Wrappinville Cold Open — No need in making us wait, and yes, it’s every bit as terrific as you imagined it would be in all of your SNL-related dreams. While this sketch never fails, the Christmas-theme, and the double entendres, and the song choices — it’s basically “Omeletteville” plus “History of Rap,” and it’s amazing. (Score: 1 Billion Amazing Omelettes).
Cold Open — Besides the earnestness, and the cuddliness, what separates Jimmy Fallon from all the other late night hosts (except Colbert) is that he sings. He also does impressions, and in the cold open, he sings Christmas songs with all of his musical heroes (Dylan, McCartney, Bowie), only he plays his own heroes. Fallon’s got great energy, and at this point, no one owns the SNL stage with as much confidence as Fallon. (Score: One Thousand Christmas Wreaths)
Family Feud — Celebrity Edition — Another impressions sketch, where CBS celebs battle NBC celebs. (Noel Wells sighting! — As Alyson Hannigan). Fallon plays Jim Parsons, and Timberlake phenomenally plays Fallon with all the over-the-top enthusiasm you’d expect, and Fallon — of course — breaks character and loses his shit all over the place. (Score: 28,000 Fallon Superlatives)
(Do It On My) Twin Bed — Jesus, have they been working on this one show all season? A pre-taped music video (the title says it all), featuring the female cast members in … leather? I think I literally just fell in love with Cecily Strong. (Score: 2 million visits to the (twin) bunk)
Barry Gibb Talk Show — Is there a better male comedy duo than Fallon/Timberlake today? The always fantastic Barry Gibb talk show also benefits from a weird cameo from Madonna. I won’t give away the final cameo in this sketch, but OH MY GOD. Amazing. (Score: 300,000 high leg kicks)
Weekend Update — The Fallon/Timberlake energy continues right on into Weekend Update, where Cecily Strong has completely mastered the seat. She’s gonna be all right when Meyers leaves in February. Speaking of which, Fallon hands the late-night baton off to Meyers in one segment, with a very special cameo. (Score: 1,000 Michael Bloomberg Sightings)
Billie Jean King — Openly gay Kate McKinnon as openly gay Billie Jean King? Perfect. She takes a monstrous bite out of Putin, too. (Score: 398 Broken Melissa Etheridge Windows)
Kimye Talk Show — I do not care for this sketch, but the Kardashian Kristmas Karolers (KKK) and a very strange Christmas song salvage it. (Score: 12 Kardashian Asses)
Christmas Album — “Now That’s What I Call Christmas” brings all your favorite artists — and alot more musical impressions — together on one holiday album. The whole thing is worth it for Fallon’s Alan Rickman impression. (Score: 87 Jolly Christmas Snapes)
Christmas Past — Here’s a great twist we’ve never seen on the Ebeneezer Scrooge lore. It wasn’t the money, it was the … (Score: 189 Gay Santas)
Baby It’s Cold Outside — Fallon and Cecily Strong flip the script on the song’s message, and get a really sweet sketch out of it. (Score: 143 Yule Logs)
Justin Timberlake’s Performances — Stay away from the ballads, bro.