Mena Suvari / Lenny Kravitz
January 20, 2001


1. So we're now being governed under the 43rd President, George W. Bush. Yes, I entertained the notion of killing myself, but I guess I can live with President Dubya. Eventually.

2. I just re-watched the Charlie Sheen episode, and I noticed something. It has listed under "Head Writer" Tina Fey and Dennis McNicholas, but they have listed under "Writing Supervised By" Paula Pell and Andrew Steele. Weren't these the same thing just last December? Wait a secondI'm checkingokay. In the Lucy Liu episode, There is only "Writing Supervised By", and there's only credit: Tina Fey. That makes more sense. What happened?

3. This episode ends my 2 episode streak in the "Guess the Hosts" contest, having gotten Lucy Liu and Charlie Sheen but failed to pick Mena Suvari. (Gee, I wonder why?)

4. Anyway, here's a little recap of the last 10 shows.

BEST SHOW:
Dec. 9-Val Kilmer / U2

RUNNER UP:
Nov. 11-Calista Flockhart / Ricky Martin

NOT EXACTLY THE BEST SHOW:
Jan. 13- Charlie Sheen / Nelly Furtado

RUNNER UP:
Nov. 18-Tom Green / David Gray

   

BEST SKETCH:
The Presidential Couple (Nov. 11)

RUNNER UP:
Palm Beach (Dec. 9)

NOT EXACTLY THE BEST SKETCH:
"The Pervert" by Adam McKay (Jan. 13)

RUNNER UP:
TV Funhouse: "Sex in the Country" (Nov. 18)

   

BEST HOST:
Val Kilmer (Dec. 9)

RUNNER UP:
Lucy Liu (Dec. 16)

NOT EXACTLY THE BEST HOST:
Charlize Theron (Nov. 4)

RUNNER UP:
Tom Green (Nov. 18)

   

BEST MUSICAL GUEST:
U2: "Beautiful Day" (Dec. 9)

RUNNER UP:
Eminem featuring Dido: "Stan" (Oct. 7)

NOT EXACTLY THE BEST MUSICAL GUEST:
Jay Z: "Is That Your Chick" (Dec. 16)

RUNNER UP:
Eminem: "The Real Slim Shady" (Oct. 7)

   

BEST WEEKEND UPDATE:
November 11, 2000

RUNNER UP:
October 7, 2000

NOT EXACTLY THE BEST WEEKEND UPDATE:
December 16, 2000

RUNNER UP:
November 18, 2000

CAST SKETCH BREAKDOWN:

Will Ferrell (51 sketches), Chris Parnell (42 sketches), Jimmy Fallon (38 sketches), Chris Kattan (33 sketches), Darrell Hammond (31 sketches), Horatio Sanz (23 sketches), Molly Shannon (23 sketches), Ana Gasteyer (23 sketches), Tracy Morgan (21 sketches), Maya Rudolph (15 sketches), Rachel Dratch (14 sketches), Tina Fey (13 sketches), Jerry Minor (16 sketches), Charlie Sheen (9 sketches), Dana Carvey, Tom Green, Val Kilmer, Mena Suvari, and Charlize Theron (7 sketches), Calista Flockhart, Kate Hudson, Lucy Liu (6 sketches), Rob Lowe and Lorne Michaels (4 sketches), Lenny Kravitz, Adam McKay and Paula Pell (2 sketches), Drew Barrymore, Robert DeNiro, Jim Downey, Eminem, Hugh Fink, Mr. Green, Mrs. Green, Jay-Z, Nomar Garciaparra, Patrick McCartney, Tim Meadows, Ralph Nader, Gwyneth Paltrow, Janet Reno, Paul Simon (1 sketch)

RATIO OF MALE/FEMALE HOSTS FOR FIRST HALF OF THE LAST SEASON:
7 male / 3 female

RATIO OF MALE/FEMALE HOSTS FOR FIRST HALF OF THE THIS SEASON:
5 male / 5 female

NUMBER OF SHOWS IN WHICH MANGO WAS CUT:
3 (Rob Lowe, Tom Green, Val Kilmer)

There was no point to that; I was just calling attention to it

Classic Sketch of the Week:

[MONOLOGUE] Mike Myers
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Originally Performed:
March 22, 1997
Performers: MIM, WIF, ANG, CHK, TRM, CHO, MOS, Lorne Michaels, DAH, MAM, JMB, TIM
Additional Notes: This SNL song benefited from being both funny and a good song period. I especially enjoyed Tim's segment, part of a long series of comments about staying on the show. This also happened to David Spade, but to a lesser extent. And on Mike mentioning "Austin Powers": Betcha he didn't know what that would turn into, eh? Eh? Eh?
Rating: **** 3/4=A
Quotes: "Oh, why did I sign a thirty year contract?" Tim Meadows
Mike Myers: "Yes, I was once like you guys too"
SNL Cast: "We're in the cast from week to week, hoping for a chance to speak!"

