ended with the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Sean Hayes then officially opened the show with a monolog where after sharing how excited he was to be there, he played a difficult song on the piano while signing autographs for the audience, solving a Rubik’s Cube, and even taking calls from his friend on his cell phone because, the piano portion at least, was how he dreamed of opening the show when he when he was twelve and knew that he’d someday be famous, which explains the autograph seekers.
Delicious Dish then returned after a long absence and once again, Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer played their monotoned NPR host characters who ended up tripping balls after eating their guest’s, as played by Sean Hayes, sampling of magic mushrooms only it turned out that they only shared a portabella mushroom.
This was followed by a fake ad for Homocil which was a sedative marketed to parents in order to cope with their children’s homosexual tendencies.
We then got another parody of Hardball where once again Darrell Hammond played Chris Matthews in order to verbally abuse Molly Shannon as Denise Rich and Chris Kattan as Paul Begala over for their involvement in the Mark Rich pardon which was quite a farewell from our president.
Jeffrey's had Sean Hayes and Jimmy Fallon as two clothing folders at a trendy clothing store who brutally mocked their potential customers who were shopping at their overpriced store. Horatio Sanz eventually became the main victim but he was too dumb to understand their barbs but didn’t back down from the confrontation which got everyone laughing in whichever version I was seeing. Then the place lost their minds when Will Ferrell entered as what seemed to be the inspiration for Mugato. Apparently, they had to replace the live aired sketch with one from the dressed rehearsal for rebroadcasts because there was just too much laughing from the actors throughout the scene.
Shaggy then took to the stage to perform It Wasn't Me.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Sean Hayes dropped in as the kid from Billy Elliot to share how pissed off he was that he wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award, and then went on to dance his way out of the studio.
Hello Dolly then returned after a long time off for another round of Ana Gasteyer trying to sell her cute but bizarre-looking dolls on a Home Shopping Network-style show, with Sean Hayes as her special guest.
Fashion Week 2001 had Sean Hayes as the host of a Fashion show that kept getting interrupted by Molly Shannon’s character who loved the fact that she’s fifty, and was proud of her high kicks, ability to stretch and is most proud of her camel toe.
Shaggy then returned to the stage to perform Angel.
Action News 4 Morning Report showed a morning talk show crew as they tried to report on a story where a tractor-trailer crashed into a tiny clown car which led to multiple casualties. Even though the scene was filmed with clowns doing silly things and developments that delved out more hilarious situations, everyone did a good job at keeping a straight face throughout the multiple updates.
Last Show! had Molly Shannon as Mary Katherine Gallagher sing School’s Out For Summer in honor of the fact that this was going to be her very last show.
Brian Fellow's Safari Planet returned for another installment of Tracy Morgan as an ill-informed animal expert who lives so much in a fantasy world within his head that he confused the hell out of his guest as they tried to share their exotic animals and all he did was suggest the clothing that could be made from each animal and asking random ass questions.
This was followed by a repeat of the Corn Chip Nail Tips commercial from earlier in the season which was a fake ad for fake nails that you can eat and was marketing to a hip-hop audience.
Talkin' 'Bout 'Ginas was a parody of The Vagina Monologues that featured Ana Gasteyer as Joan Rivers, Chris Kattan as Farrah Fawcett, Rachel Dratch as Pooja Baranji, Molly Shannon as Anna Nicole Smith, Maya Rudolph as Gayle King, and Will Ferrell as China, in order to talk about their vaginas.
Finally, Sean Hayes closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with Jennifer's Booty which was a sketch where Will Ferrell was so distracted by gushing over J Lo’s butt that Tracy Morgan tried to swoop in to take over Will’s President George W. Bush impersonation since that would lead to more airtime. After a while of harassing the host about her booty, J Lo called for Lorne who did defend our host only to stare at her ass whenever she wasn’t looking. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Jennifer Lopez then officially opened the show with a monolog where she tried to play down her reputation of being a diva while she had a pit crew of hair and makeup people touching her up the entire time she was on stage.
This was followed by a repeat of the fake Cracklin' Oat Flakes commercial from earlier in the season which as a breakfast cereal laced with ecstasy.
J Lo Vs. Mango had J Lo battle Mango for the Diva title after they rose to the top over Ana Gasteyer as Celine Dion, Maya Rudolph as Diana Ross, Tracy Morgan as Aretha Franklin and Molly Shannon as Shania Twain after the filming of the latest J Lo music video where Mango stole the show. This sketch actually went all over the place and ran really long but there were enough twists two where it felt like multiple sketches in one and not like it was dragging on.
This was followed by a parody of MTV Cribs where we got to see the tiny apartment that Gemini’s Twins call home, with J Lo playing the latest group member.
