Garner / Beck
February 15, 2003
An e-mail that I got since my
From Alex Callahan (Idunnoummm@aol.com)
hey i'd just like to say that
i really like your reviews and agree with a lot of
them. you have your own sense of humor and that works well with
the reviews and
funnier to read. i agree with you on kattan and jimmy. although
both talented in
their own way, they are starting to become annoying. just writing
to say you
have another fan.
I'm kind of looking forward to
Jennifer Garner hosting, and I hope this will be a good episode.
There's also talk that Ben Affleck and Ben Stiller will be making
cameo appearances. I don't really care for Stiller nor do I know
why he's even appearing in this episode, but I'm really looking
forward to Affleck. I thought he was great when he hosted back
in 99-00, and I wish he'd host again, but a cameo is still good.
Hopefully with him there, they'll do a Sully and Denise sketch.
We've been long overdue for another one this season.
(COLD OPENING) A Message from
- Good to see Parnell's
Bush impression finally back on the air again, after it got cut
a lotta times since the Nia Vardalos episode.
- The material was pretty weak. This was a little better
than the Sarah Michelle Gellar one, but not as good as the Nia
- I hope they're not going to keep Parnell's Bush impression
behind the desk all the time, like they ended up doing with Ferrell's
impression. I got so tired of the solo Bush openings by last
season; the Bush impression is at its best when he interacts
(MONOLOGUE) Jennifer Garner's
- Kattan's cocaine/flowers
- Tracy looked hilarious in the cupid outfit (and reminded me
of Jeff in last week's Jarret's Room sketch).
- Tracy's Lion King comment.
- Jennifer's comments to each male castmember (except for Dean
and Darrell) during her song.
- Why didn't Jennifer sing anything to Dean or Darrell?
- Did anyone notice Kattan bumping into Darrell when he ran away
- Dean had this funny frozen smile on his face in the background
the whole time.
- A dead-on parody of
these usual types of Broadway commercials.
- The looks on the castmembers faces while clapping were funny,
especially Fred and Forte's.
- Why was the audience not "clappin'" after this
ended (pardon the lame pun)? This just ended and led into the
next sketch with no applause.
- The entire cast was in this except for Tina, Darrell, and
Parnell. The second episode in a row to have a sketch that's
only missing Tina and 2 other castmembers (after last week's
(SKETCH) Two-Faced Date
- Jimmy's reactions were
- Fred was funny as the ugly date. Good to see him getting more
major roles lately.
- Good ending.
- Did Jimmy say "God damn it!" during one part?
I thought you couldn't say that on TV. I think he realized this,
since he kind of made an awkward face after saying it.
(SKETCH) Wake Up Wakefield
- Horatio's usual funny
part as the teacher.
- I still don't care for this sketch, even when they take
it out of the classroom setting.
(SKETCH) Saddam phones Osama
- Good to see Jimmy doing
- Fred's "Awkward!" line (another example of his bit
parts being funny ones).
- A few funny lines.
- This was a mess and a lot of it seemed unrehearsed and
made up on-the-spot.
- I'm still not too crazy about Horatio's Saddam impression.
Not very accurate and too over the top. Am I the only one who
likes Darrell's better?
- As usual, Jimmy and Horatio couldn't keep a straight face through
the whole thing.
(NEXT EPISODE) February 22,
2003: Christopher Walken!!!!!!
(SKETCH) Gay soap opera actor
- After having some good original performances in the last
few episodes (Gollum, Grande Rialto, Office Story), Kattan unfortunately
had to go back to playing annoying roles that he's done dozens
of times before.
- The ending was lame as hell.
- They seem to do at least one sketch like this every season,
where they're filming a commercial or show but something goes
wrong and they have to keep refilming the same scene over and
over. I also notice that Parnell always plays directors in these
types of sketches.
- Was that Eric Slovin (the end-of-Update cameo guy) as the guy
who did the take?
- Tracy always wears that same wig whenever he plays gay guys.
(SKETCH) A date with Siamese
- Rachel looked hilarious.
The running gag from the Cloneaid and Angelina Jolie's love child
bits on Weekend Update continues.
- Kattan redeemed himself from the previous sketch with a decent
- Rachel's line at the end.
- After Jimmy cracking up in the last couple of sketches, he
surprisingly held it together for this one.
(WEEKEND UPDATE) Fallon &
Fey, Burt Bacharach, Tracy Morgan, Chris Parnell
- Jimmy's Screech joke.
- Jimmy's Smart bra/Anna Buffalo Smith joke.
- Jeff's Burt Bacharach bit was pretty funny. Also good to see
him on Update not playing the now-tired Drunk Girl.
- Tina's Vern Troyer joke.
- Jimmy's Atari joke. The sound effects also brought back memories
of when I used to have that game (which was up until this monthuh,
I mean, waitforget I said that).
- The Technical Difficulties bit during Tracy's commentary.
- Tina's Rooster & Chicken joke.
- Parnell's rap song. Yeah, the surprise is completely gone now;
everyone knows what to expect, but his songs are so well-done
- Jimmy's opening joke about the Al Quaeda bombed (no pun
- Tina again laughs at one of Jimmy's jokes harder than the audience.
It's not like she didn't hear these jokes before, so why is she
- Tina's Sea Lion joke.
- Tina's Colin Farrell joke.
- Parnell's talk with Jennifer at the end was too similar to
his talk with Kirsten Dunst. They could have made it different.
- Tonight's Update ends with a blind man taking Jimmy's pencil
away in a cup.
