Michelle Gellar / Faith Hill
October 12, 2002
Sarah Michelle Gellar
has always been a good host, and it's nice to see her on SNL
once again. This should be a good episode. Let's hope this is
at least better than the mediocre-fest we got last week.
By the way, I'm starting another
new format for my reviews, with listing the highlights and the
lowlights of each sketch.
(COLD OPENING) President Bush
and Vice President Cheney address Saddam
- The long-awaited on-air
debut of the new Bush impression. I heard that last week, Darrell
played Bush in dress rehearsal but his impression bombed with
the audience. I'm glad that Chris Parnell got the job instead,
even though it will take some getting used to with seeing someone
else playing Bush instead of Will Ferrell. I think Parnell did
a good job with the impression for his first time, and I'm sure
he'll get more into it as he plays Bush more often.
- Darrell's part in this seemed useless. He didn't even get
into his Cheney impression as much as he usually does. My guess
is that he was just there to help Parnell get his feet wet with
the Bush impression, since the audience would most likely be
a little more hard on this if it was just Parnell alone.
Don's voice sounded funny
when he was saying Dean Edwards' name. Maybe he was trying hard
not to laugh at the fact that Dean still hasn't gotten fired
(MONOLOGUE) Sarah Michelle
Gellar offends vampires in the audience
- Kattan, Rachel, and
Amy all looked funny as vampires.
- Not a real monologue; no surprise there.
- I thought SMG was actually going to play the guitar at first.
I would've liked to see that instead.
- It was surprising seeing Jim Downey again. We haven't seen
him in a sketch in a long time.
- Kattan sucks.
(COMMERCIAL) Swifter Sleepers
- Good performance from
- Lame, lame, lame commercial. Apparently, not even the studio
audience liked it; there was only, like, 2 people clapping after
it was done.
(SKETCH) The Be Safe Gang
- Good sketch, and well-acted
out by SMG, Amy Poehler, and Fred Armisen.
- It's good to see Fred with another big role in one of his early
- The ending could've been a little better.
- I noticed that they always use that same classroom set
whenever a sketch takes place in school. It was used in the first
Suel Forrester sketch, the history class sketch with Jerry Seinfeld,
the French class sketch with Alec Baldwin, and some others.
How come we didn't hear
the announcer lady calling the cast members tonight when they
would show the sketches being set up during the station breaks?
(SKETCH) The dentist fantasy
- Ugh! This would be the annoying Kattan sketch that I was
expecting tonight, since all his bit parts last week were too
good to be true. So I guess The Guy Who Gets Carried Away By
Weird Music is his new character (remember the Derek Jeter and
Renee Zellweger episodes?). Would you mind telling me that date
on which you plan on leaving the show, again, Chris?
(COMMERCIAL) A Message from
- A very clever and low-key
OCTOBER 19, 2002 - Senator
As bad as this show sounds
(third live show, politician as the host), I have a strange feeling
it will end up being a surprisingly great show. We'll see.
(COMMERCIAL) Corona ad, part
- This did nothing for me. Maybe there's a real ad that this
is making fun of and I haven't seen it, but I didn't see the
point to this.
- Again, the studio audience was completely silent. If I was
turning the channels and caught this, I'd probably think this
was a real commercial.
- Who was that as Jimmy's girlfriend? She was only shown
from the back, but she sounded like Amy Poehler.
(SKETCH) Saddam: The Diabolical
- Darrell's impression
of Saddam was good. Not as funny as Will's impression, but it
was more accurate than Will's. It was about on the same level
with Phil Hartman's impression. (coincidentally, the Classic
SNL tonight opened up with a sketch with Hartman as Saddam)
- Saddam's "This guy's got the real red-ass from me"
- Kattan wasn't annoying in this.
- Horatio's appearance as Fat Saddam.
- A little dull in spots.
- Horatio cracked Jimmy up, once again, as he was strolling
out of the room.
- Darrell's Saddam voice sounded like his Turkish Talk Show voice
(COMMERCIAL) Corona ad, part
- I like the new thing
this season with having recurring commercials parodies throughout
- This didn't make me laugh the first time, and I wasn't
laughing this time, either.
- Tonight's Corona ads aren't anywhere near as funny as last
week's NRA ads.
(WEEKEND UPDATE) Fallon, Fey,
Dell Computer Kid, The Ramada Sisters
- Jimmy's Tammy Faye
- Seth's Dell Computer bit. He did a dead-on impression of that
annoying idiot. Seth's Update correspondent bits always rule.