OVERVIEW: Mena Suvari / Lenny Kravitz
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See, for the first 8 shows, basically I didn't have a favorable prediction, and they were all great. Then the 9th show, the one hosted by Charlie Sheen last week, I gave a great prediction for, and I was, um, disappointed. It wasn't as bad as I made it out in my review of that episode, but not p to expectation. But this time I'm totally apathetic, and with good reason. Let's start off with the host, 19 year-old Mena Suvari. My total knowledge of her: She was in "American Beauty", "American Pie", "American Virgin", "Loser", and looks like an amalgam of Christina Ricci and Heather Graham. Now, Lenny Kravitz. He looks like the kind of moody, R & B kind of singer, doesn't he? You couldn't be more wrong. He's into more of the big loud, electric guitar riff type of music. Or is he? I'm going solely on his 1993 appearance on SNL with host Kirstie Alley, so it could be (and probably is ) out of date. So, once again, I don't have a clue about the show. Actually, I know that the spoilers aren't looking too great, but this has gone on long enough already.

[COLD OPENING] Bill and Dubya
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Performers:
Bill Clinton (DAH), George W. Bush (WIF)
Additional Notes: Sure, we didn't get an inauguration sketch, but this filled in nicely. The two personalities hit off great, just like they did when it was Gore and Bush. Yeah, 48% of the voting public are going to regret who they voted for and helped elect to the presidency when Dubya screws up. It should be any day now.
Rating: **** 3/4=A
Quote: "I was boogying down to the Marshall Tucker Band." George W. Bush
"If you keep your mouth shut, and your eyes closed, you'll probably do alright." Bill Clinton
Live from New York, it's: Darrell Hammond

[OPENING CREDITS] "A Cartoon by Robert Smigel"
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Robert Smigel's back? Oh boy. Better do good.

[MONOLOGUE] Mena Suvari
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Performers:
Host, WIF, Craig (WIF), MOS, Mary Katherine Gallagher (MOS), Lorne Michaels, TRM
Additional Notes: Fine, she looks like mostly Heather Graham. She just looked like Christina Ricci in some of her pictures. Back to the topic at hand, this was pretty repetitious, but Lorne's funny no matter what he does, and we saw Craig and Mary Katherine Gallagher again, if only for a moment.
Rating: *** 3/4=C

[COMMERCIAL] Gatorade Love Bucket
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Performers:
Groom (WIF), Bride (MOS), Grandson #1 (HOS), Grandson #2 (JIF), Mother (ANG), Father (CHP)
Additional Notes: This was kind of a weak premise, but I couldn't help but fall for all the elation the people showed after humiliating their loved ones. Sorry.
Rating: *** 7/8=C+

[SKETCH] Airport Security
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Performers:
Passenger #1 (HOS), Airport Security #1 (host), Airport Security #2 (MAR), Passenger #2 (ANG), Passenger #3 (CHP), Airport Security # 3 (TRM), Passenger 4 (WIF), Airport Security #4 (JEM), musical guest
Additional Notes: This was the only weak sketch this show, and it was pretty weak. Mena and Maya (Hey, that rhymes! Tee hee hee!) were wasted in Mad TV-like caricatures, although it wasn't their fault. However, I did like most of the bit parts, which raises this sketch above the cutting block, representing the dreaded "F."
Rating: *** _=D
Quote: "This isn't you. This guy's wearing a red shirt!" Airport Security #4

[SKETCH] Janet Reno's Dance Party: Final Episode
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Performers:
Janet Reno (WIF), Bill Clinton (DAH), Karen (host), Janet Reno
Additional Notes: I hadn't actually seen a Janet Reno Dance Party yet, but I'd heard of them and I loved the concept. But now it's over, and so is the impression, which has served us so well over the last 4 years. But there was so much funny stuff here, all capped by Janet Reno herself, which was very surprising to say the least. But it's a happy ending to Bill Clinton, Janet Reno, and the whole gang of Democratic characters we've loved so much. So long, guys.
Rating: **** _=A
Quote: "Why have you kidnapped us? Please let us out. Love, Karen. Aw" Will as Janet Reno

