by Brendan Wahl
(Season 37, Episode 6)
1. Cold Opening: CNBC Republican Debate (5:43)
Another GOP debate takes place between candidates Rick Perry (Hader), Mitt Romney (Sudeikis), Michele Bachmann (Wiig), Ron Paul (Brittain), Herman Cain (Thompson), Newt Gingrich (Moynihan), Jon Huntsman (Killam), and Rick Santorum (Samberg). This time, the focus is on Perry and his huge breakdown as everything he says just ends up digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself.
– Classic opening to the show although I kinda feel bad for Kristen, Bobby, Taran, and Andy who pretty much did nothing here. However, the focus being on Hader’s antics was in NO way a negative thing as it was very entertaining what ridiculous heights it led up to.
– The Rick Perry stuff being the body of the sketch was a great idea and the reactions by the other candidates were quite funny as well. I loved Sudeikis saying “I want to be president, but… not like this,” Ron Paul calling him out on his blank cue cards, Herman defending him, and Kristen hiding Bobby’s eyes.
– Did anyone else find it weird that there were two moderators? Maybe there were actually two for one of the real debates but it almost felt like they were trying to fit the whole cast (minus Jay and Seth) into the sketch.
– Kenan’s bit as Cain was pretty amusing but they could’ve done a bit more with him.
– The ending with Sudeikis and Hader the Of Mice and Men reference was a fantastic way to end it as well.
Rating: **** 1/2
2. Monologue (3:32)
Emma talks about her latest film work but is interrupted by Andy Samberg hanging upside-down as Spider-Man. Even after Emma comments that this is a rip-off of Kirsten Dunst’s monologue from ten years ago, Andy still continues to press on. Eventually, Andrew Garfield takes the stage and Andy balks at the idea of a British actor playing the webbed crusader.
– Funny monologue, maybe even moreso than her first time that she hosted. I really liked Emma here as she won the audience over pretty much right away with her energy and enthusiasm.
– Lots of funny moments here like Andy’s comment about Spider-Man hating Mondays, his constant attempts to flip out of his position, and his burn on Emma when she brings up Kirsten’s monologue.
– I also liked Andrew Garfield’s cameo despite him appearing quite nervous. Did anyone notice the high-five he was preparing to give Andy as they cut to commercial? He looked like he had fun with his quick appearance at least!
– The webbing that stopped working was an amusing flub and Andy made a funny recovery (“… silly string!”).
Rating: *** 1/2
3. Secret Word (6:01)
Another round of Secret Word from 1964 sees Mindy Gracin (Wiig) face a crazed beauty pageant winner (Stone), who also has trouble with helping out her non-celebrity partner (Killam) in guessing the secret word.
– I groaned just as much as anyone when I saw this sketch come back AGAIN (I lost interest after the edition from the season finale) but I actually quite enjoyed this one as there were enough changes to the usual stuff that Wiig does and Emma had a very funny character.
– Am I the only one who found it a little hot when Emma made out with the puppet? I don’t know why. I also liked her comment about how the judges could see her “puss.” Now I know they revealed it was a cat but I am STILL impressed that they got that past the censors much like the sketch from last season where Cee Lo Green used pussy to describe a part of the female anatomy and not a feline.
– Kristen had a few great lines here like her bit about the reviewer of her play commenting, “How long is this?” and her confusing thorny with horny and the clue being that it’s what she feels while watching Tarzan movies.
– I never noticed it before, but I could see the cue cards in the reflection above Paul Brittain at some points.
Rating: *** 1/2
4. WXPD News New York (5:01)
Aging reporter Herb Welch (Hader) is on the scene of a co-op that had failed to remove dangerous falling ice from the building. He first interviews an irritated resident (Stone) followed by the president of the co-op (Wiig), who Herb has a hard time determining what gender they are. Of course, he also rails away the usual insults at Jack (Sudeikis) and Wanda (Pedrad) back at the newsroom.
– Another recurring sketch but this is one that I always enjoy seeing due to Bill Hader’s great performance adn his random senile comments (this time it was Hader calling Sudeikis a tierack and asking Emma if she thinks that “the Belafonte kid oughtta pipe down”). I also liked Bill insulting Nasim back in the studio with his sexist remarks.
