Saturday Night Live

Season 32 Episode 12

Drew Barrymore/Lily Allen

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Feb 03, 2007 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... Seth Meyers!

Sketches include "American Idol," "The Dakota Fanning Show," "Dioxin Poisoning," "Body Fusion" (film), "Target Greatland," "Nervous Job Interviewee," "Versace Super Bowl Party," "Country Club Valet," "Firestarter Smoked Sausages," "The Formosa," and "Nelson's Baby Toupees."

Lily Allen performed "Smile" and "LDN."moreless

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  • “You had me at ‘bucket’.”

    A Review by “HelloStuart,” Amateur Critic and Child of the ‘80s

    Tonight, SNL celebrates an intriguing milestone: Drew Barrymore is serving as host for the fifth time, joining Candice Bergen as the only XX-chromosomers to achieve that illustrious milestone. Quite possibly the most diligent female host the show has ever had, she brings a certain charm to a show that, last I checked, is still mired in a months-long creative slump. The musical guest is Lily Allen, a British, hip-hop tinged singer-songwriter and relative newcomer whose debut disc “Alright, Still” has been welcomed with gushing reviews but only modest sales.

    And now, the sketch-by-sketch analysis:

    COLD OPENING: So “American Idol” is turning to a zoo, huh? Why not have Simon (JS), Randy (KT), and Paula (AP) literally criticize the singing abilities of animals to prove that point? As lame as this sketch was, it was nice to see Seth doing sketches again; his Ryan Seacrest impression was actually tolerable given the material he had to work with.

    MONOLOGUE: Just as Drew walks off to the Five-Timers’ Club, she gets wrapped up in the various rom-com movie clichés that have dominated most of her recent work, as spearheaded by Andy, Wiigy, a horny Forte, and a bi-curious Kenan. The fact that this monologue was halfway decent was just my kind of (sniff) happy ending.

    “The Dakota Fanning Show”: The child actress (AP) that appears to be more mature and sophisticated than one might expect comments on Thomas Pynchon and the craft of acting to a confused Daniel Radcliffe (BH) and an amiable Abigail Breslin (Drew). This worked for me because Amy basically took a little-girl role and didn’t turn her into a rambunctous id; granted, she has been overused this season, but at least it’s justified.

    “Poison Therapy”: A husband and wife (WF, Drew) settle their quabbles with a marriage counselor (KW), even though her constant poisoning of him with dioxin dominates the conversation. Subdued as this was, this probably would’ve worked better as some throwaway gag.

    DIGITAL SHORT: The 1980s-era workout tape “Body Fusion” features four women sweating provocatively while doing the most menial of flexibility exercises. Once again, this was sort of a one-joke bit, but I have to admire how they absolutely nailed the aged videotape quality and even more outdated workout fashions of the time.

    “Target Greatland”: This time around, our favorite cashier with the short attention span (KW) has a trainee (Drew) that further enables her to annoy customers. Business as usual, I guess.

    “Nervous Job Interviewee”: Over-caffinated Sandrea Sharp (Drew) won’t leave her interviewers (AP, KT, KW) alone when she keeps saying the wrong thing, leaves, then apologizes only to start the pattern all over again. Drew definitely carried this sketch, making everything from calling Kenan a “grown-up Webster” to confessing to stealing their wallets look like a pile-driver of anxiety-fueled absurdity.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Lily croons to her peppy single “Smile.” Wow, she’s a better singer than I thought.

    WEEKEND UPDATE: Kenan’s near-weekly commentary, this time as nanny/spanking advocate Barbara Birmingham, fell just as flat as most of his WU appearances this season. The one-liners weren’t that memorable either, with the exception of Seth’s comment on a convicted sex offender that won the Florida Lottery (“He plans to spend the money on a van and a puppy”).

    “Versace Super Bowl Party”: Fresh from two years of rehab, our favorite hoarse-throated diva Donatella (MR) throws a bash of sorts for the Bears-Colts game with guests Prince (FA), Posh Spice (Drew), and David Beckham (SM). Things go from bad to worse (for me, anyway) when Horatio Sanz unexpectedly waltzes in as Elton John and offers Donatella some sausages; they then spend the rest of the sketch uttering a few unfunny double entendres and mugging at the camera.

    “Country Club Valet”: Smallish, pan-sexual Jojo (AP) makes a vulgar come-on towards WASP Ashley Sanderson (Drew) at the entrance of a snob dive. Not much else happens, but it drags on for about five minutes.

    “Firestarter Smoked Sausages”: The little girl from the 80’s horror/sci-fi cult classic is all grown up and selling meat with her wary, amputee husband (JS). I thought this was a cute gimmick, and it didn’t hurt to see Suds in a rare comic-relief role.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Lily bounces around to the ska-tinged “LDN.”

    “The Formosa”: Drew and the perennially soused Peter O’Toole (BH) reminisce about the boozy good ol’ days of Hollywood. Not bad for a ten-to-one sketch, though I could’ve done without the “Peter’s Old Tools” pun.

