Mena Suvari / Lenny Kravitz
January 20, 2001


[OPENING] A final message from Bill Clinton

It's good the writers squeezed one last Bill Clinton sketch in before Bush takes over the white house. Will Ferrell's impression of GWB is getting funnier and funnier every show. Whether it be playing with a ball of yarn or buying a talking fish for one thousand dollars, Will makes the impersonation funny as hell. I think I speak for nearly everyone when I say I'm gonna miss Darrell's kick-arse Bill Clinton impression. It will never get old. This was a great way to start the show.

QUOTES
"Hello America. I'm your new president, and keep in mind that's for a whole year."
--Will Ferrell as George W. Bush

"You know, George, you're not half bad. If you keep your mouth shut, your eyes closed, you should be alright."
--Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton

Grade: A

 

[OPENING MONTAGE]

Hee hee...Jimmy Minor.

 

[MONOLOGUE] Mena Suvari

Mena Suvari is mainly an unknown to me, but I know about American Beauty, so the monologue wasn't a total blank for me. Classifying Tracy as an extra was funny, and it's great that he can make fun of himself in nearly every show. Anyhoo, the monologue gave me a couple of chuckles, but it could've lasted longer.

Grade: B

 

[COMMERCIAL] Gatorade Love Bucket

Come on, SNL. You can do better than this.

Grade: C

 

[SKETCH] La Guardia Airport

The sketch was pretty good I suppose. I liked Chris Parnell yelling "Dammit!" when he stepped through the metal detector. Jimmy Minor [snicker snicker] was probably my favorite character, althought the best part was Tracy's walk-on with the big buff guy about to search Parnell. This is one of those sketches that is good the first time, but how much do you want to bet that there will be at least one more of these sketches before the end of the season?

QUOTE
"This ain't you! This a different man! This guy has a red shirt on!"
--Jimmy Minor as Tyrel the airport security guy

Grade: A

 

[SKETCH] Janet Reno's Dance Party

Well, la dee da. I've been waiting since November 1997 for another one of these frickin' sketches! Bill Clinton makes yet another appearance, and yet another seduction. The guest appearance by Janet Reno was a nice surprise. This sketch was almost a classic. I say almost because they weren't listening to "My Sharona".

Grade: A

 

[SKETCH] Rap Street

This one wasn't as good as the last two times the duo was on, but I still laughed hysterically. One of the things that kept me laughing was Horatio's mustache. That sucka just wouldn't stay on! And then Horatio and Jimmy started giggling for about 5 minutes. The reason this was so funny is because I don't think I've seen Horatio or Jerry break character before. I don't know how accurate Mena's impression of Aaron Carter was. I've heard of the kid, but I haven't heard his music, so I'll just assume it was a decent impersonation.

Grade: B+

 

[CARTOON] The X-Presidents

These guys kick ass! The semi-new intro was pretty cool, and I knew they would have one of these on soon. Ronald Reagan's potty mouth never fails to make me laugh, as does George W.'s exaggerated mispronunciations. Clinton's costume was funny, but the animation was sloppier than usual. I didn't really like the ending song, though. I'd much rather see the X-Presidents' kids or something.

QUOTE
"That may be the gayest thing you've ever said."
--Ronald Reagan

Grade: A-

 

[COMMERCIAL] Wake Up Little Susie

I was hoping the whole thing wouldn't be everyone repeating "She's in a coma!", and thank the Lord it wasn't. It was short, sweet, and to the point. Tracy rules.

QUOTE
"Who's Edgar, bitch?!"
--Tracy Morgan as Dr. Carl

Grade: B+

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey

The jokes weren't as funny this week. Jacob Silj wasn't anything special. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton weren't as funny as the first time. Probably the worst Weekend Update of the season.

Grade: C

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] Lenny Kravitz

I like Lenny Kravitz, but I don't like his habit of repeating the chorus 57 times a song.

Grade: N/A

 

[SKETCH] Veronica & Co.

Aw, horse sh*t. The sketch sucked except for the silver robot.

Grade: D

 

[SKETCH] DeMarco brothers

I don't know how much longer these guys will be on. I was decent up until the brothers took a "risk", which really made me want to hurl.

Wayne Campbell: Get it together, man. Don't hurl, cuz if you hurl, and I catch a whiff of it, man, I'm gonna spew, alright. And if I blow chunks, chances are someone else is gonna honk, alright. And that's gonna set off a peristaltic chain reaction.

Oh yeah, good thinking.

Grade: B

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] Lenny Kravitz

It was a catchy tune. That's why I was pissed when it was cut off.

Grade: N/A

[OVERALL]
I didn't know what to expect from Mena Suvari. She was a decent host I guess. The show was good despite a couple of crap piles. Check ya later.

BEST SKETCHES of the NITE
A Message from Bill Clinton---[A]
La Guardia Airport-----------------[A]
Janet Reno's Dance Party------[A]

WORST SKETCH of the NITE
Veronica & Co.----------------------[D]

Overall grade: B


Episode Review written by Eli Krenik


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