SNL: S29E20... HOST: MARY-KATE & ASHLEY OLSEN... DATE: MAY 15, 2004

SNL: S29E20... HOST: MARY-KATE & ASHLEY OLSEN... DATE: MAY 15, 2004

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with another parody of Hardball where once again, Darrell Hammond played Chris Matthews, this time to interview Seth Meyers as John Kerry who let Kenan Thompson, as Al Sharpton, speak on his behalf on the topic of the recent Iraqi prison scandal. Kerry opted for this route after noticing that his presidential polling numbers would drop whenever he opened his mouth to discuss any topics making headlines. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen then officially opened the show by sharing a story about how one was happy to host and the other was bummed because it meant they were missing out on their prom. The happy one then called Jimmy Fallon and Will Forte to join them on stage to reenact a stereotypical prom evening so that the two mini-millionaires wouldn’t have to miss out on the experience. Things started out pure fun but then got weird as the night started to wind down and Maya Rudolph threw-up on the happy one who lost the prom queen crown to Amy Poehler.

  3. We then got another installment of Paparazzi Photographers this time the Olsen Twins where the main paparazzi photographers to be focused on as they got to play the other side and ask the craziest of questions while making even crazier requests to any celebrity who passed by.

  4. We then got a fake ad for Mary-Kate And Ashley Perfume that is marketed as a perfume combo that will fit your mood whether you’re a Mary-Kate or an Ashley. The central joke of the fake ad being, the announcer’s breakdown of the differences in the girls’ personalities getting more and more extreme as it went on.

  5. This was followed by a visit from Jimmy Fallon as his morning zoo radio DJ character for another round of Z-105 Morning Crew. This time, he kept knocking the twins’ movie New York Minute through his many character while also pretending that Mary-Kate and Ashley kept farting whenever they chime in to respond.

  6. We then got a parody of the reality show The Swan where they attempted to make over a unibrow having buck toothed Mary-Kate as well as Amy Poehler one legged raunchy character who kept goofing off all the way up to the reveal. During the beauty pageant aspect of the show, Mary-Kate was turned into the beautiful Ashley, which led to a “twins in a mirror” routine and Amy Poehler showed up with a giant spider web tattooed across her face.

  7. J-Kwon then took to the stage to perform Tipsy.

  8. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Jimmy Fallon gave a review of the movie Troy but couldn’t stop slipping and sounding gay while explaining the action no matter how hard he tried and how often Tina kept pointing out his unexpected lisp. Horatio Sanz also played the contractor who won the task of building the venues for the upcoming Olympic and how he planned to meet the looming deadline after explaining how he got so far behind. After Jimmy and Horatio got to play, Jimmy held back a few tears while announcing this was his final night.

  9. This was followed by a fake ad for Pat And Patti's Backpack Shack with Horatio Sanz and Maya Rudolph as the titular Pat and Patti who pitched a backpack stack while using crazy Minnesota accents and an overabundance of rhymes.

  10. Access Hollywood had Jimmy Fallon as Pat O’Brien once again, this time to interview the Olsen Twins as themselves who were there to announce that they were actually triplets before going on to introduce Fred Armisen as their third sister named Betty Faye. During the interview we got to see a couple of “cut scenes” from New York Minute that featured Betty Faye.

  11. Chris Parnell and Jimmy Fallon then returned as the always giggling, ginger head brothers The Bloder Brothers. This time the two brothers tried to pick up on Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch who played twins who the boys were oblivious to the fact that they hit on these same twins as teens back in a roller disco. This led us to flashback to the day where the Olsens took over for Poehler and Dratch to show us how that interaction played out when it happened.

  12. Camcorder Dad had Chris Parnell as the titular dad who just wanted to take home videos while at a family BBQ, only to be yelled at by everyone he passed as he tried to navigate the crowd.

  13. The Adventures Of Harold was a short film that followed a twelve-year-old balding boy as he navigated his way through an average first day of school where he got along with the teachers better than his peers because of the confusion caused by his receding hairline.

  14. Summer Nights was just a fun little bit that took place in the cast locker room where the cast sang a fun song to commemorate the end of another season. Not only were they celebrating the end of another year. They also sang their farewells to Jimmy Fallon, which evolved into a parody of Grease with Jimmy and Tina as the main characters singing a parody of Summer Lovin’ with references to their time together doing the news.

  15. The Olsen Twins then closed the show by thanking the audience and saying their goodnights.

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SNL: S29E19... HOST: SNOOP DOGG... DATE: MAY 8, 2004

SNL: S29E19... HOST: SNOOP DOGG... DATE: MAY 8, 2004

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started at the White House to watch as Rumsfeld Resigns. After turning to leave, Will Forte as George W. Bush already missed Donald’s love so much that it quickly turned into a fantasy parody of the finale to Friends when Maya Rudolph as Condoleezza Rice offered Bush a ride to the airport in an effort to win Rumsfeld back into his life. It then turned out that they didn’t cross paths, but the two still ended up reunited by the end. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, said ending was the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Snoop Dogg then officially opened the show with a very flamboyant, African king’s entrance with him and the female cast members dressed up as African queens. After Don Pardo and all the while folks involved in the sketch said “Fo, schizzle” at some point in the script, Snoop stopped the fun to address the crowd to ask them to knock it off with all of the schizzle talk because the overuse is starting to drive the Snoop Dogg inspired trend into the ground. He also added that “My nizzle” wasn’t what most white people seemed to think it actually meant.

  3. We then got a repeat of the Mom Jeans commercial from earlier in the season which was the elastic waistband jeans that were marketed to mothers who no longer cared about their looks.

  4. We then got another installment of Show Biz Grande Explosion! This time, Fred Armisen’s Ferecito tried to teach Snoop how to tell a joke by creating his own “Ai, dios mio”-style. Snoop opted for a broader range of catchphrases that all had something to do with his nuts.

  5. Rapper Face-Off had Snoop Dogg as a wheelchair-bound rapper who took advantage of his situation to elicited sympathy from his opponents who struggled to get to rough during this night filled with, what was supposed to be vicious, rap battles. Things eventually ramped up when Kenan Thompson arrived and was not only wheelchair bound, but was also a deaf orphan with a heart of gold and turned out to be Snoop’s kryptonite. This caused Snoop to break the scene to perform Nothin’ But A G Thang to wrap the sketch up.

  6. This was followed by the return of Scheinwald Studios where this time it was Seth Meyers who wasn’t so sure of his grandfather, Rachel, Dratch’s, script that he chose to produce. That script being, Snoop Dogg’s movie Booty Hotel, which Meyers felt was outside of the family’s usual genre, but Dratch absolutely loved.

  7. ABC Fall Promo made fun of the fiction programming that would be coming to ABC, with the primary focus being gross makeover shows that go to crazy extremes.

  8. Snoop Misses "Friends" was a sketch where Snoop learned that his “homies Finesse, and Kenan didn’t share his love for the show Friends when he turned out to be the only person at a happening hip-hop party who was bummed by the ending of the TV show Freinds.

  9. Avril Lavigne then took to the stage to perform Don't Tell Me.

  10. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Rachel Dratch dropped in to accept her Weekend Update: Dirtbag Of The Week award for her character’s involvement in the Iraqi prison scandal that just hit the news where they stacked naked men up in a pyramid. Darrell Hammond also stopped by as Bill Clinton to predict that he was going to take all of the blame for the same Iraqi prison scandal instead of President Bush. Then Jimmy wrapped things up by reflecting on his musical impersonations during the news, throughout the past couple of decades, going all the way back to the very first show and a special appearance on Ed Sullivan.

  11. Appalachian Emergency Room returned for more making fun of rednecks and redneck based injuries.

  12. TV Funhouse introduced a segment called Pothead Theater where he allowed potheads to choose what they want to see on TV and for the most part they chose videos that are now readily available on YouTube.

  13. This was followed by a fake ad for Duster's Digest which was a magazine devoted to the lifestyles of PCP users to give them their own version of High Times.

  14. Avril Lavigne then returned to the stage to perform My Happy Ending.

  15. Snoop's Mother's Day Message had Snoop Dogg on the main stage as he reflected on coming out of his mother’s womb through a very touching poem.

