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Actor Gerard Butler hosts; Shakira performs "She Wolf" and "Did It Again."
Sketches include "The Rock Obama," "Fuquay Satin's Urban Champagne," "Game Time with Dave and Greg," "Beauty and the Beast," "Weekend Update" with guests two gay guys from New Jersey, the balloon from Colorado, Gerard Butler, and Tamara Parks, "300," "What Up with That?" "Trina and Thomas," and "Daveheart."
Andy Samberg does not appear in this episode and this is the first episode of the season not to have an SNL Digital Short.
This is the first episode to have a sole sponsor (Bud Light Golden Wheat Beer) buy the national ad time. Along with airing commercials for Bud Light Golden Wheat Beer, there were also dress rehearsal outtakes from past SNL episodes (this was not shown in the NBC rerun).