SNL's Edward Norton Episode: 5 Best Scenes

 A new Wes Anderson classic; Kathleen Sebelius offers Obamacare web help;  holiday scents from Summer's Eve; cameos by Alec Baldwin and Miley Cyrus.

It was another hit or miss week for SNL, with an amiable Edward Norton showcasing an assortment of impressions—from Owen Wilson to Woody Allen to "Rain Man"—in sketches of varied effectiveness. Alec Baldwin and Miley Cyrus joined Norton in the monologue (in which Cyrus announced an upcoming tour). Cyrus also appeared in a later, somewhat questionable Twelve Years a Slave parody, twerking in Civil War-era attire. Musical guest Janelle Monae performed "Dance Apocalyptic" and "Electric Lady."

Some highlights...

Movie preview—coming soon "from the twisted mind of Wes Anderson": The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders, starring Owen Wilson (Edward Norton), Gwyneth Paltrow (Noël Wells), and Tilda Swinton (Kate McKinnon) as the constable. With Alec Baldwin as "the narrator." (New York Times Review: "You had me at Wes Anderson...")


 

From the makers of Summer's Eve Disposable Douche—Autumn's Eve Pumpkin Spice Douche. ("Now your personal area can smell like Thanksgiving all season long...")


 

Cold open—Kathleen Sebelius (Kate McKinnon) of the Department of Health and Human Services offers advice for navigating the Obamacare web site. ("If our site keeps freezing, we've also provided links to other helpful web sites, like Kayak.com, where you can purchase airline tickets to Canada...")


 

Policeman Edward Norton attempts to teach elementary schoolers to steer clear of strangers, but is steamrollered by candy-loving Nasim Pedrad.


 

Edward Norton reviews the treats he'll be dispensing this Halloween. ("These are razor blades, but they're still in the package, so they'll have to arrest me for generosity this time ...")


 

Also: Exterminator Brooks Wheelan and his friend Russell (Edward Norton) match wits with a den of possums during a business meeting.

NEXT, on November 2: Kerry Washington, with musical guest Eminem.
 

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Sage Stossel is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and draws the cartoon feature "Sage, Ink." She is author/illustrator of the graphic novel Starling, and of the children's books  On the Loose in Boston and On the Loose in Washington, DC. More

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.

Sage Stossel grew up in a suburb of Boston and attended Harvard University, where she majored in English and American Literature and Languages and did a weekly cartoon strip about college life, called "Jody," for the Harvard Crimson. From 2004 to 2007, she served as Books Editor of the Radcliffe Quarterly

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.

Stossel lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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