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(Season 38, Episode 3)

 

WHAT THEY’RE PROMOTING:

DANIEL CRAIG: “Skyfall”

MUSE: “The 2nd Law” (album)

 

 

COLD OPENING: First Presidential Debate (7:24)

–      Excellent cold open. I honestly had no idea how they were going to approach this first debate sketch and the creative method they used was quite funny.

–      No surprise to have Chris Parnell return and play Jim Lehrer but it was still nice to see anyway. He was always really good at playing moderator to these debates dating back to Bush/Gore in 2000.

–      My favourite parts (prepare yourself… there are a lot) were the stock footage of Michelle’s stoic reactions to Barack celebrating 20 years of marriage, Barack announcing that he handed the biggest crisis to ever happen to anyone ever, Romney’s cold stares while Barack was talking, Romney discussing a plan with “42 basic elements” (3 of which are blatant lies), Obama forgetting about an anniversary gift, Lehrer telling Barack that Romney just claimed to have killed Bin Laden to which Obama has no response, Obama worrying about passing out because of the “altitude,” Lehrer’s inner thoughts about losing PBS, and Romney’s comment about lifting speed limits.

–      The ending was also funny with Romney’s inner thoughts telling him that he’s a “bad ass mother fucker.”

RATING: **** ½

 

 

MONOLOGUE: Daniel Craig (3:42)

–      This was an interesting way to go about the monologue and it was a pretty original premise for sure. I liked the idea of Craig doing a tribute to all the guys that he killed in his films including Bond ones and others. My favourite parts though were Craig’s little comments in between all the kills, especially his comments regarding the sound engineer and the large amount of fog.

–      The best one was “The Dog That Saw Too Much.”

–      Wow, the girls were in “woo!” overdrive when Daniel first showed up on the stage. On top of all that, Daniel did very well here and seemed to be very much at ease.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Construction Workers (4:02)

–      This was an interesting sketch as I wasn’t really expecting it to go any further beyond the repetitive joke of Daniel not knowing how to properly be offensive towards women that walk by. The flashback definitely added a hilarious twist though and Craig’s performance was great and carried this.

–      Craig’s best comments were the long-winded compliment and the one regarding the girl who he bets has a penis.

–      I also liked the others’ reactions, particularly from Robinson and Moynihan.

–      Why did they choose actual female castmembers to play the passers-by rather than extras or writers? They didn’t have any lines and just played eye candy.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Bond 50 (2:50)

–      Great impression showcase for the ladies here (and a couple gentlemen) with Daniel Craig just playing Bond as more of a straight role.

–      I think my favourites were Kate McKinnon as Jodie Foster and Ellen DeGeneres along with Bayer as Diane Keaton and Molly Ringwald a close second.

–      Nasim as Lea Michele was the only part that didn’t really work for me.

–      It was nice to see Fred back as Penny Marshall again too.

RATING: ****

 

 

SHOW: Three Days Later: A Look Back at the Barack Obama Debate Disaster (5:08)

–      Another excellent debate-inspired sketch.

–      Cecily Strong was really, really good as Rachel Maddow. I’d say her impression was better than Abby Elliott’s; it was certainly more accurate. She also had some great moments making fun of Romney’s “gaffe” and then making fun of a silly face he made during a freeze-frame.

–      When Jason showed up as Chris Matthews, I had flashbacks to his awful Bill O’Reilly impression simply because he was taking over another Darrell Hammond impression but he did a fantastic job and was almost as funny as Darrell himself.

–      Kate McKinnon also gets another strong showing here as the one conservative correspondent. She also looked qite attractive here.

–      Kenan’s bit as Al Sharpton was fun as he was continuously making up ridiculous and absolutely absurd comments to make excuses for the fact that Obama got destroyed. My favourite one was his theory about Obama and Romney switching bodies before the debate in a Freaky Friday style.

RATING: *****

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Long Island Medium (2:13)

–      I’ve never heard of this show but I still really liked Kate’s impression of the crazy Long Island psychic and her various interactions with some of the other castmembers were pretty funny.

–      My favourite reaction was from Taran Killam, who freaks out at his father having “the sauce.” Fred was also really funny with his quick “he drowned in the river” response.

–      Daniel was great in his brief role as her soul patch-wearing douchebag husband.

–      The best overall part was from Cecily Strong and Bobby Moynihan as a couple and Kate telling Cecily that her husband is in a very bad place before he shows up and tells her off.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Mars Mission (5:03)

–      This could have been a sketch featuring another one-note annoying character but Bobby Moynihan’s voice was funny and I liked his delivery. For instance, when he said he gives his cat a little kiss the sound effect he used was hilarious. Still, it was just about average.

–      I like how the characters, especially Ramirez, were clearly lifted from one of the Alien films.

