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(Season 38, Episode 16)
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WHAT THEY’RE PROMOTING:

 

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: “The 20/20 Experience” (album)

 

 

COLD OPENING: Hugo Chavez Memorial (3:54)
Hugo Chavez Memorial

–      I enjoyed the fact that someone finally did a bit on Hugo’s death and didn’t present him as a 100% pure great guy… because let’s face it, he was not.

–      Armisen’s opening bit was pretty amusing and I liked Cecily’s voice as the translator. Fred later holding a glass of milk was also funny.

–      Justin’s Elton John impression was pretty funny too and his singing voice was pretty close to the real thing. I especially liked the lines about Hugo being just like a candle in the wind “if a candle could pull out two guns at a press conference,” his parrot wearing the same red beret, and the whole bit about capitalism killing a former civilization that lived on Mars.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

That was definitely still Darrell Hammond doing the introductions rather than Don Pardo.

 

 

MONOLOGUE: Justin Timberlake (7:57)
Monologue

–      This was chock-full with cameos and yes… I loved it. All the cameos were great and there weren’t really any that stood out from any others.

–      Dan Aykroyd being the bartender was hilarious and reminded me of Jon Lovitz having to serve the other five-timers during Tom Hanks’ 1990 monologue.

–      Chevy Chase’s appearance also really surprised me because I expected his portrait and there he was on the phone ordering a Rolls Royce on Steve Martin’s bill. I also liked Chevy telling Steve that they never see each other anymore and “it’s on purpose.”

–      Martin Short’s appearance was great too seeing as how he hosted earlier in the season. He also kinda played the same type of role he did back in the Alec Baldwin show in Season 32.

–      Candice Bergen’s appearance was legitimately the most surprising appearance out of all the cameos. She also cracked up a bit at Martin Short’s line, “I go in the sink.”

–      The Django Unchained reference with Bobby and Taran doing mandingo fighting was great, especially Bobby yelling out, “I KILLED MY FRIEND!”, Hanks saying he loves Drunk Uncle, and Bobby quickly thanking him and walking off.

RATING: *****

 

 

GAMESHOW: It’s a Date (7:58)
It's a Date

–      Awesome sketch.

–      Loved the opening announcer bit: “the only dating gameshow still on TV.”

–      I agree with Stooge that this was the perfect way to utilize Samberg’s cameo and his and Timberlake’s singing characters rather than doing a brand-new digital short with them singing about some other type of their anatomy.

–      Aykroyd and Martin appearing as the Festrunk Brothers was COMPLETELY unexpected and awesome as well. You could tell that the audience knew exactly what was going to happen as soon as Hader mentioned that they were brothers from Czechoslovakia. Them saying they’ve been in America for 37 years was also a great meta-reference.

–      Bobby was an excellent straight man here too like always and I loved his reactions to all the insanity going on around him.

–      Vanessa Bayer was also pretty solid here and I liked her not enjoying Bobby’s decidedly normal answers but rather wanting to go on the date with the singers AND Festrunks.

–      Steve telling the singers he can’t believe they’re not black was also quite funny.

RATING: **** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Veganville (5:35)
Veganville

–      You had to expect this character of Timberlake’s to come back because it’s probably the easiest thing for them to write for him and he has enough charisma and dance moves to carry the whole thing. The Dancing with Myself parody was the best.

–      Moynihan’s appearance here was another great one. He is so good at playing straight roles or slightly-offbeat characters.

–      The Harlem Shake thing at the end was the only real downside but I guess they were going to parody the stupid fad at some point. Hopefully they just leave it alone now to all the shitty internet videos.

RATING: ***

 

 

COMMERCIAL: NuvaBling (1:23)
NuvaBling

–      This reminded me of a commercial parody they would’ve done back in the late 90s with most of the female cast.

–      I really liked the idea of reusing the NuvaBling as earrings as it provided for an amusing visual and Aidy and Cecily’s exchange (“Did you get those earrings Tiffany’s?” “Close, I got them from my vagina!”)

–      I wonder why Taran played that role that any male extra could’ve taken over.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Suit & Tie” (5:06)
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–      Love the fact that JT introduced his own performance and merely said, “Make some noise! LET’S GO!”

