Here's how a "good" episode of Saturday Night Live goes: A timely "cold open." A funny monologue. A fake commercial or video piece. A funny skit. A not funny skit with an over-used character. Song. Weekend Update (usually with at least one good, and one bad character). Mildly funny skit. Head-scratchingly weird skit. Promising but "not-yet-there" skit. Song. Credits. That's it, right? And if the cold open, monologue and Weekend Update are funny? Then the show was a success.
Last night's SNL was a rarity. It was funny almost all the way through. It didn't hurt that the long-anticipated Betty White is a consummate pro. It also didn't hurt that a bunch of the show's former funny ladies (Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph) pitched in. Here's one of their better ideas, replicating the success of The Delicious Dish "Schweddy Balls," this time with White's baker, Mrs. Dusty and her muffin.