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Episode Discussion Thread: Justin Timberlake (3/9/13)

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    danharr

    [41]Mar 9, 2013
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    Caligula was kind of funny I wouldn't want to get into a slap fight with the worlds biggest penis either.

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    danharr

    [42]Mar 9, 2013
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    Maine justice again and I still don't get the premise for the bit.

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    danharr

    [43]Mar 9, 2013
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    Okay is she's got a d then she's not a she interesting bit I'll say.

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    danharr

    [44]Mar 9, 2013
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    Former porn stars selling stuff I think they just wanted an excuse to put Timberlake in bad hair and hot pants. Not bad I chuckled a few times.

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    JustinRAn

    [45]Mar 9, 2013
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    How did Caligula get passed dress?
    Did not expect to see Candace Bergan or Chevy Chase
    Yes, that Gilly joke did make me mildly shake
    Can we please see Stefan and Seth in a sketch outside Update?
    Is that the 1st time a Musical guest has introduced themselves? Guess Jessica Biel couldn't get off her shift at Starbucks
    I did find the NuvaBling funny
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    jcav422

    [47]Mar 9, 2013
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    Good show in comparison to the rest of this mediocre season, but it felt like a dupe of the Jamie Foxx episode with Maine Justice and the Porn Stars again. Kind of wish they closed with a Barry Gibb Talk Show where Robin came back from above, but whatever. The Veganville premise was kind of random and aside from the Harlem shake and we found love song, none of the parodies were too recent like the last few. The NuvaRing reminded me of a new Woomba. Overall, I enjoyed it much more than his last two shows. The Ciara episode was flat and Gaga pretty much co-hosted the last one. Was I the only one who jumped for joy at the sight of Candice Bergen? Anyway, very excited for Melissa McCarthy. Hoping for more and more returning acts as we finish out a bleak season
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    JM5000

    [48]Mar 9, 2013
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    Well, Timberlake's done it again...And I'm glad, because I was worried that this would be another "Timberlake Show" where they basically spend the entire time bringing back old sketches, specifically Timberlake's characters. Granted, they brought back two of his three characters (of course Robin Gibb wouldn't return, and I'm glad for that). I'm glad the two singers were used in a sketch instead of another Digital Short song...I think they deserve time to breathe before they come out with their next song. All the other Five-Timer cameos were more than welcome, and it was great to see the Festrunk Brothers back, even if they HAVE lost a lot of that wild craziness over the years...


    The Caligula sketch and the D*** Girl movie trailer were funny in disturbing ways, and it was nice seeing Timberlake try on some new characters that don't sing. Weekend Update was superb, especially Stefon. I still find the porn girls funny (I just love watching how horribly they screw up the commercial) and our host was good in it too. Though I will admit, in the Maine Justice sketch, I will say that Foxx played it better than Timberlake...Not a sketch worth bringing back constantly, but knowing SNL, they will...


    And finally, Timberlake is right underneath Alabama Shakes by a small margin for best musical guest of the season...Just the right blend of a creative set, choreography, visuals and singing. Overall, I will jump on the bandwagon and say that this is the best show so far this season...But it doesn't have to peak here, and thankfully, we have Melissa McCarthy up for the challenge of competing with this show...Hope she doesn't disappoint...


    However, I would like to express my disappointment at their decision to have three whole weeks off until the next show...It's giving me the impression that they just have a strict rule against having a show on or right next to St. Patrick's Day (both this year and last year they blew a good chance to do a St. Patrick's Day show). As a result, we will be having a four-week hiatus, which is always hard to tolerate, and they will have to do six shows in two months, with only one week to separate them! I hope they enjoy their three-week break, because they are in for a rough April and May...


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    cross_mr

    [49]Mar 10, 2013
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    Why can't we have Justin on every week? Couldn't we just make it Justin Night Live?

    I used to hate him when he was younger and just a singer, but he is hilarious as a comedian. Stafon really needs to be used more.. Tom Hanks has stopped by a few times lately but he hasn't gotten into the sketches much. I was hoping to see him in something.
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    83optics

    [50]Mar 10, 2013
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    learned:


    * just for the record, i wasn't involved with the internet expectations.


    * back in the day, we did the Three Amigos salute to keep the bullies away...


    * seriously, though, DuckTales is the best cartoon of all time.


    * choetch.


    * Stefon: Gervais was right, there's something about the word "midget".


    * Nasim...Caligula...orgy...i need a hobby...