–      This was a really good performance; Jay-Z coming out and adding to the performance was also unexpected and another fun cameo as well. The man was actually smiling!

 

 

WEEKEND UPDATE with Seth Meyers (7:31)

Guest: Stefon
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–      Best Jokes: Chavez funeral; Dennis Rodman/fake bishop; TSA restrictions; Hebrew Playboy jokes; Hooters; Daylight Savings Time

–      Stefon was awesome. This may have been the best edition thus far. The ovation for this character went on for quite a while as he has easily become one of the most popular ones in a long time. I actually noticed Hader making confused looks at the cue cards from time to time at the lines that were clearly written after he was given the final script. I especially loved the Sweet Willie Walker bit, the burned-down Red Lobster, Donald Duck having a Vietnam nightmare, a club being based on the novel Push by Sapphire, and of course… the human fanny pack. I also liked Stefon asking if Seth was taking his girlfriend to Mexico to kill her and then inviting him to join HIS five-timers club.

RATING: ****

 

 

SKETCH: The Tales of Sober Caligula (3:49)
The Tales of Sober Caligula

–      I know most people have been writing this off as the requisite bad sketch of the night but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. At first, I thought it was gonna be a rehash of that sketch where they would make references to things that Caligula did that sounded a lot like things that Timberlake did but I was quite happy when it was not that.

–      Taran was pretty funny here in his brief role; I liked his little moment where he felt up Justin’s golden armour. It also seemed to make Justin come very close to cracking up afterwards.

–      Bobby, once again, was also tremendous here. Tim Robinson also deserves credit though for the moment with his little sex pig.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SHOW: Maine Justice (5:40)
Maine Justice

–      I never ever expected this to come back and while it definitely couldn’t live up to the original sketch, it was still entertaining. Sudeikis was hilarious as usual and Timberlake was also great in the role replacing Jamie Foxx.

–      I loved Kate McKinnon’s New Orleans accent.

–      Andy Samberg was a good straight man as expected. He would always do these roles really well back in the days when he was a castmember as well.

–      The conversation that Sudeikis had with the big fake alligator was insane and just amped the sketch up in terms of ridiculous-ness. It was definitely my favourite part.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Mirrors” (4:57)
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–      Loved the Three Amigos introduction.

–      Another great performance. Timberlake is so great.

 

 

COMMERCIAL: She’s Got a Dick (1:44)
She's Got a Dick

–      This meant well and it seemed to be a good parody of the type of romantic comedy that Timberlake would star in but I believe this was kinda the stinker of the night.

–      I did like Fred as Eugene Levy and Kenan’s lines.

–      I don’t agree with all those stupid GLAAD people believing the sketch is “transphobic” or whatever though. First of all, it’s not. Secondly, change the channel if you don’t like it.

RATING: **

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Moet & Chandon (3:49)
Moet & Chandon

–      Did NOT expect Vanessa and Cecily to bring back these characters but I really enjoyed this just as much as I did the first time back in the Jamie Foxx episode. Timberlake was also a great addition here. I have a feeling this will come back again multiple times.

–      So many great lines here like Bayer talking about her middle parts being just plastic bags, jerking off a horse (“now who’s the horse!”), Cecily being covered in blood that wasn’t hers (“I was like ‘hello!’”), and the final bit with Cecily saying “oral.”

RATING: *****

 

 

Goodnights
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BEST PERFORMER(S) OF THE NIGHT:

–      Justin Timberlake/Bobby Moynihan/Vanessa Bayer

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

What else can I really say? This was an awesome episode chock-full of great performances, another superb job by Justin Timberlake, and some great music as well. All of the cameos were delightful! Only one middling sketch! This was the second-best episode of the season thus far, coming awfully close to the Christmas episode.

 

TONIGHT’S RATING: **** ½ 

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(Season 38, Episode 15)
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WHAT THEY’RE PROMOTING:

 

KEVIN HART: “Let Me Explain” (stand-up comedy tour)

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS: “The Heist” (album)

 

 

COLD OPENING: Budget Cuts (4:24)
Budget Cuts

–      An Obama opening can sometimes be dicey but now that we have someone who is better at doing the impression combined with a number of other characters thrown into this made it quite the entertaining way to start the show.