- Tina's Christina Aguilera joke.
- Overall, this had much better jokes than the season premiere
- Tina's patented rant and her march over to the studio audience
was just a little too silly. Maybe she walked over there to wake
- The Ramada Sisters bit was alright, not really a highlight
or a lowlight of this Update. Maya and SMG played good drunk
- What was with Tina's funny-looking shoes when she stood up
on the desk?
- I'm not a medical expert but aren't manic depression and bi-polar
disorder the same thing? When the Dell Computer kid's doctor
was reading off his medical conditions, he said them both as
if they were separate illnesses.
Did anyone else see the
commercial preview for the Jackass movie? How they made a movie
out of that show is beyond me.
(SKETCH) Making the Video:
- Nice job making fun
of the Queen of all skanks, Christina Aguilera.
- SMG looked sexy as hell.
- Dean's Redman impression bombed, but who cares? He actually
got something to do other than playing Silent Background Man!
The Cure for Bladder Control Problems
- None (see below in Additional Notes)
- None (see below in Additional Notes)
- There's nothing really I can say about this sketch; I've
never seen Arli$$ since I don't have HBO. I have heard about
it though. Is the show really that bad?
(MISCELLANEOUS): Tracy tries
to get SMG and Faith Hill to fight
- I always like these
bits with Tracy chatting with the host after a sketch.
- Tracy saying "Get me a Pespi, biotch!" wasn't
as funny as the original "Get me a soda, bitch!" Maybe
because he didn't say it as funny.
- Good to see Lorne again. It seems like he's never on camera
- SMG and Faith Hill should've fought each other, dammit!
(SKETCH) He knows how to treat
- Tracy always makes
me laugh, no matter what he does.
- WTF??? This reminded me of that terrible Subway Fred sketch
from last season, since it featured the same two castmembers
and was a really bizarre sketch. But at least this actually had
a joke at the end.
- The twist at the end wasn't funny enough to make the sketch
- Tracy's in-between sexual comments when Maya was talking
reminded me of Astronaut Jones.
(COMMERCIAL) Corona ad, part
- This part was actually
funny, if only because it's always hilarious to see people get
hit on the head with objects.
- Once again, there was no applause from the studio audience
after this was over. Is there something wrong with the microphones,
or is the whole audience really asleep?
(MISCELLANEOUS): Blame it
- Excellent! The joke
was saved all the way to the end (which seems to be a theme tonight),
but it was worth it.
- Like last week's "The War on Iraq, the TV Series"
commercial, SNL is doing a good job of spoofing the war.
- I thought Tracy's part was pretty funny, although it wasn't
really supposed to be. Like I said before, he makes me laugh
- Was Maya as the voice-over of this sketch? It sounded like
(SKETCH): Merv the Perv
- Nice to see Parnell
in the lead role of a sketch; I could see this as a new character
- Funny twist at the end.
- Once again, this was hurt by poor audience response.
- As much as I liked Parnell in this, I just couldn't help thinking
that Will Ferrell would have played this role if he were still
on the show. He's the best at playing a sleazy pervert.
- Other than Parnell, Maya, and Rachel, the castmembers in
this sketch were wasted. They were only sitting in the background
and they did nothing for the whole sketch (I didn't even notice
Will Forte was in this until the end when everybody got up and
left the room). Maybe they were all auditioning for the new role
of Silent Background Man. I hope this doesn't mean poor Dean
really is gonna get the shaft. None of them are as good at that
role as Dean is, anyway.
Not really an improvement
over the season premiere. I was expecting a lot of funnier stuff,
and got disappointed. This is really worrying me, because in
the past few seasons when the season premiere was bad and it
seemed liked the season would be doomed, the second episode was
a big improvement and the rest of the season turned out to be
good. Unfortunately this year, both the premiere and the 2nd
show disappointed. SNL better start getting back in gear soon,
or I'm afraid we might be in for the next 94-95 (though to be
fair, neither of these two shows were anywhere near 94-95 levels).
This cast is good, but the problem seems to be the writing -
which is odd, since the SNL writers got an Emmy for their work
last season. I don't think a lot of the writers left since then;
maybe they're getting lazy.
Overall Highlights of Tonight's
- SMG as the host; she
did another great job. I can see her becoming a five-timer in
- Weekend Update.
- The war-related material (cold opening, Blame Saddam, Trans-Airlines)
- SMG, Amy, and Fred in the Be Safe Gang sketch.
