Saturday Night Live/Kate Hudson/Radiohead
Kate Hudson/Radiohead is the second episode of the twenty-sixth season of Saturday Night Live, and the four-hundred and eighty-ninth episode overall. It is the first appearance by either its host or musical guest.
Special Guests: Nomar Garciaparra (Himself)
- Second Presidential Debate: At Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Governor George W. Bush (Ferrell) and Vice President Al Gore (Hammond) are engaged in a presidential debate moderated by Jim Lehrer (Parnell). The two wind up agreeing with each other on just about everything, leaving Lehrer to ask the governor to name some things on which the two may disagree. Bush lists several Nigerian officials' names he recently learned. Coming to the conclusion the candidates are either highly coached (Bush) or highly medicated (Gore), Lehrer instead turns to the Cardinals/Mets baseball game on FOX and closes the debate. The candidates make a last ditch attempt at winning over undecided voters but again fail to say anything of note.
- Kate Hudson's Monologue: Hudson briefly plugs Almost Famous before being interrupted by Ruth Buzzi's daughter, Kathy Buzzi Smothers (Dratch). Smothers claims to have known Hudson when her mother, Goldie Hawn, was on Laugh In. She introduces other Laugh In kids "who haven't made it," such as Artie Johnson Jr. (Kattan), Nancy Worley (Gasteyer) and Alan Sues' son (Ferrell). When Hudson tries to shoo them off stage, Smothers says she doesn't "get it" and she's forgotten about the show. Hudson takes off the dress she is wearing to reveal a bikini and the words "Radiohead is Here!" written on the stomach. Laugh In-style '60s music plays, and the cast members dance on stage while the camera zooms in and out wildly.
- Girls Gone Wild: Shelley (Hudson) is back home from college for the holidays and sits down to watch E! True Hollywood Story with her parents (Ferrell and Shannon). The show cuts to a Girls Gone Wild commercial, and one of the girls getting naked turns out to be Shelley. Although they're horrified, her parents eventually forgive her for making a mistake and just hope nobody saw it. Of course, the phone rings, and the girl's grandmother saw it. They turn the channel to Walker, Texas Ranger but see a commercial for an episode of 48 Hours about spring break getting out of hand, also featuring Shelley. They eventually realize as long as nobody says it's her in the videos, no one will know. Satisfied, they turn the channel again to see their daughter on COPS, on which she drunkenly yells her father's name at the arresting officers. Just when he thinks it couldn't get worse, another Girls Gone Wild commercial airs, this time in Mardi Gras, and his wife is the one flashing a cameraman for beads rather than his daughter.
- TV Funhouse - The X-Presidents: The superpowered ex-presidents—Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George Bush—convene at their secret headquarters, the Gerald Ford Library, in order to pay particular attention to the debates. After giving George W. Bush a push towards making sense in the debates, Al Gore is replaced with the children of Carter and Reagan, as well as Ford's dog. They quickly realize someone is trying to pull them apart, and since Buchanan and Nader are now at the top of the polls, it must be them. The X-Presidents battle the independents and cause them to accidentally blow each other up. After they save the day, a Jackson 5 parody with the X-Kids is shown.
- Inside the Actor's Studio - Drew Barrymore: James Lipton (Ferrell), dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City, interviews actress Drew Barrymore (Hudson) for Inside the Actor's Studio. During the interview, Lipton pretentiously plays up scenes from such Barrymore movies as E.T., There's Something About Mary and Charlie's Angels. Meanwhile, Barrymore overacts constantly and keeps using words like "magical" and smiling insanely. During one fit of laughter about Whoopi Goldberg, Lipton accidentally falls over in his chair and decides to conclude the interview with his trademark series of short answer questions.
- Boston Teens - Sully's Home: Sully (Fallon) and Denise (Dratch) have decided to submit a tape to the producers of Survivor as an attempt to get on the show. They're interrupted by Frank (Sanz) who has found an E-Z Bake Oven and wants to know if he can bake a tiny cake in it. They get back to why they think they should be on the show but are interrupted one more time by Sully's sister Bernadette (Hudson), who's living in the basement because she failed out of cooking school. She tries to kick them out of the house because she has someone coming over, but they refuse until the guy turns out to be Nomar Garciaparra, Sully's idol from the Boston Red Sox.
- The National Anthem: Radiohead song.
- Weekend Update:
- President Bill Clinton (Hammond) gives his response to the recent presidential debates, but he surprisingly doesn't recommend Al Gore as the next leader, nor does he recommend George W. Bush. Instead, he comes to the conclusion they suck and America needs someone like Colin Powell or Charlton Heston to take control. He says he's going to look into whether or not he can get around the two-term limit so he can be president again instead of the candidates.
- Woodrow and Kate Hudson: While Hudson and several of her friends (Parnell, Kattan, Shannon) are having lunch, they're approached by a homeless man named Woodrow (Morgan) who tries to cast Hudson in his movie. The manager (Ferrell) asks him to leave, but Woodrow starts to cry when everyone mocks him for thinking he's in the movie business. To make him feel better, Hudson goes along with him into the sewer and reads his script about a woman who has a brain tumor on her liver. The two sing a song that doesn't make very much sense with lyrics like "Mr. Rubberface, I'm from outer space." Hudson develops feelings for Woodrow and suggests she introduce him to her agent, but he tells her to go when her director calls for her because she "belongs up there."
- Meet the Press - Rick Lazio, Hillary Clinton: Tim Russert (Hammond) interviews Rick Lazio (Fallon) and Hillary Clinton (Gasteyer) about the New York Senate race. Russert clearly favors Lazio by giving Clinton difficult questions, taking her quotes out of context and speaking down to her because he has something against her and her husband. On the other side, he doesn't even ask Lazio questions but rather states Lazio's stance on an issue and nothing more. He then makes fun of Clinton for having a fat ass, which causes Lazio to shoot milk out his nose.
- Rabun to Shuri: On Japanese television, a show which closely resembles Laverne & Shirley is broadcast, instead featuring Rabun (Rudolph) and Shuri (Hudson). The episode of the show plays out exactly like a Laverne & Shirley episode, complete with Japanese versions of Lenny (Fallon) and Squiggy (Kattan). This is followed by a commercial for cockroaches that are made into candy before going back to the show with Japanese Carmine (Parnell) giving Shuri a stuffed cat and causing the show to devolve into a long joke about bowing.
- Idioteque: Radiohead song.
- The More You Know, Vote Sober: The cast of the show delivers a public service announcement on the importance of voting after studying the issues and not being drunk. They say drunk voters have elected children and changed a state's anthem to "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas in the past. They also use the time to plug their book of mixed drinks.
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- The National Anthem, performed by Radiohead: The first song performed by Radiohead in the show is "The National Anthem," a song off the band's experimental electronic album Kid A. Although it is an electronic piece, singer Thom Yorke has said he was inspired by jazz musician Charles Mingus while composing the song and used a bass line he came up with when he was 16 throughout the song. Although the jazz horns were used in this performance, they are almost never used in other live performances by the band.
- Idioteque, performed by Radiohead: Despite the departure that Kid A represents for Radiohead, "Idioteque" remains as one of the band's most popular songs and is played at nearly every one of their concerts since the album's release. The song was formed from a 50-minute DAT which Jonny Greenwood recorded in the studio by himself, although only about 40 seconds of the music was deemed usable.
Behind the Scenes
- Original Host: This episode was initially supposed to be hosted by Kevin Spacey, but he was filming K-Pax at the time and could not accept the hosting duties.
Allusions and References
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