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Let’s not take things too far. We should, however, be prepared for an SNL episode where everyone’s at the top of their game. Fallon (the episode’s host) and Timberlake (its nominal musical guest, though you know he’s basically co-hosting) tend to bring out the best in everyone around them whenever they stop by SNL individually. And with their powers combined, TimberFal can reach all kinds of heights.
Surprises, of course, will be in store. But given what we already know about this dynamic duo, it’s safe to make a few predictions about what to expect as well. Such as:
1. Cameos, cameos, cameos
Fallon’s last episode as host featured drop-bys from Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Tracy Morgan, Chris Kattan, Jude Law, and Tina Fey. Timberlake’s last episode as host gave us cameos from Paul Simon, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Alec Baldwin, Candace Bergen – all in the cold open alone! – Andy Samberg, and Jay-Z; Samberg’s Lonely Island pals stopped by to do some guest-writing as well. At least some of the people listed above are sure things for tonight’s show; we could be in for some unpredictable cameos as well.
2. Callbacks, callbacks, callbacks
Related to #1. These guys have history, both on SNL and with each other; there will be nods to that history. It may or may not involve Bee Gees wigs.
3. Musical sketches galore
It may not be legal for NBC to place them online due to rights issues – but you know they’re going to happen anyway. (And they may or may not get Toto’s “Africa” stuck in your head for days on end.)
Fallon and Timberlake both are experts at the viral game; even if Samberg and the Lonely Island don’t show up, we’ve got to get at least one pretaped sketch tailor-made for gif-making and breathless retweeting.
5. A touching goodbye to departing cast member/head writer Seth Meyers
Actually, scratch that one:
But given that Meyers will soon inherit Late Night from Fallon – who himself will soon inherit The Tonight Show from Jay Leno – there’s got to be some allusion to NBC’s late-night shakeup. Maybe Fallon and Meyers could do a duet of ”Tonight” from West Side Story? (Oh, wait.)
What are you hoping to see from Fallon and Timberlake on tonight’s episode? Think they really may pull off SNL’s best episode ever – or at least of the current season? And is anyone prepared to play a drinking game where you have to take a sip every time one of them slips into falsetto? (Apologies in advance if the answer is “yes.”) Discuss below, and check back tomorrow for my full recap.