TV Funhouse then gave us a Disney-style animation called Ray Of Light that told the tale of the Ray Lewis scandal where the football player, at the time, was accused of murdering someone at a Super Bowl Party.
Jennifer Lopez then switched to musical guest mode to perform Play.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Will Ferrell dropped in as Wilson The Volleyball from the movie Cast Away and went on to bash his former co-star until the real Tom Hanks the scene to take Wilson offstage without saying a single word. Jerry Minor also stopped by as a little kid who nervously discussed Black History Month only to end up freaking out and crying before he could get through all of his prewritten index cards.
Fly Girls Reunion had Rachel Dratch, Jerry Minor, and Tracy Morgan play lesser known Fly Girls in order to have a reunion with Jennifer Lopez in her gigantic mansion. It turned out that this surprise reunion was an excuse for the unsuccessful girls to beg for things from the very successful J Lo.
We then got a fake ad for Music From The Motion Picture Valentine where all of the bands on the film’s soundtrack all had very bizarre names.
Jennifer Lopez then switched by to musical guest mode once again in order to perform Love Don't Cost A Thing.
Good Morning Bronx was a morning talk show sketch with Jerry Minor and J Lo as the host who read through to Bronx related news before they had on Rachel Dratch who share a few complaints which was then followed by the return of Tracy Morgan’s Dominican Lou character who did the weather.
The Baby & The German Intellectual was a short film that had Will Ferrell as the titular German Intellectual who tried to share some very impressive facts about a massive battleship only the baby was more impressed by an empty potato chip bag.
Jeannie Darcy had Molly Shannon as the titular hack comedian who did a stand-up routine that wasn’t well-received by the members of a nursing home. One lady was so bored that she actually died mid-routine but our comedian kept trudging along because she’s been through worse shows in the past.
We then got a repeat of the fake ad for Wade Blasingame from earlier in the season where Will Ferrell played an attorney who pitched the idea of suing dogs by highlighting we wouldn’t accept the same type of antics from a human.
News From The Front had J Lo as an old-timey singer who sung very unpatriotic music to the soldiers at a USO Tour show during World War II.
Finally, J Lo closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with A Message From The Former President Of The United States where Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton delivered his final address after sneaking back into the White House while everyone else in D.C. was attending the inauguration party. First, he pointed out that he was a bit drunk before going on to share some gossip on Bush and then went on to admit to the promises that he never planned to keep during both of his presidential campaigns. Will Ferrell as Bush then joined the scene because he was excited to hang out in his new fancy off. The two Presidents then had a quick exchange before Clinton made his final presidential announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Mena Suvari then officially opened the show with a monolog about how her career has been a dream come true and how it all started when she was cast in American Beauty. She then went on to share how much she loved working with the SNL cast which only added to this dreamlike feel. This led her to take us backstage for a quick American Beauty-style parody by recreating the rose petal fantasy sequence from the movie with various members of the cast acting as their most popular characters. This ended with Lorne Michaels having a fantasy of his own, that at first look like he was thinking about our host only to find out he was dreaming of a rose petal covered Tracy Morgan.
This was followed by a fake ad for the Gatorade Love Bucket which suggested that you can show appreciation for the ones that you love by dumping this Love Bucket of Gatorade over their head as if you just won the big game.
Jackie Gives Attitude had Maya Rudolph as the titular airport security agent who along with Mena Suvari as her coworker/sidekick gave attitude to the frequent fliers as they tried to make it through the security line. This sketch was surprisingly modern considering it was before 9/11 before we grew to expect this type of treatment from the TSA.
Janet Reno's Dance Party then returned for a final installment with Will Ferrell as Janet Reno hosting another one of her dance parties. Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton stopped by for a quick goodbye and then, in order to make this send-off extra special, the real Janet Reno burst through the wall in order to confront Ferrell about his impersonation only to end up joining him in the final dance.
Rap Street also returned for another installment, this time Jerry Minor and Horatio Sanz played Rap Street hosts, Grand Master Rap and Kid Shazaam in order to interview Mena Suvari as Aaron Carter who displayed his innocent rhymes that these old-school rap legends really loved since it still had that old-school rap sound that white people turn to when impersonating hip-hop music.
TV Funhouse then gave us another X-Presidents cartoons where the X-Men-style X-Presidents reluctantly endured adding Bill Clinton to their team and were disturbed by the sex robot that the new X-President offered to bring with him to the team.
