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Tonight's host is Resse Witherspoon with musical guest Alicia Keys. Also, an introduction from New York City mayor Rudy Guliani.
Sketches: "9/11 Tribute", "Wake Up, Wakefield!," "Preparation-H," "The Little Mermaid," "The Culps," "Celebrity Jeopardy," "Farting Baby," and "Donatella Versace's Kids' Songs."
Performances: Alicia Keys performs "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth."
Paul Simon performs "The Boxer."
This is the first SNL after September 11. New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani does the cold opening and addresses the audience about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and encourages perseverance. Lorne Michaels and members of the NYPD and FDNY appear beside him and Paul Simon performs "The Boxer".
Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch become full fledged cast members with this episode.
This is Dean Edwards, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, and Jeff Richards' first episode.
Even though Chris Parnell is no longer in the cast, his Weekend Update Intro voice-over remains for this episode and the following one. It has been replaced on reruns with Amy Poehler's.
Lorne Michaels: Can we be funny?
Mayor Giuliani: Why start now?
Tina Fey: US officials continue the search for Osama Bin Laden. Reports suggest that Bin Laden is most likely somewhere remote and barren, where he will not encounter others. The FBI has begun searching theatres showing the movie "Glitter."
Alicia Keys's voice cracks during the first verse of "A Woman's Worth".
Don Pardo announces Ana Gasteyer's name when Tina Fey's screeshot is on screen.