After kicking off the season with a pair of strong episodes, the quality slumped a bit this week. Bruce Willis donned a variety of wigs, and portrayed characters ranging from a brash Navy SEAL to a mild-mannered florist. Katy Perry performed "Roar" (with her band relegated to furry animal costumes) and "Walking on Air."
Cold open--Stranded astronauts Cecily Strong and Taran Killam make emergency contact with NASA, but thanks to the government shutdown, can only reach the janitorial staff.
Frat brothers Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney have an unusual take on beer pong. ("If you guys bounce it and we swat it back, and it lands in one of your cups, then you have to design your ideal rollercoaster...")
Weekend Update--Seth Meyers and Cecily Strong hit their stride. On the Jenners...
Digital Short--Boy Dance Party. ("Sometimes we like to dance with just us guys...")
Navy SEAL Bruce Willis does not plan to wait in the van during his team's raid on the terrorist compound...
Also: Chatty barbers Jay Pharoah (channeling Eddie Murphy) and Kenan Thompson, aren't sure what to make of coworker Bruce Willis; new castmember Brooks Whelan drops by Weekend Update to discuss his tattoo regrets.
NEXT, on October 26: Edward Norton, with musical guest Janelle Monae.