In 2008, Christopher Walken made Saturday Night Live history in one of the late-night show’s most absurdly funny skits. The actor wasn’t impersonating a famous politician, nor was he commenting on a timely news event. Instead, he was affixing googly eyes—those little plastic crafting doodads—to plants.
“A lot of people are putting googly eyes on their cactuses nowadays,” Walken’s character, a gardener with an ironic fear of all foliage, explained
to the camera. Behind him, plants of all shapes and sizes thrived, each with cartoonish eyeballs glued to their leaves. “Normally, plants don’t have eyes, so it’s hard for me to trust them,” he continued. “Hence…googly eyes!”
On one hand, the skit revealed a character’s unique paranoia and how he mitigated it. On the other hand, it reminded viewers of the creative potential of googly eyes—to transform even the most mundane object into a sweet, funny, and non-threatening creature.