The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a sketch called Bill Frist's Gas Plan that had Tom Hanks as the titular Frist to pitch his crazy new gas plan in an infomercial-style to Will Forte as George W. Bush. This plan mainly focused on giving everyone a hundred dollar buck to buy out the rights to drill for oil in Alaska’s protected lands it became more infomercial like when he started to throw in random items to sweeten the deal. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Tom Hanks then officially opened the show with a monolog about his new role in The Da Vinci Code and then took questions from clergymen, nuns, and even Jason Sudeikis as Jesus Christ about his decision to take on this role, considering it was a blasphemous film that was really harsh on the Catholic church.
This was followed by a parody of Wheel Of Fortune where Tom Hanks as Pat Sajak is flabbergasted by how dumb all three contestants were while trying to solve the word puzzles.
Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz then returned for more fun and games as Kaitlin and her stepfather. This time the two had to deal with Kaitlin’s excitement over getting to babysit Tom Hanks’s pet iguana.
We then got another SNL Digital Short where we went to the streets of New York City in 1991 to see three friends played by Chris Parnell, Kenan Thompson, and Will Forte who got to sample the new song, Please Don’t Cut My Testicles, by the fictional Right Said Fred-looking Ariell and Ephraim played by Tom Hanks and Andy Samberg.
Universal Theme Park had Tom Hanks and Fred Armisen as two brothers standing in line for the Back To The Future ride who kept yelling, almost Marco Polo-style to track down the whereabouts of their disoriented mothers as played by Rachel Dratch. This sketch was very reminiscent of the Get Off The Shed, or the What The Hell Is That Thing sketches from the past.
Red Hot Chili Peppers then took to the stage to perform Dani California.
Once again, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler gave us the news. This week, Horatio Sanz stopped by as Rosie O’Donnell to discuss her feud with Star Jones since this was around the time that Rosie was joining The View. Fred Armisen and Will Forte also returned as their dry singing characters to have a monotoned debate about immigration through song.
We then when to the Claremont Yoga Center where Rachel Dratch was totally creeped out by the appearance of sweat on Tom Hanks who play her yoga partner.
C-Span After Dark showed us what it would be like if there were an Adult Swim version of the news with shows like Colin’s Place. This was a political spoof of Sanford And Son wither Kenan Thompson as Colin Powell in the Redd Foxx role in order to stew about the ongoing situation in Iraq to Finesse Mitchell as Lamont and Tom Hanks as a member of the CIA.
Red Hot Chili Peppers then returned to the stage to perform Give It Away.
Tennis Players had Tom Hanks as a one-armed tennis player who learned that his usual tennis partner, Will Forte had replaced him with a three-armed partner played by Chris Parnell after years of playing together. By the end, we learned that Tom Hanks had a trick up his sleeve when he revealed his new partner was Bill Hader as a man with seven arms.
Finally, Tom Hanks closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.