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    avmon

    [51]Mar 10, 2013
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    Another very funny show last night! "Maine Justice" didn't offend me, a Louisiana resident, but it was better with Jamie Foxx. That porn spot at the end, on the other hand, seemed a little better than the Foxx one. Yay, for all the cameos and the return of The Czech Brothers. Stefon was funnier than ever! Oh, and I like those guys Justin and Andy played for the third time though part of me still thinks "Dick in a Box" is overrated. And both musical sets were so enjoyable, I didn't want either one to end! I think that's all I'll comment on...
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    JM5000

    [53]Mar 10, 2013
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    cross_mr wrote:
    Why can't we have Justin on every week? Couldn't we just make it Justin Night Live? I used to hate him when he was younger and just a singer, but he is hilarious as a comedian. Stafon really needs to be used more.. Tom Hanks has stopped by a few times lately but he hasn't gotten into the sketches much. I was hoping to see him in something.


    I still find Justin to be kind of overrated. I mean, yes, he's funny, but people seem to blow HOW funny he is way out of proportion. I think there are funnier hosts out there, like half the cameos who appeared last night. Of course, they were all old, so it IS refreshing to have someone much younger like Timberlake to bring some much-needed youth to the show. He IS a good host, I cannot deny that. Maybe instead of having him host every week (and deny so many people the chance to EVER be on the show), they could give him his OWN show. He's just not doing enough appearing in occasional movies.


    I think people have actually complained about how frequent Stefon has gotten, so they gave him a break...And I think the break did him well, because he was at his funniest last night. No, I'd say it's all a matter of precision; Using the same stuff frequently can get old, but it can be fresh if you give it time to breathe. Such can be said for sketches, hosts, musical guests and even castmembers, but SNL has always had a tendency for playing favorites. Some people point out how long it's been since Timberlake's been on last, but really, two years isn't long at all. You just need to remember that these days, people only host/perform once per season (Levine was a strange case, but he still did each once). Two years just means that they had one season off. Timberlake seems to be brought on every two years anyway...


    On that subject, Tom Hanks NEEDS to host again! It's been almost a decade since he was on last, and he still makes frequent cameos! Enough with the cameos! I want him back on the show! He's one of my favorite hosts ever!


    Of course, that's all my opinion...You are entitled to yours...


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    TheDiamondDog

    [54]Mar 10, 2013
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    I just watched the show. I adored it. It was very funny. There was nothing I hated, or thought was lame. Granted, I didn't watch Timberlake perform as musical guest, but I was told that was good last night too. I loved they did a Harlem Shake thing. I did one last night too. Sorry, I enjoy Harlem Shake.


    There was only one song I didn't know, that rap song.


    This show was def. cameos galore. And it worked well.

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    algetrig91

    [55]Mar 10, 2013
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    Stefon's Donald Duck might be my highlight of the season.

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    HelloStuart

    [56]Mar 10, 2013
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    My thoughts:

    + The Hugo Chavez cold open was passable, albeit somewhat confusing. I suppose if you had to incorporate Justin into a topical sketch, you could let him do his Elton John impression and have him perform a parody of "Candle in the Wind" like it was 1997.

    + The mere mention of the 5 Timers' Club was probably inevitable, though the nitpicker in me would've wanted to see every five-time host mentioned. (Bill Murray, Elliott Gould, and longtime exile Buck Henry were not in the mix.) Regular bit player Michael Patrick O'Brien filled Conan's shoes as the concierge, and including the semi-retired Candice Bergen was a nice touch.

    + With all the cameos tonight, I kept tally of the length of show-halting ovations during the live broadcast. Steve Martin's first appearance merited a 17.1 second O, edging out Alec Baldwin and Tom Hanks by a mere tenth of a second. The '90s R&B guys merited 13.9 seconds of applause, the Festrunks and Stefon each garnered 12.2 seconds, and everybody else was in the five-to-ten second range.

    + Speaking of Two Wild and Crazy Guys, Dan Aykroyd's presence was a discomforting reminder of how he's physically let himself go since the early '90s. Even so, I'm sure the original Yortuk outfit is probably in a museum somewhere.

    + I guess SNL had to acknowledge the Harlem Shake fad at some point. Just like that, tonight's show is carbon-dated to early 2013.

    + "The Tales of Sober Caligula" was the closest thing to a bad sketch tonight, relying mostly on shock value to elicit an audience reaction. This should have been the ten-to-one sketch, and I doubt we'll see this in the 60-minute edit.