This was followed by a fake ad for a movie called Wake Up Little Suzie where Mena Suvari as Suzie was in a coma and Tracy Morgan played an orderly who tried to woo her even though she was out cold. Will Ferrell played Suzie’s dad who didn’t approve of the relationship, for obvious reason, but Tracy blamed Will’s issues on race. Eventually, Mena woke up and was surprised to find herself in this new relationship but decided to play along.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Will Ferrell returned as the guy who can’t control the volume of his voice to talk about Bush’s cabinet appointees only to once again mainly focus on Voice Immodulation humiliation and called Tina Fey a bigot after she asked him to quiet down. Jerry Minor and Darrell Hammond also dropped by as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to discuss a recent claim that Jesse Jackson had a love child out there who he failed to recognize after Jesse made several attempts to change the subject but Sharpton kept him on track.
Lenny Kravitz then took to the stage to perform Again.
Veronica & Co. was another sketch to return with Molly Shannon as a runway model/talk show host who vapidly interviews her guests who were just as vapid and weird.
DeMarco Brothers also returned with the two Chrises, Kattan and Parnell auditioned to be background dancers for Lenny Kravitz with their quirky interpretive style.
Lenny Kravitz then returned to the stage to perform Mr. Cab Driver.
Finally, Mena Suvari closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with A Message From The Vice-President Elect where Darrell Hammond as Dick Cheney discussed his recent heart attack and how it wouldn’t affect his role as “Vice President” while hinting that he was in charge. He then told the poor people to tune away and watch NASCAR before giving advice to the rich while his new heart monitor showed us that he kept dying from time to time. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Charlie Sheen then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he just joined the cast of Spin City before starting to joke about his degenerate life. He said that he wasn’t proud of his choices but he was open to discuss his past. He then took to the “members of the audience,” who mainly tried to get him to relapse as well as a guy who asked for his money back for watching the movie Men At Work. The final question of the intro was if our Charlie would like to follow in his father’s footsteps and someday be the President in a show like The West Wing which led our host to draw many comparisons between him and George W. Bush without having to mention his name.
This was followed by a run of Fox Promos for a bunch of upcoming reality shows called Herpes Island, Temptation Trailer, and The Cannibal.
We then got a parody of The Iron Chef where Charlie Sheen as an American Bachelor took on Horatio Sanz as The Iron Chef and used lazy bachelor cooking technics to pull off a surprising win with his shark head nachos, shark head pizza, and shark head on a bagel.
Eric Dickerson's NFL Pregame Special had Tracy Morgan as Eric Dickerson and mainly made fun of the nonsensical sports coverage that was being put out by ABC sports after they bought the rights to air the NFL. Part of this nonsense included Charlie Sheen dropping by as his character from Major League. Jimmy Fallon as Dennis Miller also stopped by to roast everyone in the room while taking a few shots at Charlie as himself.
The Culps then returned for more of their quirky music instructor-style singing this time to perform a medley of civil rights-themed songs while at a Martin Luther King’s Day assembly.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Ana Gasteyer dropped by as Katherine Harris to deliver payback to her critic over the way Florida failed during the 2000 Election. Jimmy Fallon reviewed Clinton’s Farewell Tour. Chris Kattan brought back the Terrible Re-Enactment segment to portray Prince Charles falling off his horse. Finally, Maya Rudolph also stopped by as Marta Mercado to discuss the treatment she got from her employer Linda Chavez who had to resign from Bush’s cabinet for a scandal where she hired illegal immigrants with Marta being one.
Nelly Furtado then took to the stage to perform I'm Like A Bird.
Patsy Marsh had Molly Shannon as the titular Young And The Restless bit role actress who completely overacted her entire scene when she was just supposed to be a transitional character who was just supposed to tell her boss that the person was there for a scheduled meeting.
Ted Brogan was the classic sketch where Rachel Dratch gave birth to Will Ferrell who played a thirty-seven-year-old man named Ted who came out complaining and ready for food and his attempts to breastfeed really freaked out his mom. Also for a grown man who just came out of a womb, he knew an awful lot about current events and even had a couple of friends who were also grown men who were just born.
T.G.I. Friday's had Chris Kattan as a super rude waiter to Charlie Sheen and Molly Shannon who were a married couple out on a date. Not only was he rude to the guest but he also would randomly yell at the staff from time to time in a way that he couldn’t seem to control his outbursts. When the couple called the manager to complain we discovered that this was the fourth complaint like this as well as the fact that this was Kattan’s first day. Chris Parnell, as the manager, then tried to fire the troublemaker only to be handed a not that claimed T.G.I. Friday was a real man and in fact, he was Chris Kattan’s dad. No one believed this at first but then Will Ferrell entered as Mr. Friday in order to save his son’s job and highlighting where the kid got his quirkiness from.
