Overview: You all should know that I'm one of the few posters here that love Tom Green. That crazy guy cracks me up and he's always good for laughs. However, his comedy is too off the wall for SNL and I don't know if this show will be good or not. The writers probably aren't gonna know what to do with him. But as long as Tom is his usual wild self, I predict this episode will be the standout episode of the season, whether it's good or bad. I have a feeling Tom will do something outrageous on SNL that'll leave his mark on the show. This'll be interesting. Just seeing Tom is good enough for me. Oh, yeah, and the musical guest is David Gray. All I have to say is that it's interesting how both the host and musical guest's last names are colors:
COLD OPENING: Decision 2000 Battle For the White House: -At first, I thought this was gonna be the same cold opening from last week's episode since they both opened the same way. As a matter of fact, both cold openings were almost entirely the same thing. - This almost turned out to be something similar to the Tom Brokaw Pre-Tapes sketch they did when Dana Carvey hosted in 96. - Ferrell's George W. is always funny, even though it's kind of "in-acu-rit". - I liked the "note" that George W. pulled out. - Move over Clinton. Darrell's got a new impression. The audience is starting to like Darrell's Gore as much as his Clinton. I don't like it that much. I think Clinton's more exciting. Gore is boring, but Darrell's got the impression down pat. - Gore and Bush singing "I got you baby" reminded me of the sketch they did in the Joan Allen episode where Chris Parnell as Newt Gingrich and Darrell as Clinton both sang together. - The song was a nice touch. - The first time all season where Darrell Hammond said "Live From New York". Just taking notes. - These Gore/Bush cold openings are always funny. Rating: *****
MONOLOGUE: Tom Green: - Did Tom know those people he was cuddling up to in the audience? - Kinda strange that last week, Rachel Dratch did an impression of Drew Barrymore, then the next show, the real Drew Barrymore shows up. - This monologue was really nice. Just.nice. I already heard rumors they were gonna get married on the show, but this was still a nice surprise. - Tom's mom is kinda quiet. She didn't say one word at all. Rating: *****
COMMERCIAL: Magic Mouth: - Okay, didn't this commercial just come on 3 episodes ago? C'mon, SNL, you seriously can't be running out of ideas that fast! - It's always the gross, obscene commercial that's replayed over and over again (last season, it was Litter Critters, in 98-99 it was "Oops I Crapped My Pants", 97-98 it was "Ass-Jet"). - Well, I never got a chance to rate this the first time it came on. Anyway, whenever SNL resorts to bathroom humor, you know they've run out of good ideas. It's even more obvious they've run out of good ideas when they replay the same damn commercial all over again! Rating: ** (I originally gave this commercial a higher grade, but seeing this again so soon just made the rating go down)
SKETCH: Bald Eagles Interact with Audience - Just seeing Tom and Will in eagle costumes was hilarious, but then it got stupid after a while and I was wondering where this was going until Tom climbed into the audience. Then it got funny again. - Will's eagle costume started to come loose after he and Tom were bumping their stomachs into each other. - This was interesting, but obviously an excuse to amuse the studio audience members. It was absolutely pointless, but still funny. Tom and Will were hilarious. Rating: ****
SKETCH: Rap Street: - Oh, great, so now Kid Shazaam and Grandmaster Rap are recurring characters? I should've seen this coming. At least Jerry Minor has a recurring character. - These characters aren't so bad. I hope they don't get as annoying as hearing "Simma down na!" or "I'm 50!!" over and over again. - Is Ezekiel Jenkins a real person? - Tom Green was hilarious as the "Good Boy". Maya Rudolph didn't fit in this sketch. - "Ottawa, Canada"? Was Tom making a reference to himself? What was the point? Rating: ***1/2
SKETCH: Lorne and Tom in a Tub - If a sketch is pointless and silly, I don't care just as long as it's funny. This is an exception. It was pointless but not funny. Tom got irritating after the first second. And this is a dedicated Tom Green fan saying this. - How did Tom get undressed so fast? He only had about 10 seconds. - Always good to see Lorne in a sketch. He's always doing something silly, like sipping from a juice box. - This was terrible and pointless. Rating: *
NEXT WEEK: In the next two weeks, SNL's showing repeats, then the next live episode will be hosted by Val Kilmer and musical guest U2. I don't care for Val Kilmer and I don't care for the musical guest, so I'm not looking forward to this very much.
SKETECH: Decision 2000: - I don't know who Darrell was impersonating, but I'm sure it was a good impression. It was really funny, too. - I didn't really see the point of this since I don't know who was being spoofed, but the impressions were funny enough for me. Rating: ****
CARTOON: Sex and the Country: - I thought they were gonna do an Ambiguously Gay Duo cartoon since Sean's website said so in the sketch spoilers and in the opening montage, it had a picture of Ace and Gary when Pardo announced the cartoon by Robert Smigel. Instead, we got this, a Sex in the City spoof. I read at Sean's website that they showed this in the season premiere dress rehearsal. - This was stupid and perverted just like all of Smigel's cartoons. I wish he'd leave already. Rating: *
SKETCH: Dog Show: - This is my first time reviewing a Dog Show sketch and just let me say that I can't believe how stupid these sketches are. They're brainless, childish, and dumb. This looks like some crap they got from the "All That" show from Nickelodeon. - Molly doing the out-of-character Mary Katherine Gallagher move just proves that all her characters are all alike. She's getting on my nerves. - When Molly told Will's character that he's gay, she spoke in her regular voice instead of her Miss Colleen voice. She can never stay in character. At least she didn't laugh like she does in every other sketch. - The "Maybe I am, and Maybe I am" joke is beyond old right now, and so is this sketch. Why'd they make this recurring anyway? - There's one good thing about this sketch, and that's that the dogs are so cute. Rocky Balboa is always so jittery and shaky. Where do they get those dogs? They must belong to a crew or cast member. - Tom Green's character saved this sketch, and so did the pig, especially when it tried to get loose from Tom's arm. They can never do this sketch without one of the animals moving when they're not supposed to. - How did Tom get his voice like that? Also, was that squealing noise really coming from the pig? - Oh, wait, Molly started laughing a bit when the pig wouldn't stay still. Forget what I said before about her not laughing during this sketch. - Mr. Bojangles was terrified of the pig. - This sketch is still dumb and will continue to be. Rating: ** (Tom and the pig saved this sketch).
