Dan Aykroyd / Beyonce
May 17, 2003

By Eric Golden

Hardball: Another lively opening to the show. Nice to see Tracy make one last appearance as Al Sharpton. Would have liked to have seen Paul Begala too. 
Grade: A

Monologue: I think a better song could have been chosen. Great to see Dan and Jim onstage together, but the song was kind of lame.
Grade: C+

Top O'The Morning: This was the funniest of these sketches they've done so far. I liked when after Jimmy punched a hole in the wall another kid was found behind it. 
Grade: A

Rialto Grande: Great to see one last one of these. That drummer is hilarious.
Grade: A

Falconer: Are they out of their minds? How the hell does this keep coming back? Not only that, they just had one of these two weeks ago. It's normally at least 3 episodes before a recurring character comes back. I just don't get this sketch at all. This is worse than doing Delicious Dish over and over again. 
Grade: F

J Lo and Ben Cartoon: This could have been funny but it just got stupid. I'm surprised that two weeks in a row they had a TV Funhouse.
Grade: C

Donatella Versace's Summer Barbecue: John Goodman was great as Anna Nicole Smith. The stuff about Sugar Pie being barbecued was hilarious. I liked when Donatella put her arm down on the grill and didn't feel anything.
Grade: A

Weekend Update: Tina and Jimmy's jokes were pretty good. Drunk Girl was gross but funny. I liked Chris Kattan's terrible reenactment of his 7 years on the show.
Grade: A

Astronaut Jones: Another tired sketch, but since it was Tracy's last show, it was ok to see one more. I thought it was going to be Beyonce playing the space alien this time, but what Tracy said to Maya was pretty funny.
Grade: B

Dog Restaurant: This was a clever sketch. I liked when Rachel and I forget who played her husband had to leave the restaurant because of the new NYC ban against sniffing butts in restaurants.
Grade: A

Crack Commercial: I'm not sure who it was that Dan was playing, but this was pretty good. 
Grade: A

Overall: It was an ok show, but not as good as I was hoping for. If the Fred Garvin: Male Prostitute sketch was decent in the dress rehearsal, and it got cut and the Falconer went on instead, something is seriously wrong. The sad thing is is that when Dan and John appeared on the show in the deadly 1994-1995 season, they wound up having about as decent a show as they did this time, and 2002-2003 was a way better season.
Grade: B