Vardalos / Eve
November 9, 2002
(COLD OPENING) A Message from
- A big improvement over
the Bush sketch from earlier this season. Parnell is getting
more into the impression and he had a lot of funny lines.
- I liked the little bit with Bush giggling to himself as he
shows the camera his ink-covered hand.
- Parnell has been in all the cold openings this season so
(MONOLOGUE) Nia Vardalos:
My Big Fat Greek Monologue
- Tina in a sketch!
- It was nice that Tina's mom came there as well.
- Rachel's appearance.
- This was short and didn't go on too long.
- Will we EVER have a real monologue this season?
- It was pretty funny when Rachel's wig started falling off
when she was dancing at the end.
(COMMERCIAL) Swiffer Sleepers
A repeat from the 10/12/02
episode. I didn't like this the first time. It's interesting
to note that this was Amy's ONLY appearance of the night.
(SKETCH) Kip & Wayne Bloater
at the sushi bar
- I like these characters,
even though I know most people hate them. They're two of those
characters that are so lame, I can't help but laugh.
(SKETCH) Steven Douglas High
- Darrell's classic one-liners
as Dan Rather.
- Nia played a good nerd.
- The funny picture of Horatio.
- Fred's appearance as the guy in the fedora hat.
- Nia's nerd voice got really grating after a while, though
I know that was the point.
(NEXT WEEK) November 16, 2002
I'm not really looking
forward to this. She'll probably do a forgettable job hosting,
just like most teeny-bopper hosts.
(SKETCH) Sonia the Waxing
- A sick but very funny
sketch, and great performances from Nia and Rachel.
(WEEKEND UPDATE) Fallon &
Fey, Seth Meyers
- A good Update tonight,
with a lot of good jokes.
- Jimmy's impressions of how other celebrities walk.
- Seth Meyers with yet another great Update segment. This was
kind of reminiscent of Jim Breuer's Update bit where he re-enacted
a fight he got into in a bar, but I liked this better.
- Jimmy's Katherine Harris joke. It sounded like the usual
bad joke he would have during the first half of his first season
- They stole the Times Square/Crabs joke from Conan O'Brien,
who used that same joke earlier in the week.
(SKETCH) The Ferey Muhtar
- This is one of Horatio's
few "over-the-top" characters that actually make me
- Nia's character was funny, as was Darrell's infatuation over
- After years on the show, Darrell Hammond finally gets a semi-big
recurring character. His only characters from before were minor
ones like one of the band members in the Antonio Banderas sketches,
or the old guy in the Joe Blow sketches.
- They shouldn't have made this recurring only because they'll
never be able to top the moustache mishap from last time. This
was still pretty funny, but of course not as good as the first
- Why didn't they do "Newspaper Mistakes" like
the credits said?
(SKETCH) The Falconer
- The sight of the falcon
sitting at a dinner table and eating like a human was worth a
- I thought this sketch had promise at first, especially
since Forte was starring in it, but I was disappointed by the
outcome. The only bad sketch of the night.
(COMMERCIAL) Pier 1 Imports
- A great parody of the
real Pier 1 ads, and Nia looked a lot like Kirstie Alley.
- Like last week's John Hancock ad, it's nice to see the host
in the pre-recorded commercial.
- Horatio's tumble into the shelf had me rolling.
(SKETCH) Dropping the L.B.'s
with Missy E
- Tracy was very funny
as Missy Elliot.
- I see SNL didn't listen to us last week when we asked them
not to ever show Jeff shirtless again. Well, he wasn't completely
shirtless this time, but I still saw way too much than my stomach
(SKETCH) Glenda Goodwin, Attorney
- A good parody of the
usual cheap lawyer ads.
- The bit with Maya's voice dubbed over Rachel's during her testimonial.
- Like with most late sketches, this could've been a little
- The second sketch in a row tonight dealing with showing
testimonials from customers. Nia and Rachel looked like they
were playing the same characters they did in that sketch.
(SKETCH) Community Accents
with Vasquez Gomez-Vasquez
- Another sketch tonight
starring Horatio that made me laugh. I usually only find him
funny in small or walk-on roles. He's having a good night.
- Dean finally in a sketch again after what seems like forever.
And he even has lines! It's a miracle!
- Good way to end the show.
- This looks like it might end up being recurring and will
probably take over the Brian Fellow's Safari Planet slot as "the
talk show sketch with the idiot host." In fact, I heard
they were supposed to do this sketch in The Rock episode from
last season, but it got cut.
- Nia looked a lot like Molly Shannon's Delicious Dish character.
A very good episode.
I think I would rate this even higher than the John McCain episode.
I couldn't think of any lowlights for a lot of sketches, so that's
definitely good. The only lowlight of tonight's show as a whole
was The Falconer sketch. I didn't know what to expect from Nia,
but she really impressed me. I enjoyed most of her performances
and she seems like she could be a castmember on the show.
Funniest Single Moment of
Horatio Sanz being knocked
into a shelf in the Pier 1 ad.
- Chris Parnell as George
W. Bush: "I like people. With the possible exception of
Jeffords, the fudge-drawers from Vermont."
- Darrell Hammond as Dan Rather: "The results are in and
the democrats are shut out harder than a Nancy Boy at a Texas
- Darrell Hammond as Dan Rather: "That boy's cooler than
Sister Mary Margaret's nipples on a cold winter's morning."
- Nia Vardalos as the Waxing Lady: "Honey, you got Robin
Williams' forearms in your panties."
- Tina Fey: "An adverting company in London is using dogs
to carry around ads. This makes London the only place in the
world where you can see a McDonald's ad sniffing a Wendy's ad's
- Rachel Dratch as woman: "Hello, police? I've been kidnapped
by the girl from "Cheers" . No, the second one."
CAST MEMBER COUNT DOWN:
DRATCH: 6 sketches (Monologue;
Steven Douglas High School Campaign; Sonia the Waxing Lady; Pier
1 Imports; Dropping the L.B.'s with Missy E; Glenda Goodwin,
Attorney at Law)
FALLON: 3 sketches (Kip & Wayne Bloater; Steven Douglas High
School Campaign; Weekend Update)
FEY: 2 sketches (Monologue; Weekend Update)
HAMMOND: 2 sketches (Steven Douglas High School Campaign; Ferey
Muhtar Talk Show)
KATTAN: 4 sketches (Monologue; Ferey Muhtar Talk Show; The Falconer;
Community Accents with Vasquez Gomez-Vasquez)
MORGAN: 1 sketch (Dropping the L.B.'s with Missy E)
PARNELL: 2 sketches (A Message from President Bush; Kip &
POEHLER: 1 sketch (Swiffer Sleepers)
RUDOLPH: 2 sketches (Steven Douglas High School Campaign; Glenda
Goodwin, Attorney at Law)
SANZ: 4 sketches (Steven Douglas High School Campaign; Ferey
Muhtar Talk Show; Pier 1 Imports; Community Accents with Vasquez
ARMISEN: 4 sketches (Kip & Wayne Bloater; Steven Douglas
High School Campaign; Ferey Muhtar Talk Show; The Falconer)
EDWARDS: 2 sketches (Steven Douglas High School Campaign; Community
Accents with Vasquez Gomez-Vasquez)
FORTE: 2 sketches (Steven Douglas High School Campaign; The Falconer)
MEYERS: 2 sketches (Steven Douglas High School Campaign; Weekend
RICHARDS: 2 sketches (Steven Douglas High School Campaign; Dropping
the L.B.'s with Missy E)
Another show with a Whole Lotta
Dratch. I'm happy.
That is all for now. Thanks for