    + The "Three Amigos" callback before JT's second song was fine, though it's a shame the audience was ambivalent.

    + As an album preview, JT's two songs will both dominate CHR radio in the coming months, and both performances were as exciting as they were distinctly classy. The Hova-augmented "Suit & Tie" went down smooth, while "Mirrors" felt like a FutureSex/LoveSounds outtake.

    + If the slump was still going, than consider it over. Even though the "cameo orgies" are growing weary on me, the plethora of guest stars and SNL alumni are part of the show's current reality, and tonight they helped more than hindered. This wasn't the best show that JT has headlined, but it certainly reinforced his case as an all-time great SNL host. In short, a contender for best episode of the season.

    8/10
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    Hennes81

    [57]Mar 11, 2013
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    HelloStuart wrote:
    + The mere mention of the 5 Timers' Club was probably inevitable, though the nitpicker in me would've wanted to see every five-time host mentioned. (Bill Murray, Elliott Gould, and longtime exile Buck Henry were not in the mix.) Regular bit player Michael Patrick O'Brien filled Conan's shoes as the concierge, and including the semi-retired Candice Bergen was a nice touch.


    IDK if there werde even more but I'm more disappointed they didn't mentioned Christopher Walken. Also I would have hoped Drew would be there since she was the youngest club member until Saturday.

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    mrjimmyjames

    [58]Mar 11, 2013
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    JM5000 wrote:


    I still find Justin to be kind of overrated. I mean, yes, he's funny, but people seem to blow HOW funny he is way out of proportion.


    Funny. I could say the same about his music career. The only thing I think he does well is host SNL.

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    mrjimmyjames

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    HelloStuart wrote:
    + The mere mention of the 5 Timers' Club was probably inevitable, though the nitpicker in me would've wanted to see every five-time host mentioned. (Bill Murray, Elliott Gould, and longtime exile Buck Henry were not in the mix.) Regular bit player Michael Patrick O'Brien filled Conan's shoes as the concierge, and including the semi-retired Candice Bergen was a nice touch.


    + Speaking of Two Wild and Crazy Guys, Dan Aykroyd's presence was a discomforting reminder of how he's physically let himself go since the early '90s. Even so, I'm sure the original Yortuk outfit is probably in a museum somewhere.



    Semi-retired? Wasn't she just on television in the last two years?


    I would even go as far as to say late 80s is when Dan started to let himself go. Every time I see "The Great Outdoors" I think that.

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    HelloStuart

    [60]Mar 12, 2013
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    mrjimmyjames wrote:

    HelloStuart wrote:
    + The mere mention of the 5 Timers' Club was probably inevitable, though the nitpicker in me would've wanted to see every five-time host mentioned. (Bill Murray, Elliott Gould, and longtime exile Buck Henry were not in the mix.) Regular bit player Michael Patrick O'Brien filled Conan's shoes as the concierge, and including the semi-retired Candice Bergen was a nice touch.


    + Speaking of Two Wild and Crazy Guys, Dan Aykroyd's presence was a discomforting reminder of how he's physically let himself go since the early '90s. Even so, I'm sure the original Yortuk outfit is probably in a museum somewhere.



    Semi-retired? Wasn't she just on television in the last two years?


    I would even go as far as to say late 80s is when Dan started to let himself go. Every time I see "The Great Outdoors" I think that.


    "Boston Legal" wrapped in 2008, and I can count the number of times Candy has been on TV since on one hand. Plus, she did suffer a stroke.
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    TheDiamondDog

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    My mom actually pointed out how much Dan let himself go. She said that when she first saw him, he looked like crap. But she blames the fact he doesn't have steady work like the others.


    I also noticed Baldwin's lost serious weight. He looked better than he had in years prior. But perhaps having a 29 year old wife will do that.


    I was asked if I got the Three Amigos reference. Only because I heard about it on a show before. If not, would have went right over the head.

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    HelloStuart

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    TheDiamondDog wrote:

    My mom actually pointed out how much Dan let himself go. She said that when she first saw him, he looked like crap. But she blames the fact he doesn't have steady work like the others.


    Nowadays, Danny is semi-retired from acting (yes, I know I say that a lot). He has a minority stake in the House of Blues nightclub chain, as well as Crystal Head vodka. Evidently, it's not his passion anymore. Some people seem to think his weight gain is from his lingering guilt about John's death, though I would argue it's just middle-age spread. When Alec had his weight gain in the early 2000s, it was like he aged ten years overnight.
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