[After kicking off the season with a pair of strong episodes, SNL's Daniel Craig episode was decidely uneven (though Craig gamely threw himself into a variety of roles, working an assortment of hairdos and accents). Kate McKinnon, featured in several of the night's top sketches, reaffirmed her status as a breakout star of the season. New castmember Cecily Strong took over the role of Rachel Maddow (formerly played by Abby Elliott), and Chris Parnell and Michelle Obama made cameos in the cold open. Musical guest Muse performed "Madness" and "Panic Station."]
Big Bird (up past his bedtime) drops by Weekend Update to discuss Romney's threatened defunding of PBS. ("I got a million tweets about it...")
Cold Open—The Debate: Barack Obama, suffering from altitude sickness and panic over a forgotten anniversary present, fails to perform up to standard. (Jim Lehrer: "Romney just said he killed Osama bin Laden. Would you care to respond?" Obama: "No—you two go ahead...")
More on the debate: MSNBC takes stock of "The Obama Debate Disaster" (with Jason Sudeikis as Chris Matthews, Cecily Strong as Rachel Maddow, and Kenan Thompson as Al Sharpton); Seth Meyers reviews the debate's winners and losers)
The Complete 007 DVD Collection, featuring such lesser-known Bond Girls as Ellen DeGeneres (Kate McKinnon), Lea Michele (Nasim Pedrad), Molly Ringwald (Vanessa Bayer), and Penny Marshall (Fred Armisen)...
Everywhere she goes, Long Island Medium (Kate McKinnon) sees dead people... (Featuring a tattooed, goatee-sporting Daniel Craig as her husband Larry Caputo.)
Cecilia Giminez, the Spanish woman who redid a historic portrait of Jesus to look like a monkey, drops by Weekend Update to explain herself. ("Jesus, he come to me in a dream... And he look at me with his enormous, round monkey face...")
Also: In Memoriam—Daniel Craig pays tribute to the people he's killed in his movies (Video not currently online); Divorcé Carl and his new girlfriend Regine (Fred Armisen) drop by Bill Hader and Vanessa Bayer's house and engage in inappropriate displays of affection.
NEXT, on October 13: Christina Applegate, with musical guest Passion Pit.