–      The part with Bobby reacting in horror to his “lil kitty cat” potentially being dead had me rolling in laughter.

RATING: ***

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Madness” (4:33)

–      Amazing performance. The soft tempo combined with the excellent vocals made this a truly memorable appearance for Muse. I don’t recall too much about their Season 35 gig but I’m sure it was great as well.

 

 

WEEKEND UPATE with Seth Meyers (11:08)

Guests: Big Bird and Cecilia Gilminez

–      Best Jokes: Obama handed it to Romney; Obama/Carter; China/PBS; New Jersey Zombie Walk; feeding candy to cows; gravestone codes; MGM hotel

–      Jesus, this was a great night for Seth. I loved almost every joke.

–      The Winners/Losers segment was another great one and I especially enjoyed the comments on Lehrer seeming like a ghost visiting a scene from his past life, Lehrer stammering like Hugh Grant in a rom-com, Sean Hannity getting a Gatorade  shower, pre-existing medical conditions, and Biden thinking it’s all up to him now.

–      Big Bird’s cameo was a huge surprise and I was delighted to see the real thing rather than a castmember playing a cheap version of him. It was funny despite being a rather tame piece overall (as expected). I liked Big Bird saying it’s seven hours past his bedtime, Sesame Street having wifi, and Big Bird talking about his newfound fame after being able to blend in with everyone else.

–      Kate McKinnon with yet another great performance here… this time as “artist” Cecilia Gilminez who recently altered an old painting of Jesus to make it look awful. Kate’s bug-eyed craziness really sold the whole commentary and I enjoyed her description of what Jesus looks like based on her recreation of the original painting. Her painting of Seth was funny too.

RATING: ****

 

 

SHOW: A Sorry Lot We Are (4:45)

–      This was a remarkably accurate parody of these types of BBC shows but it was very low-key and slow-paced which took away from the quality of the sketch a little bit.

–      The British accents were all over the place but I think I enjoyed Hader’s cockney-inspired accent the most while Bobby’s was the weakest. And did anyone else think that Fred sounded exactly like his Don’ You Go Rounin’ Roun to Rero character from Season 36?

–      The listing of places that Daniel applied at got more depressing as he went on and the Blockbusters tag was a great way to end it.

–      Kate McKinnon again! Even in a small role, she did quite well.

–      I gotta say that I found Aidy Bryant a little too over-the-top in this sketch. I hope to see more from  her but I was not a fan of her delivery here as well. I will give her credit for her little cackle at the end and quick nod as she left the sketch.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Carl’s New Girlfriend (4:20)

–      Okay, I laughed at this one the first time I watched it last night but my oh my, I didn’t like this very much at all when rewatching it tonight. Fred has done drag a million times and even I, as an Armisen fan, will admit that it’s just about time to call it quits on the show.

–      I did like some of the odd, quirky things that Armisen had to say like his drink request and his yelling at Hader that he wants to talk about politics… and BOOKS!”

–      The odd detail of Armisen’s cigarette being unlit the whole time made me chuckle.

–      Hader and Armisen came perilously close to cracking up as did the normally-unflappable Bayer.

RATING: * ½

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Panic Station” (3:01)

–      Another awesome performance and the best thing about it was that it was completely different from the first song. It had a faster pace but it was definitely just as strong.

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Undecided Voters of America (1:50)

–      Repeat from Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Mumford & Sons (9/22/12).

 

 

Goodnights

 

BEST PERFORMER(S) OF THE NIGHT:

–      Kate McKinnon

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Another very entertaining show for the season which has been on a great roll so far. Originally I said that this was the best episode of the season thus far but I would actually place this just below Levitt’s episode, making it the second best. Daniel Craig was a pretty good host; maybe he wasn’t as strong as the past two hosts but he did a commendable job and did well in many different types of roles.

TONIGHT’S RATING: *** ½

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by Brendan Wahl

(Season 37, Episode 18)

The Show:

1. Road to the White House (5:23)

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (Sudeikis) panders to all demographics by making speeches everywhere including in Pittsburgh, at a press conference for the ASPCA, and even for the opening of Saturday Night Live.

– This was some sharp satire making fun of Romney’s desire to pander to every single demographic and the sketch pushed it in the realms of ridiculousness by having him go to things like a rally for Roleplaying Games.
– Hey, look! It’s Kate McKinnon. She didn’t do anything but it was cool to see her anyway.
– My favourite part was probably Bayer and Thompson telling Sudeikis how horrible East St. Louis is, but the ending with Sudeikis appearing on SNL and thinking that the opening line is “Hey New York, let’s start the show!” was great.
Rating: ****

2. Monologue (2:14)

Sofia introduces her son and “grandparents” in the audience while talking about what a thrill it is to be there despite the cast greeting her with “open arms and pulled-down pants.”