  16. Finally, Snoop closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S29E18... HOST: LINDSAY LOHAN... DATE: MAY 1, 2004

SNL: S29E18... HOST: LINDSAY LOHAN... DATE: MAY 1, 2004

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with even more parody coverage of a 9/11 Briefing where once again Darrell Hammond played Dick Cheney. This time he briefed Will Forte, who just took over for Chris Parnell as George W. Bush, about what to say once he got to the stand to at least create somewhat of an illusion that he is actually the person in charge. An interesting side-note, starting with the Trump episode, it really seems like the show’s had a Truther angle to most of the jokes on the topic with most of the jokes being that, at least Dick Cheney, was fully aware of these planned attacks. Aside from this observation, the rest of the opening sketch went the same, ending with the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Lindsay Lohan then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she was only seventeen and the gossip about her wasn’t true, mainly focusing on the rumored feud between her and Hillary Duff who dated one of Lohan’s ex-boyfriends around this time. She then called Rachel Dratch as Hillary Duff to the stage to apologize to her which led “Duff” to apologize to Amy Poehler as Avril Lavigne, who then apologized to Maya Rudolph as Whitney Houston who refused to apologize to Chris Parnell for not saying hi while at the airport because she was just still too big of a diva.

  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Turlington's Lower Back Tattoo Remover where Chris Parnell played a pitchman who sold a highly acidic tattoo removal lotion to moms like Amy Poehler who had a wild youth and a tramp stamp she was starting to dread.

  4. Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz then gave us another installment of the dorm room webcast, Jarret's Room. For this installment, Jarret and Goby were forced to move out of their room, for being too old to still be in college, and then went on to interview Lindsay Lohan as the co-ed who was there to replace them.

  5. Hogwart's Academy was a parody of Harry Potter where Lindsay Lohan played Hermione’s who was that girl at school that hit puberty before everyone else and the development of her breast really messed with Harry as well as all of the other boys’ minds.

  6. Horatio Sanz then played a drunk Billy Joel who drove a group of teen girls, played by Lindsay Lohan, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Rachel Dratch, to a Russell Simmon’s party on the Hampton. This sketch played off of a recent DUI from the piano man and the fact that these young girls had no idea who the New York legend actually was.

  7. Usher then took to the stage with Ludacris to perform Yeah.

  8. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Horatio Sanz then played a recent G.E.D. graduate who shared his tale of triumph that landed him the Good Enough Degree.

  9. This was followed by the debut of Debbie Downer where Rachel Dratch as the titular dumpy downer would bring down even the most uplifting story by sharing the alternate worst case scenario for every single thing. To make matters worse, for this installment, she even managed to make a vacation to Disneyland be unfun.

  10. The Euro-Trash MTV-style talk show Club Traxx then returned for another installment where once again, Seth Meyers and Maya Rudolph played the two Euro-Trash hosts who had on Lindsay Lohan and Rachel Dratch as a lesbian group named D.A.D.I. who were a parody of the band T.A.T.U.

  11. The Sleepover was a sketch where Amy Poehler played her lispy, spastic child character who bit off more than she could chew when she invited the most popular girl in school, Lindsay Lohan over for a sleepover. Though Lohan was very demanding, the high energy Poehler and her mullet headed stepdad Rick, as played by Horatio Sanz, eventually won her over.

  12. Usher then took to the stage alone to perform Burn.

  13. This was followed by a parody of 17th Annual Adult Movie Awards where due to the sensitive nature of this first-ever network broadcast of the event, the entire award show was cut short to where nothing was seen at all.

  14. Finally, Lindsay Lohan closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S29E17... HOST: JANET JACKSON... DATE: APRIL 10, 2004

SNL: S29E17... HOST: JANET JACKSON... DATE: APRIL 10, 2004

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with parody coverage of a 9/11 Briefing where Darrell Hammond as Dick Cheney briefs Janet Jackson as Condoleezza Rice on her role in the upcoming 9/11 hearing and then tried to convince her to flash her boob, on the day, in order to take some of the heat off of the Bush administration. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Janet Jackson then officially opened the show with a quick monolog about how despite how things may seem following her Super Bowl Halftime fiasco, deep down, she’s actually a very normal person. This then led her to share a few home movies of her as a kid in an effort to prove that she had a normal upbringing. These videos kind of looked like they could have been real videos with Jacket just trying to have fun while the Jackson 5 were behind her outdoing every one of her playful little moves.

  3. Tracy Morgan then returned as a special guest for another round of Brian Fellow's Safari Planet. This time the clueless animal expert wasn’t thinking of animals for the first time but instead was imagining having a tryst with Janet Jackson who was playing a zookeeper/guest that he wanted to fly down to Mexico with on her flying squirrel to go hat shopping.

  4. We then went to a Janet Jackson Concert Line where Finesse Mitchell’s Starkisha character stereotypically urbaned it up with her peeps, including Janet as one of said peep, while waiting in line for tickets to the big show.

  5. An Easter Treat From Saturday Night Live gave us a reunion of Horatio Sanz And His I Wish It Were Christmas Today to sing the song once again, even though, special guest, the real Simon Cowell felt that it was absurd to be singing a Christmas song in April. It didn’t take much to win Simon over as he grabbed a pair of maracas to join in on the fun.

  6. Janet Jackson then switched to musical guest mode to perform All Nite (Don't Stop).

  7. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Maya Rudolph then took over the role of Condoleezza Rice to share with the news and the SNL viewers her off-the-record truth about her knowledge of 9/11 which was that the Bush administration had gotten warnings in advance and opted to ignore them. She ended by going back on record to deny everything. Meanwhile, Finesse Mitchell was seen off at the side of the stage to act as Kevin Eubanks in order to laugh at every joke that came out of Tina Fey’s mouth just like the real Eubanks used to do with Jay Leno. Jimmy Fallon then wrapped things up by singing a knock-off of a James Bond song.  

  8. The Prince Show then returned for round two where this time Fred Armisen as Prince and Maya Rudolph as Beyonce where their quirky selves while interviewing Janet Jackson as an even quirkier Paula Abdul who ended up posing for a painting by Prince for some reason.

  9. This was followed by the classic Cork Soakers sketch which was just an excuse to use double entendres while in wine country. In it, several male members of the cast played a bunch cork soaker who worked for the vineyard while Janet kept asking them all about their gig, even though she kept getting tongue time and almost landed herself in another controversy by nearly saying the real thing on multiple occasion.

  10. Janet Jackson then switched back to musical guest mode to perform Strawberry Bounce.

  11. We then got a parody of Good Times where Janet Jackson revised her childhood role as Penny from the real show to showcase an amalgam of episodes that focused on the Evan’s family’s hopes for lottery dreams to finally pay off.

  12. This was followed by a sketch for a ‘70s drinking game called Boom Boomer with rules that were complete nonsense but it turned out that drug-induced paranoia involved made the game much more fun when Chris Parnell failed to figure it out until he was all hopped up on cocaine, which I heard is “one hell of a drug.”

  13. Finally, Janet Jackson closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights

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SNL: S29E16... HOST: DONALD TRUMP... DATE: APRIL 3, 2004

SNL: S29E16... HOST: DONALD TRUMP... DATE: APRIL 3, 2004

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of The Apprentice where Trump as himself in order to choose which Not Ready For Prime Time Play that he wanted to fire from the show with the help from his sidekicks from the real show. Meanwhile, Lorne Michaels was watching from backstage and wanted to join in on the fun and fire a cast-member or two as well. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Donald Trump then officially opened the show with a monolog about how great he and his new show The Apprentice both are before authorizing Darrell Hammond as a backup Trump to fire Jimmy Fallon as NBC CEO, at the time, Jeff Zucker.

  3. Fear Factor Junior had Fred Armisen as Joe Rogan put a group of grade schoolers through the Fear Factor ringer by having them eat bugs after being thrown into a lake from a helicopter.

  4. This was followed by a parody of Live! With Regis & Kelly where once again Darrell Hammond played Regis and Amy Poehler was Kelly and the two interviewed Regis’s close personal friend Trump, who had full control of his own ratings throughout the interview by hiding from the camera to make the rating drop only to get them back by showing his face again.

  5. Star Jones took place as Trump walked away from the sketch above and Kenan Thompson as Star Jones ran into our host in the audience and to brag about the fact that she knew who the winner of The Apprentice would be even the season wasn’t close to being over at the time.

  6. We then got a fake ad for Donald Trump's House Of Wings where Donald Trump followed the trend set by Derick Jeter and Al Sharpton by opening his own cheesy themed wings restaurant.

  7. Then, Toots And The Maytals with Ben Harper and Jack Johnson all took to the stage to perform Love Gonna Walk Out on Me.

  8. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, they attempted to rebrand the news as Weekend Trump Date, but Tina Fey wasn’t having it. Maya Rudolph also stopped by as Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth to give a commentary on her time on The Apprentice, only to keep having stuff fall and hit her on the head, making fun of an incident that happened for real during the filming of The Apprentice.

  9. The Prince And the Pauper had Darrell Hammond as a bored Trump who decided to switch places with the real Trump who was playing the company’s janitor. This was a fun sketch because Donald Trump got to make fun of himself through making fun of Darrell Hammond as him. It also ended with a terrifying twist when after the switch Donald had Darrell as Donald killed to keep the switch permanent to the proclaim, “You know, I think I’m going to enjoy being the prince,” almost as if he was already talking about being the President. To add to the fun Darrell as Donald was killed and left in a swamp.