– The best part of the whole sketch was definitely Bill trying to figure out what gender Kristen’s character was with him hitting her with the microphone on the breasts and between her legs. You can tell that Hader really milked that moment of checking her for a penis and it almost caused both of them to crack up. Hader’s parting line was great in “that guy attacked me!” was good.
– Still like the random ending with the microphones hitting the studio reporters. The “Herb Welch is dead” thing has to go though.
Rating: *** 1/2
5. Digital Short: Rain (2:38)
A long-haired singer (Samberg) hopes for rain during his empassioned song directed towards a lover that jilted him but it’s a clear night and the tech crew didn’t spare the money for a rain machine. Andy then spends the rest of the song berating them.
– Wow, this was probably one of the worst digital shorts I’ve seen in a long time. It started okay and seemed that it would build into something funny but it went NOWHERE. I’m usually a big defender of the digital shorts and especially this season but this one really felt like it was written at the last minute.
– Okay, I got a quick laugh from Emma Stone with her huge ass. Mainly just for the expression on her face.
– The ending was stupid.
Rating: * 1/2
– I went into this with no knowledge of Coldplay’s recent songs but the first thing I have to say about this performance is that the set was AMAZING. The graffiti in the background was super-cool and gave the whole thing a sweet, 80’s retro vibe.
– The performance itself was also quite good. WAYYYY better than Maroon 5 last week. Ugh.
7. WEEKEND UPDATE with Seth Meyers (13:08)
Guests: The Devil and Garth & Kat
– I usually enjoy Sudeikis’ segments as the Devil but this one was EVEN BETTER than usual. Yeah! You thought I was going to say I hated this one? Pfft. No way. Jason nailed it perfectly this week and the Penn State scandal gave him some great material. I also loved him retiring at this scandal being way too evil for him and some of his little comments like getting his news from Ashton Kutcher on Twitter and the stuff he invented like buffering and comments sections online.
– Okay, it’s official. I am getting kinda sick of Gart and Kat now. I did like some of the bits here like the reveal that their CD was just a piece of bologna, the comment about the Latin Grammys, and part of the ending of this segment where Chris Martin joins in. This was definitely one of the weakest ones.
– The jokes weren’t as stellar this week either, but Update was still good enough overall.
8. Les Jeunes de Paris (3:13)
Juliet (Stone) breaks it off with Francois (Killam) but before she can go, he cues Marius (Brittain) to hit the jukebox and they go through a big elaborate dance number again, culminating in the couple getting back together, getting married, and then having a child.
– I was pretty excited to see this come back as well. I like how they continued the storyline with Emma’s and Taran’s characters and it was kind of sweet at the same time.
– Emma’s hairy armpits were a very funny surprising moment.
– I think Taran messed up when he put the lock on the door but it was still impressive when he came back in the door from the other side so quickly.
– The cyclists were also a hilarious random addition at the end.
Rating: *** 1/2
9. Bridal Shower (4:49)
A bride-to-be (Wiig) enjoys receiving presents from her good friends (Elliott & Bayer) while her mother (Pedrad) observes, but is instantly disgusted when Wallis (Stone), a co-worker doesn’t understand what to do at a bridal shower and just keeps getting more and more inappropriate.
– This was high up there on my favourite sketches for the night as well. Emma was hilarious as the extremely weird but well-meaning Wallis, who had many, many great lines here. My favourite parts with her was explanation of the gay porn DVD she gave her, throwing away the inappropriate-looking still-wrapped gift, and her punching out the actual strippers before saying she brought a bunch of cocaine.
– Loved the appearance by Fred as the Human Toilet. The ending with him and Nasim made me chuckle.
– Kristen was a terrific straight woman here.
– Another good performance from Coldplay. This band is always pretty damn dependable in a live setting. With Florence set to appear next week, we’re guaranteed two great musical guests in a row. Excellent.
– Pretty manly shirt there, Chris.
11. Someone Like You (4:10)
After failing to land a big account, a young office worker (Pedrad) beaks down and listens to Adele’s “Someone Like You.” Soon enough, everyone else in the office starts to break down over similar issues and some just downright mundane ones. Whatever the reason, the Adele song always makes them all cry.
