For the 3rd episode in a row, a Smigel cartoon is interrupted in Canada. This time it was the "700 Gang" cold opening. It was for the AFC championship game which was televised on CBS. Then later on in the show, The "Mike and Toni's Chandelier Galaxy" sketch was interrupted for a closed captioning message.
Jason Sudeikis' microphone is not turned on at the beginning of the "Live Duluth" sketch.
Even though it was not apparent on camera, you can hear Scarlett Johansson cracking up as Will Forte chugs down a bottle of Jack Daniels during the "Live Duluth" sketch.
During a shot of the studio in the commercial break, Lorne Michaels can be seen as the assembly of the next sketch takes place.
Hjalmar: When people think of Scandinavian cooking, often they think of bland, flavorless food or, worse, the barely accurate stereotype of the Swedish Chef from America's "Muppet Show."
Sigrid: Today we set out to show you that our cooking is more than just meatballs and pickled herring.
Hjalmar: What have you made for us today, Sigrid?
Sigrid: Meatballs and pickled herring.
Hjalmar: That is unfortunate.
Ed Mahoney: I sure do! Not so big that I gotta work Saturdays, and not so small that she'll kick me in the nuts! (chortles) Yeah, how's that, huh? Yeah, 'cause she'll do it, you know, she'll kick me there! (laughs)
Clerk: I certainly hope that's not true.
Sketches cut after dress rehearsal: "Hardball," in which Chris Matthews (Darrell Hammond) talks with Zell Miller (Will Forte) and Tom Delay (Jason Sudiekis); "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" where Jay (Hammond) talks to Tara Reid (Scarlett); a Digital Short called "The Tangent," in which a loquacious man (Fred Armisen) becomes an unexpected star; a sketch about a Pittsburghian man (Seth Meyers) who asks a woman (Scarlett) out on a date; a sketch where Scarlett is driven around in a limo by an obnoxious driver (Finesse Mitchell); a sketch where a man (Will Forte) and woman (Scarlett) falsify identities during a date.
Sketches/segments not shown in the 60 minute version: "Taco Town" (rerun 10/8/05), "TV Funhouse: Intelligevision Kidz," "Live Duluth," "Ed Mahoney and the Jewelry Store," "Oceanographers," and Death Cab for Cuties' performance of "Crooked Teeth." The 60 minute edit adds "The Tangent" short film which was supposed to air in this live show, but was cut in dress rehearsal. This short film aired in the Steve Martin/Prince broadcast two weeks later.
The "Mr. Willoughby" sketch is very similar to the Bill Brasky sketches that appeared on SNL from 1996 to 1998. Both featured three characters talking about a fourth, citing several strange facts and tall tales about him to each other.
The digital film "The Tangent" was produced for this episode but did not air until the Martin/Prince broadcast three weeks later.
The original cold opening was a "Hardball" sketch but it was cut after dress rehearsal. It was replaced by the "700 Gang" cartoon. Here is an explanation why:
"There was a Hardball sketch which included Sudeikis as Tom Delay and Forte as Zell Miller but it died during the dress rehearsal so they cut it. The Robertson cartoon was supposed to be part of the "Darwin" piece that aired later but they squeezed it out and put it at the front of the show."
This episode marks the first time a cartoon has been used for the cold opening, not to mention the second time two seperate cartoons have appeared in the same live broadcast.
Darrell Hammond does not appear in this episode, though he appeared in three sketches in dress rehearsal. Maya Rudolph also didn't appear in this episode as she continues her maternity leave.
In the "Smorgabord" sketch, a fake commercial for "Swedish Chef Ringtones" pays homage to the Swedish Chef of "Muppet Show" fame. Andy Samberg sings to the tune of "Axel F" using the chef's trademark "vocabulary."
During the "Darwin" Smigeltoon, there was an ad parody of the 1980's animated series The Transformers called "Celibots."