  10. Fathers And Sons was a public access style show that had Seth Meyers as the titular son who was trying to connect with his tough titular dad as played by Donald Trump, only Trump never lightened up, in fact, he got worse and worse throughout the entire show.

  11. This was followed by parody coverage of the 9/11 Hearings where Darrell Hammond played a politician named Richard Clarke who claimed to have advanced knowledge of 9/11 only no one would listen to him. The central joke being Clarke’s claim that when he attempted to warm President Bush, the leader was too busy talking about beer to give him the time of day. This was so dry and on track with some conspiracy claims that most of it didn’t seem like a joke at all, until the end when he started to spout off with conspiracies about baseball, and knowing ahead of time about Janet Jackson’s breast.

  12. Then, Toots And The Maytals with Bootsy Collins and The Roots all took to the stage to perform Funky Kingston.

  13. The Apprentice Band had Donald Trump as himself and Fred Armisen, and Amy Poehler as his sidekicks from The Apprentice who were starting a band and went on to practice for a performance of the song She’s Got Class.

  14. Finally, Donald Trump closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S29E15... HOST: BEN AFFLECK... DATE: MARCH 13, 2004

SNL: S29E15... HOST: BEN AFFLECK... DATE: MARCH 13, 2004

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a visit from the Boston Teens where this time Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch attended the wedding of their buddy Donny who was played by Ben Affleck, only to be surprised to find themselves in the middle of a gay ceremony after years of thinking their friend was straight. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Ben Affleck then officially opened the show with a monolog where he attempted to beat the media bandwagon by showing off his Bennifer-style shirt that will accentuate any potential future relationships that he could possibly find himself in because he hated the nickname and wanted to profit off any name combo if it were to happen again.

  3. Jimmy Fallon then brought back his morning zoo D.J. character for another installment of Z105 Morning Crew where this time Ben Affleck played Jimmy’s D.J. pal Dirty Dan The Garbage Man who we learned had stolen all of Jimmy’s voices for a radio show of his own.

  4. We then got to see parody behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the movie Gigli where Fred Armisen played a mentally challenged extra in a scene that took place in a mental institute and kept warning our host that the movie was going to really suck during every break in between takes. Meanwhile, Affleck arrogantly insisted that the movie would be a big hit.

  5. TV Funhouse gave us an animated look at Mel Gibson making his next masterpiece, The Passion Of The Dumpty that treated Humpty the egg as if he were the next tortured savior who was sent to save us from our own sins. This segment also was continually interrupted by bizarre political ads promoting the second term of George W. Bush.

  6. Appalachian Emergency Room returned for another installment where once again our host and the cast acted like a bunch of rednecks in an emergency room for redneck reasons.

  7. We then got a fake travel ad called Only Bangkok where Seth Meyers played a businessman who had to deal with a dead hooker in his hotel room.

  8. N.E.R.D. then took to the stage to perform She Wants To Move.

  9. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Finesse Mitchell dropped by to ask bill collectors to leave him alone when he was supposed to be giving financial advice. Maya Rudolph also checked in to discuss why she needs to go back to jail for her recent DUI arrest because she hadn’t served the 48 consecutive hours in prison that was required of her. Darrell Hammond then wrapped things up as Bill Clinton who had a few things to say about the bickering between George W. Bush and John Kerry.

  10. We then went to the pub for another installment of the Irish morning talk show, Top O' The Morning. For this installment, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon interviewed Ben Affleck as their Bono loving friend.

  11. We then got a second installment of the fake travel ad, Only Bangkok where this time, Amy Poehler played a woman whose marriage to actor Ben Affleck went sour during their stay in Thailand when Ben had to sell Amy to some locals to pay off a gambling debt.

  12. Donnie G. and Sidecar had Ben Affleck as a trooper who was completely unaware that his sidekick named Sidecar who was played by Fred Armisen kept getting hit by all kinds of objects while riding along in the sidecar that gave him his name.

  13. We then got a third installment of the fake travel ad Only Bangkok where Ben Affleck and, special guest, Kelly Ripa wreck Seth Meyers’ room from the earlier sketch after Ben Affleck killed a male prostitute.

  14. N.E.R.D. then returned to the stage to perform Maybe.

  15. Ben Affleck then played an unremarkable office employee who jeopardized his secret identity as The Full Moon Killer while defending a story in the news about a nearly missed victim of the serial killer's plot to kill.

  16. Finally, Ben Affleck closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S29E14... HOST: COLIN FIRTH... DATE: MARCH 6, 2004

SNL: S29E14... HOST: COLIN FIRTH... DATE: MARCH 6, 2004

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with another parody of Nightline where, once again, Darrell Hammond played Ted Koppel, this time to question special guest, Ana Gasteyer as Martha Stewart about her pending prison sentence. This was after interviewing Kenan Thompson as a juror who was happy to get revenge on whitey, Will Forte as the person from Merrill Lynch who got Martha Stewart in the first place, and Horatio Sanz as Rosie O'Donnell again but this just seemed to be because they liked the impersonation. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, "Live from New York..."

  2. Colin Firth then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he has zero experience doing live comedy before going on to list his resume before several cast members joined our host on stage, all donning fake Shakespearean accents in an effort to impress him, considering his experience and the fact that he was classically trained.

  3. Bad Accents had Colin Firth as an English actor who struggled to nail down the Southern accent while attempting to film a romantic scene where he was playing a Southern soldier who sounded more like Charles Nelson Reilly than the manly man that the scene actually called for.

  4. Fred Armisen's "Ay, dios mio," catchphrase slinging comedian character, Ferecito, then debuted his first non-news segment called Show Biz Grande Explosion! That said, the joke was pretty much the same with Ferecito attempting to teach Colin Firth how to tell a joke by simply coming up with his own catchphrase to emphasize the funny bits.

  5. TV Funhouse the showed us was classic cartoon characters would look like if the FCC had its way following the Janet Jackson Super Bowl Halftime Show fiasco, adding censor bars and blurs to the animals that only either the top or bottom half of their bodies. At the end of the bit, it was revealed that it was Howard Stern who was drawing all of these filthy cartoons.

  6. Tim Calhoun On Trial was Will Forte's titular character's first non-news segment as well. For this sketch, the monotone political hopeful stood trial on drug charges that totally contradicted his, calm to the point of boring, personality.

  7. Norah Jones then took to the stage to perform Sunrise.

  8. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Maya Rudolph check in from the street of New Hampshire where middle-aged white women were rioting over Martha Stewart's upcoming prison sentence. Horatio Sanz also stopped by as Peter Jackson to award Rachel Dratch as Elijah Woods a stick of gum to make up for the fact that he'd been snubbed by so many award show while Jackson was winning everything he was nominated for. Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton then wrapped up the news by breaking down the remain Democratic presidential hopefuls from this year.

  9. Hotel Wilson had Kena Thompson as a horny bellhop who kept misreading signals given by Colin Firth who played an English businessman and was just trying to check into the hotel after a long day of traveling.

  10. This was followed by a parody of Meet The Press where Will Forte played "ass-kisser" John Edward who refused to talk bad about John Kerry, no matter how hard Darrell Hammond as Tim Russert tried to get him to bash his biggest competitor. 

  11. We then got a parody of The Sopranos where the characters were on hiatus so long that they struggled to remember the storylines they were involved with upon their return to shoot the new season of the show.

  12. Norah Jones then returned to the stage to perform What Am I To You?

  13. Jesus: Hollywood vs. History was a sketch that countered Mel Gibson's Passion Of The Christ by having Colin Firth as Liam Neeson to present some never-before-seen footage of Will Forte as Benny Hill who, in the world of the sketch, played Jesus while at the height of his wacky career.

  14. Finally, Colin Firth closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S29E13... HOST: CHRISTINA AGUILERA... DATE: FEBRUARY 21, 2004

SNL: S29E13... HOST: CHRISTINA AGUILERA... DATE: FEBRUARY 21, 2004

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with another parody of Hardball where once again Darrell Hammond played Chris Matthews, this time to rant against same-sex marriage to Horatio Sanz as Rosie O'Donnell, Chris Parnell as one of the homophobic pundits from the time and Darrell Hammond, playing double duty as Arnold Schwarzenegger via satellite who may have been a bit insensitive but was all for any kind of love. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, "Live from New York..."