–      My favourite bit was the Taco Bell & Ikea/horses reference but a lot of the actual budget cuts were pretty funny like air traffic controllers having to watch ads before they look at their radar and having people take a picture of their junk to hand in to security instead of full body scans.

–      Sudeikis’ bit was funny mostly because of his great delivery while Moynihan had a great bit during it as well, saying that there will be cutbacks on meat inspection.

–      The Village People/YMCA thing at the end was predictable but still very funny. Taran’s lingering stare at the camera as he walked off was also a great little detail.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

MONOLOGUE: Kevin Hart (6:58)
Monologue

–      As expected, this was all stand-up material from Hart but he did a great job anyway and was very energetic throughout the whole thing.

–      I do like how Kevin incorporated his audition for SNL into his set even though I’m sure that he wrote the joke before with a different premise. The DeNiro “impression” made me laugh the most but I also really liked his quick comment about how they didn’t laugh which was automatically racist.

RATING: ****

 

 

SHOW: Steve Harvey (4:59)
Steve Harvey

–      Wow, I gotta give the writers props for doing an ENTIRELY different kind of sketch than the last time they did Steve Harvey on the season premiere.

–      The “dogglegangers” thing was kinda lame but it at least seemed like something that Steve would probably do on his own show.

–      Kevin was pretty good as the guest on the show with a phobia of horses and the whole bit with the stuffed horse was pretty funny.

–      Kenan’s story about his wife being impregnated was hilarious.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SHOW: The Situation Room (3:18)
The Situation Room

–      It was pretty funny to see Kevin Hart dressed up as Quvenzhané Wallis and then it got a bit disturbing with Sudeikis’ comment about the “horsey rides at the Vatican” going on and Killam’s creepy expression the entire time.

–      I also really liked Armisen trying to be cute with his pope impression.

RATING: ***

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Verismo (1:50)

–      Repeat from Anne Hathaway/Rihanna (11/10/12).

 

 

SKETCH: Barnes & Noble Lay-Offs (5:37)
Barnes & Noble Lay-Offs

–      I never expected these characters from Bobby and Cecily to come back but I didn’t mind this so much just as I didn’t mind watching this the first time in the McDonald’s setting.

–      The jokes mostly stemmed from the appearances of the various employees rather than the insults thrown at them from Bobby and Cecily.

–      I think my favourite employees were Sudeikis as a guy who is always wet, Armisen saying that you don’t talk during charades, Taran with the “glassy-eyed stare of a man with nothing to lose” with a “closet full of orphan bones,” Hader asking how far ahead they planned this tirade after seeing a modified dictionary prop, and Kate’s creepy delivery on how they share a pancreas.

–      I also loved the appearance by Tim at the end as the old man character from the last time they did this sketch. He even managed to crack Kevin Hart up something fierce during the last part of the sketch.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

MUSICAL  PERFORMANCE: “Thrift Shop” (3:42)
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–      I actually enjoyed this rap performance… not a sentence I use often. It was lively and energetic with a good beat.

 

 

WEEKEND UPDATE with Seth Meyers (8:56)

Guests: Dennis Rodman & Kim Jong-Un and Really!?! with Seth & Kevin
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–      Best Jokes: Castel Gandolfo; 30% increase in births; Girls Gone Wild/bankruptcy; 911/cheeseburger; Downton Abbey/black castmember; fat kids; Disney’s City Girl

–      The bit with Jay and Bobby as Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-Un made me laugh but also reminded me of that bit from a while back with Jay and Sudeikis as Kanye and Dubya. Still, that’s pretty much where the similarities ended. I enjoyed both performances and the best parts were the “North Korean High-Five,” Bobby stressing that he is the tallest, most handsome, and has the biggest penis in all of North Korea, the Winnie the Pooh bit, and the part at the end with the two walking off to do “jedi training.”

–      Kevin Hart joins in for an edition of “Really!?!” on the Voters Rights Act enacted to protect the rights of African-Americans in the south. Kevin was a good candidate for this type of segment and he had a lot of energy in this segment; he had some great lines too like how having one black friend in Clarence Thomas being more racist than having no black friends. His “God damn!” outburst was as a result of a line flub but he said it again in a later sketch so I’m sure he added that one in as well. I hope that doesn’t prevent him from being invited back again.

