Megan Mullally / Clay Aiken
February 7, 2004

By Comma

NIGHTLINE

Finally! It's great to see that SNL is taking advantage of Darrell still being on the cast. Ted Koppel's back, and in a well-written and well-put cold opening. They took the biggest headline of the week, and make it look good without ruining it.

100/100

MONOLOGUE

I wouldn't say that Megan confused Ruben for Clay; it was just her way of bringing the snark here. But this was so looking like a dub of Candace Bergen's monologue. Shut up, Clay Studdard!

80/100

BRAVO POKER

Apart from Darrell as Rivera, this was KINDA bad.

60/100

 

COMMERCIAL

No comment.

 

I'M 12

I'm still not sure whether I was laughing very hard at this sketch due to being drunk or because it was idiotically funny. Maybe I'll put the bar in the middle, but someone from the 80s and early nineties writing cast did not write this.

70/100 ­ Original score Plus 10 for Amy and Seth being here

GOLDEN GLOBE

Perfect!

100/100

 

OPRAH

I'm not sure whether I was laughing very hard to tears at this sketch due to being drunk or because the fact that I was drunk led me to tears here. Basically that meant that this was too funny for words. Someone from the 80s and early nineties writing cast wrote this.

100/100 ­ Original score minus 1 (for no Jeff Richards on SNL today) plus 1 (for someone being taken out on a gurney).

 

TAXI DRIVER CONFESSIONS

This kind of suffered. For one thing, it followed the best skit (of 2004) ever, but ITA with everyone on how TPTB relies on "race" for laughs here. It's just a little sad.

60/100

AND NOW HERE IS TONIGHT'S VERY SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST

Shut up, Ruben Aiken?

78/100

 

SATURDAY NIGHT NEWS

One of the better updates! The jokes on Meg Ryan were on point, and the same goes for the jokes on Timberlake and other things. To top it off, Rachel as Barbara was better than ever for people portraying her (even though it was no Baba Waba), and the American Idol thing was just hilarious (almost to the level of the Oprah segment).

100/100

 

WIZARD OF OZ

Pink Floyd + Darrell =

100/100

 

ZINGER

This is back! Nice! It's like the one on Alec Baldwin's show, except, not as funny.

90/100

 

MUSIC

He's not that bad of a musical guest (there have been worse); however, some people might have preferred a 200-foot version of this guy made out of Play-Dough.

62/100

 

LAST SKETCH

No comment. Seriously, did anyone watch this?

 

Overall score 1000
Average: 83.33

 

Pretty great show! With the Poker skit, I thought it was going to be a crappy show. Then with stuff like Oprah and whatever else, it picked up. Nice!