Any worries that Lorne Michaels might have had about 88-year-old Betty White serving as host for "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend turned out to be pointless: White blew the doors off the place.
More importantly, people noticed. The comedy legend's much-hyped appearance on the show drew its highest ratings since an appearance by Sen. John McCain during an episode hosted by Ben Affleck more than a year ago.
Michaels had thought that White couldn't carry the show by herself, bringing in some of "SNL's" recent female cast members, but Betty showed them how it was done, since she was part of the generation that, you know, actually invented live TV performances. That's not to say the cast members didn't mesh with her -- the NPR radio sketch that had Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer reprising some well-known roles with White playing a guest on their program was one of the night's highlights.
If White was the weekend's high, the low was certainly the end of "The Amazing Race."
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Anyway, the brother duo of Dan and Jordan topped the cowboy brothers Jet and Cord at Candlestick Park to take the $1 million.
Though the cowboys had been the strongest team throughout, their not paying attention at LucasFilm Studios about how Jordan was turning his head with the virtual reality machine cost their precious time that proved to be the difference.
Unlike other races, there wasn't as much tension in the end, because it seemed like Dan and Jordan had a big enough lead that even with the editing the producers do, it wasn't that close to get to the finish line.
Of course, the real drama happened with the third-place team when Brent and Caite crossed the finish line. The team they helped eliminate, Carol and Brandy, showed probably the biggest lack of class of any team in the history of the program.
Carol sarcastically clapped while the other teams cheered as the team entered the stadium, while Brandy refused to even acknowledge them. When they turned to address the other teams, Brandy tore into Caite, even though it was Brandy and Carol that started the feud in the first place with their mocking of Caite, the former Miss Teen South Carolina who became a YouTube phenomenon with her poor answers at the pageant that showed a lack of knowledge of politics and geography.
Brandy and Carol constantly ripped her throughout the show, then got angry when Caite got revenge by U-Turning them at a critical juncture, causing their elimination. Hey, karma's a .... well, you know.
But talk about your awkward notes to end upon. As Caite was about to try to bury the hatchet, Brandy said "I don't want to hear sorry from you. You purposely whacked us."
Caite pointed out that they should have treated people nicer, to which Brandy responded: "Hey, sorry you can't handle it."
Caite: "I am handling it. Obviously, I'm the one standing here and not you." Snap!
Game, set and match.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Guest stars galore tonight.
"House" (Fox, 8 p.m.) celebrates its 100th episode with the return of Andre Braugher as House's (Hugh Laurie) shrink, while Michael Madsen guests once more on "24."
"Chuck" (NBC, 8 p.m.) hosts guest star Christopher Lloyd as a CIA shrink who is brought in when Chuck (Zachary Levi) starts experiencing nightmares. It's followed at 10 p.m. by a new "Law & Order."
CBS is all-new with its regular Monday sitcom lineup, followed by "CSI: Miami" at 10 p.m.
ABC has two hours of "Dancing With The Stars," followed by a new "Castle," with guest star Michael Trucco as a detective romancing Beckett.
Billy Baldwin guest stars on "Gossip Girl," (CW, 9 p.m.), which follows a new "One Tree Hill" at 8 p.m.
Finally, on cable, there are new episodes of "Nurse Jackie" and "United States of Tara" from 10-11 p.m. on Showtime.
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