The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a little ditty called Santa's My Boyfriend where Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Kristen Wiig harmonized about the illicit relationship the three were having with the Christmas fat man while they decorated their Christmas tree. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Justin Timberlake then officially opened the show with a monolog where he sang the Chipmunk’s classic Christmas Song with Bill Hader as Alvin, Fred Armisen as Simon and Andy Samberg as Theodore.
Homelessville had Will Forte as a Salvation Army Bellringing Santa who faced competition from Justin Timberlake as Homelessville’s mascot, Cup-Of-Soup, which led to a battle of songs with Justin parodying hip-hop hits and Will sticking to the classics.
Target Greatland then returned for another installment of Kristen Wiig as the over-enthusiastic Target cashier who would randomly wander off to take advantage of any customer discovered good deals. Justin Timberlake played a stock boy who kept mulling his chapped, allergy-ridden lips while trying to provide half-assed support.
This was followed by the classic SNL Digital Short Dick In A Box, which I don’t think I have to describe because it is such a classic part of the show’s history and the future of SNL Digital Shorts.
Jimmy Fallon then dropped by for another installment of The Barry Gibb Talk Show where he and Timberlake played to Gibbs boys to put on their parody talk show. In this segment, Justin, as the Robin Gibb, bit his lip while Jimmy as Barry issued insane threats to his highly political guests.
Dry Eyes was a game show sketch that had competitors compete by seeing who could hold out the longest before caving into their emotions to cry while being reminded of the most heartbreaking, and heartwarming moments from their past.
Justin Timberlake then took to the stage to perform My Love.
Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Darrell Hammond dropped by as Lou Dobbs to provide his solution to turn the plan for the seven-hundred-mile wall along the Mexican border into a reality. Fred Armisen and Bill Hader also returned as their newly married New Jersey stereotypes, who weren’t stereotypically gay, in order to comment on their civil union and the Christmas holiday.
Hip Hop Kids had a group of teenaged hip-hop artists who hosted a kids’ show where these kids ignorantly tried to dance their way out of a mine that they got trapped while trying to use a shortcut to school. Only every time they danced the movement and vibration from the music got the mine to start to collapse knocking dancers out one by one in the process.
St. Ambrose Academy had Kenan Thompson revise his stepmother character from when Jaime Pressly was on the show, this time to come to the rescue of her ghetto-acting stepdaughter, this time played by Justin Timberlake who coveted the role of an elf in the school’s winter play.
A Holiday Message From Nancy Grace had Amy Poehler as Mrs. Grace to bestow her judgment upon the story of a “the Duke lacrosse stripper who falsely accused three college boys of raping her.” She was mainly upset because she really bought into the account and fought for the team to be punished and wanted to find a way to get back at them even if they were actually innocent of the crime.
Justin Timberlake then returned to the stage to perform What Goes Around.
Finally, Justin Timberlake closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.