The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with parody coverage of the CNN Univision Democratic Debate where the news anchors fawned over Fred Armisen as Barack Obama while barely paying any attention to Amy Poehler as a delusional Hillary Clinton. It’s crazy how quickly the tide has turned because just last week all of the jokes were about how it was pointless to even attempt to run against Mrs. Clinton. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Tina Fey then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she was excited to host the first show following the writer’s strike’s resolve. She was then suddenly interrupted by scribe-turned-performer Steve Martin who offered a few tips on making the transition as if Tina hasn’t already been acting for years.
This was followed by a fake ad for annual which was a new women’s hygiene product that made it possible for women to endure their period just once a year even though it involved some severe side effects that would be experienced throughout the rest of the non-period year.
Rock Of Love 2 was a parody follow up to Rock Of Love where Amy Poehler’s one-legged girl character vied for the heart of Jason Sudeikis as Bret Michaels for round two of his dating show.
This was followed by another SNL Digital Short called A Message To Old People that had an elderly man share how he is able to place his grandsons, Bill Hader, and Andy Samberg in popular movies via a service that provides special effects editing to point out information that will help him not be afraid while watching his favorite films.
What's That Bitch Talking About? was a game show sketch where contestants had to decipher cryptic one-sided phone messages as acted out by various game show models.
Carrie Underwood then took to the stage to perform All-American Girl.
Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Mike Huckabee dropped by as himself to share that even though it was mathematically impossible for him to win, he still felt there was the slightest chance that he’d actually beat John McCain as the Republican’s Presidential nominee. Tina Fey also returned to the Weekend Update desk to share why she felt that Hillary Clinton was the best woman for the job. (Clip 2)
This was followed by a series of NBC Spots that promoted their exhaustive line up of Celebrity Apprentice-style knock-off they had lined up for the upcoming broadcasting season.
Ed's Toast had Jason Sudeikis as the titular Ed who made an ass out of himself while toasting Will Forte who was the groom at a wedding reception. This toast mainly consisted of terrible jokes and horror stories from their past that didn’t go over well with the rest of the wedding’s attendants.
This was followed by a fake ad for Virginia Horsen's Hot Air Balloon Rides where Kristen Wiig played Mrs. Horsen who attempted not to rub her success in anyone’s face as she promoted her line of hot air balloon rides.
I Drink Your Milkshake was a sketch where the Oscar-nominated hit, There Will Be Blood was to become a Food Network spin-off where Bill Hader and Amy Poehler played to characters from the film who wandered through a malt shop and drank random patrons’ milkshakes without asking as a way to taste the product for their show.
Carrie Underwood then returned to the stage to perform Flat On The Floor.
Finally, Tina Fey closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.