EPISODE REVIEWS


John Goodman / Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
April 10, 1999


[OPENING] Clinton goes back to lying:
This sketch proves that the Clinton sketches are getting old now that
they don't have a topic that anyone can really make a good joke out of
anymore. But it's amazing how Darrell Hammond can save an entire sketch
by doing the thumb and lip thing.
Rating: C-

 

[MONOLOGUE] John Goodman:
This was really smart because it seems like John Goodman hosted a show
starring Tom Petty in the early 90s but I know it's not true. Anyway,
it was a good idea for a monologue, maybe not great, though.
Rating: B+

 

[SKETCH] Adult Literacy Program:
This was neither crappy nor great. It was just sort of OK and boring at
the same time.
Rating:C+

 

[COMMERCIAL] Shaun Mondavi Vineyard:
This proves how good this episode was in how it was such a great sketch
but it still wasn't the best of the night.
Rating: A++

 

[COMMERCIAL] CNN Newsstand:
WHAT IN THE HELL WAS THIS???? Possibly the worst, most pointless sketch
of the entire season. I think it was just a time-consumer because "SNL"
needed a minute or so more on the show.
Rating: F-

 

[SKETCH] Wrap it up:
This was a good sketch and all, but if Chris Kattan is only going to
have one or so sketches per week, they need to be better than this. But
I have to admit, when he always thought of a "rocket pop" while John
Goodman beat the guys up, that was hilarious.
Rating: B

 

[SKETCH] Hello Dolly:
Not bad. I especially enjoyed John Goodman in this sketch.
Rating: B-

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Colin Quinn:
This was absolutely perfect, especially when Tracy Morgan explained the
FUBU and DKLFMC, etc. thing to us.
Rating: A+

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers:
They were good but I still kind of wish that they would play some of
their older songs like "Freefall" or something.
Rating: A

 

[SKETCH] Santa gets drunk:
This was a great sketch, probably one of the best in the episode.
Goodman really stood out and Cheri Oteri was great as an elf.
Rating: A

 

[SKETCH] Happy Smile Patrol:
This was easily the best sketch of the night and even a contender for
best of the season.
Rating: A++++++++++++

 

[COMMERCIAL] VH1 Behind the Music: Bun E. Carlos
The only good VH1 skit I remember seeing is the one with Gwyneth Paltrow
as the chick who sang the "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" song.
Rating: C

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers:
Once again, a new song that's not as good as the old ones but still
good.
Rating: B

 

[SKETCH] Whorehouse Data Entry:
This was going well all throughout the sketch. Then Will Ferrell walked
onto the set in that Zorro suit, which caused me to laugh until the
sketch ended.
Rating: A

 

OVERALL: This was a great show, with some of the best sketches of the
season in it.
Grade: A-


Episode Review written by Alex Everett


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