Saturday Night Live

Season 39 Episode 1

Tina Fey/Arcade Fire

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Sep 28, 2013 on NBC
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Episode Summary


Live from New York, it's... Jay Pharaoh!


Sketches include "Explaining Obamacare," "Girls," "Express Air Flight 314," "New Cast Member or Arcade Fire?" "e-meth," "Cinema Classics," "Rick's Model T's," and "Manolo Blahnik."


Arcade Fire performed "Reflektor" and "Afterlife."

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  • Oh No! My Favorite Show Has Officially Gone into the Toilet and With the 1st Show of the Season Someone Hit Flush!

    Change is inevitable and often hard to accept... I'm open minded to new things but this was officially the worst episode of SNL I've ever seen ... such a sacrilege of those hallowed halls. A zero is the more appropriate rating but it's not available.

    No humor, offensive to women, and just a crying shame that I've lost 90 min of my life I'll never get back.

    Was Tina allowed to "phone it in? She had nothing to do with the writing? Maybe for the right # of $ some of the geniuses behind The Daily Show or Colbert could be brought in to save the show from flat lining.

    Frankly, I think it's a cheap shot to ask viewers to see a former member as a host. At least any recent member. Tina's monologue was lifeless, lacking any hint of humor.

    Crack smoking e-cigarettes -

    I can't tell the staff from a guest - a riot

    bimbo's talking about being banged HARD - cerebral humor... NOT even bawdy humor ... just offensive, the cold open was simply cold and I'm sorry to say ...

    no one had any great lines on wkend update and Ms. Strong's over the top delivery of unfunny lines ... was simply painful to watch. What pollster has taken the audience's pulse & ever reported back favorably on drunk uncle? IT'S NOT FUNNY!

    Lorne, Lorne what have you done to my baby? Such a cherished part of my cultural sensibility ... has gone right down the toilet!moreless
Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul

Jesse Pinkman

Guest Star

Tina Fey

Tina Fey


Recurring Role

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire


Recurring Role

Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels


Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The stock footage for the airport sketch which is supposed to be playing in Chicago O'Hare airport is actually an outside shot of Zurich International Airport in Switzerland. Along with the parts of Terminal A and control tower the shot shows two medium-lange planes from Swiss and one medium-range plane from Lufthansa (Terminal A handles domestic Swiss flights and a number of routes to other European countries).

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Nasim Pedrad did not appear in any live sketches.

    • First episode for Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Michael Patrick O'Brien (previously a writer), Noel Wells, and Brooks Wheelan. This is the largest addition of new cast members to SNL since the 1995 overhaul.

      Also, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Cecily Strong are promoted to repertory players.

    • First episode of Weekend Update with Seth Meyers and Cecily Strong. Strong is only the fifth woman in SNL's history to be a full-time anchor on Update.