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."
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.