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When Michelle Dison first appeared earlier in the season, she was a reporter for WVIR in Charlottesville, Virginia. However, in her second appearance she "returns" to WIIX, the same fake NBC affiliate from the "Photo Shoot" sketch from Black/Young in Year 31. The call letter change may or may not have anything to do with the Virginia Tech massacre, which occured five days before this broadcast aired.
On Weekend Update, Seth Meyers talks about a recent article on the French newspaper Le Monde which reported that the French secret service had produced nine reports between September 2000 and August 2001 looking at the Al Qaeda threat to the US. He goes on to the punchline, saying "Although, not to brag, but, you know, so did we." The visual at the end of the gag is a fake report by the American intelligence, in which they misspell Osama Bin Laden's name: "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US."
At the end of Shia's monologue, the camera turns off prematurely, then turns on again.
In the sketch "Halftime Pep Talk," the song that the coach played on the tape player to motivate the team is "Casino Royale" by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.
During the "NCAA Tournament Pool Party" sketch, when the three characters discuss the Butler Bulldogs, Peyton Manning's bracket is shown as incorrectly picking against them. However, when his bracket is seen again a minute later, he got the outcome of the Butler game correct.
Seth Meyers' comment on having to clean Prince Harry's vomit off his sportcoat (and accidentally referring to him as Andy Samberg) was ad-libbed.
During the "Man versus beast" sketch, after the big black "CENSORED" box appears, you can in fact see the man in the azure jumpsuit who is supposedly being maimed by the cougar off-screen. He pops up for a sec in the upper right corner, very much alive, well and standing on his feet.
In the "Assagio's" sketch, you can see Fred Armisen quickly switch from his normal glasses, into cracked glasses.
In the "Dakota Fanning Show" sketch, Dakota (Poehler) claims she's not familiar with the TV show "Family Guy." Dakota should be familiar with the show because she's done voice work for them in the past. She was credited in the episode "To Live and Die in Dixie."
For a brief instance in the "Versace Super Bowl Party" sketch, the score "Chicago 7, Indianapolis 7, Halftime" is flashed on Donatella's TV screen.
During the "Job Interview" sketch, a boom mike can be briefly seen at the top of the screen.
Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version: Rich Little segment on Weekend Update, the third MacGruber segment, "Urigro," TV Funhouse: "Fun with Real Audio," "Blizzard Man," "Nurse Nancy" (Digital Short, "Lansford Brothers," and AFI's performance of "Miss Murder."
During the "NFL on CBS" sketch, Jeremy Piven mispronounces Colts player Joseph Addai's name, and also states that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning passed the ball to Brandon Stokley, who has not played due to injury since December.
At the start of the "Common & Blizzard Man" sketch, Jeremy Piven's mic malfunctions for about 10 seconds.
In at least two NBC affiliates, the first thirty seconds of Weekend Update were cut off due to a satellite miscue.
During AFI's second performance, technical gaffes with the microphone are prominent throughout the song with the sound going in and out.
During the "Unicorn Forest" sketch, a boom mike can be briefly seen at the top of the screen.
During "Homelessville," Timberlake's character presses "Play" many times in his stereo, but he never press "Stop" or "Pause." The boombox stops by itself.
Don Pardo stuttered while saying Gwen Stefani's name in the opening credits.
In the monologue, Matthew Fox claims that Neve Campbell was the first Party of Five cast member to host SNL, followed by Jennifer Love Hewitt, then Scott Wolf. Though Neve did host first in Year 22, Wolf hosted next in Year 23, followed by Hewitt in Year 24.
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Satire, frat guy humor, ensemble cast, feel good comedy, improvisational