SNL: S27E01... HOST: REESE WITHERSPOON... DATE: SEPTEMBER 29, 2001

SNL: S27E01... HOST: REESE WITHERSPOON... DATE: SEPTEMBER 29, 2001

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with 9/11 Tribute where New York’s Mayor at the time, Rudolph Giuliani paid tribute to the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks by acknowledging the members of the New York Fire and Police Departments as heroes while many of their surviving brothers joined him on stage and Paul Simon performed the song The Boxer. After the song, Lorne Michaels asked Giuliani if they had permission to be funny again to which the Mayor responded, “Why start now,” before going on to announce, “Live from New York…”

  2. Reese Witherspoon then officially opened the show with a monolog where she tried to cut the tension by telling an off-color joke about a polar bear cub.

  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Preparation H that was marked to a much younger crowd since it had a group of skateboarding teens proudly brag about using the “H” as they called it in order to make it seem more extreme.

  4. Wake Up, Wakefield then returned for another installment of the Maya Rudolph hosted high school produced morning talk show. This time she and her sidekick played by Rachel Dratch interviewed Reese Witherspoon who was both the president of the Spanish Club and girlfriend of Jimmy Fallon who played Maya’s biggest crush in the world. Of course, this relationship made the interview a bit rough because of all of the jealous undertones.

  5. We then got a parody of The Little Mermaid with Reese Witherspoon as Ariel grossed out Will Ferrell with songs that highlighted the reality of what was going on with her fish private parts.

  6. Alicia Keys then took to the stage to perform Fallin'.

  7. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Darrell Hammond dropped by as Jesse Jackson who explained how the Taliban called him right after 9/11 in order to ask for a meeting.

  8. The Culps then returned for another performance of their singing instructor-style medley of songs only this time their performance took place at their niece’s lesbian wedding with the niece. For some reason, Reese didn’t play the niece in question but instead played her cousin who gave a toast and introduced the Culps.

  9. This was followed by another parody of Celebrity Jeopardy where this time, Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek had to wrangle new cast member, Dean Edwards as Chris Tucker, Reese Witherspoon as Anne Heche and, of course, Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery while trying to get through the game.

  10. Alicia Keys then returned to the stage to perform A Woman's Worth.

  11. Farting Baby is a classic sketch that I’ve always loved where Reese Witherspoon gave birth to a flatulent baby who was so gassy that her and her husband, Will Ferrell did think they could handle raising a baby with such a problem. Reese and her mom then took care of the situation by swapping the baby out with Tracy Morgan’s kid since he thought that the farting baby was the funniest thing in the world.

  12. We then got a fake ad for Donatella Versace For The Children which introduced Maya Rudolph as Donatella in order to promote her new horrible album aimed at kids.

  13. Finally, Reese Witherspoon closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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