[The always effervescent Jimmy Fallon, clearly giddy to be back on SNL, delivered a classic episode from start to finish, with help from old friends Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan, and Tina Fey. Musical guest Michael Bublé performed "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The night ended with the cast on ice skates (and Fallon in a Bee costume) bidding good night from the rink at Rockefeller Center.]
Cold open—Rabid Sox fans Pat "Sully" Sullivan (Jimmy Fallon) and Denise (Rachel Dratch) are back—and attempting to crash the winter formal at Shawsheen Vocational Technical high school, still dressed in their Garciaparra jerseys:
Michael Bublé launches his new album, Christmas Duets, with help from Taylor Swift (Kristin Wiig), Scott McCreery (Taran Killam), Thom Yorke (Fred Armisen), M.I.A. (Nasim Pedrad), Ke$ha (Abby Elliott), Kanye West (Jay Pharoah), Jimmy Fallon as Sting, Justin Bieber, and Russell Brand, and a decked out Christmas tree as Lady Gaga:
Jimmy Fallon has a word backstage with his reflection (Andy Samberg), (paying homage to his classic Mick Jagger dressing room sketch of 2001):
Joke-off—It's a Weekend Update anchorpersons reunion as Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and Amy Poehler compete to come up with the best zingers (while making fake-buzzer sounds):
Jesus (Jason Sudeikis) drops by the Broncos' locker room to let Tim Tebow know he's on his own this week ("If I'm the son of God, Tom Brady's got to be the guy's nephew") ...and to confess the little-known fact that he prays to Broncos kicker Matt Prater ("I'm just not all in everybody's face about it..."):
Also: The monologue—Fallon breaks out his guitar and bursts into song while the cast dances in holiday sweaters (not currently online); Jimmy Fallon reunites with Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan and an amazingly svelte Horatio Sanz to perform their holiday favorite, "I Wish It Was Christmas Today"; an insane Nicolas Cage (Andy Samberg) interrogates Jude Law on Weekend Update; Beethoven (Jimmy Fallon), whose "Moonlight Sonata" is about to drop, introduces his band (including Hitler Sr., Triangle Sally, and B.B. King); and Andy Samberg, Jimmy Fallon, and Kenan Thompson perform War(m) Horse, the play, with Fallon as the horse.
NEXT, ON JANUARY 7: Charles Barkley, with musical guest Kelly Clarkson.