Saturday Night Live

Season 30 Episode 1

Ben Affleck/Nelly

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 02, 2004 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Alec Baldwin says he's hosted nine times when really he's hosted 11 times.

    • In the opening credits, when Will Forte was being introduced, Don Pardo misspoke and said "Will Ferrell", although it sounds like he realized his mistake and it came out as "Will Ferr-".

    • At one point in "The Escalator" sketch, Ben's character says "the elevator's stuck" rather than "the escalator's stuck".

    • RESPONSE TO GOOF : Actually, Alec Baldwin has hosted 10 times by himself, once with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

  • Quotes

    • Amy Poehler: A Pakistani man who convinced his infertile wife to have an operation so they could have children was arrested after he got the doctors to cut out one of her kidneys instead, so he could sell it and then divorce her. Ugh, that's just rude.
      Tina Fey: Tell me about it. That's what Jimmy did to me. I thought he loved me, it turned out he was just trying to steal my kidney.

    • James Gandolfini: Look, I didn't wanna talk about this McGreevey stuff but I can't keep my mouth shut anymore. I mean, so the guy's a fanook. He had an affair. Every married guy's got some action on the side... in this case, in the behind.

    • Tina Fey: I think this is gonna work out really well between me and you... because, it's got good energy. It's gonna be kinda cool.. like that movie Monster.
      Amy Poehler: Yeah...?
      Tina Fey: You saw that movie Monster, right?
      Amy Poehler: Yeah... are you gonna kill me?
      Tina Fey: No, I'm gonna kill other people and you're gonna be my girlfriend.

    • Tina Fey: According to reports, Britney Spears has told family and close friends that she and her new husband Kevin Federline are expecting their first child. So far, no word on whether it will be a pimp or a ho.

    • Elton John: Hello Tina. (looking around) Where's my Jimmy boy?
      Tina Fey: Ah- well, he's gone, uh, Amy's here now.
      Elton John: (to Amy) You're not really my cup of tea, dear. If you know what I mean.
      Amy Poehler: 'Cause you're super-humanly gay?
      Elton John: Yes.

    • George W. Bush: Frankly, I don't even know why my opponent wants this job. It's hard work.

  • Notes

    • Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version: "Debbie Downer," "Wedding DJ," "The Family," and Nelly's performance of "We Can Leave Her."

    • Darrell Hammond played Alec Baldwin during the dress rehearsal of Ben Affleck's monologue. Fortunately, the real Baldwin showed up before the live show began.

    • Steve Martin was in the audience for the live show. He declined the offer to participate in any sketches.

    • The NBC rerun of this episode has a note before the "Debbie Downer" sketch with an unknown announcer narrating. The card reads, "The following sketch is from Dress Rehearsal. Simply because it worked better."

    • The Dr. Porkenheimer ad spoof was edited in the 11/27/04 NBC rerun.

    • The NBC rerun of this episode has the following edits/corrections: Don Pardo calling Will Forte "Will Ferrt" is corrected, the Dr. Porkenheimer commercial is completely removed, and there are dress rehearsal versions of two sketches: "Debbie Downer" and "The Escalator".

    • A sketch entitled "Appalachian Police Station" (similar to Appalachian Emergency Room, only it's a police station) was cut after dress rehearsal.

    • Fred Armisen is promoted to full cast member.

    • Beginning this season, Will Forte takes over the role of George W Bush, and Seth Meyers takes over the role of John Kerry.

    • This is the second episode the skit "Debbie Downer" was featured, after it's success in May when Lindsay Lohan hosted, however this time it was far less funnier.

    • Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson do not appear until the goodnights.

    • Amy Poehler now joins Tina Fey in weekend update.

    • This is Rob Riggle's(of A2Z fame)first episode.

    • Jimmy Fallon does the voice-over for Weekend Update not Seth Meyers.

    • Seth Meyers was originally considered for co-anchoring Weekend Update with Tina Fey, but lost to Amy Poehler.

    • This is the second time that Ben Affleck hosts the show in less than one year. He hosted the March 13th, 2004.

  • Allusions