This was followed by The Pervert, A Film By Adam McKay that profiled a collection of New York City perverts who shared their creepy kinks.
Classic Vaudeville With Charles & Fleisy had Charlie Sheen as himself performed a Who’s On First-style routine with Rachel Dratch as his sidekick AKA Heidi Fleiss only using whore’s names instead of baseball players.
Finally, Charlie Sheen closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with Darrell Hammond and Will Ferrell as Al Gore and George W. Bush who had met at the local D.C. Chi-Chi's for lunch in order to discuss how to heal the nation following the disaster of an election that was just held. After talking shop for a bit, Bush tricked Gore into eating a super-hot chili pepper before he announced, “Live from New York…”
Lucy Liu then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she was excited to be back in her hometown. She then went on to share a video of her doing a bunch of stereotypical Asian tasks for the cast like cooking, dry cleaning, and even running with a rickshaw.
This was followed by a parody priceline.com ad where Darrell Hammond as William Shatner was freaked out over how the recent stock plunge had affected his priceline.com stock value that was the whole reason he took the job.
We then got a parody of Total Request Live where once again, Jimmy Fallon impersonated Carson Daly for another interview with the fake female group called Gemini’s Twin that still had Maya Rudolph and Ana Gasteyer as the main Twins and Lucy Liu as the new group member. Just like last time the sketch started with a TRL introduction, then shared a new Gemini’s Twin music video, followed by a Carson Daly interview, ending on a live performance of their latest song.
This was followed by another installment of Celebrity Jeopardy where this time Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek attempted to wrangle Jimmy Fallon and Robin Williams, Lucy Liu as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Darrell Hammond as the great Jeopardy guest, Sean Connery while trying to get through the game
Pretty Living also returned were once again Ana Gasteyer’s special guest was Molly Shannon’s, “I love it, I love it, I love it,” character, who this time showed off Lucy Liu who was playing her new lumberjack girlfriend.
Jarrett's Room then debuted with Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz as Jarrett and Goby who were two college stoners who hosted a webcast from their dorm. For this first installment, the two goofballs introduced themselves while Goby ate all the M&Ms that he intended to use to make a hacky sack which was going to be the main feature of the segment. We also met Lucy Liu who dropped by for a bit as Jarrett’s raver girlfriend who broke up with him by the end of her visit.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Rachel Dratch dropped in as fourth President James Madison to share his commentary on the horrific 2000 election only to be constantly sidetracked by all of the modern marvels like lights and her spinning chair. Chris Kattan also stopped by as the Baby New Year’s because he needed a diaper change and Jimmy Fallon sang a collection of parody pop songs about Christmas presents.
Jay-Z then took to the stage to perform I Just Wanna Love U.
Christmas Ornaments had our host along with several members of the cast act like ornaments Toy Story-style in order to share how they longed to be on the family Christmas tree. They all got a little desperate after hearing the family’s father announce that this was going to be the year that they will finally get rid of any ornament that was old, broken, or never used.
Murder In The Make-Believe Ballroom brought back Will Ferrell as Robert Goulet to promote his new rap album featuring Jay-Z, who joined Goulet in the fake ad along with the rest of his crew.
Happy Holidays From "Weekend Update" was a quick segment where Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey tried to share their Christmas wishes only to be interrupted by a random New York City homeless looking man.
Jay-Z then returned to the stage to perform Is That Yo Bitch?
Season’s Greetings From "Saturday Night Live" wasn’t a repeat in that it wasn’t pre-recorded but Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan returned to the stage to re-perform the song I Wish It Was Christmas Today that originally aired last week.
Finally, Lucy Liu closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with A Message From The Vice-President Of The United States where Darrell Hammond as Al Gore continued to gripe about losing the election and how he only lost the Electoral Vote and won when it came to the popular vote. He then went on to blame everyone else for his loss, possibly creating the playbook for when a Democrat doesn’t win. We also heard from Gore’s attorney since he was seeking to sue anyone that he blamed for his loss. Of course with this being the opening sketch it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Val Kilmer then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he was asked to host several times in the past but he always turned the show down due to his nerves over acting live. Before he could say any more, he was then interrupted by Darrell Hammond as the guardian angel Clarence from It’s A Wonderful Life who showed our host how the night would go if he gave into his nerve. It turned out that the entire cast was sad for non-show related things that they missed out on due to the canceled event.
This was followed by a fake ad for Wade Blasingame: Attorney-At-Law which featured Will Ferrell as the titular lawyer who was fully in favor of suing dogs in order to tap into a very niche market of the litigious viewer. To highlight why Ferrell was all for suing dogs, we saw Chris Parnell in a Speedo acting like a rambunctious dog while Will continued to point out that you would accept these activities from a human individual.
