Josh Hartnett / Pink
January 12, 2002


Hey there, y'all. Well, it's that time again: Review Time! This is my first review, so let's get right to it..

FROM THE NEWS CAPITAL OF THE WOLD, IT'S SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE!
with me, Jane Doe(original i know)

Pre-show Thoughts: Ok, I was expecting this show to be quite a good one, seeing as how the Ellen DeGeneres ep. was the best one all season, and they've just come back from a 3 WEEK BREAK. I ADORE josh hartnett, but I wasn't really sure what he would be like doing comedy. Pink is a really good artist, so the music was going to be really good. I heard rumors that Amy was going to become a full-fledged cast member on this episode, which is good news and bad news. She'll get better parts, but she'll probably be on screen less.

COLD OPENING: MEMORIAL FOR BUDDY
-This took a little while to get going, but it wasn't bad by the end
-I didn't get Tracy's impression there, thought it was a little strange.
-Darrel was in his usual form: the pres. Clinton impression was just as solid as usual. I thought he could have reacted to the shots of Hillary and Chelsea a little more.
-The part with the 17-year old girl who hit Buddy was the best piece in the sketch.
Overall: 7/10

OPENING CREDITS:
-They really should change the credits.
-Yay! Amy IS a full cast member now!
-Random note: the clown on the sidewalk scares me. don't know if you've ever caught that.

JOSH HARTNETT'S MONOLOGUE: THE "NEW" JOSH
-he didn't really look that interested in what he was talking about
-the idea of the "new" Josh Hartnett seemed kinda random.
-What was Jimmy's problem, he looked like he didn't want to be there
-" The new, failed Jimmy Fallon" was FUNNY, esp. since that picture looked like Chris Kattan's body w/ Jimmy's publicity pic stuck on top.
Overall: 6/10

 

WAKE UP WAKEFIELD
-I usually LOVE these sketches, and this one was a little disappointing.
-The fact that Josh's voice was cracking and his pants were too small was so perfect.
-Maya is the best in these and the Versace sketches. They should do more of these.
-The shoe pictures w/ her and "randy" were funny, but they were too reminiscent of those Polaroid I-zone adds.
-Best line:
"Oh, hey Randy..it's kinda akward you catchin' me and Zach like this.but there's nothin' goin on..I never meant to hurt you."
"What are you talking about?"
Overall: 8.5/10

LIFETIME: I WENT TO BED WITH MY STEPSON: THE LARA BENGAL COVINGTON STORY.
-Just the opening credits were painful to watch.
-Ana was horrible here, but I guess that was the point. I still think that Amy could have done this one better.
-Not much else to say; it seemed like filler early on in the show, which was weird.
-Just an excuse to get Josh in a sketch as a pretty, naïve boy.
Overall: 4/10

SHOUT-OUT SHOW:
-This took a really long time to get going.
-This actually seemed kind of like TRL, seeing as there were all these people giving random shout-outs to people who wouldn't watch.
-Pink's cameo was PERFECT, and she was funnier than the host and half the players, even though she was on stage for three seconds.
-The shout-outs got better at the end, when Tracy started shouting out to people eating garbage.
-Just another excuse to get the host in the show. Anyone could have played this role, even Jeff. (sorry, Jeff)
Overall: 7/10

TV FUNHOUSE:X PRESIDENTS WITH THE AMBIGUOUSLY GAY DUO
-Good idea, but lost something in the execution.
-Clinton's costume and the robot were hilarious.
-The Ambiguously Gay Duo Cameo was another good idea, but they didn't seem to be as funny as usual, which is quite sad, b/c they're one of the best Smigel cartoons.
Overall: 5.5/10

MUSICAL GUEST: PINK'S FIRST PERFOMANCE
-Good performance, but I don't rate the music.

WEEKEND UPDATE:
-I LOVE WU, it's always the best part of the show, especially when there's a rant or a piece worthy of an "and..scene!" at the end (like the Flight attendant gag in the last live show or the cliffhanger last season.). I also love it b/c of Jimmy Fallon, who rox my worldwaitwhat? (Wakefield's Megan impression).
- This Weekend update was kinda boring. They didn't really seem that into it.
-I don't know who Horation and Kattan were impersonating, but it got really boring after a while.However, the ending was good ("I have two uncle Rolos! I repeat, Two Rolos! I'm losing you! Hello?").
-All in all, it was good, but not as tight as the last few WU's have been.
Overall: 8/10
BEST JOKE: TF:Hey, there's prisoners in Cuba, Bush is running the administration, and I'm wearing these leg warmersIs it the 80's? JF: Yeah, I think it is.

