Derek Jeter / Bubba Sparxxx, Shakira
December 1, 2001

[OPENING] Yah Maht Beh Uh Terrorist
With: Darrell Hammond, Will Ferrell.
Pretty average opening, had it's moments, but went way longer than it needed to though. The Jeff Foxworthy-esque jokes were amusing at first, but really shouldn't have carried as the main theme for the entire sketch. Ah well, it was still amusing and didn't leave me bored, but it could have been alittle better. I found the part where Will entered as Dubya and seemed like he didn't approve of Ashcroft's Foxworthy-esque way of coming off, but moments later exclaimed how he found Foxworthy jokes hilarious. Like I said, this had it's moments, but was too one-note. I think they should open the show with something else besides political sketches for a change though, theres no rule that says they can't do it later in the show, right? And I'm starting to agree that this alternating between Darrell and Ferrell opening every single episode is getting tiresome, maybe they're going back to the early days when only Chevy opened the show. Well, maybe not.
Funny lines: "If your idea of female nudity is showing an excess of forehead, all signs point to your being a terrorist." -- Darrell Hammond as John Ashcroft
Grade: B-

[MONOLOGUE] Derek Jeter
With: Derek Jeter
Eh, nothing great. Pretty predictable once it got going, and really wasn't all that funny either, but I think this was a good way of having him do a monologue without having to talk all that much and look uncomfortable up there, and I'd prefer the random acts of violence against "audience members" than watch Jeter awkwardly stand up there while stiffly trying to tell jokes.
Grade: C

[COMMERCIAL] Preparation H
With: Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Dean Edwards, Seth Meyers, Jeff Richards.
Another commercial we've seen. Check my Reese Witherspoon review. Although I guess it was a good way to make it seem like Jeff and Dean appeared in the show more than they really did.

[SKETCH] The Iglesias Brothers
With: Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Derek Jeter, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch.
Not bad, I thought Jimmy played Enrique Iglesias really well. He's had his whiny and dramatic way of singing down perfect. It's one of Jimmy's more accurate impressions to come in awhile, then again it's really the first impression hes done in awhile; all season really. Kattan wasn't that bad either. Amy and Maya were good as the hysterical fans, and Rachel's "what the hell" expression on her face after hearing Jeter was pretty funny too. But most of Jeter's parts pretty much fell flat, mostly due to his stiff performance. I thought it would have been a funnier idea to have Horatio Sanz play a drunken, overweight Iglesias brother, but what do I know.
Grade: B

[SKETCH] Baseball Wives
With: Derek Jeter, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, David Cone, David Wells.
Funny concept, good execution, and great performances all around made this a funny and enjoyable sketch. Particularly good were Amy Poehler as Chuck Knoblock's psychotic wife and Maya Rudolph as Mariano Rivera's foreign wife. Derek Jeter, while his appearance was funny, wasn't all that great. He had some funny lines, but his delivery was pretty poor. Although Jeter did do alittle better than some of the previous sports stars who dressed in drag like Charles Barkley for example, although that isn't saying much, if you saw the Barkley episode, you know what I'm talking about. Once again, Jeter just seemed too stiff, he improved alittle since the Iglesias Brothers sketch, but wasn't much better. The appearances at the end by Cone and Wells was sort of funny too, but pretty forgettable. But all that aside this was a really funny sketch.
Funny lines: "When Chuck has a bad game, he makes me sleep out in the yard, 'cause he thinks I'm a jinx." -- Amy Poehler .. "Okay Clarise, let's not spiral." -- Ana Gasteyer
Grade: B+

[SKETCH] The Masseuse
With: Chris Kattan, Derek Jeter.
Pretty average sketch, only saved by Kattan's silly reactions, but for the most part he just kinda combined all his old recurring characters into one single sketch. Derek Jeter didn't really seem to add much to this sketch either. The twist ending was kind of strange and didn't really seem necessary. For some reason I can't think of anything else remotely interesting to add about this sketch.
Grade: C

[COMMERCIAL] Dissing Your Dog
With: Will Ferrell
I really enjoyed this, Will worked really well with the material and of course added more to every line he delivered with that classic Ferrell anger. Definitely his best commercial against dogs yet, even passing up Wade Blasingame. I'd even go as far to say that I thought it was the best item in the entire show.
Funny lines: "Let's just go with the Alpo, I know it's not your first choice, but keep in mind, you're a fucking dog." -- Will Ferrell
Grade: A

[SKETCH] Derek Jeter's Taco Hole
With: Derek Jeter, Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Dean Edwards, Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph.
Not too great. The sketch while silly and mostly unfunny remained enjoyable to me for some reason, perhaps using the catchy Beach Boys song from that bartending movie with Tom Cruise, the name of it escapes me at the moment. But that alone isn't enough to save this sketch, it was pretty lousy for the most part. But it was quite obvious that this was a blatant rip-off of the Stevie Nicks sketch with Lucy Lawless, only that was much funnier. The Dog Night part was kind of funny though, probably the only time I laughed during the entire sketch. Horatio Sanz seemed decent, although he really didn't add much to this sketch either. Pretty below average.
Grade: C-