WEEKEND UPDATE: Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey: - This is the neatest I've ever seen Tina's hair. Fallon's hair looked messier than usual. - Molly's bit was okay. At least she didn't play an annoying Helen Madden-knock off, but please don't make this "stand-up corner" thing recurring, or I'll be forced to throw tomatoes or likenesses of tomatoes at the stand-up comics. - The Bush/Gore jokes were the best ones tonight. - Jimmy's Hollywood Report was hilarious, and I wondered where it was going until Gwyneth Paltrow showed up. Her part was okay, but what was the point? - Why is everybody flirting with Jimmy during WU all of a sudden? First it was Rachel Dratch proposing to Jimmy two weeks ago, then last week it was Charlie's Angels kissing Jimmy and giving him pet names, and this week, it's Gwyneth Paltrow. Wonder what's gonna happen in the next WKUP. - Tina and Jimmy said they would work on coming up with a new closing tagline. Well, it's the 6th episode this season, and they still have the same stolen tagline. Well, Norm MacDonald always ended WKUP with some tired "That's all for now, good night". - Nothing special in tonight's WKUP except for Gwyneth's cameo. Other than that, it was average. Rating: ***1/2
MUSICAL GUEST: David Gray: Didn't watch
SKETCH: Oprah - Maya's impression of Orpah wasn't good at all. We've finally found a worse Oprah impersonator than Tim Meadows. At least Tim Meadows was funny at his impression. - When Tom and Ana walked on stage, they accidentally blocked a part of the camera. - Kinda weird for Tom to do a sketch where he's having marriage troubles since this is the same night he's getting married to Drew. You know Tom and Drew are gonna end up like this in a couple of months. Marriage is hell. - Tom Green had to calm himself down a lot in this sketch. I expected him to get up and tear down the wall or something in a Chris Farley-esque manner, but it never happened. - Okay, where was the humor in this sketch? Other than Will Ferrell's character, this wasn't funny and seemed too much like the real show. Rating: *
SKETCH: VH1 Storytellers: - This sketch sucked. And I'm tired of Will and Chris kissing. They already did that in the Zimmerman's sketch from the Heather Graham episode and I think they did it somewhere else before, too. It's just sick, but you know Chris enjoyed it. - They should've put Tom in this sketch and have him interrupt Will and Chris' gay song and have Tom sing the "bum-bum" song. That would be a lot funnier than this gay crap. Rating: *
SKETCH: Rock - Tom goofed at the beginning, he was talking when he didn't think the camera's were rolling then he said "Oh, are we on the air?". It was like when Molly was talking at that beginning of the Dog Show sketch from last season when she thought the cameras weren't rolling ("A little scary... oop!"). - Did anybody realize that Tom and Will were singing off-beat during some verses? - Did anybody see this lady in the audience that was directed Tom when he knocked the clock over? - Tom and Will are once again a good comedic pair and this started out funny even though it had no point, then the sketch suddenly got cut off for time before it was even over, like the Buena Vista Social Club sketch from 2 shows ago. I mean, after Tom smashed the grandfather clock, he yelled "Stop the music!" then the sketch suddenly ended. This sketch had no point at all. That seemed to be a theme in tonight's episode. Well, at least this was sort of funny Rating: ***
MISC/GOODBYES: The Wedding: - This live wedding, (or whatever you wanna call it) will definitely go down as one of the most memorable moments in SNL history. I knew Tom would do something like this. - I'm still waiting for the day when Will Ferrell is gonna change his hair back to normal. Poor guy had to wear a wig to look formal for the wedding, even though he was playing himself. - Who were some of those people at the wedding? Were they relatives, friends, crew members? - Glenn and Phil, those two guys from Tom's TV show, were also at the wedding. - This was a unique way to end the show. Also, they almost ran the full credits, but it got off before the end. I don't think we'll ever see the complete ending credits at all this season. Rating: ***** (for trying something different)
This show is definitely the standout episode of the season, but overall, the episode just wasn't very good. It started out great, then quickly went downhill after the first 20 minutes. It wasn't Tom Green's fault. The writers were just lazy. Even some sketches without him sucked. Maybe cause it's been 3 live shows in a row and the writers need a break. Smigel needs to leave cause his ideas are getting more f*cked up as we go along. As for Tom, other than the Oprah sketch, he was his usual wacky self but he was working on some bad material. I still luv ya, Tom (not in that way!). But this has to be the weirdest SNL episode I've ever seen. Definetely not the worst, but very weird.