    “Nelson’s Baby Toupees”: Yeah, it’s a repeat from last year, but compared to what we’ve had to sit though these last few months, this held up quite nicely.

    After a weak start, this broadcast hit its stride soon after before losing momentum in the second half of the show. Horatio Sanz’s cameo and the reappearance of a Year 31 ad spoof were fleeting reminders of how SNL has taken a creative step backwards in the past season; this could be validated by the drawn-out sketches and newfound heavy reliance on puns. Drew, as usual, was an effective host and never faltered even when the writing wasn’t up to scratch; Lily Allen, on the other hand, was a genre-blending curio compared to most rigidly-formatted musical guests but made the most of one of her first American television appearances. As weird as it sounds, this was probably one of the stronger episodes of the season, if only by default.

    Sketches/segments that will probably be removed in repeats: Pretty much the entire last half-hour, save for “Firestarter Smoked Sausages.” Come of think of it, I’d dump Kenan’s commentary on Update as well.

    Next week: Academy Award nominated actor-director Forest Whitaker hosts with Keith Urban, SNL’s first country musical guest in nearly five years.

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  • nervous interviewee

    Hilarious !
  • That's what Drew said?

    Drew Barrymore is our host tonight, with musical guest Lily Allen. Drew is joining the five timers club, and you almost want to say "finally". Hosting for her first time in 1982 makes her the widest host span in the shortest amount of hosting gigs. It's Lily's first time as musical guest, and I like her lead song that I've heard maybe twice, "Smile". I have no other info on her album.

    American Idol: Talk about a slow beginning! I really didn't get a laugh out of this sketch, other than noticing Amy and Kenan starting to laugh when Amy's Paula hair got all messed up after she was talking to the twin dogs.

    Monologue: This was a really funny monologue. My favorite part was at the end when Kenan was leading Will out. But, the writers made a good point on the love comedy formula.

    The Dakota Fanning Show: This was a random bit, and I really laughed at Drew's Abigail Breslin. Bill also did a great Daniel Radcliffe. My favorite line was when Dakota tried to top Abigail saying "I get raped in my next movie."

    Poison Therapy: This was yet another weak sketch. I mean, it's only two sketches thus far, but I was wondering "how did this get put on top of everything else in dress?

    Body Fusion: This was a really funny digital short. It's always nice every once and a while to have a digital short not star Andy. The cheap music and terrible tracking was a great add-on too.

    Target Greatland: I guess this was funny. Drew pulled this sketch off, but really, the purpose of the Target sketches are for the guest hosts to make the sketch.

    Nervous Interviewee: Drew was great in this. She really carried this sketch, which was actaully a well-written sketch. It's about time SNL did a "That's what she said" joke.

    Musical Performance: Lily performs "Smile" and proves that her voice isn't remixed, or digitalized. She actually has a great voice. Nice song, as I stated above, too.

    Weekend Update: This week was a really fun update. This is one of the first Kenan commentaries that I actually laughed at in a while.

    Versace Super Bowl Party: It's good to see Maya's Donatella back, but I really hope she doesn't overkill it for the rest of this season. Seth and Drew were great as the Beckhams. I also loved the resurection of Armisen's Prince, but the random Elton John impression by Horatio was just not needed.

    Jo Jo The Valet: A pretty average sketch. I chuckled here and there, but the only real laugh was from Armisen's appearance as the boyfriend.

    Firestarter Sausages: This was a really random funny commercial. I laughed a lot at this. Especially Jason's singing.

    Musical Performance: Lily performs "LDN" which is a nice song, but not much.

    Peter O'Toole and Drew: An average 5 to one sketch. I really only enjoyed the bringing back of Bill's O'Toole.

    Nelson's Baby Toupees: A random repeat. I really didn't laugh at this much when it aired last January.

    Avery good return for SNL. Especially after January's two-episode crap fest. I'm being harsh. The Piven broadcast wasn't really hard to watch. Drew's hosting abilities once again brought this to be a really fun show, while Lily Allen's music also helped the show.moreless
  • There was nothing that was great, but a lot that was mediocre to bad. What's most disappointing is that Drew can really be funny with the right material, but it just wasn't there.moreless

    American Idol - The whole animal thing got old very quickly. Parnell made a much better Simon than Sudeikis. Grade: C-

    Monologue - Enjoyable bait-and-switch bit. We thought we were going to get another look at the Five-Timer's Club, but instead saw how to create, destroy and amend a relationship in less than 2 minutes. I liked Forte's scheduling of a 5-minute "appointment" with Drew. Even better was the Say Anything reference by Samberg in an attempt to win back Drew. Not too shabby. Grade: B+

    Dakota Fanning Show - Not much to say here. There weren't too many laughs. I appreciate trying to do something different, but a 12-year old girl is an odd target. The world is absolutely FULL of adult buffoons. Grade: C-

