... but Palin, perhaps inadvertently, happened upon a key bit of texture: his underlying passive-aggressiveness. Yes, he's a scared, put-upon little mouse of a cuckold, but his incessant babble barely hides his blinkered self-absorption.
The other important aspect of this sketch is...
** A season in which Booth makes more on-camera appearances - one - than her then-spouse.
*** Their best effort on that score is the character of Judith (Sue Jones-Davies) in Life of Brian, the only female member of the People's Front of Judea (apologies to Idle's Reg/Loretta) and a convincingly proto-feminist figure, a strong-minded woman able to communicate her convictions convincingly even when stark naked in front of the titular pseudo-messiah's mother, a big stride forward in characterization marred only by being the one character in the entire film never given a chance to be funny.
**** The major exception being Canada's Kids in the Hall, an all-male sketch team who took to drag even more than Python but without the slightest undergrad self-consciousness; their many female characters were distinct, well-rounded and brilliantly observed, and often (in their greatest act of subversion) rather attractive.
***** Okay, second-to-last; I just remembered she turns up as the greeter in the hotel-like afterlife at the very end. Don't fuck with my flow, okay? There's an asterisk shortage on.