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With an already impressive decade of work under her belt at a young age, Johansson hosts "SNL" for the first time, as she receives rave reviews for her work in Woody Allen's acclaimed new film "Match Point," for which she was nominated for her fourth consecutive Golden Globe Award in three years. Johansson attained worldwide recognition at 14 in Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer" and has transitioned from child star to leading lady in such varied and praised fare as "Ghost World," the Coen Brothers' "The Man Who Wasn't There" opposite Billy Bob Thornton, "A Love Song for Bobby Long" with John Travolta, "In Good Company" and her BAFTA award winning performance opposite SNL alum Bill Murray in Sofia Coppola's "Lost In Translation." She will next be seen in Brian DePalma's "The Black Dahlia," Allen's next feature "Scoop," as well as the upcoming big screen adaptation of the best-selling "The Nanny Diaries."
Joining Johansson in making their SNL debut is acclaimed indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie who will perform tracks from their first major label release "Plans." The band was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album. The band's lush sound has been described as "simultaneously intimate and huge" by The Onion's AV Club. Death Cab's move to a major label has widely expanded their already ardent fanbase - landing the record's debut at No. 4 on the Billboard Album charts.
Sketches: "The 700 Gang" (cartoon), "Taco Town," "Deep House Dish," "Smorgabord," "Darwin" (cartoon), "Mike and Toni's Chandelier Galaxy," "Live Duluth," "My Super Sweet 16," "Once in a Lifetime Jewelers," "The Kuril-Khamchatka Trench," and "Mr. Willoughby."
Performances: Death Cab For Cutie perform "Soul Meets Body" and "Crooked Teeth."
This episode is the first time a cartoon has been used for the cold opening.
The original cold opening was a "Hardball" sketch but it was cut after dress rehearsal. It was replaced by the "700 Gang" cartoon.
The Robertson cartoon was supposed to be part of the "Darwin" piece that aired later but they squeezed it out and put it at the front of the show.
Darrell Hammond does not appear in this episode, though he appeared in three sketches in dress rehearsal (including the "Hardball" cold opening that was cut in favor of the "700 Club" cartoon).
Jodie Foster (who last hosted SNL in 1976 when she was 14 years old) was asked to host this episode, but she rejected.
Jason Sudeikis' microphone is not turned on at the beginning of the "Live Duluth" sketch.
Even though it was not apparent on camera, you can hear Scarlett Johansson cracking up as Will Forte chugs down a bottle of Jack Daniels during the "Live Duluth" sketch.