Reese Witherspoon / Alicia Keys
September 29, 2001


First off, I want to say that this is my first written SNL review! After being a fan of Sean's site for some years, I decided to be like my hero Mark Polishuk and write a review. So enjoy!

 

COLD INTRO:

As expected, Mayor Guiliani did the cold opening alongside New York firemen and police. He said the same thing he's been saying, that Americans will not be controlled by terrorism and fear, etc. Then Paul Simon appears out of nowhere on stage 2! A good, appropriate intro, but I thought it was a little odd to see all those people just stand there for 5 minutes. After Paul Simon was done, Lorne came to the stage and thanked Rudy and New York's finest. He asked Rudy if it was OK to be funny. Rudy: "Why start now??".

Copy guy: Rudy... the Rudinator... Rud-o-rama...Rud-a-ling-a-ding-dong...The Great Rudino...Rudyyyyyyy

A

LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT'S:

Rudy Guiliani

CAST:

Oops, I guess Don Pardo forgot Tina Fey is on the show. Her picture comes up, and he says "Ana Gasteyer". Then Ana's picture comes up and he says "Ana Gasteyer with Tina Fey". I'd rather see Elizabeth Hurley with Tina Fey but oh well.

New cast members this season:

Dean Edwards

Seth Meyers

Amy Poehler

Jeff Richards

MONOLOGUE:

Reese Witherspoon said a few words about the terrorist attack, then told a LONG, LAME joke about a polar bear.

I understand that it's hard to have a funny monologue due to the circumstances, but the joke was REALLY stupid.

C+

FAKE COMMERCIAL:

Preparation H (the H is for Hip)

This was mildly amusing, but not really. I'm sure it will get even less funny every time they show it again.

C

WAKE UP WAKEFIELD:

Jimmy,Maya,Rachel,Reese,Horatio

Ok, Sheldon rocks. Rachel makes this whole sketch work. My prediction is that this is the next SNL sketch to become a feature film. This season, Wake Up Wakefield has 1) new special FX 2) a window and 3) Jazz Times Ten. Maya seems more confident this season. Nothing else new happened with this sketch, but the premise is funny and as I stated before, Sheldon rocks.

B

LITTLE MERMAID:

Will,Reese,Horatio,Rachel

This was rather dumb. A 1-joke sketch. She's half-fish, half-human. Hilarious, huh? Not really.

Rachel as a lobster? Why does she always play animals/freaks/boys...

C-

MUSICAL GUEST:

I'm not particularly a fan of Alicia Keys, but she was OK I guess. I really had no opinion.

B

WEEKEND UPDATE:

Well some of the jokes were funny, some not so much. I give them credit for making some jokes related to the bombing, that were actually funny. They also made fun of "Glitter" which has got to be the worst movie since "Battlefield Earth". The first thing I noticed is that Jimmy let his hair grow out even MORE, which goes along with my theory that he is trying to eventually grow his hair to look like Tina's. During Update, his hair gradually got crazier and crazier, until he was forced to acknowledge what we have all known for years: Jimmy Fallon needs to buy a hairbrush, and possibly some gel.

Daryl did an appearance as Jesse Jackson, and he was freaking hilarious!! He looks absolutely nothing like Jesse, but sounds just like him.

Tina Fey has trouble meeting men??? Give me a call Tina!!!

At the end they gave the number to the Twin Tower Fund and asked for contributions.

Given the touchy nature of the news, I think they pulled this off well.

A-

CULPS:

Reese,Ana,Will

Just your standard Culps stuff. Nothing special. Frankly I think it's time to kill this sketch.

C

CELEBRITY JEOPARDY:

Will,Dean,Reese,Daryl

Contestants: Chris Tucker,Anne Heche,Sean Connery

This really never fails to be funny, what can I say.

Category: "Famous Horsemen"

Sean Connery: "I'll take 'Famous Whore Semen', Alex!"

Comedic gold.

According to Anne Heche's resume, she slept with Chris Kattan?

A-

MUSICAL GUEST PART II:

This song didn't sound too much different than the first song. Meh.

B

DISGUSTING BABY:

Will,Reese,Ana,Kattan,Tracy,Maya

What the-- ??? This was pretty messed up right here.

Lots of disgustingness and no punch line. This is a standard "Will & Kattan being weird" sketch.

This was only made funny by Will making Chris break character.

C+

DONATELLA VERSACE SINGS TO THE CHILDREN:

Maya,Dean,Kattan,Daryl

Maybe if I knew who these fashion people where, this would be funnier.

It was OK...it didn't annoy me, anyhow.

B-

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SYNOPSIS:

Well, considering the constraints they were under, this was a decent show. However, in comparison to other SNL episodes, it was only mediocre. Most of the show was filled with standard sketches; no new recurring characters. I think they deserve kudos for handling the tragedy so well, though.

If anyone saw any of the new people besides Dean Edwards, then you have a keener eye than me.

During the show, there were 4 commercials featuring SNL alumni:

Zoolander ad with Ben Stiller, Beer ad with David Spade, and Corky Romano ad with Chris Kattan (twice).

Corky: YOU GUYS WANT SOME COOKAYS????

No thanks, Corky.

BEST SKETCH: Celebrity Jeopardy (and the Cold Opening)

WORST SKETCH: Little Mermaid

PEOPLE WITH TIME TO WASH MARK POLISHUK'S CAR:

Tracy (about 3 seconds in 1 sketch) and 3 of the featured people (who were probably there, but I didn't notice them)

MISTAKES: Pardo screws up the credits, Kattan cracks up at Will during a sketch, Jimmy's hair

(TOTAL GRADES: A,C+,C,B,C-,B,A-,C,A-,B,C+,B-)

OVERALL GRADE: B-

NEXT WEEK:

Seann William Scott / Sum41

Til next time!


Episode Review written by Jay Stuler


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