Cold Open: We open with the Democrat Debate...which I missed because I was watching Star Wars. "Just like The Bachelor, the longer it goes the less diverse it gets." So true. So good to see not only Rachel Dratch and Larry David back, but Fred Armisen back as Bloomerg, and Jason Sudeikis(!!) back as Biden. And Maya coming back as Kamala. I'm gonna miss her. And then it turned into Maury with Alec as Trump being backstage the whole time, I really liked that. Eh, it was the Christmas show, I'm guessing this is where they're sticking the cameos. A appreciated the quick change for Kate to become Nancy Pelosi at the end.
Monologue: Eddie already killing it before he even said a word. No pressure to do well, man. Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle showing up were just icing on the cake.
"Who the hell was that?"
Mister Robinson's Neighborhood: Mister Robinson's Neighborhood was gentrified, this is already great. Everything about this was great. From staying around thanks to Squatter's Rights, being accused of stealing TVs (which he totally did) to 23 and Me, everything was pitch perfect.
Holiday Baking Championships: It's the same sketch from the Don Cheadle episode, but I don't care. Ugly cakes are always funny. Eddie Murphy baking an ugly Sonic The Hedgehog cake is the BEST. I never knew I needed this. The cake having human teeth was definitely a slam at the original movie design. And then came the pink penis castle cake.
Home For The Holidays: Maya Rudolph AND Eddie Murphy in the same sketch?! YES. This was a lot like the Mother's Day sketches, but I really enjoyed this one.
The Masked Singer: Finally, this gets taken down a peg. Well, that was one way to get Buckwheat in the episode. I was hoping it'd be him, and when the words on the screen confirmed it I was so happy. It was good to know he survived getting shot.
WU: Yeah, the news got super weird this week. Trump got impeached, and all he could talk about was toilets. And then GUMBY shows up, dammit! Yes! I loved seeing him again.
"Pokey is in a dog food factory for all I care!" Shots fired.
Even Pete came in and was great. Yeah, he knew he had to follow Gumby. Waiting around for Tosh to retire was my favorite bit. He pretty much said he was going to rehab, right? Good on him.
The surprise jokes were great. Opening with the Mayor Joke for Colin was the best, but outright REFUSING to read his last joke was even better. I caught "Harriet Tubman" on it.
And then Cecily as Judge Pirro had to follow all that, but I thought she didn't disappoint. I don't think I've seen Colin breaking so hard in ages. Did she say "Merry fucking Christmas" at the end?!
Black Jeopardy: Velvet Jones on Black Jeopardy!! Out of all of his characters, I'm not too shocked that he aged the worst (but that seems to be the point). Kind of a dud, sadly. I think it was because Eddie kept flubbing and it threw off the timing. The ads were great, especially "Put Some Water In It."
North Pole News: Eddie Murphy going nuts is always great. He was using his donkey voice for that one.
Eddie Murphy putting 110% in is what we all needed tonight. He knew he had sky high expectations and I'd say he pulled it off. A great host can elevate lousy material (see: Hanks, Tom) Lizzo was great, too. I just know that Update going off the rails got at least one sketch cut. But if Gumby wants to stop the show, you let him. I hope he comes back sooner than 30 years.
We return January 25th with Adam Driver. I hope Matt The Radar Technician comes back.