The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a sketch called Cheney In Makeup took place in the makeup department of Meet The Press just prior to an interview with Darrell Hammond as Dick Cheney. After a bit, Will Ferrell reprised his role as George W. Bush in order to sneak into the room to confront Cheney and demand answers, “NOW” since he was no longer afraid of the Vice Monster being that the two were no longer in office. Dick Cheney pretty much just blew the ex-President off while sticking to his statement, “I have no regrets,” but Bush refused to back down. Unfortunately, this was just a sketch so either way, we wouldn’t have gotten an answer, but we did get the typical opening announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Will Ferrell then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he was happy to host the season finale. He then shared how his new one-man show where he played President Bush was a huge hit and even nominated for several awards. This got him talking about his rise to fame and how he started out doing dramas on stage and wasn’t even known as a funny guy. After a rundown of a couple of his early roles, he performed a piece from a play that he wrote called The Wishful Dreams Of Danny O’Neil.
We then got a repeat of the Wade Blasingame: Attorney-At-Law ad that originally aired multiple time back when Will Ferrell was still on the show and featured him as an attorney who was in favor of suing dogs in cases where they may break human laws. Throughout the ad, Chris Parnell acted out what it would look like if a human committed the many crimes that our pooches do on the regular.
The Lawrence Welk Show had Will Ferrell on as Ted Netter who was an old-timey singer who enjoyed singing and dancing with his musical sisters as played by Casey Wilson, Michaela Watkin, and Abby Elliott but was a bit freaked out by their fourth sister Denise, which is the actual name of Kristen Wiig’s tiny-handed, high-foreheaded, singing character.
Celebrity Jeopardy then returned for more fun and games with Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek, where this time his annoying celebrity guests where Kristen Wiig as Kathie Lee Gifford, Tom Hanks as himself, and what Celebrity Jeopardy would be complete without Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery. Toward the end of the sketch, Norm MacDonald crashed the game show as Burt Reynolds to add to Trebek’s stress.
Inside The NBA showed us parody coverage of a basketball game where Kenan Thompson portrayed Charles Barkley who kept getting caught up by Will Ferrell who kept popping up in the corner of the screen as a marketing ploy to promote a fictional show called Mark.
Green Day then took to the stage to perform Know Your Enemy.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Amy Poehler returned to play a game of Really!?! with Seth about the fact that Barack Obama was denied an honorary degree from Arizona State University because he had accomplished enough to earn it. Will Ferrell also returned as Harry Caray’s ghost to offer his comments on Manny Ramirez who recently busted for steroids.
Funeral Remembrances had Jason Sudeikis as a priest who was flummoxed by all the interruptions made by family members during a funeral service. This seemed to be connected to the sketch from earlier in the year where Sudeikis played a wedding emcee who kept getting interrupted by guests who kept wanting to give toasts.
Green Day then took to the stage to perform 21 Guns.
Goodnight, Saigon had Will Ferrell out having drinks with friends when he got struck by an unexplained flashback to the Vietnam War despite the fact that he was way too young to have been able to serve at the time. That didn’t stop him from breaking into the titular Billy Joel song that he seemed to think was about his wartime experience.
Finally, Will Ferrell closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.