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This week is host Steve Martin. This is his fourteenth time hosting SNL since 1975. Also returning this week is cast member Maya Rudolph for the first time since going on maternity leave in October. Joining Martin is musical guest Prince (the real one, not Fred Armisen's wacky impression.)
Sketches: "The Sabotage of Baldwin" (film), "Teddy Bear Holding a Heart," "Oprah," "Don't Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford," "Hamas," "Close Talkers" (film), "Quick Zoom Theater," "Super Bowl XL Rehearsals," "Backstage: Steve, Alec and Lorne," "The Prince Show," "State of the Galaxy 2145," "The Tangent" (film), "Surfer Club," and "Naturally Crafting."
Performances: Prince performs "Fury (A Woman Scorned)" and "Beautiful Loved, and Blessed" with Tamar.
Steve Martin's fourteenth time hosting, a SNL record (which Steve Martin will break again when he hosts again in season 34).
Maya Rudolph returns for the first time since giving birth
Finesse Mitchell does not appear until the goodnights.
This is the highest rated episode of the season so far, pulling in 9.3 million viewers.
Steve Martin's first time hosting in 11 1/2 years.
Even though he did make a cameo appearance during SNL's 15th Anniversary special, this is Prince's first time on a regular SNL episode since the Charlene Tilton episode from season 6 (making it 25 years since he last appeared on a regular episode of SNL).
With this episode, Paula Pell (one of SNL's writers) returns to the show after her sitcom pilot "Thick & Thin" (which featured Chris Parnell) failed to get picked up and made into a series.