Hi, I'm Stooge, and if you're sitting down, then stand up, fall on the floor, roll around, and sit back down again. Here's tonight's review:
The second week in a row we went through a live episode without Sean Bradley posting sketch spoilers to his page. As a matter of fact, his page hasn't been updated since Thanksgiving. He hasn't even added any reviews for the Val Kilmer episode that I'm sure a lot of people, including me, sent him. I hope he's alright. Has anyone here e-mailed him?
Overview: Lucy Liu is hosting. It's kind of surprising that she's hosting since Calista Flockhart, who is currently from the same show Lucy Liu is on (Ally McBeal), hosted a few episodes ago. I'm not very excited about the host. I expect either a Charlie's Angel's spoof or an Ally McBeal spoof with Rachel Dratch playing Calista Flockhart. I also expect SNL to do a spoof of Bush being our new president.
COLD OPENING: Gore and Bush at Chi-Chi's: - Man, they could put Bush and Gore anywhere. Next thing you'll know, they'll put these two at Chuck E. Cheese's. - Too bad Gore lost the elections. I was hoping he would win for Darrell's sake since all he ever really does is impressions of Clinton and Gore. I don't think he'll leave mid-season like I said a long time ago on this board, but since he can't do Gore frequently anymore, he'll probably be underused. - On the other side, I'm happy that Bush won because Will Ferrell's Bush impression is hilarious and never gets too boring like Darrell's Gore. This is most likely Ferrell's last season, so I wonder who they're going to get to play Bush after he leaves. - Darrell really has his fans. The audience applauded when he just walked on-screen as Gore. - Chris Kattan always plays waiters. This season premiere's Blind Date sketch for example, and there's countless other examples. - Will Ferrell said "Live from New York" as Bush in nearly every episode this season. - Your usual great Gore and Bush sketch. Rating: *****
MONOLOGUE: Lucy Liu's Behind the Scenes Video: - When they showed Lucy polishing Lorne's nails, I noticed on the clipboard behind Lorne, there was some pics of bumpers of hosts. Most noticable was the bumper of Brendan Fraser. - This was funny. I always like to see what it's like behind the scenes of SNL, and to see what the cast members are like as themselves. Rating: ****
COMMERCIAL: William Shatner Priceline.com - One of Darrell's few terrible impressions. John Travolta is his other one. - At first, I thought this was going to be the same William Shatner commercial from the Julianna Margulies episode, but I think this one is different. They both were weak. - I didn't like this at all, nor did I see anything funny about it. Rating: *
SKETCH: TRL - I've seen this real show a few times in between now and the last time SNL did this sketch in the Charlize Theron episode, so I understand this sketch a little more. - Maya messed up on the word 'journey'. - This was okay, but not any much different from the other TRL spoof done. The only difference is Lucy's character. I didn't think they'd bring this sketch back since Charlize Theron was one of the Gemini's Twins. - Maya looked sexy in that outfit she wore in the music video. Rating: ***
During the commercials, when they showed the set being assembled, I heard the announcer lady say "Jeopardy, please set yourself". Could it be??? A celebrity jeopardy sketch? Oh, please, let it be!
SKETCH: Celebrity Jeopardy: - Yes, it is a CJ sketch! I always love these sketches. I know some people here think SNL does this sketch too much, be c'mon, they only twice a year. - Jimmy's Robin Williams impression was hilarious and almost dead-on, but, like most of his impressions, he didn't look a damn thing like him, but he sounded and acted just like him. - I'm not sure how accurate Lucy's Catherine Zeta-Jones impression was since I've never saw her before. - Darrell's Connery is still funny, like when he messes up the titles (The Penis Mightier, Ape Tit, Famous Tities, and our new one today, Anal Bum Cover) and his always making fun of Trebek's mother, but he always plays Connery. I think the only other person he played on CJ was Phil Donahue. They have to give him some other people to do, because there is hardly anybody he can't imitate perfectly (John Travolta and William Shatner being the exceptions). - Will's Alex Trebek is always welcome, but it isn't accurate at all. - Did anybody notice that after Will read off the "Make Any Noise" title, somebody in the audience made a "yeee" noise? - The part where Sean Connery called Robin Williams "Legally retarted" was hilarious. - You could tell that Jimmy's hand with a pen through it was fake since you could see his real hand holding the fake hand in his sleeve. - Your usual excellent Celebrity Jeopardy. I'm glad they brought this back. Rating: *****
NEXT WEEK: SNL's Christmas Past. I thought they would tell us who would be the host of the next live episode, but maybe they don't know yet.
During the commercials, I heard the announcer lady say "Please set youself for Joyology". Oh, no!!!! Not Pretty Living! Not Helen Madden!! Please don't let it be..aw, what the heck, I know it is.
