The cable news handoff can be a very special thing.
"Rachel, as you can see, the month of the beard on TV has come to an end," he said, referring to his now-gone-scruff. O'Donnell has been sporting the beard since he returned in June, after a serious car accident kept him off the air for a few months.
O'Donnell explained that he is currently in Washington D.C. and wanted to look more like a "senator" or a "lobbyist." This made Maddow laugh, a lot.
"If I saw you on the Metro I would think you were an intern, Lawrence," she said.
Watch the video to see the whole exchange.