– Funny monologue with Sofia doing a pretty good job. I particularly liked her making everything sound sexier than it should, especially “Rick Santorum.”
– Damn, her accent is thick and, as my girlfriend said, “Holy tits.”
Rating: *** 1/2

3. Just Friends Booty Shorts (1:29)

Two guys (Samberg & Sudeikis) are constantly accused of being a gay couple can finally tell the world they are completely straight with some matching booty shorts that say “Just Friends” on them.

– I enjoyed this quite a bit and the chemistry between Andy and Jason was good. I feel like we don’t get to see them interact in sketches on the show that much.
– Taran had a very funny part here but my favourite part was at the end with Jason and Andy wearing “Not” and “Gay” shirts, respectively, before Sudeikis walks away and Andy is crowded by a number of hairy men.
Rating: ****

4. Bein’ Quirky (5:35)

Zooey Deschanel (Elliott) and co-host Michael Cera (Killam) welcome guests Drew Barrymore (Wiig) and Fran Drescher (Vergara) while discussing all things quirky. We also get a pre-taped message from original quirkster, Mayim Bialik (Samberg) along with Joey Lawrence (Armisen).

– I didn’t expect this to return so soon especially with news of Abby possibly leaving the show at the end of the season, but I enjoyed this almost as much as the first sketch.
– Abby is cute as a button playing Zooey Deschanel and Taran was awesome once again as Michael Cera.
– I knew Wiig would be great as Barrymore but Sofia really impressed me here by doing a bang-on impression of The Nanny aka Fran Drescher. She actually managed to tone down her accent quite a bit as well.
– The pretaped message from Andy and Fred was okay but slowed the sketch down a bit.
Rating: *** 1/2

5. Almost Pizza (1:19)

What is described as “almost pizza” results in strange things happening like the food shattering and then reforming together on the floor.

– I loved this parody. Wiig was perfect and laid-back as the mom and Hader was great here too, as he kept questioning what the pizza was REALLY made out of.
Rating: **** 1/2

6. News Promo (3:49)

While shooting a promo for the news, the eye-in-the-sky traffic reporter Hope Hines (Armisen) has trouble responding to direction while the others (Vergara & Sudeikis) follow direction fine.

– This was way too repetitive to be that funny or anything but Armisen had a couple of funny moments despite the weak material. I liked him suggesting thought bubbles over his head but then not knowing what would be in it so he gives up on the idea.
– The music was the same that they used in that pointing reporters sketch from the Jack Black episode in Year 31.
– I also liked Fred giving Bill his wallet instead of turning, which was ridiculous.
Rating: **

7. Gilly (4:31)

Gilly (Wiig) is back, raising hell in her Sex Education class and torturing fellow students Liam (Moynihan), Sam (Thompson), and her teacher (Vergara). The teacher asks Gilly where her life is headed, causing Gilly to have a flash-forward and then apologize at the end for going too far with her insults.

– I was never the biggest fan of Gilly but I give them all the credit in the world for doing something completely different with this recurring sketch.
– Wiig’s dancing always amuses me.
– The flash-forward was quite funny with Wiig faking her death and then the ending of the sketch was great too with Wiig admitting that she went too far by calling Sofia a “bitch.”
Rating: ***

8. One Direction performs “What Makes You Beautiful” (3:18)

– This was whatever. I don’t like boy bands. I thought that era was all over.

9. Weekend Update with Seth Meyers (8:27)
Guest: Drunk Uncle

Best Jokes: Romney frontrunner; Matt Lauer; Bond/product placement; American Eagle airline; oldest clown (2nd joke)

– I was really glad to see Bobby come back as Drunk Uncle again. I really enjoy that character and he always makes me laugh with the various crazy drunk things he says. I can’t even pick out my favourite parts because I liked the whole thing. I will say that his rabbit ears were great though.
Rating: ****

10. The Manuel Ortiz Show (4:15)

Manuel (Armisen) attempts to help his guests reconnect when a young woman (Vergara) wants to find out the identity of her mother (Wiig).

– I predicted that they would do this sketch with Sofia hosting but this is starting to wear thin on me. I did get a few laughs out of Taran and Bill’s characters and Wiig’s appearance as the mother was amusing, but otherwise, this was whatever.
– Kenan’s dancing always amuses me in these sketches because he merely just shakes his head.
– The appearance by One Direction was actually pretty funny and it was a clever way to insert them into the sketch.
Rating: **

11. Lil’ Poundcake (1:18)

– Repeat from Melissa McCarthy/Lady Antebellum (10/1/11).

12. Watch What Happens: Live (5:51)

Andy Cohen (Killam) hosts this Bravo talk show where he mostly ignores his guests, GG (Vergara), Mercedes (Pedrad), and Desmond Tutu (Thompson) and talks about how adorable he is.