- What did Jimmy mumble to Tina after he broke character (yet
again tonight) after the Screech joke? I couldn't make it
(SKETCH) Michael Jackson in
- There are some bizarre sketches that I think are hilarious
(most Ferrell sketches, Scott Joplin, The Smile Masters, the
New Happy Birthday Song), and other bizarre sketches where I
just sit in stunned silence and wonder what the writers and castmembers
involved were smoking (Adam McKay films, Dog Show, Farting Baby,
the entire Tom Green episode). With this sketch, it was the latter.
I was happy to see Dean's Michael Jackson impression finally
make it on the air, but unfortunately, a) it was only a small
part, and b) it had to be part of this mess.
(SKETCH) Wal-Mart clerks
- Seth was funny as the
- A weak one-joke sketch, and Amy and Jennifer's "I
know!"'s got very annoying.
(MISCELLANEOUS) My Big Thick
Novel, by Jack "Sellout" Handey
You just never know when
to end these, do you, Handey?
Almost got 'em all in,
but it got cut off right at the very end. Darrell walked off-stage
before the end; I hear he always does that now, but this is the
first time I've seen it. Does he not like the rest of the cast
or what? And where the hell were Ben Affleck and Stiller? They
were nowhere to be seen in the entire episode. I don't care about
Stiller not showing up, but I want my Sully & Denise, dammit!!!
Overall Highlights of Tonight's
- Clappin' ad.
- Two-Faced Date.
- A date with Siamese twins.
- Chris Parnell's rap song.
Overall Lowlights of Tonight's
- No Ben Affleck cameo.
- Wake Up Wakefield.
- Horatio's Saddam impression.
- Gay soap opera actor.
- Michael Jackson in a Tree.
- Wal-Mart clerks.
- My Big Thick Novel.
Funniest Single Moment:
- Tracy Morgan in the
cupid outfit during the monologue.
- Chris Kattan: "I
have this thing where all the money I used to spend on cocaine,
I try to spend on flowers."
- Tracy Morgan: "You make me feel like the Lion King!"
- Jimmy Fallon as Osama Bin Laden: "I got permanent cave
ass over here!"
- Horatio Sanz as Saddam Hussein: "(to Osama) You
release more tapes than Steely Dan."
- Tina Fey: "Friends of Mini-Me actor Vern Troyer are concerned
for his health, saying he's started drinking again. Apparently,
things have gotten so bad that Troyer is up to four thimbles
of Scotch a day."
- Tina Fey: "As part of a mass pet wedding ceremony in Thailand,
Guy - a chicken, married Guk - a rooster. For the record, on
their wedding night, the chicken came first."
- Jimmy Fallon: "Scientists have invented a smart bra which
tightens its own straps when the wearer needs more support. Even
more impressive, it beat Anna Nicole Smith at Scrabble."
CASTMEMBER COUNT DOWN
DRATCH: 5 sketches (Clappin';
Wake Up Wakefield; A date with Siamese twins; Michael Jackson
in a Tree; Wal-Mart Clerks)
FALLON: 6 sketches (Monologue; Clappin'; Two-Faced Date; Saddam
phones Osama; A date with Siamese twins; Weekend Update)
FEY: 1 sketch (Weekend Update)
HAMMOND: 1 sketch (Monologue)
KATTAN: 4 sketches (Monologue; Clappin'; Gay soap opera actor;
A date with Siamese twins)
MORGAN: 5 sketches (Monologue; Clappin'; Two-Faced Date; Gay
soap opera actor; Weekend Update)
PARNELL: 4 sketches (A Message from President Bush; Monologue;
Gay soap opera actor; Weekend Update)
POEHLER: 3 sketches (Clappin'; Michael Jackson in a Tree; Wal-Mart
RUDOLPH: 4 sketches (Clappin'; Two-Faced Date; Wake Up Wakefield;
SANZ: 4 sketches (Monologue; Clappin'; Wake Up Wakefield; Saddam
ARMISEN: 5 sketches (Monologue; Clappin'; Two-Faced Date; Saddam
phones Osama; Wal-Mart Clerks)
EDWARDS: 3 sketches (Monologue; Clappin'; Michael Jackson in
FORTE: 3 sketches (Monologue; Clappin'; Michael Jackson in a
MEYERS: 5 sketches (Monologue; Clappin'; Two-Faced Date; Gay
soap opera actor; Wal-Mart Clerks)
RICHARDS: 4 sketches (Monologue; Clappin'; Weekend Update; Michael
Jackson in a Tree)
Jimmy Fallon, Rachel Dratch,
Chris Kattan, and Chris Parnell were the stars of the night.
Fred and Seth had a lot of sketches for featured players. That's
no surprise for Seth.
Darrell went through an entire
episode only playing himself and not doing any impressions. This
may be a record for him. With his airtime progressively decreasing
lately with the exception of the Ray Liotta episode, I'm afraid
Darrell may be on his way out. I know he's been on for a long
time, but he's a very valuable castmember and has been on the
show way too long to still be shoehorned into doing impressions.
He has very good and versatile character acting skills, too,
but sadly, Lorne does not realize that. He's only been given
rare occasions to showcase it. I think he always had enough potential
to be a Phil Hartman-type castmember, but I guess it's too late
to start using him like that now. After he leaves, people will
always remember him as being a great impressionist, possibly
the best ever on the show, but he really could've been remembered
as more than that if he wasn't just used for impressions. And
also, after he leaves SNL, what will he have left? He never gets
much publicity outside of the show like he deserves, other than
talk show appearances.
Excuse me for that whole rant,
but I just wish Darrell was going out with a bang like Tracy
is (there's news going on that this will be his last season,
Thanks for reading. BUONAS