  2. Christina Aguilera then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she was excited to host for the first time after being the musical guest twice before. Jimmy Fallon then quickly interrupted asking our host why she was dressed so conservatively when Christina called him out for not liking her look considering the things Jimmy's been known to say about her looks in the past. Jimmy denied this at first but then Aguilera presented a clip from Weekend Update in which Jimmy made fun of her skank appeal from an episode a while back. Meanwhile, Lorne Michaels was backstage wishing our host would do something to "whore up" her current wholesome appearance. When we returned to the stage, Christina wrapped things up with a performance of Beautiful.

  3. This was followed by a parody of Sex And The City where we got to see a fictional final episode where Christina Aguilera as Samantha revealed that she was actually a man.

  4. Do You Know Who My Father Is? was a game show sketch where a bunch of snotty young contestants used the clout of their parents to outdo one another in order to win the grand prize.

  5. TV Funhouse then gave us another installment if Fun With Real Audio where Robert Smigel animated clips of Pat O'Brien who couldn't stop thinking, "What was Britney thinking," and many other pop culture questions along those lines as if the show had made this constant confusion his day to day way to talk.

  6. History Channel's Celebration Of Women was the parody of a History Channel special where Darrell Hammond as Phil Donahue profiled Christina Aguilera as the first woman to stand up to her husband over demanding he was the boss back in the old-timey days.

  7. Maroon 5 then took to the stage to perform This Love.

  8. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Will Forte dropped in as himself to comment on Black History Month because all of the black cast members were unavailable for racially stereotypical reasons.

  9. We then got somewhat of a parody of You Got Served! In this version, Venice Beach weirdos faced off with their rivals in a dance-off.

  10. We then went Backstage At A Christina Aguilera Concert where our host got visits from various cast member playing various celebrities who all loved her performance and encouraged her to be even more of a skank because she had the talent to back it up. Meanwhile, Christina didn't see herself as a skank at all, just someone trying to express herself the way she wants.

  11. Besos Y Lagrimas was a parody of a Spanish soap opera where literally all of the acting was emphasized by overreactions and crazy contortions of faces while both delivering and reacting to each line.

  12. We then got yet another repeat of the Huggies Thong ad that's already aired a few times this season which was a G-string for kids who didn't want embarrassing diaper lines.

  13. You're Fired had Chris Parnell as a boss whose sandwich was stolen following the firing of Will Forte who played the company's belligerent slacker and stole the sandwich for revenge.

  14. Maroon 5 then returned to the stage to perform Harder To Breathe.

  15. Don's Apothecary had Horatio Sanz in the titular role to embarrass his customers who are shopping for very personal care items in his pharmacy/drug store. Once again it turned out that this was an ad for Walgreen's highlighting how bad things were in their competitor's store. 

  16. Finally, Christina Aguilera closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S29E12... HOST: DREW BARRYMORE... DATE: FEBRUARY 14, 2004

SNL: S29E12... HOST: DREW BARRYMORE... DATE: FEBRUARY 14, 2004

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with another goof on Al Gore's Endorsement where Seth Meyers as John Kerry wasn't interested in Darrell Hammond as Gore's support since Howard Dean just left the race. The joke being that everyone thought that the support of Gore was actually a curse and not something to be sought out. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, "Live from New York..."

  2. Drew Barrymore then officially opened the show with a monolog where she reminded us that she was only seven years old the first time she hosted only to be interrupted by E.T. who gave her a quick update as to what he's been up to. Next, C3P0 joined the scene insisting that she was also in Star Wars and then the old lady from the Poltergeist confused Drew for the little girl in that movie as well. Darth Vader was the last to join in on the confusing fun, and though I get the Poltergeist angle, I still don't get what she had to do with Star Wars but it was still fun to see the Dark Lord.

  3. Maya Rudolph then revised her Donatella Versace impersonation for A Very Special Valentine's Versace where she got into a scuffle with Drew Barrymore as Courtney Love because, as usual, the Hole lead singer was drunk and feisty. This was after a fun moment with Horatio Sanz as Elton Hohn and watching Donatella kick Amy Poehler as Madona out of her house for being a bitch.

  4. Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz then gave us another installment of their dorm room webcast called Jarret's Room where this time the two had on Horatio's character Gobi's little sister, who he tried to hook up with his buddy Jarret. Before meeting Gobi's little sis, Jarret was totally against the idea because he remember back in the day when she looked like a female Gobi, only to have her become the girl of his dreams the moment it was revealed that Gobi's sister now actually looked like Drew Barrymore but was still just as fun as his best bong toking friend.

  5. This was followed by a parody of Access Hollywood where Jimmy Fallon as Pat O'Brien interviewed Drew Barrymore as Charlize Theron and showed clips from her films where she kept giving Oscar-begging performances.

  6. We then got a fake ad for Octane which was a new vehicle-based action flick with terrible special effects where all of the action was portrayed with the help of Hot Wheel cars and bike, playing off the start of the Fast And Furious craze that apparently started around this time.

  7. Kelis then took to the stage to perform Milkshake.

  8. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Maya Rudolph played Diana Ross who attempted to perform live from prison following her DUI arrest from around that time, only she didn't seem to be all that well adjusted to the situation at all.

  9. Mike's Bar, 1968 took us back in time to see Drew Barrymore as Hillary Rodham, Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton, Will Forte as George W. Bush, and Seth Meyers as John Kerry to discuss their plans for the future when it comes to politics which, for the most part, was the polar opposite of who they ended up turning into.

  10. This was followed by a parody or Larry King Live where Jimmy Fallon as Larry King interviewed Drew Barrymore as Anna Nicole Smith following her extreme weight loss that happened almost out of the blue.

  11. The parody British gossip show Spy Glass returned where more cast members and our host impersonated celebrities popular in Britain in order to share gossip with the fake show's hosts Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler.

  12. The World Of Scott Wainio had the titular Scott Wainio as himself take to the street to interview people which got very confusing considering he had no microphone. The confusing part was more for the viewer, considering that no one seemed to notice or care that he had no mic but continued to act like he did.

  13. The White Stripes had Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon as the musical sibling duo who were called by the mayor to help out with a bank robbery. The two then sang their theme song as if they were a pair of superheroes, only they came nowhere close to saving the day.

  14. This was followed by the debut of The Prince Show where Fred Armisen played Prince in order to put his eccentricities on display with Maya Rudolph as Beyonce who played his sidekick and had a few quirks of her own. The two hand on Drew Barrymore as Pink whose high energy didn't really mesh with the two weirdos. Kenan Thompson was the second guess as George Clinton to show off a completely different level of quirkiness.

  15. Finally, Drew Barrymore closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S29E11... HOST: MEGAN MULLALLY... DATE: FEBRUARY 7, 2004

SNL: S29E11... HOST: MEGAN MULLALLY... DATE: FEBRUARY 7, 2004

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of Nightline where once again, Darrell Hammond played Chris Matthews only this time he bypassed all of the important news about the upcoming Presidential Election to get right into talking to his guests about Janet Jackson exposing her breast at the Super Bowl that went down the prior weekend. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, "Live from New York..."

  2. Megan Mullally then officially opened the show with a monolog about her role on Will And Grace and tried to claim that there was more to her career than the fact that she had such a loyal gay following only to be surrounded by an all-gay chorus to sing and dance about the subject. Hell, even tonight's musical guest Clay Aiken joined in on the singing fun as a fan.

  3. This was followed by a parody of Celebrity Poker Showdown that had Chris Parnell as the straight man host with Jimmy Fallon as Kevin Pollack who was the host's comedic sidekick on the real show. As for the players, Seth Meyers played Carrot Top, Will Forte played Geraldo Rivera, Megan Mullally was Tammy Faye, and Horatio Sanz was Gene Shalit and all four made this high stakes poker game almost unbearable to watch with everyone acting so obnoxious.

  4. This was followed by another repeat of the Huggies Thong commercial that has already run a couple times this season which was a diaper G-strip for babies who were concerned with diaper lines.

  5. Baby Boyfriend had Seth Meyers as a grown ass man who instantly reverted to acting like a child when going home to visit his mother, who was played by Megan Mullally, which doesn't go over well at all with Meyers' sketch girlfriend, Amy Poehler.

  6. Golden Globe Awards allowed for the cast to do some more celebrity impressions to parody the Golden Globes. At one point we got to see Megan Mullally make faces from the audience while Amy Poehler as Sharon Stone attempted to give an award but kept dragging out her stage-time while acting overly serious and dramatic, instead of just getting to the point. To add to the fun, Mullally's real-life husband Nick Offerman was there as her date at the table.

  7. This was followed by a parody of Oprah's Favorite Things which was the annual Oprah special where the audience would go absolutely nuts when Oprah would give lavish gifts away. In this case, Maya Rudolph played Oprah and there was a battle over which was more over the top, the gifts being given or the crowd's reactions to everything that Oprah had to say.

