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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 12)

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WHAT THEY’RE PROMOTING:

 

ADAM LEVINE: “The Voice” (Season 4)

KENDRICK LAMAR: “good kid, m.A.A.d city” (album)

 

 

COLD OPENING: Obama and Martin Luther King (4:05)
Obama and Martin Luther King

–      Clever way to open the show rather than just doing an inauguration sketch. Jay’s Obama was great as usual but Kenan as MLK was a lot of fun as well.

–      There were some really fun moments here with Kenan talking about how hot Beyonce is and that he thought he was having “another one of my famous dreams,” Michelle’s bangs making her look like a guest star on The New Girl, MLK Day being his day off, Kenan telling Barack to tell his white assistant to “shut the hell up and go to sleep,” and the last bit where Kenan tells Obama that he’s going to have to tell Cornel West to “take it down about thirty notches.”

–      For some reason it made me laugh that Obama had a skinny glass of beer.

–      Great LFNY delivery from both men.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

MONOLOGUE: Adam Levine (4:56)
Monologue

–      Terrific monologue but it really had nothing to do with Levine at all. This was all Samberg for the most part as his cameo had me in stitches for the entire time.

–      My favourite bits from Andy were him telling Levine that he was “in 100 digital shorts as well as 3 live sketches,” that they’ve both slept with “between 2 and 500 women,” and the bit with Andy getting out the lotion when Adam talked about taking his shirt off.

–      Cameron Diaz was funny as well, especially as she did the whole Christina Aguilera thing to a tee. Her part wasn’t quite as funny as Samberg’s but she still did a decent job with the material.

–      Jerry Seinfeld was the ultimate surprise and obviously the audience was enamoured to see him as well. I really hope to see him host again one more time. His part was very funny as well, especially his slam against Samberg for having an “interesting look.”

–      Adam taking his shirt off at the end was very unnecessary.

RATING: ****

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Rosetta Stone (1:30)
Rosetta Stone

–      Oh man, I laughed my ass off at this and it has to be one of the most offensive and funny things I’ve seen in a while on the show.

–      Taran packing the extra small condoms was what got me. His character was going to have sex with an underage Thai boy.

–      I think that was Fred as the computerized-voice guy but I can’t be sure.

RATING: **** ½

 

 

SHOW: Circle Work (5:43)
Circle Work

–      You know what? I expected to hate this but I gotta say that this was much better than expected and they actually did something with the premise of gay people hosting a show rather than just a lot of tired gay stereotypes. I really liked that Kenan and Adam kept thinking that their guests (or in one case, a guest’s husband) were gay no matter what.

–      Bayer was the highlight here too as the assistant in love with Kenan.

–      Jason’s straight character (no pun intended) was quite funny too and I liked his acting when he finally realized he was gay.

–      Adam’s random dancing interludes were amusing. He seemed to go a bit ahead of the script and stumble a couple times though.

–      Kenan spelling out “you are a gay goose at a gay goose pride parade” was hilarious.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

COMMERCIAL: The Sopranos Diaries (3:38)
The Sopranos Diaries

–      Pretty funny stuff with an exceptionally strong performance from Bobby Moynihan as a young Tony Soprano with good supporting work from Kate and Tim, especially.

–      I also thought the therapist scene was a little lacking as well but Cecily looked the part and did a good job.

–      Levine was unnecessarily thrown into this sketch. He didn’t do anything funny.

–      I liked the reveal that the girl was dancing on their cafeteria table.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Bryce’s Meltdown (4:52)
Bryce's Meltdown

–      I will also jump on-board with most people in thinking that this sketch would only have worked with Hader in the lead role here. If it was anyone else I think this would’ve been completely annoying and just fallen flat on its face.

–      Bobby had the second funniest part in the sketch as the firefighter who would just randomly join Hader in his insane fits.

–      Again, Levine was worthless here.

–      It looked like Hader was trying to crack up Killam at one point with his repeated screams but to TK’s credit, he held it all together.

–      The “dog attack” scene was amusing as well.

–      The visual of Hader in that insane jacket was hilarious.

