SNL's Tina Fey Episode: 5 Best Scenes

SNL launched its 39th season with a strong episode, ably hosted by Tina Fey, who introduced the show's six new featured players and put them through an SNL rite of passage during the monologue. (The group's lack of diversity was acknowledged in a later sketch, featuring Lorne Michaels). Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul made several cameos. Cecily Strong joined Seth Meyers on the Weekend Update anchor desk, following a pep talk from Fey. Musical guest Arcade Fire performed "Afterlife" and "Reflektor."

Some highlights...

Cold open--Obama (Jay Pharoah) attempts to explain the benefits of the Affordable Care Act with help from ordinary citizens like Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), whose friend, stricken with cancer in the days before Obamacare, "did what any of us would have done"... (Also featuring Taran Killam as a Dr. Seuss-spouting Ted Cruz).

Introducing the new season of Girls, with Hannah (new SNL featured player Noël Wells), Marnie (Cecily Strong), Jessa (Kate McKinnon), Shoshanna (Vanessa Bayer) ... and Blerta, the new girl from Albania (Tina Fey).

Commercial--Aaron Paul & friends for E-Meth. ("Without my meth pipe, I don't know what to do with my hands...")

Game Show--Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels try to distinguish between SNL's new cast members and the band Arcade Fire.

Drunk Uncle (Bobby Moynihan) drops by Weekend Update with Meth Nephew, Aaron Paul.

Also: Flight 314 to Dallas begins the boarding process ("Now boarding First Class, X-Men First Class, X-Man Business Class, Elite Farters..."); Cinema Classics looks back at a forgotten 1940s gem showcasing the work of a mentally challenged taxidermist; Rick, of "Crazy Rick's Model Ts," pioneers the first used car commercial with his creepy wife, Daisy (Tina Fey); ex-porn stars (Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong) are back, promoting Manolo Blahniks ("Other shoes are flat, and for nurses..."), joined by Tina Fey.

NEXT, on October 6: Miley Cyrus as host and musical guest.

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On Election Day in 1996, launched a weekly editorial cartoon feature drawn by Sage Stossel and named (aptly enough) "Sage, Ink." Since then, Stossel's whimsical work has been featured by the New York Times Week in Review, CNN Headline News, Cartoon Arts International/The New York Times Syndicate, The Boston Globe, Nieman Reports, Editorial Humor, The Provincetown Banner (for which she received a 2009 New England Press Association Award), and elsewhere. Her work has also been included in Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, (2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010 editions) and Attack of the Political Cartoonists. Her children's book, On the Loose in Boston, was published in June 2009.

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After college she took what was intended to be a temporary summer position securing electronic rights to articles from The Atlantic's archive for use online. Intrigued by The Atlantic's rich history and the creative possibilities in helping to launch a digital edition of the magazine on the Web, she soon joined The Atlantic full time. As the site's former executive editor, she was involved in everything from contributing reviews, author interviews, and illustrations, to hosting message boards and producing a digital edition of The Atlantic for the Web.

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