Saturday Night Live

Season 31 Episode 2

Jon Heder/Ashlee Simpson

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 08, 2005 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In the actual "Wilson Brothers Funeral Home" sketch, when Rachel Dratch's character was "dead" you could plainly see her turn her head to avoid laughing.

    • A technical gaffe occured during the original live broadcast in which the opening frame from the "Wilson Brothers Funeral Home" sketch appears onscreen for five seconds, interupting the "Taco Town" ad spoof.

  • Quotes

    • Amy Poehler: A Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked at the International Space Station Monday. The spacecraft then turned around, and was promptly rear-ended by Lindsay Lohan.

    • Amy Poehler: A chimpanzee in China has quit smoking after 16 years with the help of her keepers. The chimp was able to quit when the keepers stopped buying her cigarettes.

    • Amy Poehler: While trying to defend his nomination of Harriet Miers, President Bush admitted Thursday that he and Miers had discussed abortion. Said Bush, "Luckily, it turned out to be a false alarm."

    • Amy Poehler: Security in the New York City subway system was raised on Thursday after reports of specific threats involving bomb-laden baby carriages and briefcases. The extra security has made commuting especially difficult for business babies. (Picture of a baby standing on a subway platform, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. Some applause. Amy is clearly amused by the picture.)

    • Horatio Sanz: Fearing a religious backlash because of the title, Sony decided to not release the new Albert Brooks film "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World." For similar reasons, Sony has also decided not to release the film "Deuce Bigalow: Osama Bin Gigolo."

    • Horatio Sanz: The U.S. Treasury is featuring a new nickel that has Thomas Jefferson facing forward, with a hint of a smile. A smile that says, "You see that slave over there? Yeah, I tapped that ass." [applause]

    • Amy Poehler: [picture of President Bush giving a televised speech] This week, nearly twelve million Americans tuned in to a new episode of "Lost."

    • Lorne Michaels: Hey Amy, you wearin' a bra?
      Amy Poehler: Yeah, Lorne, I am.
      Lorne Michaels: What the hell for? (Walks off, giggling)

    • Horatio Sanz: ...proving that indeed laughter is the best medicine. Unless you have cancer, then get chemo.

  • Notes

    • Sketches/segments not shown in the 60 minute version: the Tim Calhoun segment on Weekend Update, "Werewolf?", "Misadventures of Tom Delay and Bill Frist", "Wilson Bros. Funeral Home" and Ashlee Simpson's performance of "Boyfriend."

    • With this episode, Rachel Dratch surpasses Ana Gastayer as SNL's longest-serving female cast member.

    • This episode marks the very first time Lorne Michaels has appeared on "Weekend Update."

    • Chris Parnell and Maya Rudolph do not appear in this episode, while Tina Fey continues her maternity leave.

    • This broadcast aired on Darrell Hammond's birthday.

  • Allusions