in "Sheldon's Bar Mitzvah," Natalie Portman's character is named Rebecca Hershlag. Hershlag happens to be Natalie's real last name.
At the beginning of the episode, the audio wasn't functioning properly so you couldn't hear Natalie's monologue in one speaker.
During Weekend Update, Donald Trump (played by Darrell Hammond) refers to Martha Stewart as a "Dutch witch," even though the Domestic Diva is of Polish heritage.
At the time of the Million Man March, Bryant Gumbel was working for NBC, not CBS. Also, the clip from "Token Power" is allegedly from 1992, three years before the march.
Amy Poehler: This week President Bush's approval rating hit an all-time low of 34 percent. To improve his ratings, the Administration is going to adopt an adorable and precocious little black kid.
Sketches cut after dress rehearsal: a sketch where collection agents (Horatio Sanz, Fred Armisen) are unable to speak English to complete collections; a sketch where Broadway tunes meets sliding on wet floor; "Socially Awkward Officemates," in which Neil, Jean, and their co-worker friend (Will Forte, Kristin Wiig, Natalie Portman) awkwardly segue a bar scene with threesome activites; "Prisonmates.net," a commercial spoof of online dating sites, but with a twist; and a sketch about a woman (Natalie Portman) in an acting class for 'Star Wars' learning about character quirks.
Sketches/segments not shown in the 60 minute version: Fall Out Boy's performance of "Sugar, We're Going Down," "Larry King Live," "TV Funhouse: Belated Black History Moment," "Sheldon's Bar Mitzvah," and "Totally Rad 3000" (rerun 10/29/05).
This is the third time "RAD 3000" has aired this season, not counting the "SNL Goes Commercial" special that aired in November 2005.
On a technicality, "Belated Black History Moment" is the first live sketch Robert Smigel has written for SNL since Year 20.
This is the first live broadcast after a month-long hiatus due to Olympic coverage.
The joke that Sasha Cohen (played by Natalie Portman) mangles during Weekend Update is the infamous "The Aristocrats," which was the subject of a popular 2005 documentary.
The "Belated Black History Moment" cartoon "Token Power" pay homage to Valerie from Josie & The Pussycats, Franklin from Peanuts, and Winston Zeddemore from The Real Ghostbusters, as well as another noted "token" black character, Lt. Flap from the comic strip Beetle Bailey. Also, the song performed at the Million Man March is Elvis Presley's "In The Ghetto."
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