The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with Al Gore and his wife Making Out Backstage where Lorne Michaels and the current collection of Not Ready For Prime Time Players couldn’t break up the loving couple from their lip lock as a response to a robotic kiss between the two that was the butt of many late night jokes around this time. The sketch ended with Tracy Morgan tasing the Ex-Vice President which freed up his wife to announce, “Live from New York…”
Al Gore then officially opened the show with a monolog where he joked about some of his flaws that came out while he was campaigning and then reflected back to 2000’s election and how he came up with his running mate. This then led to a The Bachelor-style reenactment showing how it all played out with jokes about the other potential running mates giving Bachelor-like interviews Gore and Chris Parnell as Joe Lieberman together in a hot tub.
This was followed by a parody of Hardball where as always, Darrell Hammond as Chris Matthews berated his guest during an interview about current events. This time Al Gore portrayed Trent Lott in order to make more racist statements to follow a controversial positive stance on segregation that he had and was recently making the news. Tracy Morgan was also there as Al Sharpton to chime in from time to time to berate Trent Lott as well.
The crazy Spanish political talk show Fiesta Politica then returned where this time Al Gore was the guest and bored the hell out of Maya Rudolph as the host with his talk about the environment while she was obviously just waiting for who the right sign to interrupt with some sort of Telemundo style chaos which made it extremely hard for Gore to make his boring point..
We then went behind-the-scenes to the set of The West Wing where Al Gore could not be torn from the Oval Office TV set during a personal tour of the studio from the show’s President Martin Sheen along with the rest of the real members of the cast.
Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz then brought us another installment of their dorm room based webcast called Jarret's Room where this time the two interviewed Gore as a professor who warned Horatio’s Goby character of the dangers of slacking off throughout school. This warning was then contradicted by a special visit by tonight’s musical guest Phish who proved that you could be a successful stoner.
Phish then took to the stage to perform 46 Days.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph introduced two Hooker characters named Coast Guard Carrie and Vidalis in order to discuss their trade following the success of a documentary about the Nevada brothel The Moonlight Bunny Ranch.
We then got a special installment of Daily Affirmation With Stuart Smalley where Al Franken revised his Stuart Smalley character in order to help a denial-ridden Gore to open up and accept his electoral loss with the help of Tipper, as if it were an intervention.
This was followed by a parody of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory where Al Gore played Wonka’s accountant who was relieved to see that the wasteful Wonka, as played by Jeff Richard, was handing over the business to Charlie, thinking even a kid would be better with his money than Willy was.
TV Funhouse then gave us a parody of Charlie Brown where he and his gang used their hand waving cartoon powers to make over the town and improve the lives of everyone around like how they simply waved their hands around Charlie’s pathetic Christmas tree in order to turn it into an amazing tree to be displayed with pride.
Phish then returned to the stage to perform Chalkdust Torture.
Last Call was another singing sketch between Tracy Morgan and Maya Rudolph that I love. This time the two played a couple of drunks who attempted to make their last call request through a song.
Season’s Greetings From "Saturday Night Live" brought back Horatio Sanz and the I Wish It Were Christmas Today band who once again sang the same old ditty only this time while dressed up as popular toys.
Finally, Al Gore closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.