The answer: a spoof of the opening to "The Andy Griffith Show," with "Breaking Bad" stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, fully suited up to cook crystal meth, out at the lake with their fishing poles as the "Andy Griffith" whistling theme song was heard. As a punch line, they shot dead an unexpected witness: a friendly deputy billed as co-star Don Knotts.
And there was one final thing we learned: Don't dismiss Kimmel's skill at prophecy, even when it's inadvertent.
In his monologue, he hailed "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm, once again nominated for best actor.
"You gave a tremendous performance this year," Kimmel said, "and I for one am shocked that you did not win tonight."
As a star who has been jilted by Emmy year after year, Hamm cracked up, along with everyone else. Maybe by the end of the show he didn't find it so funny.
EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier .
AP Entertainment Writer Christy Lemire contributed to this story from Los Angeles.
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