Saturday Night Live

Season 27 Episode 1

Reese Witherspoon/Alicia Keys

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Sep 29, 2001 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... Mayor Rudolph Giuliani! Sketches include: "9/11 Tribute," "Wake Up, Wakefield!," "Preparation-H," "The Little Mermaid," "The Culps," "Celebrity Jeopardy," "Farting Baby," and "Donatella Versace's Kids' Songs." Alicia Keys performed "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth." Paul Simon performed "The Boxer."

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  • A great tribute amidst a horrible tragedy

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    On September 11, 2001, the world changed. New York City was dead center. Saturday Night Live, one of the city's finest institutions, had the duty to pay tribute to the thousands of lives lost during that fateful day. They enlisted the help of New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, two dozen members of the New York Fire and Police Department, and SNL frequentee Paul Simon. In a touching memorial, Giuliani talked about heroism and how New Yorkers should not surrender to terrorism, but rather, to live life normally. Paul Simon, wearing a FDNY cap and surrounded by the American flag, sang his song "The Boxer". The cold opening was concluded by Lorne Michaels asking the question everyone needed to know, "Can we be funny"? And Rudy answered "Why start now?".



    Reese Witherspoon was great in this episode. Alicia Keys, with her popular song "Fallen", was a brilliant musical guest. There were some great sketches, such as "The Little Mermaid". Weekend Update was great, as usual.



    This was all in all a brilliant episode.moreless
Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Herself

Guest Star

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Herself

Guest Star

Paul Simon

Paul Simon

Himself

Recurring Role

Rudolph Giuliani

Rudolph Giuliani

Himself

Recurring Role

Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels

Himself

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Jimmy Fallon: The first week of Maine's annual moose hunt began on Monday and ends tomorrow -
      Tina Fey: (interrupts) Wait, wait, wait. Are you serious?
      Jimmy Fallon: What? Yeah.
      Tina Fey: It's just that I promised myself I would kill a moose this year, and now it's too late. Aargh, I never finish anything!
      Jimmy Fallon: That's not true, Tina. You're one of the most disciplined people I know.
      Tina Fey: If that were true, I'd be eating moose jerky right now.

    • Tina Fey: MSNBC reporter Ashleigh Banfield, now in Pakistan covering events there, has cut her hair short and died it brown in order to go undercover in the male-dominated country. Take it from me, Ashley: If you think having brown hair and wearing glasses will keep men from noticing you... you are right.

    • (After showing a picture of a Batman action figure)
      Alex Trebek: Is this Batman or Robin? (Chris Tucker buzzes) Chris Tucker?
      Chris Tucker: Yo I KNOW THIS MAN! THAT'S ROBIN!
      Alex Trebek: No. So since it's not Robin that leaves only one correct response. (Anne Heche buzzes) Anne Heche?
      Anne Heche: Who is Robin?
      Alex Trebek: (looks askance) Amazing.

    • Lorne: Can we be funny?
      Mayor Giuliani: Why start now?

    • Alex Trebek: Chris Tucker is in the lead with negative $5,000. Mr. Tucker has answered every question with the same response -
      Chris Tucker: DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH?
      Alex Trebek: That's the one.

    • Tina Fey: US officials continue the search for Osama Bin Laden. Reports suggest that Bin Laden is most likely somewhere remote and barren, where he will not encounter others. The FBI has begun searching theatres showing the movie "Glitter."

  • NOTES (10)

    • Paul Simon previously performed "The Boxer" in Saturday Night Live's second episode, in 1975.

    • The part on Weekend Update with Jesse Jackson and Jimmy Fallon is shown on the E! rerun of the Gwenyth Paltrow/Ryan Adams episode.

    • Sketches/segments not shown in the 60-minute edit: "Preparation H," the Jesse Jackson commentary on Weekend Update, "Celebrity Jeopardy," "Farting Baby," and Alicia Keys' performance of "A Woman's Worth."

    • Instead of "I'm freezing my balls off," the original punchline to Reese's joke in the monologue was "I'm f--king freezing!" Lorne wanted her to swear (promising he'd pay the fine) since he wanted to show that New York was back up and running. She decided not to at the last minute since she has so many young fans.

    • Even though Chris Parnell is no longer in the cast, his Weekend Update Intro voice-over remains for this episode and the following one. It has been replaced on reruns with Amy Poehler's.

    • Kevin Spacey was the producers' first choice to host this episode, but he declined the offer due to scheduling conflicts.

    • Reese Witherspoon plays Anne Heche in the "Jeopardy" sketch, though Chris Kattan played her in the Dana Carvey episode in 2000.

    • Mayor Rudolph Giuliani does the opening and addresses the audience about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and encourages perseverance. Members of the NYPD and FDNY appear beside him and Paul Simon performs "The Boxer".

    • With this episode, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch become full fledged cast members.

    • This is the first episode for Dean Edwards, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, and Jeff Richards.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Wake Up Wakefield: Music
      Megan sings "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden while watching Randy Goldman at the viewer window, and Jazz Times Ten plays "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream at the end of the show.

    • Anne Heche: "I slept with a lot of famous people."
      People that Anne Heche says she slept with on her resume are Ellen DeGeneres, who she actually had a relationship with and broke up in 2001, plus Steve Martin, cartoon character Quick Draw McGraw, the Cream of Wheat Guy, and among others... our very own Chris Kattan.

    • Jimmy Fallon: "Officials have started checking theaters showing Glitter."

      "Glitter" was a box office flop starring Mariah Carey about a girl's rise to music stardom. The failure of the film added to her very public breakdown in late 2001.

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