– This was a funny sketch anchored by a great performance from Taran as the obnoxious Andy Cohen.
– Kate McKinnon makes her ‘speaking role’ debut here and she did a pretty good job as Tabatha Coffey in the quick little video clip.
– Kenan was very funny here as Desmond Tutu. It was such a strange role for him to play but I enjoyed how excited he got at various points of the sketch.
– My favourite part was Nasim thanking people for watching Real Housewives and then forgetting to turn the TV off when they take a shower.
Rating: ****

13. One Direction performs “One Thing” (3:12)

– Second verse, same as the first. I can’t believe I heard someone on the news compare them to the Beatles. Are you KIDDING me, America?!

14. Pantene Commercial (4:46)

Sofia Vergara shoots a Pantene commercial with Penelope Cruz (McKinnon!), who seems to have trouble with some of the more difficult words that she has to pronounce.

– Here we got Kate starring in her first sketch and I gotta say that she did quite a good job here with her impression of Cruz. The premise was okay but made funnier by the performances. Sudeikis was good as well as the director.
– For some reason, Bobby made me laugh every time he slated even though he didn’t say anything funny in particular.
– I like how Sofia wasn’t shy of poking fun at herself either in terms of her intelligence and familiarity with the English language.
– This was pretty much the same ending as the news report sketch from earlier.
Rating: ***

15. 74th Annual Hunger Games (3:14)

As the announcers (Armisen & Hader) discuss the festivities, reporter Maria Gutierrez (Vergara) reports from the island where the Hunger Games are occurring and tries to interview several of the participants despite the fact that they are trying to hide from the others.

– If you haven’t seen the film, you may not have 100% understood the sketch, but for those who did it was pretty damn funny. Sofia carried this thing for the most part.
– Abby did a pretty good impression of Jennifer Lawrence’s role in the film.
Rating: *** 1/2

16. Goodnights

OVERALL: It was a good show with a surprisingly good host in Sofia Vergara (I didn’t expect her to be too versatile) and a whatever musical guest, but they didn’t detract too much from the final product anyway. The cold open, both new commercial parodies, Update, and Killam’s Andy Cohen segment were all great with some average material surrounding it but only two near-clunkers, which is nothing to sneeze at.

BREAKDOWN:

HOST: SOFIA VERGARA – 8 segments (Monologue; Bein’ Quirky; News Promo; Gilly; The Manuel Ortiz Show; Watch What Happens: Live; Pantene Commercial; 74th Annual Hunger Games)
MUSICAL GUEST: ONE DIRECTION – 1 segment (The Manuel Ortiz Show)

CAMEO: MANOLO GONZALEZ – 1 segment (Monologue)

FRED ARMISEN – 4 segments (Bein’ Quirky; News Promo; The Manuel Ortiz Show; 74th Annual Hunger Games)
ABBY ELLIOTT – 4 segments (Road to the White House; Bein’ Quirky; Gilly; 74th Annual Hunger Games)
BILL HADER – 4 segments (Almost Pizza; News Promo; The Manuel Ortiz Show; 74th Annual Hunger Games)
SETH MEYERS – 1 segment (Weekend Update)
BOBBY MOYNIHAN – 4 segments (Road to the White House; Gilly; Weekend Update; Pantene Commercial)
NASIM PEDRAD –  6 segments (Road to the White House; Just Friends Booty Shorts; Almost Pizza; Gilly; Watch What Happens: Live; 74th Annual Hunger Games)
ANDY SAMBERG – 5 segments (Just Friends Booty Shorts; Bein’ Quirky; Gilly; Watch What Happens: Live; 74th Annual Hunger Games)
JASON SUDEIKIS – 4 segments (Road to the White House; Just Friends Booty Shorts; News Promo; Pantene Commercial)
KENAN THOMPSON – 4 segments (Road to the White House; Gilly; The Manuel Ortiz Show; Watch What Happens: Live)
KRISTEN WIIG – 6 segments (Road to the White House; Bein’ Quirky; Almost Pizza; Gilly; The Manuel Ortiz Show; Lil’ Poundcake)

VANESSA BAYER – 3 segments (Road to the White House; Just Friends Booty Shorts; Lil’ Poundcake)
TARAN KILLAM – 6 segments (Road to the White House; Just Friends Booty Shorts; Bein’ Quirky; The Manuel Ortiz Show; Watch What Happens: Live; 74th Annual Hunger Games)
KATE MCKINNON – 3 segments (Road to the White House; Watch What Happens: Live; Pantene Commercial)
JAY PHAROAH – 1 segment (74th Annual Hunger Games)

EPISODE MVP: Taran Killam