Behind The Music: Rock & Roll Heaven had Val Kilmer revise his role as Jim Morrison for this VH1 parody. It turns out that while up in heaven, the former The Doors lead singer had formed The Great Frog Society which was a supergroup made up of Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Keith Moon, Buddy Holly, and Louis Armstrong. We then got to the Val and the cast impersonate these late performers so show what a The Great Frog Society show would look like and how their very first gig got them signed to a deal with Jesus, but then as usual with Behind The Music, everything eventual fell apart as their extreme personalities started to clash but then ultimately broke up when Buddy Holly was reincarnated as a lamb which was the start of the reincarnations. At the very end of the sketch, we saw the reincarnated band perform with Jim Morrison as a little girl, Janis Joplin as a sumo wrestler and everyone else in their new skin.
Palm Beach took place in a soap opera setting that examined the voting confusion in Palm Beach, Florida with impersonations of all of the politicians involved doing their best, melodramatic, soap opera acting.
Veronica & Co. had Molly Shannon as a runway model, Veronica in order to introduce her new talk show where she interviewed a panel of quirky guest who had nothing to do with fashion about their views on the industry but mainly this just allowed her to brag about her luxurious lifestyle.
U2 then took to the stage to perform Beautiful Day.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Jimmy Fallon got a segment called I Have An Opinion where he shared that he loved the voting chaos because of how it made politics exciting to watch which made him want to learn even more. Darrell Hammond and Jerry Minor dropped by as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to also share views on the voter confusion that gave us another President named George Bush, focusing how the black voters had it the worst having to still deal with issues at the polls which is still a problem we constantly hear about to this day.
Iceman: The Later Years profiled Val Kilmer’s Iceman character from Top Gun who turned out to still be living in the past even though now he was just a commercial pilot who still acted like he was in the middle of a war even though when Top Gun came out the war was cold if not over and we had yet to start constantly bombing the Middle East making most of the action stem from practice from what I recall.
Season’s Greetings From "Saturday Night Live" was the classic moment in show history where Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, and Tracy Morgan performed an adorable/original Christmas song, I Wish It Was Christmas Today.
U2 then returned to the stage to perform Elevation.
Margaret Healey had Molly Shannon in the titular role in order to do strange voices in an effort to win over Val Kilmer while the two were out on a blind/double date with Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer. This approach seemed to work since Val was quick to play along which might have been great for the new couple and even Ana played along after a little time but Will was so annoyed by the whole he left early to head back home.
Burt Bacharach had Val Kilmer as the old-timey singer who couldn’t stop raving about Will Ferrell and Chris Parnell as a duo called the Tyson Brothers who were session horn players that provided the tunes for Bacharach’s latest album and bounced back and forth between patiently waiting for their parts and playing their hearts out whenever a horn was needed. Though they seemed so pleasant and calm throughout the entire song, they had a sibling outburst the moment the song was done.
We then got a repeat of the Corn Chips, Nail Chips ad from earlier in the season that pitched an edible fake set of nails marketed to a hip-hop audience.
Finally, Val Kilmer closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with A Message From George W. Bush And Al Gore that kept getting interrupted before it could even start Chris Parnell as Tom Brokaw restarting with Breaking News since the networks seemed so desperate at the time to be the first to announce anything that they rushed to the air with anything. This happened several times before we went to the actual joint message where Will Ferrell as Bush stared at the camera for a moment before realizing that he was on the air and then went on to discuss the recount and preemptively accepted his victory because he won the Electoral College. Before he could get too full of himself Darrell Hammond as Gore dropped in with the Supreme Court judges to reassure the country that he wasn’t giving up and that Bush had to wait until Monday to say anything either way. The two then sang I Got You Babe, which eventually ended with the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Tom Green then officially opened the show with a monolog that started with him randomly touching the crowd as if he were a blind man before attempting to hype the crowd with his bizarro antics. We also got to meet Tom’s mom and dad who were regulars on his MTV show which we found out was because he and Drew Barrymore planned to get married at the end of the show, well, at least Tom planned this because it seemed like a total surprise to the E.T. actress who was his fiance at the time who eventually gave in after he badgered her. After a quick pretend-fight, the couple announced it was all planned and that they would be getting married on the live on the air before throwing to a fake commercial.
We then got a repeat of the Magic Mouth ad from earlier in the season which was a device that disguised farts by translating toots into words.
Bald Eagles was a sketch that had Tom Greed as a bald eagle cub who strays from his mother, as played by Will Ferrell, after a fight only to find himself in the studio audience where he body surfed and did other weird things to invade everyone’s personal space until Will Ferrell joined in to play along. All of this happened while Molly Shannon and Jimmy Fallon played bird watchers who cheered them on.
