EPISODE REVIEWS


Heather Graham / Marc Anthony
October 16, 1999


Hi everybody! I am very impressed that you all have the spare time to read all of these reviews. However, by the time you finish reading this whole thing, hell will have frozen over, but what can you do? It's a good review!

[PRE-SHOW THOUGHTS]
Well, last week's show was good, but it wasn't perfect. I figure if they can't be perfect with the help the unbelievable comic mind of Jerry Seinfeld, it will be much more difficult to squeeze a funny show out of Heather Graham. Still, with good writing, this show could be fabulous.

[OPENING] Al W. Bush Gore
Good point! What are they arguing about, anyway? Another great Clinton impression and Farrell's George W. Bush was right on. However, Hammond's Al Gore was the first Darrell Hammond impression that I wasn't impressed with. I guess it was OK, but that was by no means Darrell Hammond at his best. Picking Horatio at the end was a weird choice, because he doesn't look anything like either Gore or Bush; but he pulled it off very well. Overall, that sketch worked. A-

[MONOLOGUE] Heather Graham
Weird! I'd say this monologue was better than Seinfeld's! I suppose the only reason it was so great was she was the straight-man for Meadows, Farrell, and Parnell (great touch there, at the end) but that was very funny. "Oh, that's disgusting." A-

[COMMERCIAL] Litter Critters
I guess all of the commercials are supposed to be silly and not very intelligent. So, it was funny. I can appreciate that, I have a cat! SNL made a good decision in keeping that short and sweet. If it had been any longer, it would have been stupid. Still, it was cute; so: A-

[SKETCH] Sex crazed couple on a plane
Better than the usual "Zimmerman" sketch. Graham was great in this one. She had that clueless look on her face, and she actually did a really funny Oteri impression! Of course, Farrell's open mouth kiss of his good friend Chris Kattan sealed the deal. I'll bet many people will be saying Kattan liked it. Well, I don't know. Will Farrell and Cheri Oteri will someday rule the world. A

[SKETCH] Ladies' Man
You know it must be a good episode when "The Ladies' Man" is the worst sketch of the night. I guess it was kind of funny, but it had very little help. Tim Meadows as usual was pretty funny, and Graham did a pretty good job, but the bottom line is it just wasn't quite there. Still, the "Meatballs" line was very funny. B-

[SKETCH] Hans and Franz: Where Are They Now?
Yeah! Do this more often! Hans and Franz are great, and the cameos from Carvey and Nealon made it all the better. (It's nice to see them come back to SNL after being entirely absent from show business for a while.) I look forward to "Goat Boy: Where Is He Now," "Orgasm Guy: Where Is He Now" and "Medieval Barber: Where Is He Now." (Cross your fingers now, folks.) A

[SKETCH] VH1 NetAid coverage
This was good only because of Tracy (hey! There he is!) Morgan's Busta Rhymes impression. Perfect! He made that work. Ana and Chris were very good here, too. Of course, Heather tried to do Jewel. It seems like every blonde actress in the world has tried to do a "Jewel" impersonation, and it never works. What can you say? B

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Colin Quinn
There was three real portions of the update this week. First, the actual update. Colin was on again! Pat Buchanan jokes never get old, and the "George Michael yourself" thing was simply gold. Very well done this week. Second, the little girl. That was so sad, it was frickin hilarious! I love watching full grown men yell at little kids! What can ya do? That was a super-cute little girl too; a perfect choice for the segment. Finally, HORATIO RULES! That was great! "That's three people!.. is that really an explosion? I mean, there's five people in Smash Mouth! Is that a white dude explosion?" He is the man! Overall, a great update. A

[MUSICAL GUEST] Marc Anthony
Hey, someone slapped a pair of ugly sunglasses on Ricky Martin and told him to sing bad music! That was dumb. D

[SKETCH] Dog Show
Now that was just Silly! Dog Show is almost ready to get really, really old really, really quickly. Still, it isn't old yet, so I guess it will have to get a decent grade. Will Farrell keeps everything new and interesting. There is one thing that turned this from a mediocre sketch to a good sketch. When Molly Shannon said "You like men!" (or something to that effect) and then Farrell replied "Maybe I do, and maybe I do." There must have been something about his inflection, or his face, or something, because Molly almost started rolling! She couldn't hold it in! Then Farrell sensed it and he started laughing, too! I love it when this happens because it really shows how good these guys are! They are so improvisational and so straight-up talented that they can keep each other laughing and having fun. A-

[SKETCH] 'Blair Witch Project' Spoof Foundation
I'm still giggling over that one. There was nothing special about it. It just worked. Originally I thought it would be a little depressing, making fun of the Children Sponsorship programs and whatnot, but actually they pulled it off with quite a bit of class. That was a prime example of SNL writers getting it done. A-

[MUSICAL GUEST] Marc Anthony
Hey, there he is again! It is a very good sign, however, when the Musical guest is the worst part of the show. D again.

[SKETCH] Post-threesome discussion
Great, again! Even for the last sketch! That was really funny. Chris Parnell is a lucky guy there, isn't he. That was a great end to a very funny show. The best part of that was the fact that this girl was actually the babysitter. That wasn't necessary to the sketch, but it made a good sketch even better. A

[OVERALL]
WHOA!!!! I am seriously impressed! Heather Graham did great. For a while there she actually looked like a comedian! We didn't see a whole lot of Cheri or Ana, and Will wasn't quite as active as he usually his. Chris Parnell was everywhere as usual, and that's ok. I would have liked to see more Jimmy and Horatio, but that'll come later. We still haven't seen anything from Rachel Dratch, but I guess we'll see her soon. If we see episodes like this all season long, it will possibly the best season in the show's history. Overall: A+


Episode Review written by Max Athorn


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