EPISODE REVIEWS


Jerry Seinfeld / David Bowie
October 2, 1999


FOREWORD

The last thing anyone wants Saturday Night Live to be is wholesome. The show's writers have given us what we want.

 

[OPENING] Perot seeks ideal Reform candidate

Golly, this sketch cracked me up in more than one way. I don't want to spoil any of the jokes.

Grade: A+

 

[MONOLOGUE] Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld's "a day in the life" was both short enough, and unwholesome enough, that I listened to every word and the sketch was over before I thought I would be.

Grade: C+

 

[COMMERCIAL] www.clown-----.----

Two unwholesome words get old after a minute of sentences.

Grade: C+

 

[SKETCH] Morning Latte

This recurring role has consistently grown unfunny (and wholesome).

Grade: F

 

[SKETCH] Mary Katherine Gallagher goes for Jewish boy

The famous line "Sometimes, when I get nervous, I sti..." Ah, I won't say it on the Internet, but that's all this sketch needs to be funny.

Grade: C

 

[COMMERICAL] Javis Home Security System

When the mom thought the burglar was... I don't want to spoil the joke.

Grade: A

 

[SKETCH] Action 8 News Watch

Except for the jokes about serious problems like earthquakes, and epidemics, this sketch went around in circles.

Grade: C-

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Colin Quinn

Colin Quinn is way too wholesome to qualify as Weekend Update anchor. So was the "Millennium" sketch and the point/counterpoint bit with the real Jerry Seinfeld and an impersonation of him by Jimmy Fallon.

Grade: F

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] David Bowie

Ah! Just another musical guest. The only ones that interest me are Sarah McLachlan, Paula Cole, and Natalie Merchant. Otherwise, forget it.

Grade: F

 

[SKETCH] Oz

This "series" was so funny, I don't want to spoil any of the jokes, and I don't want to risk getting arrested by the Internet police.

Grade: A+

 

[SKETCH] 1-800-EAT SH**

Keep the word "eat" out, and the punchline would pay off twice as well. Once again, this sketch is too funny to be appropriate on the Internet.

Grade: C

 

[SKETCH] ... and a Pizza Place

Eh, more mouth-watering than funny.

Grade: D- (1 particle away from an F)

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] David Bowie

Same as before.

 

[SKETCH] He's alive ... he's dead ... he's alive

Let me parallel the above sketch title with how awake the viewer is when they watch it: "He's awake ... he's asleep ... he's asleep" That's who confounded wholesome the sketch was.

Grade: D


Episode Review written by James Fletcher


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