Saturday Night Live

Season 24 Episode 18

Cuba Gooding Jr./Ricky Martin

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM May 08, 1999 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Cuba Gooding Jr./Ricky Martin
Live from New York, it's... Monica Lewinsky! Sketches include "Clinton's Fantasy," "Lotto" (three parts), "Improvised New Testament," "Barbara Walters' Search for Monica" (three parts), "Pretty Living," "The Ladies' Man," "Ambigu-Teens" (cartoon), and "Mango at Home." Ricky Martin performs "Livin La Vida Loca."

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    Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Cuba Gooding Jr.


    Guest Star

    Ricky Martin

    Ricky Martin


    Guest Star

    Monica Lewinsky

    Monica Lewinsky


    Guest Star

    John Goodman

    John Goodman

    Linda Tripp (uncredited)

    Recurring Role

    Featured Episode Clip

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    • NOTES (13)

      • Sketches/segments removed from the 60-minute edit: all three "Lotto" ad spoofs, all three Barbara Walters sketches, "TV Funhouse: Ambiguoboys" and "Mango at Home."

      • The combo of Ricky Martin and Monica Lewinsky resulted in even those with tickets getting turned away from the show. Colin Quinn had given tickets to two guests, and they couldn't even get in. Between 50-60 people were turned away.

      • This was the most-watched episode of the Season 24.

      • A Wednesday read through of the Mango sketch with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Chris Kattan reportedly made Monica Lewinsky smile. As the script called for, Gooding stood up, ripped off his shirt, pulled down his pants, and showed everyone on the set his rear-end. The cast and crew was in hysterics. Gooding apparently had his butt right in front of Lewinsky, who was initially going to play Mango's wife in the sketch. After everyone had calmed down, Lewinsky is quoted as having said, "Wow ... that was the most action I have gotten in months!" Gooding's display can be seen on the "SNL 25th Anniversary DVD."

      • Colin Quinn on Monica Lewinsky: "I talked to her for all of 2 seconds. I didn't particularly want to get 'involved' with her, and we had nothing (sketches) together."

      • Molly Shannon on Monica Lewinsky: "She is so sweet. I was a little nervous at first -- I mean, we always are when we meet someone we have imitated, but she was really understanding."

      • A "Pimp Chat" sketch was cut after dress rehearsal. Contrary to popular belief, Monica Lewinsky was not going to be in it.

      • An audience member ruins Cuba Gooding Jr.'s monologue by shouting out his trademark line "Show me the money!" Gooding was trying to get around saying the line until the end for the big finish (substituting lines like "Can I take a gander at those coins?"), but the audience member said it towards the beginning, ruining the anticipation of hearing Gooding himself say it.

      • Monica Lewinsky was originally going to play Mrs. Mango in the Mango sketch, and there was going to be a thong joke in there somewhere. For some reason it was decided to have Molly Shannon play the role, and the thong joke was dropped.

      • Monica Lewinsky had a huge box of unwrapped (presumably homemade) Rice Krispie treats in her dressing room. One crew member said they looked like six-inch bricks. Between sketches, Lewinsky could be seen wearing a big pink robe and scarfing down the huge Rice Krispie treats.

      • John Goodman was off filming a movie and unable to come to New York to appear in a Linda Tripp sketch with Monica Lewinsky. SNL had to settle for a voice-over during the "Ladies Man" sketch.

      • The beginning of the cold opening seen in reruns comes from the dress rehearsal since Bill Clinton's dog ran off right when the sketch began during the live show.

      • Like in the Ben Stiller episode where Alanis Morissette was musical guest, Jimmy Fallon parodied a song by the musical guest in this episode.

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