  8. The Cab-Driver had Megan Mullally as a cab-driver who makes an extra big deal about welcoming black people into her cab to counter the rise in the New York cabby reputation for avoiding picking up black passengers at all, which was making the headlines at the time. 

  9. Clay Aiken then took to the stage to perform Invisible.

  10. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Fred Armisen brought back his Native American comedian character to tell more terrible jokes as a Native American cliche. We got to see Jimmy Fallon audition for American Idol while making fun of William Hung, and Rachel Dratch also dropped in as Barbara Walters who was winding down her time at 20/20 so decided to interview herself.

  11. We then got a parody of The Wizard Of Oz where we got to see the reality of how things went down and not only did Amy Poehler as Dorthy kill the Bad Witch but she also took out many Munchkins the day that her house landed in O.Z. 

  12. This was followed by another installment of Zinger vs. Slam where Seth Meyers was still the scientist named Dave "Zing" Clinger, and this time Megan Mullally represented slam as Debbie "Slam" Slamowski. Though there was a new slam, the premise was the same where Chris Parnell suggested a Zinger vs. Slam battle between the two scientists so that they could get all of the jokes out of their system in order to get back to work.

  13. Clay Aiken then returned to the stage to perform The Way.

  14. Musical Relatives had Kenan Thompson as Leon Warwick and Megan Mullally as Connie Raitt and the two teamed up and tried to sneak into the Grammy Award ceremony by dropping the names of their famous sibling, only it does not work at all. The sketch ended with a surprise visit from Trey Aiken, Clay Aiken's long-lost cousin.

  15. Finally, Megan Mullally closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S29E10... HOST: JESSICA SIMPSON & NICK LACHEY... DATE: JANUARY 17, 2004

SNL: S29E10... HOST: JESSICA SIMPSON & NICK LACHEY... DATE: JANUARY 17, 2004

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started at Howard Dean Headquarters where Jeff Richards as Howard Dean called the Iowa county chairman looking for support because he was desperate to drum up as much support as he could while cursing out everyone who turned him down. This sketch is credited for a reason Richards was fired for not taking directions which led to a technical gaffe but Richards claimed to leave the show on his own terms. Either way, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, "Live from New York..."

  2. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey then officially opened the show by paying tribute to the old school variety shows from the 70's after giving up on the traditional two-person opening because Jessica couldn't figure out whose lines were whose on the cue card. I think it was a good choice because this '70s variety tribute was very high energy and fun.

  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Tylenol Extreme that was pitched to extreme sports athletes to help ease extreme crotch pains caused by extreme stunts that feature the groin.

  4. Jimmy Fallon then revised his morning zoo radio D.J. character for another installment of Z-105 Morning Crew where Jessica and Nick played themselves and Jessica was too dumb to realize that Jimmy all of Jimmy's many voices and sound were actually coming from him. This included Jimmy's impersonation of Nick in order to answer all kinds of crazy questions the other fake voices in the room.

  5. El Cantador Mexican Restaurant had Nick and Jessica as the wait staff who tried to sing for a troubled couple, played by Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers, in an effort to cheer them up after they started a fight over an affair between Seth and Amy's sister. Though Seth really got into each song as they offered a distraction, Amy was more and more disturbed with each bit of new information that was always followed by a new song.

  6. American Idol had Chris Parnell as Simon Cowell in order to judge and criticize our host and the cast who all impersonated already established singers who weren't ready for such abuse.

  7. M-TV Future took us to the year 2054 where Nick and Jessica played themselves as MTV celebrated the couple's show Newlyweds' Golden Aniversary with a quick season preview where geriatric Nick and Jessica were still up to the same old fun and game, only older.

  8. This was followed by a fake PSA for the American Beef Council where Jessica Simpson as Paris Hilton and Rachel Dratch as Nicole Richie babble like idiots while speaking out for Mad Cow Disease and how it was no big deal since it only affected cows.

  9. G-Unit then took to the class to perform Stunt 101.

  10. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Amy Poehler dropped by as Michael Jackson and was way too happy to check in with an update considering that the real Michael was in the middle of his child molestation trial at the time. Darrell Hammond as Trump also stopped by to talk up his new show The Apprentice, the way that only Donald Trump can. Jimmy Fallon kept failing to catch guitars that were thrown at him by some when off stage whenever he attempted to add emphasis to joke by playing the air guitar, Tina Fey shared a bunch of wacky celebrity political endorsements, and Fred Armisen and Will Forte returned as their two accountant singer characters to sing a song about the appeals in a court case involving presidential appointees that was going on at this time. 

  11. The Sharon Osborne Show once again had Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz as Sharon and Ozzy Osborne so that this time they could interview Ratchel Dratch as that crazy old Canadian sex expert, who was that era's Dr. Ruth, as well as Nick and Jessica as Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra who were still a couple at this time.

  12. Victoria's Secrets had Maya Rudolph as a crotchety old woman who was out shopping for a new pair of panties with Kenan Thompson as her grandson. This put Kenan in a very weird place where he didn't mind hearing Jessica Simpson talk about underwear but was absolutely embarrassed by grandma Maya who absolutely had zero shame. Because he was there, Nick also played the store manager who kept sexually harassing his wife's character.  

  13. We then went to a marketing meeting for the Northern California Nutgrowers Association that had Horatio Sanz as Bubba Sparxxx in order to rap some dirty ditties about nuts and nut growers in order to help out the struggling market.

  14. G-Unit then returned to the stage with Joe to perform Wanna Get To Know You.

  15. DynaCorp was a sketch that had Jessica Simpson as herself, who are baffled one more by polar-opposite canned food items, this time she couldn't grasp Tuna Of The Dirt Brand Chicken, Or Turkey Of The Jungle Bananas, or the laundry list of other confusing products.

  16. Finally, Jessica and Nick closed the show by thanking the audience and saying their goodnights.

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SNL: S29E09... HOST: JENNIFER ANISTON... DATE: JANUARY 10, 2004

SNL: S29E09... HOST: JENNIFER ANISTON... DATE: JANUARY 10, 2004

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with An Address By Donald Trump where Darrell Hammond as Trump discussed his new reality show The Apprentice that had contestants where he talked up the show as it was going to be the best show in the world in that Donald Trump way. Jimy Fallon also chimed in as new CEO, Jeff Zucker, to talk up himself as well before the two battle over who would announce, "Live from New York..."

  2. Jennifer Aniston then officially opened the show with a monolog about how this was the last year of Friends before sharing a fake clip from "the final episode" that had Horatio Sanz as a dejected Joey who finished the series by taking his own life.

  3. Paparazzi Photographers hand Jennifer Aniston, and Amy Poehler as two obnoxious paparazzi photographers who harassed and photoed the cast as a bunch of celebrities entering a big event. This seemed like a chance for Aniston to take a couple of jabs at the dumb questions asked of her, or that she's overheard while at this sort of event.

  4. Britney Spears Wedding had Jennifer Aniston as Britney Spears to marry and divorce her buddy, the non-Seinfeld Jason Alexander, multiple times, while on a weekend trip to Las Vegas that was supposed to be just for fun.

  5. We then got a repeat of the fake Gaystrogen commercial from earlier in the season which as a fake pill to treat the homosexual version of menopause.

  6. Democratic National Committee had several members of the cast as the Democratic hopefuls for this year's Presidential Election where they all doubted their capabilities in a campaign ad that tried to promote the Democratic Party in general in the effort to just beat Bush since there was no front-runner in the bunch.

  7. Black Eyed Peas then took to the stage to perform Where Is The Love?

  8. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Jeff Richards played the Steve Irwin and mixed up his baby with a chicken making fun of a photo with the Crocodile Hunter heading a croc with one of his babies under his arm that was making the rounds at the time. Finesse Mitchelle dropped in as O.J. and almost admitted to murdering Nicole after Pete Rose admitted to gambling in an effort to get in the hall-of-fame, only to have Jimmy ruin it by informing O.J. he was already in the hall-of-fame for football. This led Phil Spector and Robert Blake to join the scene to double check their hall-of-fame status and Jimmy to thank the "potential murders" for their visit. Al Frankin also returned as his One Man Reporting Unit to give a special report from Iraq where of course the feed kept cutting out every time Al gave a soldier an opportunity to send a message to their families.

  9. We then got another installment of Saddam Calls Osama where once again, Horatio Sanz as Saddam attempted to prank Jimmy Fallon as Osama and the two went on to bitch about the current issues with America after the prank totally failed. This was right after Saddam was found hiding in his spider hole which led to the go-to jokes for bin Laden as the two traded playful insults. This sketch felt completely unscripted and like a real call with both Jimmy and Horatio sitting in silence looking confused from time to time unsure who's supposed to go. This might have been funnier at the time when the two terrorist leaders were alive and were still a source of laughs, but watching it now it felt really flat.