[SKETCH] Dealing with Mom and Dad
With: Derek Jeter, Chris Kattan, Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, Jeff Richards.
This was actually pretty good. The sitcom setting was kind of pointless though, it didn't really seem necessary as the sketch went on. Though it was a nice mockery of any family-oriented sitcom, I just wish they used more with it than they did. Derek Jeter was actually pretty good during this sketch too, he didn't appear as wooden as in the others. Seeing Amy as the kid-sister with braces couldn't help but remind of Stacey Richter, her recurring character from Conan O'Brien's show, the only difference was that Amy did Stacey's voice with more of a slurred speech because of the giant dental headgear wire she wore around her head. Kattan was good, but didn't really have anything funny to say or do. The Steinbrenner joke was pretty funny, though a big portion of the audience boo-ed it. I found Jimmy's signs of brain damage kind of amusing too for some reason. Pretty funny sketch, though Will and Ana seemed kind of wasted in this sketch for the most part, especially Ana.
Funny lines: "Wow, Derek Jeter. If I was 15, I would so have sex with you!" -- Amy Poehler
Grade: B+

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey
With: Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Derek Jeter, Seth Meyers.
Pretty good this week, a nice turnover from the last episode's pisspoor edition. Tina had some really funny jokes in here tonight, her Pee Wee Herman rant was great too. Jimmy even seemed more together than usual, just too bad he was stuck with the weaker jokes this time. Some good jokes included the other meaning of getting a Slurpee in Times Square, the animal rocket launch-chinese menu connection and the much deserved jab at Charlotte Church. That picture of a nude Al Roker was pretty disturbing but reminded me of something I saw on Conan O'Brien's show once, it involved Max Weinberg talking about why he liked the spot where he played the drums, admitting there was a hole in the wall next to his drumset where he said he would watch Al Roker shower while Conan conducted his interviews, and later on as Max looks through the hole it cuts to a scene of a nude faceless Al Roker body double and cuts back to Max giving a thumbs up with a funny perverted smile on his face, it was funnier than it sounds. Also, Seth Meyers turned in yet another great piece for WU, so far him and Amy are the only new players who look like they have a chance of coming back next season, although it may still be too early to tell. Dean and Jeff have been getting about the same shit for airtime as people like Sarah Silverman and Fred Wolf, I hope they get a break-out sketch sooner or later. Anyway, his point-counterpoint segment was good. Seth was able to keep his continuously telling Jeter he sucks funny without overdoing it and it was also pretty funny when Seth started taunting Jeter as he tried adding in his opinion. Derek making a point by saying Nomar Garciaparra sucks in turn making Seth break down and cry was also a good moment. Pretty funny stuff, even if it didn't include the famous "ignorant slut" line. The George Harrison clip shown at the end was a nice tribute, although the full Paul Simon/George Harrison episode shown later in the classic timeslot did him much more justice.
Grade: B+

[SKETCH] Osama Pep Talk
With: Will Ferrell, Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers.
We finally get the inevitable Osama sketch you just knew they'd do sooner or later. I had a feeling they'd have Ferrell play him since he used to play Saddam Hussein afew seasons back, and they almost always have him play any crazy guys in the news like Ted Kaczynski and Marshall Applewhite. Ran a little long, but the jokes were good. The "hot mic" part in the beginning was sort of funny, most likely referencing the Culps and it reminded me of how Will usually portrayed Hussein in a such friendly type manner. He actually did Bin Laden exactly like his Saddam Hussein as a matter of fact. Anyway, as for the actual sketch, it had it's moments, but just went longer than it needed to. Will and Horatio gave in good performances though, definitely one of Horatio's funnier sketches in awhile, and thats not saying much considering he hasn't been around all that much lately. Not too bad really, it just ran with the same idea for most of the sketch and seemed too long.
Grade: B

[SKETCH] Dream Perm
With: Derek Jeter, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, Horatio Sanz, Will Ferrell.
This seemed to be this episodes patented bizzaro concept sketch. Though I did like this sketch. It was odd, pointless, but at the same time unique. Like the Fenced-In sketch from the Billy Bob episode, I liked how such a big deal was made out of something so mundane, and it also worked as a throwback to the old sight-gag sketches. It was very odd, but relatable, and the dialogue was very funny and well written too.
Funny lines: "It's porno hair. It's totally Mike Brady hair. He loves Robert Reed." -- Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell and Horatio Sanz
Grade: B

[SKETCH] Christmas Song
With: Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan.
Wow, again? I liked the way they built it up this time with the orchestra introduction, even if I did still see what was coming. This kinda wears on you after awhile, but my only complaint is that this was pretty much like the first one they did, I don't even think the words were changed this time. Still it somehow seemed better than alot of the ones from last year since we knew what the sketch was about and could just sit back and enjoy. Can't really explain it any better than that.
Grade: B

These are usually hit or miss, and this week this was a miss. A clever twist, but it just wasn't all that funny, but I still gotta give it credit for originality.
Grade: C

The show seemed above average to me. Jeter wasn't perfect but he definitely did better than I thought he would, his was alittle stiff in the beginning of the show but seemed to get better as the show went on. Overall he didn't embarrass himself too much and was quite amusing in certain places. The cast was also good and most of them got decent amounts of airtime with the exception of Tracy Morgan, and still after 7 episodes, Jeff Richards and Dean Edwards still manage to get shit for airtime. It was nice to see Horatio featured alot too since he hasn't been around much lately. Next weeks show should be interesting, as long as Kattan doesn't do a Crocodile Hunter sketch with Hugh Jackman playing his older brother or something. Lets hope not.

Episode Review written by Emmanual Goldstein

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