EPISODE REVIEWS


Samuel L. Jackson / Ben Folds Five
January 10, 1998


[OPENING] President Clinton's $40 billion movie project

This wasn't too funny, and I thought it'd be better because they haven't done a skit in 4 weeks. I love Darrell Hammond's President Clinton faces, though. And the poster was funny.

Rating: 7.2 out of 10

 

[MONOLOGUE] Samuel L. Jackson

This was very funny. I like the "continue to kick ass" thing. And I loved the "computer class" bit. (Is it just me, or does Samuel L. Jackson change his hair a lot, because tonight he had none.)

Rating: 8.1 out of 10

 

[COMMERCIAL] Lemon Glow Floor Cleaner

They had this in the Brendan Frasier episode. This commercial is very funny. The first time I saw it, it wasn't great, but when I watched the tape, it was great. I love the tattoo and cigarette.

Rating: 8.7 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] Publisher's Clearing House Giveaway

Awesome!!! Even though somewhat racist, it was hilarious. "We don't want no giant check. That looks like a big ass food stamp!" Great!

Rating: 9.8 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] Bravo's Interview with Quentin Tarentino

Norm did a great imitation of Taranitino (or however you spell his name). I remember when he hosted in the '95-'96 season, and it was a great imitation. This seemed kind of like the "Star Wars" screen test from the Kevin Spacey episode 364 days ago. Also, I loved the different people that were tried for the part of Vinny. Hammond did a great Beaver and Cronkite, and Norm was, as always, great at Burt Reynolds. Ana Gasteyer did a great "Alice," even though that's not much to brag about.

Rating: 9.4 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] PBS's Jazzterpieces

This one was pretty good. I've never heard these singers (I'm not sure if they're real), but it was interesting. It was funny, but mean when Ana said, "He makes love about as well as he can see." And Jackson was playing a blind man.

Rating: 7.9 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] Judge Judy

HILARIOUS!!! I laughed my ass off! This was so much like the actual show, where Judge Judy literally insults the defendants and plaintiffs. Tracy Morgan's character was funny, too. "I wouldn't consider running bags with money past airport terminals a good exercise." "Shut up, fat ass!" Humor at it's greatest.

Rating: 10 out of 10

 

[TV FUNHOUSE] George Clooney

This was mildly funny. It was better when I watched it on tape, but I'm not sure where Smigel got The whole Clooney-Drescher-Ape thing. The Eddie Murphy and Marv Albert part was good.

Rating: 6.6 out of 10

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Colin Quinn

This was great! I wonder why Norm wasn't doing Update. Probably because he repeats his jokes too much. He's in the Department of Redundancy Department. Anyway, I like it better when Colin does "Update," and Norm's in more skits, instead of the other way around, even though Norm was only in one skit. Colin's jokes were great, his little (or I should say big) analysis' were great, and Harry Caray was great. I didn't really like the one in the Matthew Perry episode.

Rating: 9.3 out of 10

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] Ben Folds Five (performing 'Brick')

A pretty good song. I like the piano that was played.

Rating: 6.4 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] Titanic's evacuation

Why wasn't this on earlier in the night? This was awesome. Even thought in the movie, they didn't evacuate by class, and there were a lot more people, the skit was great. I love how there was a "fifth-class," and how they got pieces of the iceberg, stowaways, parts of the ship, and other lifeboats into other lifeboats instead of Jackson and Morgan. And unlike many SNL skits this season (Matthew Perry "Friends" skit), it had a great ending- "We made a dead white folk's boat."

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] Mango breaks another heart

It seemed like the exact same thing as in the Brendan Frasier episode, but it was a bit different and a bit better. I like the charcater that Chris Kataan plays, though I'm glad that it's on later in the night.

Rating: 7.1 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] The Learning Annex

This was pretty funny. I hate Molly Shannons character, but I like Samuel L. Jackson's and Ana Gasteyer's characters, and how she sprayed Ferrell's hand before the shake. Worst skit of the night.

Rating: 5.9 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] The Playboy Channel

This was descent, but I maily liked the idea of mixing Playboy with death. It might be mean to say that, but it's a good idea. A great 10 to 1 skit. "LET'S GET IT ON!!!"

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

 

[COMMERCIAL] The Weston Collection's I'm #1

They had this I think in the Claire Danes episode, and it's pretty funny. I think that they just probably had to put in a quick skit to fill up the small time slot that they had left in the rest of the episode.

Rating: 6.3 out of 10

 

OVERALL

This was a great episode. Not as good as the Kevin Spacey episode last year (both returned after 4 weeks), but it was very good-- Original ideas, Ferrell was great, Jackson was great, and they finally were able to put Tracy Morgan in more than one skit. He's great.

Rating: 9.2 out of 10


Episode Review written by Artie


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