  10. This was followed by a fake ad for Country Roses that had Jennifer Aniston and all of the female members of the cast as country singers pining over and complaining about the same guy and the women he was having an affair with on a compilation album even though they didn't know this was the case at the time of the recording.

  11. Coco And Matsui Super Show was a parody of a Japanese talk show with Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen as hosts Coco and Matsui who had on Jennifer Aniston as herself and asked her questions that they themselves barely understood and reacted to answer by bawling their eyes out for reasons that were never fully made clear. This led Aniston to take over as she went on to ask and answer her own questions throughout the rest of the show.

  12. Black Eyed Peas then returned to the stage to perform Hey Mama.

  13. Our next sketch took place in an Appalachian Emergency Room where country bumpkin after country bumpkin entered the scene with injuries that grew stranger and stranger while Seth Meyers played the E.R. nurse who had to continue to sort everything out. 

  14. Phone Sex had Jeniffer Aniston as a nerdy phone sex operator who had no idea how to talk dirty to her clients but that didn't stop her from trying. Even though her boss kept yelling at her to be sexier she eventually got Kenan Thompson as a caller who was totally into her inexperienced/nerdy ways.

  15. Finally, Jennifer Aniston closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S29E08... HOST: ELIJAH WOOD... DATE: DECEMBER 13, 2003

SNL: S29E08... HOST: ELIJAH WOOD... DATE: DECEMBER 13, 2003

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with another parody of Hardball where once again, Darrell Hammond as Chris Matthews yelled at his political guest this time with the focus being that Al Gore announced that he supported Howard Dean's run for President because Dean was more of a grassroots candidate who went against many of the corporate Democrat's beliefs, which for some reason is a terrible thing. The other joke being that, with Al Gore losing to Bush, his endorsement may be a curse. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, "Live from New York..."

  2. Elijah Wood then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he's always wanted to host and credited the Lord Of The Rings for making said dream come true. He was then joined by, special guest, Chris Kattan who was dressed up like Gollum so that he and our host could show off clips from their Lord Of The Rings spin-off sit-com pilot that probably would have been a huge hit if it were actually real.

  3. Boys Choir had Elijah Wood, Will Forte, and Jimmy Fallon all as full grown men trying to compete for attention for their high pitched voices while they sang with the members of a boys school choir that was portrayed by an actual choir of kids.

  4. This was followed by a parody of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy where our host and a couple members of the cast portrayed the Queer Eye bunch to make over Horatio Sanz who played a very plain Santa Clause.

  5. TV Funhouse gave us another Fun With Real Audio that had an animation of George W. Bush dressed in whatever costume was needed in an effort to win over whichever group he was giving his speech to in an effort to win their votes.

  6. Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch then gave us another installment of the high school produced morning talk show, Wake Up Wakefield. This time we learned that Maya Rudolph's character Megan had a huge crush on the school jazz band, Jazz Times Ten's new lead trumpeter who was played by Elijah Woods.

  7. Jet then took to the stage to perform Are You Gonna Be My Girl.

  8. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Jimmy Fallon played double duty and snuck in for a segment as John Mayer to sing an unintelligible holiday song. Maya Rudolph and Horatio Sanz then played Whitney Houston and Whitney's daughter Bobbi Kristin to sing a duet.

  9. Versace Egg Nog was a holiday special where once again, Maya Rudolph played Donatella Versace where she celebrated the release of her new nog.

  10. Howard Dean For President 2004 had Darrell Hammond as Al Gore to robotically explain in extensive detail why he chose to support Jeff Richards as Howard Dean's run to be President. This sketch was frustrating because the big joke was Al Gore pointing out how progressive Howard Dean was and Jeff Richards as Dean was embarrassed because he felt that thing like his pro-gay marriage stance and other progressive views were seen as flaws that made him a person who was bound to lose.

  11. Rialto Grande returned with special guest, Chris Kattan who revised his Las Vegas lounge comedian with a deaf old Fred Armisen on drums who had on Elijah Woods as a young comedian who still had the old-timey Vegas lounge approach to his act.

  12. Jet then returned to the stage to perform Look What You've Done.

  13. Finally, Elijah Wood closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S29E07... HOST: AL SHARPTON... DATE: DECEMBER 6, 2003

SNL: S29E07... HOST: AL SHARPTON... DATE: DECEMBER 6, 2003

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Message From The President Of NBC Entertainment were Jimmy Fallon portrayed Jeff Zucker who was running NBC at the time and this Fallon version had to outline the crazy equal-time programming he had planned for the other Democratic candidates due to the fact that Al Sharpton was running for president this year and it was a time where the media at least attempted to appear as if they were providing fare coverage of each candidate. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, "Live from New York..."

  2. Al Sharpton then officially opened the show with a monolog about why he would make a good President of The United States with this being a great chance to reach out to the youth. About halfway through the segment, a track-suit clad Tracy Morgan joined the Reverend on the stage as a younger version of the Presidential hope who goofed on his old self for what he has become with his fancy new suit and non-James Brown-looking hair.

  3. We then got a repeat of the Mom Jeans ad from earlier in the season which was a fake ad for elastic waisted pants that moms used to wear after having kids and no longer caring about clothes. You know, the ones Obama used to wear.

  4. Michael Jackson On A Rollercoaster was a sketch where, as the title suggests, had Amy Poehler as Michael Jackson on a rollercoaster with Al Sharpton as Johnny Cochran, Rachel Dratch as Elizabeth Taylor, Chris Parnell as another big shot lawyer who Michael just kept calling lawyer, and Horatio Sanz as a random park visitor who was just along for the wacky ride while everyone else tried to discuss Michael's pending child molestation case.

  5. Brian Fellow's Safari Planet then made its triumphant return with special guest Tracy Morgan who revised one of my favorite characters of all time in order to host the show with his brother Rian Fellow who was played by Al Sharpton and we quickly learned that Brian's child-like personality ran in the Fellow family.

  6. Three Wise Men took place in biblical days and had Jimmy Fallon as a camel riding cop who pulled over Al Sharpton, Tracy Morgan, and Kenan Thompson for reported "suspicious activities in the desert, while they were headed to celebrate Jesus's birth. 

  7. Pink then took to the stage to perform Trouble.

  8. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Jimmy and Tina made fun of all of the cities that didn't air this episode because they opted out to avoid having to give the other candidates equal airtime if they asked for it. Jimmy also used many double entendres while interviewing the real Paris Hilton in order to stick to his promise that he wouldn't make any jokes about her recently released sex tape. 

  9. Stereotypes gave us a heighten view of black stereotypes that were exploited for laughs in the filming of movies back in 1935 with Al Sharpton, Tracy Morgan, Maya Rudolph, Kenan Thompson, and Finesse Mitchell playing member of the film's jazz music group who took offense while trying to deliver their line while the director just told them to run with it. The joke ended with Sharpton breaking the scene to get serious about how we've made progress but there is still a lot of racism in film and television while throwing a couple of sexist jokes toward Maya Rudolph. 

  10. We then got a fake ad for Reverend Al Sharpton's Casa De Sushi where we learned that even though Al Sharpton doesn't like sushi, he had absolutely no problem pitching it to potential customers.

  11. Democratic Candidates had Will Forte as John Edward as he hosted an SNL viewing party for him and his several members of the cast playing fellow Democratic hopefuls who were all jealous that Sharpton was the one who was asked to host.

  12. Pink then returned to the stage to perform God Is A D.J.

  13. The LaToya Jackson Show had Al Sharpton as Joe Jackson who interrupted the show to criticize Maya Rudolph as LaToya Jackson and her scatterbrained way of life why he was on to declare his son Michael's innocence in the molestation case that was the big topic of this era's news.

  14. Cab Ride had Horatio Sanz as a cab driver who picked up Al Sharpton and Maya Rudolph only to annoy the Presidential candidate and his assistant with bizarre facts about himself and his family while they just wanted some silence, well the assistant at least, Sharpton was nice and played along in order to not lose Horatio's vote.

  15. This was followed by a repeat of the Cryogenix ad from earlier in the season which promoted people freezing their heads to wait for future cures for even the most easily treated ailments that usually just take time itself to get over.

  16. Was a fake ad for Unearthed: Cash On Earth that had Darrell Hammond as the late Johnny Cash who was pitching his latest CD box set from Heaven and not the Hell that you'd expect from his tormented soul.

  17. Finally, Al Sharpton closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S29E06... HOST: ALEC BALDWIN... DATE: NOVEMBER 15, 2003

SNL: S29E06... HOST: ALEC BALDWIN... DATE: NOVEMBER 15, 2003

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Message From The President Of The United States where Darrell Hammond as George W. Bush unveiled the new constitution for Iraq which mainly benefitted "America" an their goals over the Iraqi people. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, "Live from New York..."

