Saturday Night Live

Season 30 Episode 3

Jude Law/Ashlee Simpson

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 23, 2004 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • During the Dyson ad spoof, they showed two different types of the Dyson toilet. One of them had a black toilet (the picture with the revolving dyson toilet with a black backround) and then one with a clear toilet (When Fred Armisen showed you it`s "powerful suction").

  • Quotes

    • Peter O'Toole: Michael, I have one question for you: where in God's name are we?
      Michael Caine: Well, let's figure it out. (looks around him) A group of people...a Taco Bell/Pizza Hut Express sign...and we're wearing tuxedos. We must be hosting a talk show.
      Peter O'Toole: Excellent!

    • Amy Poehler: First Lady Laura Bush said Tuesday that if her husband is elected to a second term, she would like to help juvenile delinquents with substance abuse problems. When asked how she would do that, Mrs. Bush replied, "Just as I always have- by marrying them and bearing their children."

    • Tina Fey: Election offices across Florida opened last Monday to give black voters the option of being turned away early.

    • Tina Fey: According to a new study, almost half of all New York City high school students have lost their virginity.
      Tina Fey & Amy Poehler: You're welcome.
      Tina Fey: Hi Jimmy.

    • Zell Miller: Pistols at dawn, Matthews! You and me, 40 paces! You're a dead man! PISTOLS AT DAWN!!!

  • Notes

    • Sketches/segments not shown in the 60 minute version: "Dyson Toilet," "Presidential Debate #9," "Trump's Promo," "Jane Eyre," and Ashlee Simpson's infamous attempt a second song.

    • This episode features the first appearance of Will Forte's Zell Miller impression.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of the recurring T. Sean Shannon film short "Bear City." A total of seven shorts would air throughout Season 30.

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal: A TV Funhouse cartoon about George W. Bush's machine that turns gay celebrities straight (this is also be cut in the dress rehearsal of the Liam Neeson episode before finally airing on the Luke Wilson episode), a sketch centered around Greyhound bus drivers, a sketch called "Cool Police" where Jude Law, Amy Poehler, and Fred Armisen dictate what's cool and what's not cool to Ashlee Simpson, and a Merv The Perv sketch with Jude Law as Merv's cousin at a Halloween party (this sketch is redone in the Colin Farrell episode and has the Halloween party changed to a Christmas party).

    • Chris Parnell and Ashlee Simpson appeared in the week's promo with Jude Law. It went as follows:
      Jude Law: "I'm Jude Law and I'm hosting SNL this week with musical guest Ashlee Simpson. (pause) You can take your hand off my butt now, Ashlee.
      Ashlee Simpson: (sheepishly) Sorry.
      Jude Law: You too, Chris.
      Chris Parnell: (embarrassed) Right.

    • Backstage elements on the writing and production of this episode were presented on CBS's 60 Minutes a few days later.

    • When NBC originally aired this episode on October 23 on tape delay on the West Coast, they had edited the audio of Ashlee Simpson's second performance, removing the embarrassing vocal track, leaving West Coast viewers wondering exactly what happened. However, on the rerun on December 4, it was left unedited.

    • The Dyson Toilets fake commercial was in the dress rehearsal of the Queen Latifah episode (the second time she hosted, not the time where she hosted and the musical guest was Ms. Dynamite).

    • Ashlee Simpson is now the only SNL musical guest to walk off the stage during a performance.

    • The Jane Eyre sketch was originally supposed to air on the Colin Firth/Norah Jones episode, but didn't make it past dress rehearsal.

    • The NBC rerun of this episode keeps in (?!) the second performance where Ashlee Simpson stops "singing", does a stupid dance, and walks off the stage.

    • Ashlee Simpson's second music set was put to an abrupt halt when her band began playing "Pieces of Me," the song Ashlee had sang in her first set.

    • The band actually did not play the wrong song. As described in this excerpt from a news article:
      "Though Simpson's first performance in the show — her hit 'Pieces of Me' — went off without a hitch, the second, 'Autobiography,' was derailed when a pre-recorded track of her voice (singing "Pieces of Me") began playing while Simpson was holding her mic to the side and had her mouth closed. When the track came on, Simpson tried to dance a little jig instead, but after about 30 seconds, she exited the stage as her band continued performing. The show cut to a commercial.

      At the end of the show, host Jude Law tried to help Simpson brush the moment aside by shrugging, "What can I say, folks? Live TV." For her part, Simpson initially placed the blame on her band. "I feel so bad," she told the audience. "My band started playing the wrong song. And I didn't know what to do, so I thought I'd do a hoe-down. I'm sorry. It's live TV. Things happen. I'm sorry."

      An 'SNL' spokesperson said that Simpson had planned to use a backing track, a common concert aid that allows singers to either lip-synch or sing along with a guide-vocal track, to augment her voice. A statement from Simpson's record label blamed a "computer glitch" that triggered 'a cut from her album' to play instead of a drum cue."

      Simpson since claimed responsibility, as the article states, saying her work schedule was wearing down her voice.

  • Allusions

    • The "Green Screen Movie Shooting" sketch is a parody of the 2004 box office flop Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.