– This was another great original sketch with the idea that Adele’s song evokes tears in everyone, which was a hilarious premise to begin with. I thought it was going to be the same joke over and over again, but the writers found a way to make it fresh and creative every time.
– The best part was Hader suddenly having makeup run down his face while crying, but I also really liked Emma taking a picture of herself crying and the yogurt eating was great too.
– There seemed to be a few technical errors in this sketch. The camera was a bit wobbly at the beginning and it also caught Hader turning around for a while before he turned around with the makeup running down his face.
– The ending was fantastic with the janitor (Armisen), the window washer (Moynihan), and finally Coldplay breaking down.
12. We’re Going to Make Technology Hump (3:10)
The hosts (Stone & Samberg) of a very strange tech program show various technological devices getting it on like an Android with a digital camera, an X-Box controller and an iPad (“Ohhh, taboo!”), and finally, a GPS and a curling iron which results in a steamy (no pun intended) three-way.
– This was strange to say the very least but despite its very, very silly premise it made me laugh a couple of times.
– Emma and Andy made for funny hosts and I especially liked Andy’s delivery on his line, “I hear that sh*t.”
– The funniest visual to me was the two curling irons scissoring.
That Emma Stone-as-Roseanne Roseannadanna bumper picture is AMAZING. I can’t stress how awesome it is!
OVERALL: A very enjoyable above-average episode even if it wasn’t up to the standards of last week’s awesome episode. Emma Stone has already solidified herself as a great host and I sincerely hope she comes back more and more often to continue hosting the show ala Drew Barrymore. Along with Anne Hathaway, she seems to be one of the best female hosts the show’s had since Drew as well. The cast was great this week as well despite the almost-absence of Jay Pharoah in anything. I’ve pretty much stopped caring whether they involve him every week or not, quite honestly, as he is definitely the black Darrell Hammond: great with impressions, but sometimes awkward with characters or playing straight roles.
HOST: EMMA STONE – 8 segments (Monologue; Secret Word; WXPD News New York; Rain; Les Jeunes de Paris; Bridal Shower; Someone Like You; We’re Going to Make Technology Hump)
MUSICAL GUEST: COLDPLAY – 2 segments (Weekend Update [Chris Martin]; Someone Like You)
CAMEO: ANDREW GARFIELD – 1 segment (Monologue)
FRED ARMISEN – 6 segments (CNBC Republican Debate; Rain; Weekend Update; Les Jeunes de Paris; Bridal Shower; Someone Like You)
BILL HADER – 4 segments (CNBC Republican Debate; Secret Word; WXPD News New York; Someone Like You)
SETH MEYERS – 1 segment (Weekend Update)
BOBBY MOYNIHAN – 3 segments (CNBC Republican Debate; Les Jeunes de Paris; Someone Like You)
NASIM PEDRAD – 5 segments (CNBC Republican Debate; WXPD News New York; Les Jeunes de Paris; Bridal Shower; Someone Like You)
ANDY SAMBERG – 7 segments (CNBC Republican Debate; Monologue; Rain; Les Jeunes de Paris; Bridal Shower; Someone Like You; We’re Going to Make Technology Hump)
JASON SUDEIKIS – 5 segments (CNBC Republican Debate; WXPD News New York; Rain; Weekend Update; We’re Going to Make Technology Hump)
KENAN THOMPSON – 2 segments (CNBC Republican Debate; Someone Like You)
KRISTEN WIIG – 7 segments (CNBC Republican Debate; Secret Word; WXPD News New York; Weekend Update; Bridal Shower; Someone Like You; We’re Going to Make Technology Hump)
VANESSA BAYER – 3 segments (Rain; Bridal Shower; We’re Going to Make Technology Hump)
PAUL BRITTAIN – 3 segments (CNBC Republican Debate; Secret Word; Les Jeunes de Paris)
TARAN KILLAM – 4 segments (CNBC Republican Debate; Secret Word; Les Jeunes de Paris; Bridal Shower)
JAY PHAROAH – 1 segment (We’re Going to Make Technology Hump)
EPISODE MVPs: Emma Stone/Bill Hader