RATING: ****

 

 

SKETCH: The Walking Dead (3:48)
The Walking Dead

–      Frankly, I’m surprised it took them this long to tackle the show. This was a funny parody but didn’t really spend a whole lot of time parodying the actual show rather than just taking the ‘racist card’ angle.

–      Kevin led this sketch and did a solid job. I liked all his accusations of everyone else being racist, especially when he said his limp was just his swag and after he ate Maggie, he just said, “Oh what? Like I should’ve ate some fried chicken or some watermelon?”

–      Nasim made me laugh a whole lot as Carl Jr. I like how they made fun of the fact that the kid is somehow able to kill people and immediately feel fine about it afterwards.

–      There’s been an awful lot of Tim Robinson tonight, which is certainly a good thing.

RATING: ***

 

 

SHOW: Shark Tank (3:15)
Shark Tank

–      Strange parody of the reality show; I don’t think it was terrible but it was a bit underwhelming and I wasn’t sure what they were really going for here.

–      The bit at the beginning with Tim Robinson was pretty funny (“it’s called a slest!”)

–      The visual of the lamp with the sunglasses was pretty funny but did anyone else think that it was going to be called “Lampshades?” I mean, I thought that was a pretty obvious punchline.

–      Kevin’s final line at the end was strange.

RATING: **

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Z-Shirts (1:25)
Z-Shirts

–      INSANE commercial parody! This further proved the notion of Tim Robinson appearing a lot more this week as he had a lead role here alongside Hart. Combined with the later sketch that referenced this commercial, it reminded me a whole lot of the Closet Organizer bit from a few seasons ago.

–      The camera angles on Kevin every time he went through the alphabet and asked if it was a [insert letter here] shirt cracked me up to no end. He really sold the whole thing but Robinson as the straight man was great as well.

RATING: **** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Voiceover Auditions (4:29)
Voiceover Auditions

–      Very funny sketch with another highlight performance from Kevin in the lead role. He’s really been doing a solid hosting job tonight. Bayer made me laugh too with her weird little trail-offs at the end of a few of her sentences.

–      Hader and Armisen came perilously close to cracking up but this time it was from Kevin Hart rather than from each other.

–      I also liked how Kevin kept getting more and more over-the-top as the sketch progressed forward. I feel like he may have been pushing it even further just to try and get Fred and Bill to fully lose it.

–      The bit at the end combining Kevin’s narration with Nasim was hilarious.

RATING: ****

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Can’t Hold Us” (3:47)
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–      Another entertaining performance. I enjoyed this guest. Yay, another good one this season! With Timberlake next week, it looks like the recent trend of decent musical guests will continue for now.

 

 

SKETCH: Z-Shirts Guy at a Funeral (:49)
Z-Shirts Guy at a Funeral

–      This was really short and just meant as a continuation to that crazy Z-Shirts thing but it made me laugh. This was a hilarious continuation of the commercial piece.

RATING: ****

 

 

SKETCH: 360 News (2:54)
360 News

–      Yet another sketch led by Kevin and yet another sketch where he does a great job handling the workload.

–      The idea of a news show having 8 cameras is ridiculous enough to begin with but having Hart start off the show with a neckbrace on was great and made the premise more interesting than it seemed to be right off the bat.

–      Hey, there’s Tim again! Kevin must’ve loved the guy or something.

–      The camera operators bit was pretty amusing too and I’m glad they didn’t go with all eight of them like they apparently did in dress rehearsal. Jay’s part was the best.

RATING: *** ½

 

Goodnights.

 

BEST PERFORMER(S) OF THE NIGHT:

–      Kevin Hart/Tim Robinson

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Highly enjoyable episode with a great host performance by Kevin and some fine work by the cast, Tim Robinson in particular, who got a whole lot more to do this week than usual (I’m not sure if it’s because he got along with the host so well or if he legitimately just got to do more this week). Good musical guests too, which was also nice.

 

TONIGHT’S RATING: *** ½