Sarah Michelle Gellar / Faith Hill
October 12, 2002

By Larry

PRE-SHOW THOUGHTS                                                                                                                 
-Well, I don't know why SMG is hosting again. She never really did a stand-out job in either of her previous episodes. I guess she must be really nice and the cast must like her or something. Either that or Lorne must be a huge fan of Buffy and Scooby-Doo.                                                                                                                 
-Sean's site says that Parnell is scheduled to play Bush in the opening. I really hope they don't cut it. If you want to see my "Fake Bush Photos" page, here's the link:                                                                                                                 
http://drg4a.topcities.com/bushphotos.html                                                                                                                 
The majority of the photos are of Parnell, but a couple are of Darrell.                                                                                                                 
-Faith Hill is an odd choice for a musical guest, primarily since the show doesn't really book country singers. Does this mean we might see Halle Berry/Alan Jackson in November?                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
SHOW THOUGHTS                                                                                                                 
Cold Opening: Parnell as Bush                                                                                                                 
-I'm glad they gave the Bush impression to Parnell. The only real problem I had with it the first time out was the makeup.  I don't think he needed the fake nose, but other than that I thought he looked a lot more like Bush than Will did. Just give them some time to get the makeup down and he'll be fine.                                                                                                                 
-Chris says LFNY for the first time since the Val Kilmer episode back in December 2000.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
Monologue                                                                                                                 
-I thought they would have all the male cast members hit on her again, but I guess getting married changes things.                                                                                                                 
-The line about not being able to go to the Caroline Rhea show since it tapes in the morning was hilarious. It took me a few seconds to get it.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
Swifter Sweepers                                                                                                                 
-This worked pretty well, although Amy's face expressions were a little over the top.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
Safety Seminar                                                                                                                 
-This sketch was too long and didn't have many laughs.                                                                                                                 
-SMG seemed really out of place in this sketch, and she kind of dragged it down.                                                                                                                 
-Kattan seemed out of place to be playing one of the students.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                
Music Dentist                                                                                                                 
-This was cut from the Matt Damon episode. I'm assuming Matt had Parnell's role and Amy had SMG's role.                                                                                                                 
-This was better than the one with Derek Jeter since it was shorter and to the point.                                                                                                                 
-They should have tried to come up with a different "surprise" ending than using the same one from the last time.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
Racial Profiling Airline                                                                                                                 
-This was the best commercial of the night.                                                                                                                 
-The fact that they were calm and serious about the racial profiling made it even better.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
Corona 1                                                                                                                 
-Waste of airtime.                                                                                                                 
Saddam's Palace and Doubles                                                                                                                 
-All of the guys, especially Darrell as Saddam, had Spanish accents. They didn't really fit with the sketch. Jeff seemed the most natural, though.                                                                                                                 
-Horatio saved this sketch, although there wasn't much to save in the first place. He should have played Saddam.                                                                                                                 
-Jimmy cracks up again (although not as much as usual) at Horatio's antics.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
Corona 2                                                                                                                 
-Another waste of airtime.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
Weekend Update                                                                                                                 
-The jokes were better this week, as only a few fell flat.                                                                                                                 
-Seth as the Dell Computer Kid was pretty accurate, but they dragged it on a little too long.                                                                                                                 
-The Ramada Sisters should have been cut. There was no point to it and it really brought things down.                                                                                                                 
-I don't like Jimmy's new tie. Something seems off about it.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
Making the Video                                                                                                                 
-SMG used her Britney Spears voice from the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards sketch. Once again, she seemed to really bring down the sketch for some reason.                                                                                                                 
-Amy as the assistant with the megaphone helped the sketch a little.                                                                                                                 
-Dean speaks for about the ninth time during his tenure with the show, but he seemed to have trouble getting his lines out (relying too much on the cue cards). He had the same problem during the Newsmedia sketch from the Jon Stewart episode.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
Arli$$ DVD                                                                                                                 
-This was just filler for the next thing.                                                                                                                 
-This was not an original sketch. I saw something that made fun of the Arli$$ DVD recently on another show. I can't remember where though.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
Tracy wants SMG and Faith Hill to wrestle                                                                                                                 
-This was nowhere near Tracy's other "backstage antics."                                                                                                                 
-Lorne appears and refers to an old episode (which is something they rarely do). And you know, this actually really was the first episode to have a female host and musical guest since the Witherspoon/Keys episode.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
Guy treating his lady                                                                                                                 
-I bet Maya wrote this. It was similar to that subway song from The Rock episode.                                                                                                                 
-This was too long, and the punchline didn't live up to all the buildup.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
Corona 3                                                                                                                 
-A final waste of airtime.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
Iraq: Blame Saddam                                                                                                                 
-When this sketch first started and they had the flag and Parnell standing there as himself, I thought it was going to be him apologizing for playing Bush.                                                                                                                 
-This was funny, short, and to the point.                                                                                                                 
Merv the Perv attends a sexual harassment seminar                                                                                                                 
-Chris Parnell FINALLY has a character that he can do by himself. He was channeling Will a little bit, but I think he based it more on his own Bob Guiconi impression from the Presidential Bash 2000.                                                                                                                 
-SMG actually did a good job here.                                                                                                                 
-It seemed like Chris was causing SMG, Dratch, and maybe a few others to almost break character.                                                                                                                 
-Merv's replies were hilarious. They reminded me a bit of the Bloader Brothers.                                                                                                                 
-This was a great sketch and should have been on earlier in the show.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
AFTER-SHOW THOUGHTS                                                                                                                 
-This show was almost the opposite of last week's show. Last week they had a great host who was bringing up the quality of bad sketches. This week, they had a subpar host who brought down the quality in some (but not all) good sketches. SMG said she wants to be a five-timer, but I don't think that should happen.                                                                                                                 
-Parnell and Amy were all over the show tonight. I don't understand why Amy gets so many roles while Dratch gets only 1 or 2 per episode. After all, Dratch is the senior female cast member now.                                                                                                                 
-There weren't any recurring sketches tonight, as Jarrett's Room was cut after dress. They should do it next week and have McCain play Jarrett's dad.                                                                                                                 
-Overall, I'd give this episode a C. Half of the stuff was good, while the other half needed to be tweaked.