Katie Holmes / Dave Matthews Band
February 24, 2001

Hey everyone.

It's 2:45 AM. On a school night. And I'm writing my review. This should not surprise my regular readers (there are only, like, five of you, but that's beside the point).

It's the last week of the term. Finals. I'm dead tired and I think I'm going to pass out at any second now. Thank god we have the week off next week. Everyone envy me. Now maybe I can finally get some sleep and recover fully from the multitude of illnesses that have plagued me during this trimester (damn flu, colds, and allergies).

I don't want to babble. I want to shower and go to bed. So let's get on to the review.

[Pre-Show Thoughts]
I only watch Dawson's Creek when I'm thoroughly bored and need something to mock. James van der Beek and Joshua Jackson did pretty well when they hosted, so I'm going to just assume that Katie Holmes will do a good job as well.
And the Dave Matthews Band is always cool. I can't remember, have they ever appeared on SNL before?

[OPENING] A Message From The Clinton Family
Yeah. After the events that have unfolded since Bubba left office, those who weren't completely sure if the Clintons were just a bunch of sleazebags are now convinced. Some of his pardons...well, there's just no other word for it...it was just STUPID on his part.
That being said, this was a pretty funny sketch. I loved how Hillary at first seemed disappointed in her family, then joined right in with the hysterical laughter. How much d'ya wanna bet that's the way it really is, too?
Another funny bit was how they had stolen the table from the White House. Hee hee hee.
Bottom line: good opening. I laughed. (Damn, I'm tired.)
And I'm glad we're not going to be completely deprived from Darrell's Bill Clinton impression.

Grade: A


[MONOLOGUE] Katie Holmes
I used to tap dance. I don't remember a bit of it now, though.
As if anyone cares.
Anyhoo, Katie did a pretty good job. I was sufficiently impressed.
And Will did a really good job faking his tapping. I was sort of fooled at first.
And for some reason I died laughing when Will referred to Lorne as "Lorneo".
(Any reference or sighting of Lorne cracks me up, and I don't know why.)
Moving on.

Grade: ehh...A-


[SKETCH] Mr. Peepers on Dawson's Creek
I'm really starting to dislike Chris Kattan. He's getting on my nerves. Mr. Peepers needs to retire soon. I can't tolerate him anymore.
I give Katie much credit for being willing to poke fun at her show.
Jimmy did a pretty good James van der Beek impression (I love Jimmy! sorry).
It was kind of amusing seeing Chris Parnell as Pacey. Not exactly the role I'd associate him with.
It saddens me that I know this much about Dawson's Creek.
The ending was really funny. I don't usually like Peepers sketches that much, but I thought the ending was great.

Grade: B+


[SKETCH] Tom Green and Drew Barrymore
Katie sorta had Drew's voice down...but she didn't look much like her. Kate Hudson did a better job.
Jimmy did a GREAT Tom Green. Wow. That was impressive. And I'm not just saying that because I love him. It was dead-on accurate. Nice.
Tracy was funny as the firefighter.
Maya was sorta annoying as the reporter.
I enjoyed Flossie's opinion of Tom...and I am inclined to agree with him/her.
Yeah, did anyone notice that the dog had gender issues?
At first Katie said "Good boy, Flossie," then later she said, "What are you thinking, girl?" And then Flossie's voice-over was male. I'm confused. Was that intentional?
Anyhoo, it was funny.

Grade: umm...A-


[CARTOON] Backstreet Boys
Yes, they do suck. I agree.
But let's not belabor the point until it gets stupid. God. I expected better from Robert Smigel.
Hee hee...only John Tesh thought the Backstreet Boys rocked. That was great.
The cartoon was fairly silly, though.
And it got old fast.

Grade: B-


[SKETCH] Wow, What An Annoying Couple
Enough about your damn lover, Rachel and Will!
It was kinda amusing though. And weird as hell.
Jimmy! I love Jimmy (as if you didn't know)! And I'm now jealous of Katie. Dammit.
The ending was hilarious. "My back!"
Not bad.

Grade: B+/A-


Ehhh...not bad.
They have better songs, though. This one was kinda blah.

(I don't grade the music.)


[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey
I enjoyed the crack about Madonna finding things that George "Dubya" Bush says more offensive than the things that Eminem says. Hee hee hee.
Chris Parnell did a surprisingly good job as Eminem. I was impressed that he was able to pull off the rapping so well (MUCH better then some of my wannabe rapper friends...losers). Horatio was pretty good as Elton John, too.
And my guess is that after seeing Parnell and Horatio make out like that, Eminem will never want to appear on SNL again.
Unless he truly is a marketing genius, in which case he will come back and surprise everyone. Well, me, at least.
Anyhoo, good Update.
And I LOVE JIMMY!!! (I'm sorry, it's a habit. I'm trying to stop, but it's hard.)

Grade: A


[SKETCH] Jarrett's Room
Gobi makes me sad. Because he reminds me of this highly irritating kid in my advising group and it makes me want to hit him. My god, that boy is annoying...but I digress.
Parnell looked really funny in the mesh tank top.
And it was another sketch featuring Jimmy! Yay!
Seeing Jimmy is always good...
My god, I need to stop this obsessing. It's getting unhealthy. And annoying.
(But he's so adorable...)

Grade: A-


[SKETCH] Tough As Nails---Scene 108
This was a one-joke bit.
It was rather silly.
It got old fast.
Tracy was mildly amusing.
And I just feel sorry for Will (and his nuts).
Poor man.

Grade: C


I liked this song better than the last one.
Still kinda blah, though.
Their older stuff is better.


[SKETCH] Passive-Aggressive Pam
Ya gotta love that barbershop quartet. That was cute.
Ana started lapsing into her Katherine Harris faces.
This was amusingly rude. I liked it. I know people like this.
Pretty good, for a sketch appearing this late in the show.

Grade: A


[SKETCH] Singles Cruise
Parnell started out with a pretty good Scottish accent, but then it started turning into other dialects and got weird.
Maya's voice annoyed me.
And this sketch was pretty predictable.
Still, it's not nearly as bad as some of the bombs that have appeared as the last sketch of the night.

Grade: B-


And that's about it. Not a bad show at all. There weren't too many dull moments, and there was some really funny stuff. That Eminem/Elton John parody on Update was priceless, as was the opening. Nice. Usually when they do three live shows in a row the last one kinda sucks, but that wasn't the case here. A thoroughly enjoyable show. Katie did well, and the Dave Matthews Band wasn't bad either.
And Jimmy appeared significantly more than he has been in the past few weeks and that made me happy, too. (Because I'm really sad that way.)

On March 10 the host will be Conan O'Brien with Don Henley as the musical guest. I'll refrain from launching into my rant about how much I love Conan until I review the March 10 show. Be happy about that.

That's a wrap. I need to shower and sleep. I have a French final tomorrow.

Until next week, au revoir, mes chous.


Episode Review written by Renee Epstein

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