- SMG as Christina Aguilera.
- Funniest single moment of the night: I was thinking about putting
Horatio as Fat Saddam, but he got the funniest moment last week
when he played Rosie, so I'll instead put the waiter in the third
Corona commercial getting beaned on the head with a bottle.
Overall Lowlights of Tonight's
- What was with the studio
audience? Amy's "Dead people don't laugh" comment in
the Be Safe Gang sketch is ironic, since the studio audience
tonight was apparently filled with dead people. I know this episode
wasn't great, but even in other bad episodes, the audience is
still pretty lively. A quiet audience can hurt the feeling of
the show, and it did tonight. Several sketches ended without
the usual applause from the audience, and they were dead silent
during a lot of actual funny parts. I don't think I've ever seen
an episode with a crowd this subdued.
- The monologue.
- Swifter Sleepers.
- Most of the Corona ads, except for the last one.
- The "How to treat a woman" sketch (it was nothing
but a bad cross-over between Astronaut Jones and Subway Fred).
- Maybe I'm still going through Ferrell withdrawal, but I was
reminded of him a lot during this show (new Bush and Saddam impressions;
sleazy perv character). I didn't really think much about him
during the season premiere.
- Kattan still being on, of course.
CAST MEMBER COUNT DOWN:
DRATCH: 4 sketches (Monologue,
The Be Safe Gang; Arli$$, the Cure for Bladder Control Problems;
Merv the Perv)
FALLON: 7 sketches (The Be Safe Gang; Corona ad #1; Saddam, the
Diabolical Genius; Corona ad #2; Weekend Update; Making the Video:
Christina Aguilera; Corona ad #3)
FEY: 1 sketch (Weekend Update)
HAMMOND: 2 sketches (Bush and Cheney address Saddam; Saddam,
the Diabolical Genius)
KATTAN: 5 sketches (Monologue; The Be Safe Gang; The Dentist
Fantasy; Saddam, the Diabolical Genius; Making the Video: Christina
MORGAN: 5 sketches (A Message from Trans-American Airlines; Making
the Video: Christina Aguilera; Tracy chats with SMG and Faith
Hill; He knows how to treat his woman; Blame it on Saddam)
PARNELL: 7 sketches (Bush and Cheney address Saddam; The Be Safe
Gang; The Dentist Fantasy; A Message from Trans-American Airlines;
Weekend Update; Blame it on Saddam; Merv the Perv)
POEHLER: 10 sketches (Monologue; Swifter Sleepers; The Be Safe
Gang; A Message from Trans-American Airlines; Corona ad #1; Corona
ad #2; Making the Video: Christina Aguilera; Corona ad #3; Blame
it on Saddam; Merv the Perv)
RUDOLPH: 7 sketches (A Message from Trans-American Airlines;
Weekend Update; Making the Video: Christina Aguilera; Arli$$,
the Cure for Bladder Control Problems; He knows how to treat
his woman; Blame it on Saddam [?]; Merv the Perv)
SANZ: 2 sketches (Saddam, the Diabolical Genius; Making the Video:
ARMISEN: 2 sketches (The Be Safe Gang; Merv the Perv)
EDWARDS: 1 sketch (Making the Video: Christina Aguilera)
FORTE: 3 sketches (A Message from Trans-American Airlines; Blame
it on Saddam; Merv the Perv)
MEYERS: 2 sketches (The Be Safe Gang; Weekend Update)
RICHARDS: 4 sketches (The Be Safe Gang; Saddam, the Diabolical
Genius; Blame it on Saddam; Merv the Perv)
Now I think Amy Poehler's a great
performer and she obviously has a lot of sketch comedy experience,
but she was in WAY too many sketches tonight. Unless it's a special
occasion (i.e. Will Ferrell's last show), a cast member shouldn't
get this much airtime in a single show. A lot of the female roles
seem to always be given to her when more of them need to be given
to the very underrated Rachel Dratch, who's apparently still
treated like a featured player. She's in her FOURTH season, for
crying out loud. She got in more sketches than last week, but
they were all small parts and she only had about 2 lines all
As for the others, Chris Parnell,
Maya Rudolph, Jimmy Fallon, and Tracy Morgan were also the stars
of the night. Dean actually gave his Background Man character
a rest tonight and tried out something else. Out of the two new
guys, Fred seems to be the one who will be the new breakout star;
I haven't seen anything big from Will Forte yet.
And that's it for now. Thanks