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Saturday Night Live (Season 29)

Saturday Night Live Season 29
File:SNLseason28.jpg
The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 29th season.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run October 4, 2003 – May 15, 2004
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List of Saturday Night Live episodes

Saturday Night Live aired its twenty-ninth season during the 2003–04 television season on NBC. The twenty-ninth season began on October 4, 2003 and ended on May 15, 2004 with 20 episodes in all.

Before the start of the season Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan left the show and Dean Edwards was fired. Despite Kattan and Morgan's departure, the two would make guest appearances in several episodes throughout the season.

Before the season started, Will Forte, Seth Meyers and Jeff Richards were all promoted to repertory status, while Fred Armisen remained a featured player.

The show added two new black cast members: stand-up comedian Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson, a former child star from the Nickelodeon comedy shows All That and Kenan and Kel. With this season, Thompson becomes the first SNL cast member to be born after the show's premiere in 1975 (Thompson was born in 1978) and the first SNL cast member to get his start on children's shows.

This season saw the first appearance of Justin Timberlake as an SNL host (while critics and SNL director Beth McCarthy-Miller have praised Timberlake as a good host, he would not be popular with the show until his second appearance in season 32).

This is the final season for Jeff Richards (who quit mid-season over creative differences) and Jimmy Fallon (who decided to leave the show after the final episode).

This season also marked the debut of a brand new stage for the host's monologue and the musical guest performing stage. Instead of the wrought-iron fire escape motif with the blinking "ON AIR" light, the stages are now modeled after Grand Central Terminal (right down to the spherical clock).

Cast

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor

Writers

Episodes

Saturday Night Live season 29 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
5461 Jack Black John MayerOctober 4, 2003

John Mayer performed "Bigger Than My Body" and "Clarity."

Will Ferrell makes a cameo appearance in the monologue.

Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson's first episode as cast members.

Kyle Gass and Tyler James Williams made a cameo in this episode. 
5472 Justin Timberlake Justin TimberlakeOctober 11, 2003

Justin Timberlake performed "Rock Your Body", "Señorita" and "Cry Me a River."

Carl Weathers cameos in a short sketch announcing his candidacy as governor of any state, parodying his Predator co-stars Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger's successful campaign for governor, as well as the numerous celebrities running for governor in the 2003 California recall election
5483 Halle Berry Britney SpearsOctober 18, 2003
Britney Spears performed "Me Against the Music" and "Everytime." 
5494 Kelly Ripa OutkastNovember 1, 2003

OutKast performed "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move."

Darrell Hammond takes over as George W. Bush, replacing Chris Parnell.

Chris Kattan returns to appear as Michael Gelman in the Live with Regis and Kelly sketch.

SNL writer and future cast member Jason Sudeikis makes his first on-air appearance in the monologue. 
5505 Andy Roddick Dave Matthews & FriendsNovember 8, 2003

John McEnroe makes multiple appearances in this episode, including the monologue, the Billie Jean King sketch and Jock Talk. He also cameos in a short piece after the "British Nanny" sketch where he and Chris Parnell play tennis commentators analyzing Roddick's hosting.

Dave Matthews & Friends performed "Save Me" and "So Damn Lucky." 
5516 Alec Baldwin Missy ElliottNovember 15, 2003

Missy Elliott performed "Pass That Dutch" and "Work It."

Former cast member Mike Myers appears in the monologue to plug the film The Cat In The Hat, which co-starred Baldwin. 
5527 Al Sharpton PinkDecember 6, 2003

Pink performed "Trouble" and "God Is a DJ".

Paris Hilton appears on Weekend Update.

Former cast member Tracy Morgan appears in the monologue as the young Al Sharpton, in a sketch about the three wise men getting pulled over, in a reprise of his recurring segment, Brian Fellow's Safari Planet, with Sharpton as Fellow's brother, and in a sketch about racial stereotypes in a 1930s film.

Johnny Cochran appears in the audience during the "Michael Jackson on a Roller Coaster" sketch.

Many NBC affiliates (particularly in Iowa) did not air this episode due to fear of breaking equal time laws (Al Sharpton was a presidential candidate at the time), and aired either three half-hour infomercials or the SNL special "The Best of Steve Martin" in its place. This gave fodder for a Weekend Update segment entitled "Tina and Jimmy Making Fun of Cities That Aren't Showing SNL Tonight". 
5538 Elijah Wood JetDecember 13, 2003

Chris Kattan appears in the monologue as Gollum and reprised his role as Buddy Mills in Rialto Grande.

Jet performed "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" and "Look What You've Done." 
5549 Jennifer Aniston The Black Eyed PeasJanuary 10, 2004

Former writer and cast member Al Franken appears in a filmed cameo during Weekend Update.

The Black Eyed Peas performed "Where is the Love?" and "Hey Mama." 
55510 Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey G-UnitJanuary 17, 2004

G Unit performed "Stunt 101" and "Wanna Get to Know You," the latter of which featured a cameo by R&B singer Joe.

