During Tracy Morgan’s monologue they threw to an ‘episode’ of 30 Rock that had his character in an accident. So they had Alec (again), Jane Krakowski, Tina Fey and Jack McBrayer all there to welcome him back. It was really cute, and a different sort of monologue. It was really perfect to represent his comeback.
The first sketch was a Family Feud one where one family was a recently divorced mom and her kids, and the other family was her ex-husband with his new family. I really love the premise for this one, and it really played out well.Then they brought back Brian Fellow’s Safari Planet, one of Morgan’s most memorable characters from his time as a cast member on the show.
Up next was a commercial for fake cocaine, to help you hide your bowel movements at parties. I really enjoyed that one.
Demi Lovato slayed.
Tina Fey made an appearance on Weekend Update to talk about Playboy no longer publishing naked photos. Naturally it was perfect.
Then they had a sketch where all the townspeople were meeting in the town square and Tracy Morgan’s character was the only one who would speak his mind, and when he finally convinces others to join in it backfires. This one fell a little flat.
Next there was a digital short called ‘The Standoff’ where Taran Killam tries to stand up to Tracy Morgan after he made comments to his girlfriend. But it turns out Tracy Morgan just wants to dance with him.
Then there was a sketch with Tracy and Keenan where they hosted a show called ‘Where Is Jackie Chan?’ and they just asked where Jackie Chan is at now. This one was weird, but I liked it for that reason.
Finally, they had a parody of The Martian but it was Astronaut Jones (another of Morgan’s popular past characters) that was stuck up there. Demi Lovato guested in this one (and did a great job).
Overall, this was probably the strongest episode of the season, and was a fantastic welcome back for Tracy.
The show is off until November 7th when the host will be Donald Trump and the musical guest Sia.