Rap Street had Tom Green as a rapper named Good-Boy who tried to win over Jerry Minor and Horatio Sanz as old-school rappers, Grand Master Rap and Kid Shazaam while on their fictional talk show and was successful since he stuck to the old-school hip-hop style.
Lorne And Tom In A Tub was, as the title suggests, Lorne and Tom in a tub while our host tried to amused the show’s producer with some rubber ducks who seem enthralled as he watched on while drinking from his juice box.
This was followed by a parody of Hardball with Darrell Hammond as Chris Matthews makes fun of Ana Gasteyer as Katherine Harris who was the Secretary Of The State in Florida who bore a brunt of the responsibility for the wackiness in Florida following the controversial, “Too close to call,” election.
Dog Show then returned with Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon as two weirdos who host a show with real dogs and this time had on Tom Green as a Wizard who ruined the sanctity of the show by entering the scene with a pig that squealed out of control, freaking out all of the dogs and drowning out the people performances in the process.
TV Funhouse then gave us an animated parody of Sex And The City with a cartoon called Sex In The Country that showed barnyard animals having sex with the residents of the farm.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Molly Shannon dropped by as comedian Jeannie Darcy to perform a bit from her ‘80s style stand-up routine that had every joke end with the catchphrase, “Don’t get me started.” The real Gwyneth Paltrow also stopped by to reveal that she’s living with Jimmy Fallon after Tina Fey gave him grief for making up stories about himself during an experimental gossip segment.
David Gray then took to the stage to perform Babylon.
We then got a parody of Oprah where Will Ferrell as Dr. Phil tried to fix marital problems of Maya Rudolph as Oprah’s talk show guests who were struggling because Tom Green was a Tom Green-style weirdo who wouldn’t open up. Dr. Phil, Tom, and Ana Gasteyer then participated in a game meant to build trust that felt more like an improv warm-up that failed to really go anywhere other than Will Ferrell randomly blurting out Dr. Phil phrases from time to time.
VH-1 Storytellers showcased the band Air Supply’s Thanksgiving song that erupted into a homosexual kiss between Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan as the two lead members of the band.
Rock Around The Clock had Tom Green and Will Ferrell destroy a grandfather clock on stage while acting like a couple of weirdos while singing the classic song.
Finally, Tom Green closed the show by marrying Drew Barrymore, only she never ended up showing so they just cut to the credits while our host lost his mind wondering where she ran off to.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a sketch called The Presidential Couple that had Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond as Bush and Gore who lived in a world where a dual presidency was the solution to the election night debacle. This led to a quick parody of the opening to The Odd Couple before the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Calista Flockhart then officially opened the show with a monolog about her issues with how expensive it is to live in New York which led to a joke about mistaking an election booth for an ATM. Right after the joke, our host was interrupted by Rachel Dratch as Ally McBeal which led to a very meta confrontation between Flockhart and the character who made her famous because she felt like she was being stalked.
This was followed by a fake ad for Cracklin' Oat Flakes which was a cereal with the tagline, “Now laced with ecstasy!!!”
The Culps then returned for another installment of Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer as the singing instructing duo who sing hits from the day in their quirky style, this time while at a Democratic rally against Bush.
Nick Burns, Your Company Computer Guy also got another segment where Jimmy Fallon as the titular IT guy received his very first kiss from fellow IT nerd who was played by Calista Flockhart and found Jimmy to be sexy since they both shared the same sarcasm and were the same level of smart.
A Message From The Vice-President Of The United States gave Darrell Hammond a chance to complain to America about the Electoral Vote since he won the Popular Vote and lost. He also went on to complain about all of the issues that were going on with hanging chads and other voting concerns.
Ricky Martin then took to the stage to perform She Bangs.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Darrell Hammond dropped by as Bill Clinton to talk about the mishaps from the current election and suggested that maybe we don’t need a new president at all since he already solved all of the world’s problems. Will Ferrell then interrupted as Janet Reno to declare martial law. Chris Kattan did a terrible reenactment of how the Queen received a recent injury and Calista Flockhart, Rachel Dratch, and Maya Rudolph sat in as Charlie’s Angels to fawn over Jimmy Fallon while promoting the film.
Chris Kattan returned as The Crocodile Hunter to get attacked by more wild animals while attempting to host his show, this time Calista Flockhart played his wife who was bitten multiple times as well.
Chris Kattan then did a quick Ricky Martin impersonation before the real Ricky Martin took his place in order to perform Loaded.
Barflies had Calista Flockhart and Rachel Dratch as two skanky cougar barflies who struggled in their efforts to pick up on the establishment’s younger patrons.
