The show opens with a teaser of content from the show, which involves everything from the Kennedy Center Awards to the war on Christmas.
Stephen starts off the show by talking about his sore neck, which he originally injured hanging garland.
Stephen transitions into the Kennedy Center Honors, which Stephen isn't a fan of.
After mentioning his gripes, Stephen transitions into Christmas gifts, and the War on Christmas, a book by FOX News' John Gibson. This brings us to tonight's edition of "The Word" which is "XMas". Stephen thinks the war on Christmas is just a further example of the war on Christianity.
Back from commercial, Stephen backtracks and makes a correction regarding a photo they put up. Stephen calls over Bobby, the stage manager, and has him apologize for the mistake. Too many more mistakes, and he'll be fired.
Stephen moves on to the news that a city in Tennessee is opening the first legal liquor store. This brings Stephen into another "This Week in History" segment. News topics included the Depression and the end of Prohibition.
Back from commercial, Stephen welcomes tonight's guest, Maureen Dowd. They discuss Maureen's book, and Stephen gets down to the question: are men necessary, and in Maureen's opinion, they are.
Back from commercial, Stephen ends the show by introducing the Colbert Nation's citizen award. The award goes to a man who broke out of prison using bed sheets.
It was another very good episode. The writing was solid as usual, and Stephen did a good job with most of the show. The only disappointment was tonight's choice in guest, Maureen Dowd. I personally can't stand her, and wish they would have found someone else.