  2. Alec Baldwin then officially opened the show with a monolog where Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz played members of the SNL band, with a special guest appearance by Mike Myers as the boom mic operator and all three over-laughed at all of our host's jokes as he tried to talk up the movie The Cat In The Hat which was the movie he was there to plug.

  3. This was followed by a repeat of the fake ad for Huggies Thong from earlier in the season which as the title suggests was a fake ad for a g-strig for kids.

  4. Breast Augmentation had Alec Baldwin as a plastic surgeon who kept insisting that Amy Poehler should let him implant a pair of Double Ds when all that she wanted was a reasonable increase in size.

  5. Zinger vs. Burns had Seth Myers and Alec Baldwin as two scientists battled with zingers and burns during a very important scientific meeting about how they planned to save the world from a potential catastrophic event. This lead the head scientist played by Chris Parnell to suggest a zings vs burbs-off in order to let them get all of the jokes out of their system.

  6. We then got a repeat of the fake ad for Gaystrogen from earlier in the season which was for a pill that helped to ease the symptoms of gay menopause.

  7. This was followed by The Tony Bennett Show where Alec Baldwin as Bennett interviewed murdering millionaire Robert Durst who was recently acquitted from one of his early murder cases and seemed to have absolutely no remorse.

  8. We then got another installment of The Falconer where this time the falcon went to Vegas to hang out and gamble with Alec Baldwin as a big-shot gambler while The Falconer was hanging upside down from a tree. As always, after all of his fun, the falcon returned with scraps for The Falconer who accepted the gift as if it were a treasure. 

  9. Missy Elliot then took to the stage to perform Pass The Dutch.

  10. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Will Forte dropped by to show off his new semi-celebrity sex tape with him and Fred Armisen when he was supposed to be reviewing Paris Hilton's sex tape. Tina Fey also tried to contact Christian Slater's friend in an effort to get him to do his Jack Nicholson impersonation over the phone

  11. This was followed by parody coverage of a Prince Charles Press Conference where Alec Baldwin played the prince's private secretary to take questions from reporters about the rumors of the future king's involvement in a male to male sex romp. 

  12. Keen Corp Presentation was a sketch where Alec Baldwin and Amy Poehler put on a very important presentation, only it was very awkward due to the fact that the two just had a one-night stand the night before.

  13. Siegfried And Roy had Jeff Richards as Siegfried and Alec Baldwin as Roy who had just recovered from his recent attack and attempted to jump back into the show only to get mauled again.

  14. Missy Elliot then returned to the stage to perform Work It.

  15. Scheinwald Studios had Seth Meyers and a  movie executive of a family-owned film production company who really wanted to take the company in a new direction  by hiring Fred Armisen as a new writer but his father, Alec Baldwin, and Grandfather, Rachel Dratch, were not up for the idea of this major change because they were both still stuck in their generation's brand of getting things done in Hollywood. 

  16. Finally, Alec Baldwin closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S29E05... HOST: ANDY RODDICK... DATE: NOVEMBER 8, 2003

SNL: S29E05... HOST: ANDY RODDICK... DATE: NOVEMBER 8, 2003

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of 20/20 where Rachel Dratch as Barbara Walters teased Amy Poehler as Martha Steward during an interview about how everyone hates her because she was such a power-hungry control freak and talked with a monotone drone. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Andy Roddick then officially opened the show with a monolog about how concerned he was about acting, especially since he didn’t even think that he had a sense of humor at all. He then got interrupted by J.B. Smoove and his “wife” who complained about the quality if this week’s host and the real John McEnroe who was outraged that he wasn’t asked to host. Finesse Mitchell then interrupted as Andre 3000 to take over the start of the show.

  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Cryogenix that promoted people having their heads frozen now, in order to take advantage of future cures. This sketch was based on the increase talks of this process following the news that, baseball great, Ted Williams opted to choose this road only the people in the ad were worried about minor things like weight loss or the common cold.

  4. Z-105 Morning Crew was a parody of a generic morning zoo radio crew with Jimmy Fallon as the multi-voiced host who kept giving Andy Roddick a hard time through the use of these silly voices while acting like he was on Roddick’s side when he dropped the characters and acted as himself.

  5. Battle Of The Sexes II was a parody promotion for the upcoming fictional event that had Fred Armisen as an aged Billy Jean King in order to challenge Andy Roddick to a tennis match as a follow up to the original Battle Of The Sexes between King and Bobby Riggs.

  6. Mrs. Dalrymple had Rachel Dratch as a very proper British nanny, ala Mary Poppins who had to watch over Andy Roddick as a rowdy teen who felt he was way too old to not be left on his own. After the sketch, the real John McEnroe and Chris Parnell commented on how the sketch went as if they were recapping a tennis match.

  7. Anderson Mellner Communications Celebration took place at a private company event where Will Forte and Fred Armisen played Hall and Oates in order to distribute congratulatory plaques to the employees who the event was set up to celebrate.

  8. From The Audience had Kenan Thompson as Venus and Serena’s dad who chimed in from the audience to announce that he wanted to adopt Andy Roddick as his son.

  9. Dave Matthews then took to the stage to perform Save Me.

  10. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Will Forte returned as him monotone Tim Calhoun character to unveil the skeletons in his closet since he was planning to run for President and wanted to preemptively address a few issues. Horatio Sanz also dropped in as Rosie O’Donnell to slap Tina Fey because Rosie’s visit was to address the claims that she was a monster to work with as the boss of the magazine that she used to run. To make things even more fun, Horatio was split down the middle with an angry butch side and the more cheerful feminine side that she showed the world back when she hosted her own daytime talk show.

  11. Tennis Talk With Time Traveling Scott Joplin brought the return of Maya Rudolph’s time-traveling talk show host character in order to mock Andy Roddick as Andre Agassi at his current age, Seth Meyers as a young Agassi and Will Forte as the Agassi from the future with the central joke being the changes to Agassi’s hair.

  12. Chris Parnell then brought back his creepy Merv The Perv in order to hit on women at Andy Roddick’s gynecology office, who the girls were actually excited to see.

  13. Dave Matthew then returned to the stage to perform So Damn Lucky.

  14. Jock Talk was a sports talk show sketch that had Jeff Richards as the host who interviewed Andy Roddick and Seth Meyers as two jock friends who jocked it up with talking about sports. John McEnroe also got a few moments as Richard’s dad who kept walking in at the wrong moments while the trio were in the middle of workout routines that made them look like homosexuals even though they weren’t supposed to be gay.   

  15. Action News 13 was a sketch that took place on a news set where no news was said because the never-ending music cues kept delaying the start of the show.

  16. Finally, Andy Roddick closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S29E04... HOST: KELLY RIPA... DATE: NOVEMBER 1, 2003

SNL: S29E04... HOST: KELLY RIPA... DATE: NOVEMBER 1, 2003

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Message From The President of The United States where Darrell Hammond took over for Chris Parnell in portraying George W. Bush who addressed the nation and share lies about the success in the war in Iraq and the War On Terror in general. Of Course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Kelly Ripa then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she was afraid to host a live show by herself because she’s so used to working with Regis before opting resort to her comfort zone by taking questions from the audience. The first question was a group of old men who left when they learned Regis wouldn’t be there at all. The next question was from writer, J.B. Smoove who had questions about how she stayed so fit after having so many kids and then was disappointed at his wife for not caring as much about her figure. Rachel Dratch played an old lady who confused our host with Kathy Lee, and then we met a stocker, and a wannabe actor who got J.B. Smoove worked up when he found out Kelly was working three jobs at the time and wanted the same effort from his wife. That was the final joke before Ripa threw to the first non-opening sketch of the night.

  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Tressant Supreme where Kelly Ripa pitched a new hair care product that kept her hair shiny thanks to the secret ingredient that turned out to be crack cocaine.

  4. We then got a parody of Live! With Regis & Kelly where Kelly Ripa played a very smug Angelina Jolie who found Amy Poehler as Kelly Ripa to be super annoying because of her childlike excitement.

  5. This was followed by a parody of Access Hollywood where Jimmy Fallon as Pat O’Brien interviewed Kelly Ripa and Horatio Sanz as Renee Zellweger and her professional weight gaining trainer so that the two could discuss Zellweger’s weight gain plan for an upcoming project.

  6. Outkast then took to the stage to perform Hey Ya!

  7. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Jeff Richards dropped in as Drunk Girl to flirt with Jimmy while she shared a drunken story about her Halloween. Horatio Sanz also stopped by as Jimmy Buffet to crack Jimmy Fallon up while singing slight parodies of Jimmy Buffet songs.