HBO FIRST LOOK: STAR WARS II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES
-The part with *nsync featured in the movie was hilarious. Still, I think it's just another excuse to use Josh hartnett as a teenybopper.
-Seth was funny as Obi-Wan Kenobi, but Dean could have played Mace instead of Tracy.
-The council with all the "celebrities" like Monica Lewinsky and Alf was funny, but the best one was where Yoda w/ shades said "Wazaaa, my homies?"
-This should have gone earlier, but I see why it didn't. Good way to save the post-Update blahs that always occur.
Overall: 8/10

FLIGHT ATTENDANTS
-Seth and Amy have the best chemistry on screen since Jimmy and Tina started hosting Update. They are perfect together, and I don't mind watching filler if it has the two of them together (see Step-mom comes home for xmas from Ellen's show).
-Best line: SM: "my greatest achievement is that I won second place in a karaoke contest 7 years ago. Let's see you try and top that!"
-Josh was the typically over-smooth captain, and those impressions were terrible.
-The part when the captain came back over the loudspeaker saying "I hear they're some celebrities in the cabin there, wish I could have seen them. But I'm trying to get us on our way, isn't that right, Austin Powers?" was so like a pilot it's not funny.
Overall: 8/10

JACK HANDEY'S BEST LIST OF 2001
- I haven't liked Jack Handey since the original Deep Thoughts. Couldn't they come up with something better?
- I thought this was pretty typical stuff for these fillers until the wax starting being everywhere.
-Best thing overall: a bat carrying a block of wax? w/e.
-This didn't make sense until the end, which completely biased me against this.
-They should've run a commercial instead. It's about time we had a new one.
Overall: 4/10

MUSIC: PINK'S SECOND PERFORMANCE
- I liked this song better than the first one. The other one's overplayed.
- She needed to pull up her pants in a big way.
Once again, no rating.

PLAYBOY CHANNEL'S MOVIE SHOWCASE
-Rachel and Maya were the best part of this.
-I'm sure Tina wrote this one, because she has a thing about hookers.
- Prostitutes for Arab awareness: HILARIOUS.
- It was classic when Maya tried to act all hooker-like and Rachel told her to "cut that out."
- Horatio was so disturbed in this, he didn't even look like he was turned on, just drugged.
- I thought Amy was Rachel for a second, b/c I couldn't see anything but her eyes.
- Amy looked just as scared of Horatio as I was, and Ana seemed bored out of her mind (she kept glancing off stage).
Overall: 8/10

CLOSING CREDITS:
-They cut them off for a Jay Leno add. I can't go to sleep until I see my fav cast members on stage, and I missed him. Needless to say, it took a while for me to sleep afterwards. I had to watch MADtv. it was horrible, and I only saw one minute of it.

 

 

FINAL RECAP:

Best Sketch: Flight attendants/Weekend Update
Worst Sketch: Lifetime movie

Overused player of the night: Tracy Morgan(5 sketches)
Underused player of the night: TIE: Tina Fey (1 sketch) and Amy Poheler (2 sketches)
Just a note on this: I know Chris Kattan was underused too, but Amy just became a full cast member, don't you think they should have put her in more sketches?

Should be cut on Comedy Central: Lifetime, Jack Handey, Shout-out show, 1st performance.
Will be cut on Comedy Central: Lifetime, Shout-Out show, Playboy Channel, 2nd Performance.

Just for the record:
Best real commercial of the night: TIE: Budwiser "How you doin'?" and Monty Python (John Cleese and Michael Pallin screaming in French about a sheep with the caption "if your girlfriend laughs at this, marry her")
Worst real commercial of the night: Golden Globes ad. RUNNER UP: Mickey D's.

Host overall: 7/10. Best in "Wake up, Wakefield."
Show overall: 8/10
Show's potential rating: 9.5/10

Post-show thoughts: This show looked like it was going to be better than it was. I think the vacation messed up the writers, because all the sketches were good ideas suffering from bad execution. Tracy is getting a make up for his first four years when he was never on screen. Too bad they had to do it all at one time. Jeff and Dean will probably be dropped at the end of the season, seeing as they're never in any sketches. They desperately need a Celebrity Jeopardy sketch, they're funny, they never get old, and Will needs some serious air time. Tina has such potential, I'm surprised they don't use her in more sketches (the playboy channel one would've been good for her).

Anyway, looking forward to next week with Jack Black. Should be a crazy show.

I'm the future Mrs. Jimmy Fallon, and That's all the news that would fit in the print.
(CUE THE BAND AND ROLL THE CREDITS)


Episode Review written by Jane Doe


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