Saturday Night Live

Season 32 Episode 2

Jaime Pressly/Corinne Bailey Rae

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 07, 2006 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... Darrell Hammond!

Sketches include "Rep. Dennis Hastert," "Nancy Grace," "New York City Stories I" (film), "Jon Bovi," "WVIR News," "New York City Stories II" (film), "Mrs. Hastings," "NASCARettes," "New York City Stories III" (film), "Big Wigs," "His Kuato," "Cider Chat," and "A Moment with the Out-of-Breath Jogger from 1982."

Corinne Bailey Rae performed "Put Your Records On" and "Like a Star."moreless

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  • The chair has moved.

    4.0
    A Review by "HelloStuart," Amateur Critic and Disgraced Florida Congressman



    I try to avoid discussing politics in my reviews, but I can’t help and stare at awe with what is now being referred to as "Foleygate." Everything that has occurred so far reads like a bad SNL sketch in itself: a congressman gets caught making lewd comments to a former page on instant messenger, the GOP head honchos learn of this information, then sits on it for three years, then said congressman makes a bunch of bullcrap excuses before finally admitting that he’s a Log Cabin Republican and resigns from office. The fact that SNL would draw inspiration from this scandal was like shooting fish in barrel; so what if "The Daily Show" approached the comedic value of this controversy not only punctually but with more aplomb? SNL still has that reputation of feeding topical humor into pop culture, as scattershot and as clumsy as it might be.



    This week’s host is Jaime Pressly, the actress-model who recently scored a much-deserved Emmy nomination for her work as Joy on the NBC comedy “My Name is Earl.” The musical guest is Corinne Bailey Rae, a British singer-songwriter that might remind some people of an early Nelly Furtado, or at least an updated Joan Armatrading.



    And now, the sketch-by-sketch analysis:



    COLD OPENING: Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (DH) makes his first SNL appearance to address (yeah, you guessed it) Foleygate. The pride of Yorkville, Illinois tries to put a positive spin on the situation before the GOP loses any more seats in the upcoming midterm elections, going as far as to say that Rep. Foley was “helpful” and reached out to his lonely, insecure underlings. You hear one double entendre, you’ve heard them all, am I right?



    MONOLOGUE: Joy Darville Hickey Turner’s attempt to thwart Southern stereotypes with a sultry rendition of Peggy Lee’s “Fever” is retaliated by every redneck cliché you can think of, right down to the Ku Klux Klan and a palpable “Hee Haw” homage. Hey, at least Andy plays a mean banjo.



    "Nancy Grace": The condescending attorney-cum-news program host (AP) obsesses intermittently between the Foley fallout, identity theft, and the rationale behind her recently adjusted chair. Even the Headline News janitor (KT) is thrown into her web of self-deluded paranoia. Kudos to Amy for stepping up so far this season as a celebrity-impression artist, not to mention making the most of the best-written sketch of the evening.



    "New York City Stories": Martin Scorsese (FA) and Rosie Perez (AP) point at random things on the street that have allegedly fond memories attached to them. At least Amy got another impression down pat.



    "Jon Bovi": An incredibly atrocious pair of musicians (JS, WF) with a yen for unimaginatively rewriting Bon Jovi and Scorpions lyrics fail to impress a no-nonsense record label exec (Jaime) ...or do they? Though the concept was fine, I found it odd that all three actors stared at cue-cards for the duration of the sketch, with little if any eye contact between the three leads; were the rockers supposed to be borderline autistic (which I guess would provoke sympathy but would almost certainly kill the joke), or was this just plain old indolence?



    “WVIR News”: The winner of a contest at a local car dealership (Jaime) finds her victory tainted by a nervous, potentially bisexual news reporter (KW) and her awkward flirting. Kristin was utterly hilarious; it’s nice to see that rare character-driven sketch that doesn’t pander or potentially gets on the viewers’ nerves.



    “New York City Stories”: I had a feeling there this was going to be a wraparound sketch. In part two of a series of short films spotlighting Big Apple-based celebrities commenting on their dwellings (yes, it’s a spoof), ‘70s art-rockers Lou Reed and Patti Smith (FA and AP again) bemoan what has become of the legendary nightclub CBGB’s. As much as I’m endeared to the subject matter (I have a great affinity for late ‘70s punk and power-pop), this went way over my head.



    “Mrs. Hastings”: The ghetto-poseur daughter (Jaime) of an apparently affluent man gets in trouble at her private school, but before the book can be thrown at her, the little brat’s stepmother (KT) intercedes brings the sketch to a screeching halt. Sadly, I think this sketch has “recurring character” written all over it; this was also hurt by its painful dearth of plot and direction.