Darrell Hammond then got a sketch as Dan Rather who adapted election slang to share the highlights of an NBA game.
Finally, Calista Flockhart closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a Glimpse Of Our Possible Future where we got to see a prediction of what America would look like if George Bush Jr. were to win the Presidential Election that had Will Ferrell as Bush freaking out by the fact that he somehow managed to set The Great Lakes on Fire and started a Civil War after only two weeks in office. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Charlize Theron then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she was born and raised in South Africa which got Tracy Morgan to join her on stage to share how thrilled he was to find out that technically she was a fellow African-American.
This was followed by a parody of Total Request Live where Jimmy Fallon as Carson Daley introduced the SNL world to Maya Rudolph, Cheri Oteri, and Charlize Theron as the Destiny’s Child parody female group named Gemini’s Twin who didn’t get why their group name was weird considering that they are a trio. In the sketch, we saw a music video, a TRL-style interview and it finished with them singing the song, Don’t You Go Messing With My Bling Bling, live.
A Glimpse of Our Possible Future then returned for another segment where this time we saw a future America with Al Gore as president where mainly he quizzed the nation about economics and politics on a regular basis.
Blair Witch Tour had Charlize Theron as a local from the town where The Blair Witch Project was filmed who was capitalizing on the movie’s success by giving a rip off of a tour. This brought back the Goth Talk duo who fell for Charlize’s trap.
TV Funhouse then returned so that Robert Smigel could give us another installment of The All New Adventures Of Mr. T where T continues to look for work so he becomes a scab when he crosses an acting picket line in order to steal the role in a Kotex commercial.
Jimmy Fallon then played a jealous Joe DiMaggio in a dramatized scene from his memoir that showed how he got angry at anyone who stared at his wife Marilyn Monroe, as played by Charlize Theron, during her skirt flipping scene from The Seven Year Itch especially since it took a ton of takes while the crew to get the air pressure to blow the skirt up correctly.
Paul Simon then took to the stage to perform Hurricane Eye.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Rachel Dratch dropped by to propose to Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey broken down how broken the Electoral College is, and SNL writer/one of my favorite ‘80s comedian, Hugh Fink stopped by to talk about Gore’s running mate Joe Lieberman as a fellow Jew.
Bedtime Stories had Mr. Peepers and Charlize Theron in a Skinemax softcore porn.
A Glimpse of Our Possible Future then returned to complete the rule of three by showing us a world filled with flying pigs and a frozen hell and Ralph Nader as President.
The Chrises then brought back their dancing DeMarco Brothers to audition to dance for tonight’s musical guest, Paul Simon and failed to win him over with their brand of interpretive dance.
The Coconut Bangers Ball was a fake ad where Will Ferrell played Robert Goulet in order to pitch his new rap album that was being marketed to stuffy old white people who are out of touch with the youth.
Paul Simon then returned to the stage to perform Old.
Horatio Sanz and Jerry Minor then played two horny members of the Buena Vista Social Club and the two old-timers sang their Cuban songs in Spanish which Will Ferrell had to interpret to his wife Charlize Theron. With each new song, the lyrics grew more and more sexual and directed toward our host, ending with her joining the two on the stage
Finally, Charlize Theron closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with parody coverage of the Third Presidential Debate where once again, Chris Parnell played the moderator and Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond as Bush and Gore took questions from the audience at a town hall forum in order to highlight how dumb Bush was, Gore was a robot, and policy-wise the two were one and the same, while making the “undecided” voter out to be a bunch of idiots for not like either choice. Of course with this being the opening sketch and with Dana Carvey as host he eventually dropped in as George Bush Sr. to chime in for a bit before he announced, “Live from New York…”
Dana Carvey then officially opened the show with a bit of a stand-up routine where he showcased a few of his impersonations of politicians who were making news at that time.
This was followed by a fake ad for Magic Mouth where Will Ferrell played a doctor who pitched a product that masked your farts with electric dialog.
Delicious Dish then returned for another installment of Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon as the two monotone NPR hosts who interviewed Dana Carvey as a disgruntled teacher about his neighborhood Halloween funhouse and share some of the treats that he traditionally makes for his guests.
Dana Carvey then revised the Church Lady to give us another installment of Church Chat where this time she persecuted Ana Gasteyer, Chris Kattan, and Chris Parnell as Hilary Clinton, Anne Heche, and Eminem over the hedonistic lifestyles.
