EPISODE REVIEWS


Brendan Fraser / Busta Rhymes
February 13, 1999


[OPENING] NBC Special Report: Tripp interview

I missed the first part of this. I came in just when they started talking to Linda Tripp. This was pretty funny. I liked how they brought up the John Goodman thing in the interview and Linda/John was like, "Well, I think he's a really good actor." Anyway.

grade: A

 

[MONOLOGUE] Brendan Fraser

This was also pretty good. I loved when Lorne came into the shelter thing and told them that he was the one who locked the writer guy in. Better than some other monologues this year.

grade: A-

 

[COMMERCIAL] Bio Flex

This was soooooo stupid. I didn't think it was funny at all. Really, really, really dumb idea.

grade: C

 

[SKETCH] Judge Judy

I love Cheri's impression of Judge Judy. This was one of the better Judy sketches I've seen. Brendan's voice started to irritate me in the end, especially since I found him harder and harder to understand in that squeaky voice.

grade: B+



[SKETCH] "Just enjoy the Ozzie and keep your mouth shut"

This started out funny. Horatio went absolutely insane with that singing. I was laughing hysterically. Molly's character was sort of odd, though ("A winner wouldn't let this happen!"). I had no clue where that was coming from. And then there was the ending. That was just about the lamest ending for a sketch I've seen in a long time. Really pathetic.

grade: B

 

[SKETCH] Zimmermans workout at Hard Bodies

This was hilarious. Need I say more? I've seen these characters before, and I was wating for them to do something new with them, rather than just inviting guests over and scaring them off and they finally did it. I loved it! The best sketch with these characters that I've seen! I could not stop laughing. And of course, Chris Kattan was in it, which automatically makes it great. (He's my favorite cast member. I can't help it.)

grade: A+

 

[TV FUNHOUSE] Fun With Real Audio (Poetry of Jewel)

This was pretty strange. I had no idea where they were going to go with this. It was really stupid. A real letdown after the X-Presidents last week.

grade: B-



[SKETCH] You're a Champion Charlie Brown

This one had me howling with laughter again. Just the sight of those guys with those massive heads made me crack up. I've seen so many of these Charlie Brown specials as a child, and they're all like this (except with the massive head wound).

grade: A

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Colin Quinn

I guess they've definately decided to ditch Colin's monologue. Good idea. This was probably Colin's best one yet! I'm really starting to like him. I've always liked him better than Norm (I'm sorry, I just never found Norm funny), but now he's getting really good at this. Tracy Morgan's thing was really weird, but it was funny. I also loved the Teletubbie thing with Darrell as that Jerry I-don't-remember-his-last-name guy. But then Jimmy Fallon came on. I'm truthfully getting sick of Jimmy and that damn guitar of his. It seems like the only thing he can do is act like Adam Sandler. Or not. Adam did a lot more than just sing and play the guitar. He actually created some really funny characters from scratch, which is more than I've seen Jimmy do. Sure, he does great impressions, but apparently not much else.

grade: A- for Colin, Tracy, and Darrell, C for Jimmy (please find him something else to do besides sing)

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] Busta Rhymes

Can't grade this, cause I didn't watch.

 

[SKETCH] Two Fat Ladies

This was so disgusting! I know that there really is a Two Fat Ladies show, so I kind of knew what to expect, but this was really gross! Those rice cakes made with grease? Oh, god. Really nauseating, but hella funny at the same time.

grade: A

 

[SKETCH] Old Navy lady abuses escort

This was really odd, and not that great. Ana did a really good impression of that Old Navy woman, but the sketch was going absolutely nowhere. I got bored.

grade: C

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] Busta Rhymes

Can't grade it, didn't watch it.



Overall: This was one of the better shows of the season. It had some really good sketches (sex-crazed couple at the gym, Charlie Brown, Two Fat Ladies), and then there were some pathetic ones (Old Navy woman, Bio Flex commercial). However, there seemed to be more good sketches than bad tonight. Chris Kattan (my favorite, as I said before) only appeared in two sketches, though, so that kind of pissed me off. But they seemed to be trying to balance things out by not using Will in a lot of sketches (in fact, barely any at all), and using underused people like Horatio and Tracy a bit more. I still think they need to find something else for Jimmy to do besides sing and impersonate people. Anyway, despite the underuse of Chris Kattan, I still was pretty satisfied with the show. Can't wait for Bill Murray next week. Until then....


Episode Review written by Renee Epstein


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