Jeff Richards' final episode as a cast member. 
55611 Megan Mullally Clay AikenFebruary 7, 2004

Clay Aiken performed "Invisible" and "The Way" and also appeared as himself in the monologue and in the last sketch as a fictional relative named Tray Aiken.

Mullally's husband, Nick Offerman, makes a cameo appearance during the Golden Globes sketch. 
55712 Drew Barrymore KelisFebruary 14, 2004

Kelis performed "Milkshake" and "Trick Me."

Will Forte plays George W. Bush for the first time, replacing Darrell Hammond.

Writer Scott Wainio appears in a brief filmed sketch where he interviews people without using a microphone. 
55813 Christina Aguilera Maroon 5February 21, 2004

SNL creator and producer Lorne Michaels appears during the monologue.

Maroon 5 performed "This Love" and "Harder to Breathe." 
55914 Colin Firth Norah JonesMarch 6, 2004

Norah Jones performed "Sunrise" and "What Am I to You?."

Ana Gasteyer makes a cameo appearance in the cold opening as Martha Stewart. 
56015 Ben Affleck N*E*R*DMarch 13, 2004

N.E.R.D. performed "She Wants to Move" and "Maybe."

Kelly Ripa appears in a filmed commercial parody about tourism in Bangkok
56116 Donald Trump Toots & the Maytals featuring Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Bootsy Collins, and The RootsApril 3, 2004

Toots & the Maytals performed "Love Gonna Walk Out on Me" with Ben Harper and Jack Johnson and "Funky Kingston" with The Roots and Bootsy Collins.

Future cast member Rob Riggle appears as an extra in a filmed commercial parody for "Fear Factor, Jr."

George H. Ross and Carolyn Kepcher (from The Apprentice) make cameo appearances in the cold opening, as does SNL producer Lorne Michaels. 
56217 Janet Jackson Janet JacksonApril 10, 2004

Janet Jackson performed "All Nite (Don't Stop)" and "Strawberry Bounce".

Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan both cameo in a Season's Greetings from SNL musical number. Simon Cowell also cameos to criticize them before joining in himself. Morgan also reprised his role as Brian Fellow and appeared in the Good Times sketch. 
56318 Lindsay Lohan UsherMay 1, 2004

Usher performed "Yeah!" and "Burn". The former song featured a cameo appearance by Ludacris.

Rachel Dratch makes her first appearance as Debbie Downer, and during the sketch the cast members and Lohan broke character. 
56419 Snoop Dogg Avril LavigneMay 8, 2004
Avril Lavigne performed "Don't Tell Me" and "My Happy Ending." 
56520 Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen J-KwonMay 15, 2004

J-Kwon performed "Tipsy."

This episode features a short film about a bald boy named Harold, which was the basis for a film featuring the character.

Jimmy Fallon's final episode as a cast member. 

Specials

# Special Original airdate
1 "The Best of Chris Kattan" September 27, 2003
Sketches included "The Roxbury Guys," "Mango," "Defense Attorney Suel," "The How Do You Say? Ah Yes, Show," "Mr. Peppers in the Lab," "Auditions for Bon Jovi," "America Undercover," "The Rialto Grande," "Goth Talk," "Sparks," "Oprah," "Larry King's Wedding Reception," "E! Impeachment Coverage," "Loaded-Musical Performance," "Emmy Awards Pre-Show," "Shopping at Home Network," "Siamese Twin Dates," and some "Weekend Update" clips. 
2 "The Best of Tracy Morgan" October 25, 2003
Sketches include "Wong & Owen, Ex-Porn Stars," "Brian Fellow's Safari Planet," "Pimp Chat," "Woodrow," "The View," "Uncle Jemima's Down House Mash Liquor," "Tracy Confronts Garth," "Astronaut Jones," "Talkin' to the Stars," "Hardball," "Big Bernard," "At the Movies," "Christmas Eve Drinks," "Channel 5 Late Night Movie," and a Weekend Update clips. 
3 "The Best of Will Ferrell, Volume 2" December 20, 2003
A second compilation of classic sketches featuring Will Ferrell. 
4 "The Best of Christopher Walken" May 22, 2004
Sketches include "The Continental" (on the TV airing, the "Continental" sketch that aired was the one from season 18; the DVD version also includes the one from season 25 and a dress rehearsal version of the one from season 28 shown picture-in-picture style under the title, "The Making of The Continental"), "Ed Glosser Trivial Psychic", "Rita Snowed In", "Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult", "Leon Loves Mango", "Hardball", "Pranksters", "The Bad Raft Captain" (DVD version only), "Colonel Angus" and "Christopher Walken at the 25th Anniversary Special". The DVD version includes two dress rehearsal sketches: "The Black Guardian Angel" (from season 25) and a movie trailer parody called Fonzie (from season 26). 

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