[Host Justin Timberlake presided over the best episode of the season, with help from musical guest Lady Gaga, who held her own in multiple sketches. From the moment Timberlake began singing "I'm not gonna sing tonight" in his monologue, it was clear the show was in good hands. Also making cameos this week were Jimmy Fallon (as Barry Gibb) and Bradley Cooper (as himself). Lady Gaga performed "Judas," a piano version of "Edge of Glory," and "Born This Way" (in which she emerged from a cocoon, strapped on a fake pregnant belly, and gave birth to a pile of glitter...)]
Ancient TV reporter Herb Welch (Bill Hader) is back, spewing invective about women, Asians, and Lucille Ball, and smacking Justin Timberlake in the face with the microphone:
Digital short—Lady Gaga joins cheesy '80s duo Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg for "Three-way (The Golden Rule)":
Weekend Update: Seth Meyers hammers Arnold Schwarzenegger in a new installment of "Really!?! With Seth" ("I couldn't help but notice, every one of your movies makes a perfect New York Post headline for this story: Junior, Twins, True Lies, Judgment Day, Predator, Collateral Damage, and Raw Deal..."); Nicolas Cage (Andy Samberg) interviews Bradley Cooper about The Hangover Part 2 and reveals that Mel Gibson is his life coach; and Stefon drops by to take Seth to the beach:
Justin Timberlake loses to Lady Gaga in a celebrity edition of What's That Name? (done in by stumpers like, "I was in NSYNC with you, and I'm not Lance Bass, you, or Joey Fatone. What's my name?..."):
Barry Gibb (Jimmy Fallon) and brother Robin (Justin Timberlake) host a new installment of The Barry Gibb Talk Show, with guests Ben Bernanke, Rachel Maddow, and Roland S. Martin. ("I'm Barry effing Gibb, and I survived the Rapture..."):
Also: Incompetent magician The Mysterious Crandell (Justin Timberlake) faces off against Mindy Eliza Grayson (Kristin Wiig) in a new installment of Secret Word; creepy mechanical musicians Bill Hader, Taran Killam, and Justin Timberlake steal Jason Sudeikis' girlfriend (Nasim Pedrad) at the fair; and a giant teabag-clad Kristin Wiig loses her place at the mall to Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga's "Bring It On Down to Liquorville" singing beer & wine act (not currently online).