John McCain / The White Stripes
October 19, 2002
Yes, I actually got a response!
That's awesome, to me, because I thought nobody reads this shit
I work so hard on every Saturday night/Sunday morning.
But I guess Joi does,
because I got this e-mail:
"I thought I'd be pretty
sure that Dean Edwards wasn't going to make it back for his second
season because he didn't do much in his first except for the
"Afghan Hash" sketch and the Denzel Washington impression.
While on the topic on SNL, I remember the episodes with Rudolph
Gulliani (if it's spelled incorrectly, let me know), and Steve
Forbes. Man did they suck. Politicians along with overpaid athletes
(Derek Jeter) don't seem to feel the energy of the show."
My Response: Thanks for inadvertently being my first
e-mail about SNL ever, Joi! I'll send you out a nice new windbreaker
for your achievement.
I agree, I thought Dean wasn't coming back. Now, just because
I thought that doesn't mean I don't like Dean. He's just underused.
A lot. When Tracy leaves, if Dean is still around, he'll probably
get his time. As for the politicians and athletes, I've already
talked about that above.
Questions? Comments? What should I add? What should I shut
up about? E-mail me at ECFroggy04@aol.com and (unless you specify
not to) I'll publish your mail in my next episode review.
And it just doesn't get any more special than that.
Ladies, gentlemen, and SNL fans
alike: the moment you've all been waiting for:
It's been an average season so far, and many people have already
given up because Will and Ana are no longer on the show. But
you gotta have faith, people. SNL has pulled through many hard
times, and this year seems like it's on the easier side of those
As if I haven't talked about him enough
Tonight's Host: Senator John McCain
Wooooooooohoooooooo. I'm trying to see this with an open mind.
Really. I've enjoyed his work in the Senate, I guess, and the
Presidential Campaign. Yeah, and monkeys are gonna fly out of
Tonight's Musical Guest: The White Stripes
Previously scheduled: Nelly. I wouldn't have really minded that,
but I like TWS too. I can't remember their new song, but I know
"Fell In Love With A Girl". They're a garage/punk (I
guess) band consisting of two people, supposedly either siblings
or ex-spouses. Or something. It's all a tangled web, and I frankly
Grading System: on a scale of 5, a 5 being a Classic
Sketch, a 1 being "They'll have to use canned laughter on
Starring: Parnell, Rudolph, Sanz, Meyers, Kattan
Comments: Hey, a nice break from the typical presidential opener.
The ballots in Iraq probably do look like that. I couldn't tell
who was in the other picture, besides Seth.
Live, From New York, It's: Horatio Sanz
Major Player: Sanz
<[MONOLOGUE]> John McCain
Starring: McCain, Armisen
Comments: The return of Ferecito, Armisen's first recurring character.
I thought at first that he would give McCain some different advice
than he gave Jimmy Fallon in the season premiere, but nope. It's
still "I'm just keeeding!"
Major Player: Armisen
Grade: 2, not fresh enough
Starring: Hammond, McCain, Morgan, Dratch
Comments: New opening, and no Begala? Oh well, this one was pretty
good with Tracy and his "black man racism" jokes. Hardball
is probably my favorite news parody.
Major Player: Hammond
<[SKETCH]> Lifetime Movies
Starring: Poehler, Rudolph, McCain, Parnell, Hammond, Kattan,
Comments: Ah, yes. The Lifetime Channel. It really is a men-bashing
network, which I am totally against. These movies are really
exaggerated stories with facts that were made up by feminist
writers. I love it.
Major Player: Poehler
<[SKETCH]> Wake Up Wakefield
Starring: Rudolph, Dratch, McCain, Sanz, Fallon
Comments: McCain's art teacher character was so like my crazy
art teacher, who also happened to have a Volkswagon bus. What
a coincidence. However, it was just the average WUW.
Major Player: Rudolph
<[CARTOON]> The Ambiguously
Cast Voices: None
Comments: All right, the return of Ace and Gary! That "Superman"
song really is the gayest song ever (no offense to the gays).
Smigel always pushes the limits of network censors, which is
<[SKETCH]> Meet The Press
Starring: Hammond, McCain
Comments: I've never seen this show, so I don't know how it really
is, but this was funny to me anyway. McCain plays himself, woohoo.
Major Player: Hammond
<[MUSICAL GUEST]> The White
I like the White Stripes because their songs are short and sweet,
you know? Maybe this is just the California in me talking, but
would it hurt them to step out in the sun once in a while? They
could still be The White Stripes with a tan.
Starring: Fallon, Fey, Forte
Comments: Damn, Seth breaks his WU appearance streak. I was praying
he'd be there this week. Okay, before I say something dumb, was
Forte's senator guy supposed to be a character or an impression?
I've never heard of that guy, but I don't know politics too well,
so I could be totally mistaken.
Story Of The Night: Told by Fallon "In entertainment news,
Robert Downey, Jr. appearse to be dating me in drag. I hope that
works out for them/us."
Major Player: Forte, as the only guest
<[COMMERCIAL]> John McCain
Comments: "Did you see her legs? They were like butt-ah."
He seemed a little too stiff in this sketch. It's sketch #2 where
he plays himself.
Major Player: None
<[JACK HANDEY]> My Big
Comments: Man, I never get these. Jack's just not that funny
<[SKETCH]> Top O' The Morning
Starring: Fallon, Meyers, Richards, McCain
Comments: Do I feel a "recurring" here? This reminded
me of a Mike Myers kind of skit, with the accents and all. It
was pretty good. Jimmy's wig had me thinking of Legolas from
The Lord Of The Rings. (Jimmy: "NERD ALERT!") Yeah,
I know, Jimmy. Finally, Seth and Jeff show up in something.
Major Player: Tie between Meyers and Fallon
<[MUSICAL GUEST]> The White
Good, but I liked the first song better.
HOLD THE PHONES!!!!! BUT CALL RIPLEY'S ANYWAY! The credits weren't
cut off for the first time in a long time. That's pretty notable.
Comments: Wow, I was pleasently surprised by McCain's
performance. He only played himself twice, and was in almost
every skit. He seemed a little too stuffy in a couple skits,
though. The White Stripes were a success, as well. No cast member
dominated the sketches this show, which is good. Also, I noticed
that we didn't hear the "Cast Call and Places" lady
in the commercial breaks, like last week. I kind of enjoy those.
Where were Dean, Seth, and Jeff here? They started the season
out so well, then disappeared. SNL has a new thing this season
with showing the band more often as a bumper, like they used
to with GE Smith.
Best Sketches: Lifetime Movies, TV Funhouse (Each got
Worst Sketches: Jack Handey (Got a 1), Monologue, John
McCain Sings Streisand (Each got a 2)
Busiest Cast Member: Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Jimmy
Fallon, and Darrell Hammond each were in 3
Least Appearances by a Cast Member: Dean had NO SKETCHES
(Dean, we still love you anyway! By 'we', I mean myself.)
Major Player of The Night: Darrel Hammond with 2 counts
LFNY Tally: Hammond 1
Tina Fey In Outside-WU Appearances Counter: Zeeeeerooo
Grade: 1 + (2 x 2) + (5 x 3) + (3 x 4) = 32/11 = A
3 again for this show.
Next Week: Halloween Special
Next Live Show: Eric McCormack/Jay-Z
How random is that? Will and Grace has been around forever and
they pick him to host now? And I don't know what Jay-Z has been
up to, but I don't mind him.