SKETCH: Pretty Living: - At first, I thought that was Maya instead Lucy. - Your usual terrible Pretty Living skit. Not even Lucy saved this. Rating: *
SKETCH: Jarret's Room: - You know this is going to be recurring, and it shouldn't be because it's weak, but you know SNL. - This sketch was weak. I hardly laughed at all. Chris Parnell's character was the only funny thing. Horatio was mildly funny. - I noticed something about Jimmy Fallon. When he says corny, unfunny lines, he always stops and looks at the camera and expects the people in the audience to laugh, and guess what, it doesn't happen, and after a few seconds, they laugh a little bit just to be nice. I saw this happen lots of times with him, especially in this sketch, like after he made a corny joke about Hampshire College, and after he said something about coming out of the shower and watching his stepmom, he stared at the camera expecting the audience to laugh, and they didn't. The same thing happened during this episode's WU. Read my WU review for further details. Rating: **
WEEKEND UPDATE with Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey: - Is it me, or did Tina's hair look different? - Jimmy's first joke about Bush bombed (mostly cause he mumbled some words), and the audience laughed after a few seconds of silence, just to be nice. You can see Jimmy's awkward response when he looks nervously at Tina. That was what I laughed at. - Why'd they get Rachel to play James Madison? I think she's played more guys on SNL than she's played girls. There was Elian Gonzales, the British urchin last year with Jennifer Aniston, that singer with Sting in the Music Awards sketch from the Dana Carvey episode, and I'm sure there were more that I can't remember now. Rachel's part wasn't funny, and it would've been funnier if they got a guy doing this. I would laugh more if it was Chris Kattan as James Madison. - What the hell was with Chris Kattan's part? This was random, but it had no point. It was sort of funny to see Chris Kattan in a diaper and wearing a pacifier, but the overall sequence was bad and very strange. Also, it looked like Kattan tripped on the floor when he walked away. - Ever since the "New Years Bit" with Kattan, Jimmy had a piece of confetti stuck in hair for the rest of WU, and it's funny how he didn't even notice it. - Hmm, John Goodman's sitcom got cancelled. Who didn't see that coming? Most new sitcoms nowadays suck. - What was with Jimmy's guitar song? It would make sense if Jimmy was just a correspondent instead of an anchorperson. And also, I don't like it when Jimmy does these songs. I didn't like it when Adam Sandler did it when he was a cast member, and I don't like it when Jimmy does it now. The only kick I got outta this was seeing Jimmy go into the audience while he was singing. Reminded me of Bono's performance last week. But I noticed that when NBC showed a commercial of this episode a half hour before it began, they showed a clip from the dress rehearsal version of this WU and Jimmy was wearing a blue sweater during his song instead of a red one like he wore during the live version. Wonder why they changed his sweater. - The worst WU of the season. A lot of jokes bombed, and all the correspondents were bad. Rating: **1/2
SKETCH: Ornaments on the Christmas Tree: - This was poor. Not one laugh out of me. This was too cheesy and not funny. - At first, I couldn't tell who that was playing the California Raisin, then I realized that was Horatio. - Was that Darrell Hammond as Santa? I couldn't tell. Rating: *
SKETCH: Robert Goulet - As soon as this began, I knew this was going to be a Robert Goulet sketch. The other one from earlier this season also opened up with the announcer interviewing old people. Well, Will's Robert Goulet is funny, though, so I'm not complaining about this being recurring. - This was good. Adding Jay Z and his rappers here was a nice touch.
- Did Will say "fuck"? I swear he did. But it also sounded like "fluck". I'm not sure. I guess we'll find out when this episode is rebroadcast. If he did say "fuck", all I have to say is 'Wow!' Last time they did this sketch, he got away with saying the n-word, and now he said fuck? I have to wonder what they'll get away with in the next Robert Goulet sketch.
MISCELLANEOUS: Happy Holidays from Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey: - This was random. At first, I thought it was going to be serious, but then the hobo came on screen, and Jimmy said "Who the f*** are you?" That part was funny, but I can't really grade this because it wasn't a sketch or anything.
MISCELLANEOUS: Christmas Time is Here - Why the hell did they bring this back, after they did this last week? I love SNL, but they make recurring sketches out of everything nowadays. This was the exact same thing they did last week, with Horatio singing the same lyrics, Jimmy playing the piano and doing a terrible job of keeping a straight face, Kattan holding the piano, and Tracy running in place. The only difference was there wasn't a Christmas tree in the background and Horatio, Jimmy, Chris, and Tracy were wearing green instead of red. I still don't know how to grade this. SNL is running out of ideas.
GOODNIGHTS: What's the use? You know they didn't run the full credits. There has yet to be an episode this season with the full ending credits.
Overall Grade for Tonight: C
This episode has some really good sketches (CJ, Gore and Bush), but then the rest of the show really bad sketches (Ornaments, Pretty Living, Jarret's Room). This show was weak and heavily weighed down by the bad sketches. There weren't really much surprises tonight, except for maybe if Will Ferrell really said the "F" word during the Robert Goulet sketch. Lucy Liu was good here and played a good variety of comedic roles, but they should've gave her better material to work on. Where were the Charlie's Angels and Ally McBeal spoofs? I'm glad to see that even though Gore lost, Darrell is still in a lot of sketches. I mentioned before that there was a rumor going around that this is Molly Shannon's last show. I'm almost sure it isn't true, but we'll wait in the next live episode to find out. I'm sure this is Molly's last season, though.
Cast Member sketch count: Jimmy Fallon: 7 sketches Will Ferrell: 4 sketches Ana Gasteyer: 3 sketches Darrell Hammond: 5 sketches (I think he was Santa in the ornaments sketch) Chris Kattan: 4 sketches Tracy Morgan: 2 sketches Chris Parnell: 2 sketches Horatio Sanz: 3 sketches Molly Shannon: 3 sketches Rachel Dratch: 3 sketches Tina Fey: 2 sketches (she hardly appears in anything else other than WU) Jerry Minor: 1 sketch Maya Rudolph: 2 sketches
(yeah, I counted the pre-taped behind the scenes appearances in the monologue as cast member counts too, in case you're wondering).
Jimmy Fallon was the star tonight, and Will Ferrell wasn't used much as he usually is. Darrell Hammond was used more than Will, which is rare. Please correct me if I'm wrong on the cast member sketch count.