    Marriage Counseling - I thought this was a well-written sketch that had a nice build to it. I would have liked more of a twist at the ending, but oh well. All of the actors did a great job. Forte, in particular really shined. My favorite of the night. Grade: A-

    Body Fuzion Digital Short - Took me back to the days when exercise videos passed as p0rn for sex-starved teens. Pretty funny parody of the 80s workout shows. Not laugh-out-loud funny, but smirk worthy. Grade: B+

    Target Lady - A very easy sketch to write. Consequently, a boring sketch to watch. This has never been particularly funny and is certainly not getting better. Poor Kristen. Grade: D

    Interview - This sketch depended entirely on the frenetic performance of Drew in order to succeed. Drew did the best she could with weak writing, but there wasn't much to work with. Grade: C+

    Weekend Update - Lame jokes combined with a nanny commentary that was supposed to be funny. Didn't quite work out that way though. "What, no Hammond? Oh dear, whatever shall we do? Let's get Kenan to put on a wig AGAIN and play a nanny this time. That will go over BIG." Um, yeah, sure. Grade: C-

    Donatella's Superbowl Party - I can barely even describe to you how much this recurring sketch pains me to watch it. I honestly thought this was gone for good, but alas, we were "treated" to one more go with the same dull sex jokes and annoying impersonations. Who in their right mind thinks this funny? Anybody? And to make matters worse, this "sketch" served as a weak substitute for the much-anticipated Superfans reunion. I am truly embarrassed for all of the casual SNL fans who tuned in to see if it would happen and got this instead. Nice way to bring the old-timers back into the fold. Grade: F

    Jo-Jo the Valet - A dead-end sketch with no real premise other than a wimp who wants to jump the hottie at the country club. Chris Kattan might have been able to rescue this turkey with a stellar performance as Jo-Jo, but it will have to go down as DOA. Grade: D

    Firestarter Smoked Sausages - Mildly amusing. It was kind of fun to see Drew as the Firestarter girl again, but it was not particularly funny. Grade: C

    O'Toole & Barrymore at the Bar - Good to see Hader getting some airtime. And he does do a great O'Toole impersonation. The problem was with the material. It was pretty slim. By the end I was hoping for a cameo from Bill Brasky or one of his colleagues. Still, good to see Hader though. Grade: C+

    Baby Toupees - Rerun. Therefore, not worthy of comment.moreless
  • Like Drew's choice of men – very hit or miss...

    this episode was both very funny and very lame. it's hard to really tell which side won. When the laughs were big (and they were) it was a classic SNL effort. But on the other hand, some of the sketches went nowhere. Don't get me wrong, Drew is a great host and her comic timing is very good. But something was out of wack on this one – Not to mention Lilly Allen's dress!moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the "Dakota Fanning Show" sketch, Dakota (Poehler) claims she's not familiar with the TV show "Family Guy." Dakota should be familiar with the show because she's done voice work for them in the past. She was credited in the episode "To Live and Die in Dixie."

    • For a brief instance in the "Versace Super Bowl Party" sketch, the score "Chicago 7, Indianapolis 7, Halftime" is flashed on Donatella's TV screen.

    • During the "Job Interview" sketch, a boom mike can be briefly seen at the top of the screen.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Amy Poehler: Senator Barack Obama proposed for the first time setting a deadline for withdrawing troops from Iraq as part of a broader plan aimed at bolstering his foreign policy credentials. Because if you don't know your foreign policy, you might only get elected President twice.

    • (Peter O' Toole and Drew Barrymore are talking about being drunk in Hollywood)
      Peter O'Toole: Technically, I've been dead for at least ten years.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal include: a parody of VH1 programming where C-list celebrities offer commentary on Super Bowl XLI; "Gulliver's Travels," a sketch in which Lilliputian women wonder how "large" Gulliver really is; and a sketch where two men (Jason Sudiekis, Andy Samberg) have a confrontation while waiting in line at the movies.

    • The "Firestarter Smoked Sausages" sketch first appeared in the dress rehearsal of the Barrymore/Kelis broadcast in Year 29 with Horatio Sanz in the role of Lonnie. Jason Sudeikis, who took over the role of Lonnie, also wrote the sketch.

    • Seth Meyers appears in two sketches outside of Weekend Update, the first time he has performed in other sketches since getting the job.

    • Darrel Hammond did not appear in this episode, though his voice was heard at the end of the "Firestarter" sketch.

    • With this broadcast, Drew Barrymore joins Candice Bergen as the only female members of the Five-Timers Club.


    • During the American Idol skit, a turtle walks towards the door and Simon (Jason Sudeikis) says "other door" several times. This in reference to Idol contestants walking into the locked door after being rejected from the show.

    • Drew Barrymore "reprised" her role as Charlie McGee from the 1984 film Firestarter in the sketch "Firestarter Smoked Sausages."