NBC's "Today" Halloween 2013

Happy Halloween! While Miley Cyrus‘s Lil Kim costume was nothing short of extraordinary, Matt Lauer won the day with this Baywatch-era Pamela Anderson costume on this morning’s Today.

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Lauer really got into it, with a full body nude body suit, red swimsuit, blond wig, and a decent pair (with noticeable, anatomically correct nipple protrusion). He frolicked sexily through a sandbox for the cameras, and really became Baywatch character C.J. Parker. I felt the drama.

NBC's "Today" Halloween 2013

Apparently everyone on Today went with a classic TV-themed costume, with appearances by Carson Daly as CHiPs’ Sgt. Joseph Getraer, Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales as Laverne and Shirley, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford as Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble, and Al Roker as B.A. Baracus. How do all of these people have jobs one one TV program? Oh, because it’s 15 hours long.

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It’s serendipitous timing that Lauer would dress up as Pamela Anderson, because we were recently reminded of her existence when she debuted an unexpectedly amazing hair cut earlier this week. The pixie cut is a dramatic change and she looks elegant and polished (unlike my own foray into pixie cuts, which was promptly pronounced to be a disaster).

Hats off to Anderson for an incredibly flattering new haircut, and to Lauer for having the balls to wear that on TV.

Photos: Getty, Today