[SKETCH] Rap Street
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Performers:
Announcer (DAH), Grand Master Rap (JEM), Kid Shazaam (HOS), Aaron Carter (host)
Additional Notes: This would've only gotten a decent rating if it weren't for Horatio Sanz, who did the funniest cover-up when his moustache began to fall off. Maybe the audience's laughter contributed to the scheduling error at the end of the show.
Rating: **** _=A-

[CARTOON] X-Presidents
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Additional Notes: Except for some gratuitous sex jokes involving Clinton, this was great, especially the babbling that Dubya was saying in his inauguration speech. Welcome back, Smigel. Now don't screw up. For the seventh time.
Rating: **** 5/8=A-

[SKETCH] Wake Up, Little Susie
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Performers:
Carl (TRM), Susie (host), Father (WIF), Friend (JEM)
Additional Notes: This was a good idea with good execution, actually helped by Tracy Morgan, if you can believe it. Will Ferrell was pretty good too, but that was a given.
Rating: ****=B
Quote: "Susie, if you love me, let your hand fall to the bed." Carl

[WEEKEND UPDATE] Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey w/ Jacob Silj, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton
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Performers:
JIF, TIF, Jacob Silj (WIF), Jesse Jackson (DAH), Al Sharpton (JEM)
Additional Notes: The news portion was very good in this Update, and the correspondents weren't bad, although they were not as good as the last time they were on. But the joke with the circus guy who hit his wife seemed a lot like one Chevy Chase would do. Just an observation.
Rating: **** 5/8=A-
Quote:

[MUSICAL GUEST] Lenny Kravitz
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Additional Notes:
A slightly above average song from a slightly above average singer. At least he wasn't blasting his electric guitar.
Rating: ****=B-

[SKETCH] Veronica & Co.
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Performers:
Veronica (MOS), Cecile Etritz (ANG), Katrinka (host), Mike Daniels (CHK), Hendrick (WIF), Kevin Aquarius (CHP)
Additional Notes: I don't get why people hate this character, or Molly Shannon. I found the Val Kilmer one very good, and same for this one.
Rating: **** 3/8=B+
Quote:

[SKETCH] Lenny Kravitz Meets the DeMarcos
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Performers:
Dancer (ANG), musical guest, Dominique (host), Kyle DeMarco (CHK), Sean DeMarco (CHP)
Additional Notes: I'm not sure why I thought this was better than the other ones. Sure, the person who played the assistant wasn't blatantly overacting like Charlize Theron did, but I didn't recognize most of the songs. Oh well, I guess we'll never know. Unless you ask me. Then we might.
Rating: **** _=A-
Quote: "I'm amazed you can tie your shoes." Dominique

[MUSICAL GUEST] Lenny Kravtiz
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Additional Notes:
I'm sure Lenny was pretty mad that he got cut off. Whatever, it was just bad scheduling. The 2/3 of the song was fine, I guess. Hard to tell the difference from the last one.
Rating: ****=B-

Performer of the Night: Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond
Best Sketches of the Night: Bill and Dubya, Janet Reno's Dance Party: Final Episode
Worst Sketch of the Night: Airport Security
Cast Sketch Breakdown: WIF (8 sketches), ANG, CHP, DAH, and JEM (4 sketches), HOS, MOS, and TRM (3 sketches), CHK and JIF (2 sketches), MAR, TIF (1 sketch), RAD (0 sketches)
Overall Episode Rating: **** _=A-

AFTERTHOUGHTS: Mena Suvari / Lenny Kravitz
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And SNL springs back up! This was much better than the Charlie Sheen episode last week. So what if Mena Suvari wasn't much a presence and Lenny Kravitz only got 2/3 of a song. And you know what? I was right! My predictions were always wrong. I predicted a show leaning on the very bad side, and we got a show leaning on the very good side. YES! I'M ALWAYS WRONG! Anyway, I'm gone until February 10, when the host/musical guest will be Jennifer Lopez. Gee, what a hit that'll be (crosses fingers.) But maybe I'll do a review for the twenty-minute versions of SNL on February 1 & 8. Probably not, but who knows. Well, I'm outta words. Goodnight, everybody.


Episode Review written by Mikintosh


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