updated 02/05/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/05/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST
During the dress rehearsal, when Reno broke through a wall to confront Ferrell, 33, only to wind up dancing with him, the studio audience did a collective double take. "It was fun," says Reno, 62, who also aced the live performance. "I think people saw it as, I had an ability to laugh at myself and laugh at the world."
Now back home in Miami after her controversial eight-year D.C. term, Reno is planning to crisscross the country in her red pickup before settling on another day job. How about acting? "Her phone is ringing off the hook," reports Marlin, "and friends are saying, 'This is the greatest thing you've ever done.'"