The show opens with a teaser of content from the show, which involves everything from Mardi Gras to President Bush's poll rating.
Stephen starts off the show by wishing everyone a fun time at Mardi Gras and then moves on to another edition of "Who's Attacking Me Now?" It seems a MarketWatch editor, John Freidman, took a shot at Stephen, so Stephen retaliates by showing off his Emmys and Peabodys. He then turns to Anderson Cooper, of CNN, who was being asked about showing emotion on TV, something people liked about him. Stephen comes away thinking Anderson Cooper was taking a shot at him, but there was no clear proof of this, of course.
Stephen then moves on to Mardi Gras and tonight's edition of "The Word," which is "Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!" Stephen says it's great to see New Orleans back up and running again, but it seems he more interested in the women who flash their breasts. Stephen manages to compare the city to Iraq and suggests to start Iraqi Gras, which will hopefully raise spirits a bit and create a few jobs.
Back from commercial, Stephen introduces another edition of "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger." First on the list is numbers, which get a wag of the finger. Since President Bush's ratings are low, Stephen's decided numbers don't indicate anything important. Next, the Scottish press get a wag of the finger for releasing a report on President Bush's biking accident. Stephen even does a ridiculous Scottish accent for this bit. Wheeled transportation gets a bonus wag of the finger, causing Stephen to suggest everyone, especially the president, ride around in hot air balloons. H&R Block is next on this list with a Tip of the Hat. It seems they under-reported their own income tax to the IRS. Stephen concludes the segment by giving Pope Gregory XIII a wag of the finger for his establishing the calendar. Stephen's always had a problem with the idea of February being 28 days long instead of 30.
Back from commercial, we're greeted with a congratulatory message from Donald Faison for Stephen and Black History Month. Stephen then welcomes tonight's guest Brett O'Donnell. Since Mr. O'Donnell is the director of debate at a college, they discuss debates. They also discuss religion and religious debates.
Tonight's episode was above and beyond the typical quality of the show, which I admit is difficult to do. My favorite segments were "The Word" and "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger". The Mardis Gras theme for "The Word" was hilarious, particularly when the photos of the flashing women showed up. Also, Stephen's outrageous Scottish impression was just great... what can I say?!