Saturday Night Live

Season 35 Episode 4

Gerard Butler/Shakira

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 17, 2009 on NBC

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  • The best of the season thus far, but that really isn't saying much.

    Cold Open The Rock Obama - It was funny the first time, but outside of Biden's self flagellation, this added nothing new to the character. Grade: C-

    Monologue - Singing monologues are usually the worst. This one was slightly rescued by the appearance of the cast members as warriors trying to kill our host. He ably deflects each challenge and continues with his sorry rendition of "The Music of the Night" from Phantom. A kill or at least a debilitating wound would have been greatly appreciated. Grade: C

    Fuquay Satin's Grand Hoochie Skank Rose - Kenan typically plays a pimp/player, thug, or a woman. He's in the full-on player mode here with a modestly funny commercial for a$$ champagne. Grade: C

    Game Time with Randy and Greg - Recurring sketches only work when they evolve over time. This is almost the exact same sketch as before with the addition of the tail. De-evolution? Grade: B-

    Beauty and the Beast - Nice to see an original sketch. Once the a$$ joke was revealed, the sketch was pretty much over. More and more a$$ jokes. Kind of amusing, but also wears out of steam quickly. Everybody did a good job and the costumes were nice, but the writing fizzled. This is the second sketch to feature a$$ jokes. Looks like we have a theme. Grade: B-

    Weekend Update - An enjoyable WU and one of the highlights of the night. Unlike some WUs, this one avoided the frequent leaden jokes and interminably bad guests. The cameo by the balloon was a nice touch. Bill and Fred reprise their gay guys from NJ with some suggestive and woefully inappropriate jokes. Ha! Wiig's character, Tamara, who suffers from spontaneous orgasms kept the craziness going. Grade: A-

    300 - Political commentary disguised as silly gay humor. The "Don't ask, don't tell" policy is getting some attention again and this sketch astutely pointed out that sexual preference is irrelevant when that soldier is willing to die to protect you and me. The only problem is that 40% of Sparta is still uncomfortable with the idea. Good job of pointing out the tragic irony of narrow-minded citizens wishing to restrict the freedoms of those who make THEIR free lifestyle possible. Loved the costumes and the acting too. Grade: A (P.S. - Another theme emerges: gay with this episode turning out to be the gayest since Paul Rudd). What's Up With That? - Very reminiscent of the High IQ sketch from last season's Tracy Morgan episode. This sketch was nothing more than an excuse to give Kenan (in player mode) a chance to sing and the cast a chance to bust out some dance moves. Sudeikis had some nice moves, but not enough to carry this sketch. Grade: C- (P.S. - This sketch carried on the a$$ theme with Butler's remark to Abby).

    Trina at the Ad Agency - The horrible character from last season's Steve Martin episode makes an unwelcome reappearance. Not much to say about it, other than, like Gilly, this sketch/character relies on annoying repetition to generate laughs. Unfortunately, this doesn't work well in either sketch. One for the trash bins. Grade: F

    Daveheart - Another episodic theme emerges: Butler as the leader of an army. Unlike the 300 sketch, this one had nothing relevant or even particularly funny to say. A weak parody of Braveheart thrown together only because Butler is Scottish. Unlike his brother William, Dave is a complete coward who recoils at the mere sight of a goat. OK sketch for the time slot. The best line was the last when the announcer said in a hesitating and questioning manner: "Buy it now?" Grade: C