The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Friday, February 13, had on some of the week’s best guests so far. Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, was one of Fallon’s guests. They both played the game Facebreakers later on in the episode. The first guest on the Tonight Show was actor Samuel L. Jackson, from the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service movie. The musical guest was the incredible singer, Jessie J.
Jimmy Fallon started off the Tonight Show by doing his nightly monologue. He cracked jokes about people and subjects in the headlines, like Vice President Joe Biden and a speech he gave in Iowa. He said he “was elected to the Senate 129 years ago, but I think we can all agree, it has seemed like a lot longer.”
Jimmy Fallon then said Supreme Court Judge Ruth Ginsberg admitted that she “wasn’t 100 percent sober during President Obama’s last State of the Union Address.” Then, Fallon mentioned that Tiger Woods “was quitting golf until his game improved.” He said Woods was the only guy to quit his job and play less golf.
Then, Jimmy Fallon joked about all of the upcoming events this weekend, like Valentine’s Day, the movie debut of Fifty Shades of Grey, the NBA All Star Game, and Presidents Day. He took a minute to remember everybody who might be affected by anything happening this weekend.
“East Hampton Massachusetts was awarded the Best Tasting Water in America.” He said there was not much difference between it and any other water, “because it’s water.’
The house band, The Roots, played Fallon to his desk, where he talked about tonight’s guests, like Samuel L. Jackson from Kingsman, and Norman Reedus, who will be playing a game of Facebreakers “with a Walking Dead twist,” according to Fallon. He said that the musical guest was Jessie J.
Then, Jimmy Fallon said that he had a special Valentine’s Day gift to give away, two tickets to a Paul McCartney fan in the audience. Alice Prost was the winner. She said that she would be going with her husband, right next to her. He gave her the tickets and wished her a Happy Valentine’s Day, as the Tonight Show went to another commercial break.
When the Tonight Show came back, Jimmy Fallon caught up with his weekly “Thank You Notes.” One of them was “Thank you, brewery based on the movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, for including ingredients designed to get couples in the mood — otherwise known as beer.”
Here were a few of the other “Thank You Notes” Jimmy Fallon mentioned: “Thank you, candy hearts for Valentine’s Day, designed to say ‘I love you. Now, eat some chalk.’ Thank you, icicles, for being a perfect example of winter’s beauty — and also, a perfect weapon. Thank you, sending Valentine’s Day flowers to your wife’s office. It’s not about loving her, but making her office friends feel bad. Thank you, Jack in the Box mascot, for showing us what the Nightmare Before Christmas guy would look like if he ran a Hedge Fund.”
Back from another commercial break, Jimmy Fallon introduced the first guest on the Tonight Show, Samuel L. Jackson. He stars in Kingsman: The Secret Service, which Fallon said “opens today.”
“Mr. GQ, Mr. Esquire, looking sharp!” Fallon said about Jackson.
“This is actually from The Kingsman line,” he said. Jackson said that the people behind the film hope it will be so successful, people will want to buy clothes based on it.
Samuel L. Jackson told Fallon that “Pulp Fiction is 20 years old. Every year, kids who turn 20 discover it and ask me questions about the movie.”
“Did you know back then that you and Quentin Tarantino would become friends?” Fallon asked Jackson.
Jackson said that he did not get the job acting in Reservoir Dogs. However, he talked with Tarantino and the director told him he had another movie role in mind for him, and two weeks later, Jackson got mailed the script for Pulp Fiction. Jackson said that “Colin Firth can actually take over Liam Neeson’s job of being a guy who has a specific set of skills.”
Jimmy Fallon then showed a clip from the movie, where Samuel L. Jackson meets Richmond Valentine, Colin Firth’s character. “My people will be getting in touch with you very soon. I guarantee it,” Jackson’s character told him. He gave his character a lisp, to make his voice distinct, “like a Bond villain.” Fallon said “Norman Reedus will be joining us after the break.”
“Our next guest star is Daryl in the hugely popular series, The Walking Dead. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Norman Reedus!” As he walked onto the stage, The Roots played the song Zombie.
Fallon asked Norman about having been a model. He said he “dabbled” in it, for Prada. He said that he was “too short and round, though.” He told Fallon that he was sent to Paris and given some clothes. Fallon showed some photos of Reedus modeling Prada suits.
“The Walking Dead is the biggest show in the country,” Jimmy Fallon said. His Twitter handle is wwwBigBaldHead.
Jimmy Fallon then showed some photos, including a series of Tweets from his mom about Carol and the idea that Daryl’s character should get together with the character of Carol. Reedus was then challenged to a Facebreakers game.
Fallon asked him if he was good with a bow and arrow. Reedus related a story of being in Japan and using a 7-foot-long long bow, and he was away from the target about the length of a football field. The instructor said he would never hit the target from there, but Jimmy Fallon played a clip showing what happened, and he did hit it! He did not score a bulls-eye, but just hitting it at all from that distance was pretty amazing.
After another commercial break, Jimmy Fallon and Norman Reedus played a special game of Facebreakers, one with a Walking Dead slant to it. They took turns shooting at a wall of glass with their faces on it. They would shoot at the faces using a crossbow. Fallon said that there would be a “surprise” for the loser. Both of their first two shots hit an opponent’s face. Then, they were two-and-two. Reedus shot one that went right in the middle of Fallon’s face. After that, they both missed.
The Speed Round was next. The action was fast and furious then, and Reedus said “You don’t have any left. I got them all.”
“Today’s ‘Opposite Day,'” Jimmy Fallon said. “This is a bummer, because I know what the surprise is. This is like a Reverse Dunk Tank.”
Fallon had to get in a booth with a big balloon full of water over his head. Reedus missed with the first arrow, but hit it with the second. The target did not cause the balloon to break, so Norman walked right up to it and hit it, and the balloon then broke over Fallon’s head, soaking him.
After another commercial break, Jimmy Fallon introduced the Grammy nominated musical artist, Jessie J. She took the stage and performed her latest song off of Sweet Talker, her most recent album, the song Masterpiece. She did an awesome job singing it, rocking the song out. “I’m perfectly incomplete,/I’m still working on my masterpiece,” was one line from the catchy song.
What an amazing way to close out the week on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon! Samuel L. Jackson or Norman Reedus, alone, would ordinarily have qualified as being guests who would make a talk show great. Both of them together, though, took this episode of the Tonight Show to an entirely different level. Then, the cool game of Facebreakers that Jimmy Fallon and Norman Reedus played was also pretty cool. Jessie J then ended the episode singing one of her latest songs, Masterpiece.
Written By Douglas Cobb