The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a visit from the Boston Teens where Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch reprised their classic rowdy teen characters for an update where now they are adults, married and still up to the fame fun and games. For this reunion, the two tried to sneak into their old high school’s Winter Formal in an effort to recreate their second date. At first, all of the present day students kept goofing on the couple for being so old, but then when they heard Jimmy’s name, they all knew of the two as school legends and then all they wanted to do was hang out and listen to old stories of their school. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”
Jimmy Fallon then officially opened the show with a monolog about how happy he was to return to the show to host the Christmas episode. He then danced through the halls of Studio 8H singing Christmas Time (Coming Home Again) song along with the cast a crew.
We then got a parody of Today where Kristen Wiig and Nasim Pedrad played Kathie Lee and Hoda once again for more morning show banter-based jokes. Their guest this time was Jimmy Fallon as Regis Philbin who dropped in for a surprise visit to announce his retirement plan failed and that he’d be back on the air really soon. So soon that he then pushed Hoda right out of her chair and took over.
We then got a fake ad for Michael Buble Christmas Duets which was a phony album filled with Buble Duets with the real musical guest from the night singing alongside our host and the cast impersonating popular singers from this time.
Holiday Party took us back to 1928 where our host and the cast played socialites from the time where Kristen Wiig returned as her character who struggled to fight the urge to steal the spotlight to sing. This time, Jimmy Fallon joined in as a guy who resisted the same call to steal the spotlight with a dance, ruining the festive event in the process.
Half Jewish Half Italian Completely Neurotic had Fred Armisen in the titular role as he put on a one-man off-off-Broadway show on the subject, only to alienate the entire audience with his in-your-face performance.
Michael Buble then took to the stage to perform Holly Jolly Christmas.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, we got another installment of In The Cage where this time Andy Samberg as Nicolas Cage’s special guest was the real Jude Lay so that he could ask why he wasn’t invited to be part of Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows. Seth was then joined by Amy Poehler for a quick reunion to tell a couple of stories only to be joined by former Weekend Update team Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey so that the four could go on to have a Weekend Update Joke-Off. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)
Ode To Joy took us back in time so that Jimmy Fallon could portray Ludwig van Beethoven who just finished orchestrating a performance and went on to introduce his backup band the same way a singer would in a modern rock concert.
Once again, we went to another play where Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig were two audience members for an extremely low budget performance of War Horse where Jimmy Fallon played the horse by putting his hands up to his head as if they were ears. Kristen and Hader broke up the quirky stage action by adding their input of what they were expecting versus what they got, making it easier to follow the deeper references that I wouldn’t have gotten from not having seen the real play.
Michael Buble then returned to the stage to perform Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
We then met Jesus In The Broncos’ Locker Room where Jason Sudeikis played the creator’s kid to explain to the team how he wouldn’t be able to help them out on their upcoming game because of prior engagements.
Finally, Jimmy Fallon closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.