EPISODE REVIEWS


Jerry Seinfeld / David Bowie
October 2, 1999


[OPENING THOUGHTS]
Hello, I'm David and I'll be doing your SNL episode reviews from now on. I'm from Dallas, Texas, so of course I have good taste. This my first SNL episode review, so be kind. I've been waiting for this for awhile, so it better be good! I was particularly looking forward to having Jerry Seinfeld host. I loved him on Seinfeld. On a side note, the Dallas Cowboys just killed the Arizona Cardinals 35-7, making them 3 and 0. It looks like the Cowboys may be back! Even though everyone outside of Texas hates them. Oh well. What are ya gonna do. Well here it is - the mighty review!

 

[OPENING] Perot seeks ideal Reform candidate
Not what I expected, but then again, I like to see the unexpected. A good poke at the Reform Party candidates. I felt it got a bit slow in the middle, but then good ole' Will Ferrell came out as a crazy character to make it interesting.
SCORE: 16/20

 

[MONOLOGUE] Jerry Seinfeld:
Gasp! He's doing an actual monologue with no help from the players! It was obviously poking fun at the fact that he has no work now. It got kinda dull, but that comment at the end bumped the score up a bit.
SCORE: 15/20

 

[COMMERCIAL] www.clownpenis.fart
No comment.
SCORE: 13/20

 

[SKETCH] Morning Latte
Wow. This one surprised me. Past Morning Lattes had been above average, but nothing excessively hilarious. But this was hilarious. It was simply put - crazier. Cheri Oteri's hair was crazy. She was stupider. And the alcoholic jokes were great. The seizure was an added bonus. Almost perfect.
SCORE: 19/20

 

[SKETCH] Mary Katherine Gallagher goes for Jewish boy
MKG! My love. She's back. It wasn't as good as some past ones, since watching her and Jerry talk wasn't that funny. But I did enjoy the religious humor here.
SCORE: 15/20

 

[COMMERCIAL] Javis Home Security System
Classic switch and bait material. I loved it.
SCORE: 19/20

 

[SKETCH] Action 8 News Watch
This sketch had me laughing. It kept riding on the same joke of waiting to tell you important stuff, but I nevertheless enjoyed it.
SCORE: 16/20

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Colin Quinn
Colin was great all of the latter part of last season and he continues now. Great jokes, and the Seinfeld" twins absolutely cracked me up.
SCORE: 18/20

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] David Bowie
David Bowie is great. I loved the song too. I don't rate musical guests though. I try to be objective.
SCORE: N/A

 

[SKETCH] Oz
Hmm, this never really made me laugh. Some amusing prison rape jokes, and seeing Jerry interact with the prisoners was cool, but nothing special.
SCORE: 11/20

 

[SKETCH] 1-800-EAT SH**
Okay, this made me laugh aloud. This had some rather disgusting descriptions, but the immature person inside me laughed. And the end was classic. SNL gave a nice middle finger to those whose complain about them there.
SCORE: 19/20


[SKETCH] ... and a Pizza Place
This was dull. This idea was amusing, I'll give it that. And to see the SNL player's as NBC executives is always nice. However, this really just didn't go anywhere.
SCORE: 8/20

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] David Bowie
Ooh...a classic song. Gotta love it.
SCORE: N/A

 

[SKETCH] He's alive ... he's dead ... he's alive
Not bad for 10 minutes until 1 material. Not the most interesting of sketches. But the whole help him recover, then beat him to death thing was nice. And its always great to see the people start laughing out-of-character.
SCORE: 13/20

 

[CLOSING THOUGHTS]
While not perfect, this episode lived up to my expectations and had me laughing. It was better than last season's premiere, although I wished this episode would have an absolutely hilarious sketch that would end up being classic, like Jingleheimer Junction. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it, and I hope this means SNL is on a track for a great 25th season!

FINAL SCORE: 17/20


Episode Review written by David P.


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