SNL's Justin Timberlake Episode: 5 Best Scenes

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The show pulled out all the stops this week to redeem itself from its recent slump, with a slew of cameos by SNL greats, including Dan Aykroyd, Candice Bergen, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Tom Hanks, and others. Timberlake extended his track record as one of the show's strongest hosts. He performed "Suit and Tie" (with Jay-Z) and "Mirrors" (introduced by Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Chevy Chase as The Three Amigos).

Some highlights...

The monologue—Justin Timberlake, hosting for the fifth time, gets inducted into The Five-Timers Club, where he encounters Paul Simon, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Candice Bergen, and Dan Aykroyd (relegated to the role of bartender).

Dating game show—"Dick in a Box" duo Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake compete with "Wild and Crazy Guys" Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin for a date with nurse Judy (Vanessa Bayer).

NuvaBling—the "discreet yet diamond-encrusted" birth control ring...

Stefon returns to Weekend Update with suggestions for spring outings in New York City. ("New York's hottest club is Your Mother and I Are Separating... Dance the night away to the sounds of Donald Duck having a Vietnam nightmare...").

Justin Timberlake, Cecily Strong, and Vanessa Bayer may not be porn stars anymore, but that doesn't mean they don't like to celebrate with Monica & Chandler champagne...

Also: (Not currently online) Cold open—Elton John (Justin Timberlake) performs a special version of "Candle in the Wind" for Hugo Chavez at his state funeral; Health food pitchman Timberlake (dressed up as a piece of tofu) invites mallgoers to "bring it on down to Veganville," performing such numbers as "We Found Love in a Meatless Place," "Ice, IceBrown Rice, Baby," and the Harlem Shake.

NEXT, on April 6: Melissa McCarthy, with musical guest Phoenix.

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On Election Day in 1996, TheAtlantic.com launched a weekly editorial cartoon feature drawn by Sage Stossel and named (aptly enough) "Sage, Ink." Since then, Stossel's whimsical work has been featured by the New York Times Week in Review, CNN Headline News, Cartoon Arts International/The New York Times Syndicate, The Boston Globe, Nieman Reports, Editorial Humor, The Provincetown Banner (for which she received a 2009 New England Press Association Award), and elsewhere. Her work has also been included in Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, (2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010 editions) and Attack of the Political Cartoonists. Her children's book, On the Loose in Boston, was published in June 2009.

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After college she took what was intended to be a temporary summer position securing electronic rights to articles from The Atlantic's archive for use online. Intrigued by The Atlantic's rich history and the creative possibilities in helping to launch a digital edition of the magazine on the Web, she soon joined The Atlantic full time. As the site's former executive editor, she was involved in everything from contributing reviews, author interviews, and illustrations, to hosting message boards and producing a digital edition of The Atlantic for the Web.

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