The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a parody of CBS Evening News which made fun of part four a series of interviews between Amy Poehler as Katie Couric and Tina Fey as Sarah Palin where the governor’s folksy responses drove Couric out of her mind since nothing was actually being said. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it ultimately led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Anna Faris then officially opened the show with a monolog about her new movie House Bunny and how like most of her other roles she plays another dumb blond. She doesn’t say this as a complaint but as a fact before she turned to address the audience to let them in on a secret that deep down, she’s actually a dumb blonde in real life.
Making New Friends started with Anna Faris and Jason Sudeikis dropping off their new double-date buddies Bobby Moynihan and Casey Wilson and then went on to contemplate whether or not they managed to offend their new friends while at dinner as the two continued on toward their home. As one would expect, the scenarios they explained sounded so extreme that it would be impossible to enjoy spending any time with this couple in real life.
This was followed by parody coverage of The Presidential Debate where Chris Parnell had a cameo as Jim Lehrer who moderated the event. This sketch made fun of the first round of debates between Fred Armisen as Barack Obama and Darrell Hammond as John McCain. The main topics of concern were where they stood on the banking bailout plan, the war, and the nuclear arms issues in North Korea and Iran. Armisen was pretty spot on with repeating Obama’s promises up hope, up to the nuclear arms issue which was actually treated as a joke. Meanwhile, Hammond’s McCain sold how often he opposed the policies of George W. Bush to distance himself from King Dummy. Of course, Amy Poehler also had to chime in as Hillary to continue to keep her name in the spotlight in case either candidate might have to back out, proving once again that it wasn’t just the conservative who found joy in dragging Hillary’s name through the mud.
Rowboat Date was as the title suggests a date between a dimwitted Anna Faris and her beloved boyfriend, Kenan Thompson. During their midnight/romantic boat ride our host realized that this wasn’t a date at all and that Kenan was a hit man who was out to kill her, but then realized that these thoughts could all just be in her head. In the reality of the sketch, it was clear that Kenan was there to kill her based on their conversation where Faris shared how she was to blame for a recent major drug bust that ended with the drug lord swearing that he’d seek revenge.
Duffy then took to the stage to perform Mercy.
Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Darrell Hammond dropped by as Bill Clinton to admit that he can’t quite bring himself to endorse Barack Obama. Kristen Wiig also returned as her travel writing character to once again, make nervous jokes throughout her entire appearance because she didn’t have the confidence to be herself. (Clip 2)
We then went to the strip club Scores where Anna Faris, Kristen Wiig, and Casey Wilson played a trio of strippers who were opposed to closing off the infamous champagne room simply because the Wall Street bailout meant that their regular Wall Street clientele would no longer be able to afford their services.
Deep House Dish then returned after a much-needed break so that Kenan Thompson and Andy Samberg could revise their MTV-4 V.J. characters in order to introduce their fans to the latest house and hip-hop groups. This was the same sketch it always is complete with our host as the lead singer of one of the music groups.
Googie Rene's Slightly Stained Wedding Dress Basement had Kenan Thompson as the titular pitchman in order to promote a collection of bridal gowns available at a discount because his entire inventory comes complete with horrible stains.
Duffy then returned to the stage to perform Standing Stone.
My Ex-Boyfriend had Bill Hader as a guy who was overly excited to show off his new girlfriend, Anna Faris, to his friends, only she won’t shut up about her ex-boyfriend.
Finally, Anna Faris closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.