RATING: ***

 

 

DIGITAL SHORT: YOLO (3:07)
Digital Short

–      I fucking hate the term “YOLO” with a fiery passion but this was a decent digital short. However, I feel that doing this kinda cheapens last season’s finale and now Lazy Sunday 2 was not the last DS.

–      Danny McBride’s cameo was quite funny.

–      There were a few funny scenarios here that I enjoyed. The one about furniture being killing machines was probably my favourite though.

–      I didn’t care for the part with Kendrick Lamar at all.

RATING: ***

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Swimming Pools (Drank)” (3:31)
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–      Another musical guest I did not enjoy at all. Seriously, as much as I am enjoying this season so far, the musical guests have left a lot to be desired. So far, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed 4 or 5 out of the 12 guests.

 

 

WEEKEND UPDATE with Seth Meyers (9:39)

Guests: Arianna Huffington and Ray Lewis
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–      Best Jokes: dream speech; tweets in Latin; Philadelphia bacon taco; library doll

–      It’s always nice to see Nasim do her Arianna Huffington impression and this week was another enjoyable segment. I especially enjoyed her bits about Rand Paul grilling a possum, the bit about the smell of sex when you get to Europe, and the Oprah comment as well.

–      Kenan’s commentary as Ray Lewis was insane and a lot of fun; it might’ve been my favourite Kenan commentary in a long time. His dancing at the end was great too, especially how he came back during Seth’s outro to do the dance again.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Rock Band Rumble (4:30)
Rock Band Rumble

–      This sketch had quite a bit of promise with the idea of a rock band face-off but the sketch didn’t take the premise as far as it could have done. Still, I did enjoy it.

–      Jay and Bayer were also pretty funny. I especially liked Jay saying “it looks like they’re dancing” after Vanessa worries about them killing each other.

–      Adam using Aidy as a human shield was funny but I especially liked Taran dressing an old man to look like him so Adam would fight him instead.

–      Sudeikis was great as Jason Mraz and Kenan was good as Darius Rucker, but Hader didn’t get to do all that much as John Mayer.

RATING: ***

 

 

SHOW: Catfish the TV Show (4:20)
Catfish the TV Show

–      Seems like I enjoyed this one a lot more than most people. Adam Levine had his best performance of the night in this sketch (and he did a pretty good job in general) and Taran had a good supporting part as well.

–      Aidy was pretty funny here as well.

–      I especially liked the time Taran asked if they were ever going to cut to his camera.

–      The “coming up next” bit was hilarious with Aidy’s expression explaining nothing about what her reaction was going to be after the break.

–      The voice that Jay used was pretty funny.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Poetic Justice” (3:24)
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–      At least this performance was a bit shorter than the first one but that’s really all I can say. It was… whatever.

 

 

SKETCH: Janet Seduces Adam Levine (4:00)
Janet Seduces Adam Levine

–      I didn’t care for this character the first time that Bobby did it but I gotta give them credit for changing the scenery this time and I gotta say that the writing was a lot funnier as well.

–      This sketch also had some of the raunchiest dialogue I’ve heard on the show in a while. I’m surprised they got away with half the stuff he said here.

–      Adam’s cue card-staring was pretty obvious in this sketch.

–      The “Magic Johnson before” comment reminded me of the New Boyfriend Talk Show with the Magic Johnson part that I couldn’t believe got past the censors.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Biden Bash (2:15)
Biden Bash

–      This was lacking in the humour department a bit even though I did appreciate what they were going for with Sudeikis’ Biden here. I did enjoy the Macho Man part and the “What Happens in Delaware” slogan but the rest was kinda boring and tepid.

–      Levine was decent as the Neil Diamond impersonator.

RATING: **

 

 

Goodnights
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BEST PERFORMER(S) OF THE NIGHT:

–      Taran Killam/Bobby Moynihan/Bill Hader

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Like I said earlier, it seems to me that I enjoyed this episode a LOT more than most people, which is fine; everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Adam Levine certainly wasn’t anything special as a host; he had his isolated moments of decent acting but he was thrust in the background tonight a lot which was a smart move by the cast and writers.

 

TONIGHT’S RATING: *** ½