Saturday Night Live

Season 28 Episode 22

Dan Aykroyd/Beyonce Knowles

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM May 17, 2003 on NBC
7.7
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Dan Aykroyd/Beyonce Knowles
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Live from New York, it's Darrell Hammond! Sketches include "Hardball," "Top O'The Morning," The Rialto Grande," "Cokee, The Most Expensive Dog in the World" (cartoon), "The Falconer," "Donatella Versace's Backyard Barbecue," "La Cuisina Canina," "Astronaut Jones," and "Dr. Deacon's Haunch Crack Powder." Beyonce performs "Crazy In Love" (with Jay-Z) and "Dangerously In Love."moreless

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  • It's Good To Be Back

    5.5
    This may be one of the few occasions where the host was good but the writing was bad. Aykroyd did a great job hosting for the first time ever (he has made ten cameos since leaving the show in 1979), but the sketches that he appears in do not show his full potential. The "Hardball" and "Cusina Canina" sketches work, and the Tom Davis-penned "Haunch Crack Powder" ad is okay, but that's about it. John Goodman and Jim Belushi make for adequate side men. Beyonce Knowles does a good job as musical guest, but she receives my positive review because she's been on the show twice before, and she knows what to do to win over a hostile NYC audience.



    As SNL enters year twenty-nine, I am extremely concerned about the quality of the performing and writing on the show. With Will Ferrell, Ana Gastayer, Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan and potentially Darrell Hammond leaving, it looks like the honor of go-to guy may rest firmly on the wobbly shoulders of Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poehler, and/or Horatio Sanz. I am saying this now since this year reminded me a lot of 1993-94, which means next season may (or may not) bear a horrific resemblance to 1994-95. Then again, this show always retools every four or five years or so, so Lorne may be getting the clue.



    NOTE: When I first wrote this review back in late June, I had not received the opportunity to see the Aykroyd episode again, so that maybe I could go more in depth with my analysis. Having now seen this episode 2 1/2 times, I have now come to realize two things: 1) I totally underestimated the so-stupid-it's-sublime "Top O' The Morning," even though it borders on stereotyping, and 2) Jimmy Fallon has definitely outstayed his welcome at "Weekend Update." I'm sorry, but he comes off as a Norm MacDonald imitator. "WU" might be re-re-revived* if the producers gave the outstanding Tina Fey the opportunity to go solo.



    Contact "Heystu" at sma17kc@netscape.net



    *Yes, I know that's not a word, but you know what I mean.moreless
Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé Knowles

Herself

Guest Star

James Belushi

James Belushi

Himself

Guest Star

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd

Himself

Recurring Role

John Goodman

John Goodman

Himself

Recurring Role

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Himself

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Tina Fey: The cover story of New York Magazine this week is "Baby Panic." This goes perfectly with the other magazines on my coffee table - "Where Are The Babies?", "Why Haven't You Had A Baby?", and "For God's Sake, Have A Baby!" Thanks, Time Magazine, just what I need - another article so depressing, I can actually hear my ovaries curling up.

    • Senator Rick Santorum: Chris, I'm not asking much. All I'm asking for is every American male to get a tattoo on his fanny that reads "Exit Only".

    • Chris Kattan: (performing a terrible reenactment of his stint on SNL) "Superstar!" Sorry, that's not mine...

  • NOTES (10)

    • Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version include "Top of the Morning," "Versace BBQ", "La Cusina Canina", "Haunch Crack Powder", and Beyonce's performance of "Dangerously in Love."

    • One of the SNL bumpers shows Dan Aykroyd outside of Rockefeller Center with the words "Saturday Night Live" spelled out in green graffitti, paying homage to the 1978-79 opening credits.

    • The bumpers for this episode show Dan Aykroyd in or around NBC Studios (since he was on Saturday Night Live in the 1970's).

    • Dan Aykroyd is now the 20th former cast member to host SNL.

    • Dan Aykroyd did not perform any of his own recurring characters or sketches during the live broadcast, even though a "Fred Garvin, Male Prostitute" sketch was written for him by Tom Davis and appeared in dress rehearsal.

    • Bill Murray was in the audience for the live show but did not participate in any sketches.

    • In the "Rialto Grande" sketch in this episode, Kattan makes reference to Aykroyd being the voice of Tailor Smurf. Kattan's real life father Kip King, born Jerome Kattan, was actually the voice of Tailor Smurf in "The Smurfs." I believe the man Kattan points out as his son in the audience, and takes up on stage during the goodnights is Kip King.

    • Dean Edwards' last episode.

    • Beyonce and Jay-Z also performed together in the Eric McCormack episode earlier this season.

    • This is Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan's last episode, though both actors would guest star frequently thoughout the next season.

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