Father & Son Go Hunting Dana Carvey as the senior Bush took his son, Will Ferrell as Bush Jr. our on a hunting trip in an effort to teach him a new life lesson about what it means to be the President consider this was the point where Junior overtook Gore in the polls, only W. was too distracted like an ADD-riddled child to listen. This almost led to an Of Mice And Men-style ending where Senior hinted that he was going to shoot his son to save him from doing more harm but instead he opted to let his son live.
Baha Men took to the stage to continue their efforts to answer the question Who Let the Dogs Out?
Once again Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Molly Shannon as Anna Nicole Smith dropped by to talk about her new Gold-Digging University since this was right around the time that her geriatric husband had dropped dead. We also got a prerecorded bit from Adam McKay where he took to the street to ask the nightlife of New York City their views on the upcoming election while trying to get them into a creepy van in order to get their interview. Robert De Nero also stopped by to confront Jimmy Fallon about his review of Meet The Parents from last week’s episode.
The Wallflowers then took to the stage to perform Sleepwalker.
2000 VH-1 Vogue Fashion Awards was an award show parody that allowed Dana Carvey and the cast to impersonate several fashion-based celebrities while mocking the award show genre.
Dana Carvey then brought back his offensive chicken loving Ching Chang character who started out the sketch not willing to sell Tracy Morgan a pet chicken because he was afraid that he’d end up frying it then went on to share his dream about putting one of his own pet chickens into a Broadway musical.
The Wallflowers then returned to the stage to perform Hand Me Down.
Finally, Dana Carvey closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with parody coverage of the Second Presidential Debate where again, Chris Parnell played the moderator with Ferrell and Hammond as Bush and Gore. This time we learned through the debates that the two pretty much agreed on all of the issues, highlighting how even back then there were jokes about how that when push comes to shoves the two parties are one and the same. Of course, with this being the opening sketch it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Kate Hudson then officially opened the show with a monolog about how happy she was to host and then fit in a quick plug for her film Almost Famous. Instantly after the plug, we landed in an impromptu reunion between her and several other grown children of former Laugh-In stars since that’s where her famous mom got her start.
We then followed Kate Hudson for a visit home from college where she was horrified to witness her parent recognize her in an ad for Girls Gone Wild! since, at that time, the ad seemed to air non-stop the moment that television passed safe harbor hour, which is the time that this type of content is allowed.
TV Funhouse the brought us another animated installment of The X-Presidents where the X-Men style former presidents returned to intervene in the presidential debates where a supervillain replaced Gore with Amy Carter and added Ron Reagan Jr. and Betty Ford’s dog in an effort to break up the two party system by using The X-Presidents kids. This was enough to get The X-Presidents into action, not because they didn’t like how their kids were being used but because they were afraid of a real choice when it comes to America’s two-party only, election system.
Inside The Actors Studio once again had Will Ferrell as James Lipton. This time his guest was Kate Hudson as Drew Barrymore who won over Lipton with her bi-polar quirky charm as they discussed all of the hit films on her resume.
Boston Teens also returned with Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch as the always recorded Boston-based pranking couple who attempted to put together an audition tape for Survivor only to both be blown away when they found that Jimmy Fallon’s sister, as played by Kate Hudson, was dating the Boston Red Sox’s Nomar Garciaparra, who dropped by as a special guest.
Radiohead then took to the stage to perform The National Anthem.
Once again Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Jimmy Fallon reviewed the movie Meet The Parents while sneaking in the title from time to time as if it were his new catchphrase. Darrell Hammond also dropped in as Bill Clinton to share that he didn’t think either Bush or Gore were worthy of being his successor.
Woodrow then returned to woo Kate Hudson in his sewer home after she climbed down through a manhole in order to read his script after she felt sorry the way everyone laughed at him for even suggesting he could write. Once again, the sketch wrapped up with another one of Woodrow’s schizophrenia-inspired songs, which got Kate Hudson to fall in love.
This was followed by a parody of Meet The Press where Darrell Hammond, as Tim Russert, made Ana Gasteyer, as Hillary Clinton, out to be a complete fool by constantly twisting her own words.
Rabun To Shuri was parody Japanese version of Laverne And Shirley, with Kate Hudson and Maya Rudolph as Rabun and Shuri and Chris Kattan and Jimmy Fallon as Lenny and Squiggy and Chris Parnell as Carmine. Since they were speaking in Japanese, it was more of a visual parody with the most interesting part being that a young Maya Rudolph in the short black wig looked an awful lot like Kate Micucci.
Radiohead then returned to the stage to perform Idioteque.
Vote Sober 2000 was a PSA of a sketch that had the cast members address the audience to give us a friendly reminder to not cast our votes while drunk. They then went on to pitch their new book filled with recipes for mixed drinks for those who opt to ignore their initial advice.
Finally, Kate Hudson closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.