  8. Center For Cow Fart Study had Will Forte as the scientist who studied cow fart to discover how harmful they are to the ozone layer, while Kelly Ripa played his wife who didn’t have time for his nonsense.

  9. Leilani Burke: Pet Psychic had Maya Rudolph as the titular pet psychic who was more interested in winning the approval of her guest’s pets than trying to get to the root of said pets issues.

  10. Outkast then returned to the stage to perform The Way You Move.

  11. Spy Glass had Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler as host of this British version of Access Hollywood where they shared gossip about the Royal Family and other famous U.K. celebs.

  12. Greenbriar County Animal Rescue Shelter had Chris Parnell and Kelly Ripa as two veterinarians who viciously insults one of the dogs they were offering up for adoption as they claimed there is always at least one in the patch the just can’t help but be a douchebag. Meanwhile, it was the most adorable pup of the batch.

  13. Finally, Kelly Ripa closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S29E03... HOST: HALLE BERRY... DATE: OCTOBER 18, 2003

SNL: S29E03... HOST: HALLE BERRY... DATE: OCTOBER 18, 2003

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with footage from the Kobe Bryant Rape Trial where Maya Rudolph as Kobe’s wife Vanessa argued with Finesse Mitchel as Kobe as if the fact that he cheated was a bigger deal than the fact that he was being charged for the crime of rape. Of course, since this was the opening sketch, it ended on the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Halle Berry then officially opened the show with a monolog about her recent historical Oscar win while backstage Lorne Michaels talked with tonight’s musical guest Britney Spears as he attempted to get her to make out with our host who was still up on the stage. Eventually, Halle joined the backstage area after realizing the camera feed was no longer broadcasting her. The two then went on to reject Lorne’s plan before heading back to the stage to explain why there would be no make out session before throwing to the first non-opening sketch of the show.

  3. We then got a fake ad for Gaystrogen which was a pill that was designed to prevent middle-aged homosexuals from losing their gay sex drive.

  4. The Don Zimmer Sports Spectacular made fun of a recent incident where the real Don Zimmer was pushed to the ground by his head as he approached Pedro Martinez during a baseball brawl. In the sketch, Horatio Sanz played the late Zimmer to host a show where he was grabbed by the head and pushed over by every one of his guests.

  5. Maya Rudolph then revised her Donatella Versace impersonation in order to host her annual holiday special filled with quirky fashion industry guests. She was also interrupted from time to time by trick or treaters and Halle Berry as Naomi Campbell who dropped in as a surprise guest to trash Donatella’s house for not inviting her to the special night. Horatio Sanz as Elton John also stopped by, but he was invited and just wanted to tell our Donatella that he used up the last of her toilet paper and couldn’t find more anywhere else in the house.

  6. This was followed by a fake ad for Tel-e-Link which was a happy phone-line that the customers in the commercial touted for their excellent service while using nothing but technobabble that didn’t make any real sense to a non-IT expert even though they acted like it was a standard way to talk.

  7. We then got another fake ad this time for Quick Ones which was a pill that busy office workers could take in order to simulate a quickie sex session without having to stop their work.

  8. Next, we went to a Sushi Bar where Finesse Michelle as his “urban female” character named Starkisha celebrated her birthday with some of her “urban” friends who weren’t used to the fancy Benihana style and were all stereotypically loud and obnoxious whenever they came across any aspect of the service that was unfamiliar to them.

  9. This was followed by yet another fake ad, this one was for The Sunday National Enquirer which was pitched as fake news to brighten up your weekend.

  10. Britney Spears then took to the stage to perform Me Against The Music.

  11. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Fred Armisen dropped by as a Native American comedian named Billy Smith who told nothing but terrible jokes that bombed while doing a terrible Native American impersonation. Horatio Sanz then played the moronic nephew of George Wendt’s Superfan character Bob Swerski to offer a sports commentary about whether or not there was a curse on the Chicago Cubs. He was actually joined by George Wendt as Bob about halfway through what Horatio had to say and then went on to talk up not just the Cubs but everything else that had to do with Chicago. The two ended by singing All That Jazz from the movie Chicago while groping Jimmy and ignoring Tina Fey.

  12. This was followed by another fake ad, this one was for an album called The Best of Klymaxx, that promised to share Klymaxx’s greatest spoken-over performances, and was being pitched by Joey Lawrence, who was desperate for an income. We also got to the fictional female ‘80s group, headed by Halle Berry, perform a couple of their horrible hit songs.

  13. Chris Parnell then played Tom Brokaw in a make-up chair getting ready to report the news when Halle Berry as his make-up artist persuaded the anchor to record her outgoing voicemail message to make it fun for any calls that may come in when all that he wanted was to get through the promo that he was there to cut. For some reason, he gives in and plays along only to have Halle Berry ask for about twenty takes before she allowed him to leave.

  14. Britney Spears then returned to the stage to perform Everytime.

  15. Ashford & Simpson Fan had Halle Berry as an Ashford & Simpson fan who was blown away when she learned that she be seeing the singing duo as a surprise anniversary gift. The rest of the sketch was Halle Berry once again acting up as if her character didn’t know how to be while in public. She even rushed the stage and ruined the performance for the rest of the crowd.

  16. Will Forte then played a Speedreader who tried to use this novel fact as a way to pick up on Halle Berry while the two were sitting next to each other at a bar. Though this didn’t work at first, he eventually won her over only to “finish” in his pants twice before they even left the bar because it turned out he was fast at everything.

  17. Finally, Halle Berry closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S29E02... HOST: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE... DATE: OCTOBER 11, 2003

SNL: S29E02... HOST: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE... DATE: OCTOBER 11, 2003

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of Hardball where once again Darrell Hammond played Chris Matthews in order to yell at his guest no matter what their take is, this time on the topic of a CIA leak in the White House who was making news at the time. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Justin Timberlake then officially opened the show with a monolog about how much he loved SNL when he was a little kid before revealing this meant the Molly Shannon days. He then held a bit of a raffle where he drew a number to sing a song to what he was expecting to be a young female fan. Only after he pulled the number, he found that the winner turned out to be a middle-aged man named Steve Higgins which caused things to get a little strange.

  3. Justin Timberlake then broke away from the monolog bit and switched to musical guest mode to perform the song Rock Your Body.

  4. Punk'd: Barely Legal had Justin Timberlake as Ashton Kutcher to pull a Punk’d prank that ended up being against the law, like, the real-life robbing of Fred Durst and swapping out Christina Aguilera’s birth control pills with Tic-Tacs. The even had one joke that went terribly wrong with Finesse Mitchell as 50 Cent murdered Dax Shepard during a prank that went terribly wrong.

  5. This was followed by a quick interruption by CNN Breaking News where Darrell Hammond as Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted that he had no idea what he was actually doing as the newly elected California governor.

  6. A Message From Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson had Jimmy Fallon as Nick Lachey who kept rolling his eyes at Justin Timberlake as Jessica Simpson as she vapidly tried to defend herself against the rumors that she was an idiot.

  7. Omletteville Vs. Benny's was a classic sketch where Chris Parnell and Justin Timberlake had a dance off while dressed as competing fast food mascots.  

  8. This was followed by a fake ad for DirectTV with Jeff Richards as Gary Busey in order to share just how much he loves his service from DirectTV while sneaking in Buseyism throughout the phony ad.

  9. The Boston Teens then returned where this time the always recorded Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch attempted to have an elegant birthday dinner only they could control their constant urge to goof off while drawing attention from the stuffy clientele in the process.

  10. Justin Timberlake then switched back into musical guest mode to perform Senorita.

  11. Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, was the first week where there were no guests since Jimmy and Tina took over the news anchor position.

  12. We then got a parody of The Sharon Osborne Show where Amy Poehler as Sharon Osborne and Horatio Sanz as Ozzy freaked out their guest who was Justin Timberlake as Michael Bolton.

  13. Rainbow Connection was another classic bit where Justin Timberlake attempted to sing a duet with Kermit but kept getting into a fight with the puppeteer that was played by Will Forte who was angry because Timberlake kept stepping on him in his hiding space where he controlled Kermit from.

  14. Carl Weathers For Governor had the real Carl Weathers cut a political ad where he announced his bid for Governor as well so that he, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jesse The Body Ventura would create a trifecta of Predator stars who went on to become Governors.

  15. We then went to Justin's Dressing Room where Amy Poehler attempted to act nonchalant but struggled to hide her excitement from getting to visit Justin Timberlake behind the scenes after pretending with the other women in the cast that she had absolutely no interest in our host.

  16. Justin Timberlake switched back to musical guest mode once again to perform Cry Me A River.

  17. The Barry Gibb Talk Show had Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake as Barry and Robin Gibb in order to host a show where the Bee Gee brothers interviewed political guests.

  18. Finally, Justin Timberlake closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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