    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Corinne gets simultaneously sultry and virginal for her breakthrough hit “Put Your Records On.” There’s just something about a black strapless dress…



    WEEKEND UPDATE: After a promising start, reality comes down like a big, unfunny hammer. Amy makes an obvious fat joke about Rep. Hastert, and Seth's jab at Bill Frist was more of a groan-inducing shared opinion than a real joke. The two commentaries weren't much better; Hader's Peter O'Toole impression would've been much more effective if it had been better-written, and the NBC ripoff "Fugly Betsy" (FA) was nothing more than a lazy jab at NBC's ratings woes. I personally don't tend to dwell on the past, but I'm already starting to miss Tina.



    The NASCARettes”: Live from the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the racing league’s first-ever dance team makes its debut with disastrous, casualty-heavy results. The troupe’s one male member (FA) seemed tacked on, as was the subdued, catty tension between the other performers.



    "New York Stories": Yay, a trilogy! This time around, author Fran Lebowitz and Yoko Ono (FA and AP once more) act disruptive and whiny as they lament the non-corporate NYC of years past. "Season of Glass," indeed.



    "Big Wigs": Well, it's truth in advertising- two upper-management stiffs (Jaime and AP) enliven the lamest pun you can think of. Then, after they die in a ceiling fan mishap, they\'re replaced by two women (MR, KW) with baseball bats calling themselves -yeah, you guessed it- "Ballbusters." Oof.



    "His Kuato": The torso-dwelling alien dude from "Total Recall" (AS) fails to impress a girl (Jaime) at a party. This sketch is salvaged only by an arbitrary topical ending, when Governor Schwarzenegger (DH) turns the Smint-obsessed freak into an allegory for the immigration debate.



    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: The lovely Brit strums through the acoustic ballad “Like a Star.”



    “Cider Chat”: Two upper middle-class, seemingly white-bread women (Jaime, KW) discuss random occurrences, then share a few disturbing comments to a soft, almost poetic beat while sipping apple cider on the porch on a cool Autumn night. I’ll admit that I was torn on this particular skit; it was hard to decide whether or not this was a satire of the doldrums of suburban life or just an excuse on the writers’ part to throw random comments at a wall to see what sticks.



    “A Moment with the Out-of-Breath Jogger from 1982”: Yep, that’s the entire sketch; no need to explain it, because it’s exactly what it sounds like.



    Wow, what a train wreck. It\'s funny that they recycled the Ebersol-era logo during the opening credits this week, in that this broadcast was like a throwback of that period; a strong cast was hampered by some incredibly pedestrian writing. Though I cut the new Weekend Update some slack last week, this week seemed like a sad indication of things to come; the one-liners that staggered out of Amy and Seth\'s mouths were heavy on clichés and more often than not deafeningly imprudent. Not even the heightened presence of the four much-ballyhooed \"newbies\" (Suds, Wiigy, Bill, and Andy) could prevent this from being a misfire. This is not how the second episode of the season is supposed to be, unless this is an unfortunate harbinger of SNL’s near-future.



    Sketches/segments that will probably be removed from repeats: "Mrs. Hastings," Weekend Update, at least one of the “New York City Stories” filmed pieces, and "Big Wigs."



    Next week: a repeat of last weekend’s Cook/Killers broadcast. Yes, already.



    In two weeks: Academy Award-nominated character actor John C. Reilly (a.k.a. that dude you see in every other movie) with musical guest My Chemical Romance. Oh please, let Mr. Cellophane be funny…



    Contact "HelloStuart" at sma17kc@netscape.net. If you don’t, he’ll simply make the assumption that you agree with him unilaterally, and that makes him happy.moreless
  • Man, I think this episode needs a friend right now. [puts on Ku Klux hat]

    5.0
    Now, since we've pretty much reached a summer hiatus, I decided I'd do a periodical review over episodes from last season. So, here's my first edition.



    Now, the beginning of season 32 was both exciting, yet awkward. Many mediocre, and fair episodes were produced, and the cast seemed to take a while to come together. Jaime Pressley, My Name is Earl/model hosts this episode with musical guest, Corinne Bailey Rae.



    A message from Dennis Hastert: Speaker of the house, Dennis Hastert, talks to us about the then-recent Mark Foley scandal. Now, season 32 had many uneven cold openings. This was one of them. Even though there were a few good lines, the whole sketch itself seemed to stretched out, saying the fact that Mark Foley was doing more business than he should have.



    Monologue: Jaime Pressley wasn't expecting to be made fun of due to her southern accent/stereotyped lifestyle. The whole cast (sans Seth)tries doing a sketch without her permission. This was very well written. The Ku Klux Klan joke with Fred and Kenan was great, along with Amy's impression of Minnie Pearl.



    Nancy Grace: Even though most of the writing in this episode was mediocre, it was the start of one of Amy's favorable iimpressions of season 32, Nancy Grace. Once again, many good one-liners, but no cigar.



    New York Stories (I): Martin Scorsee and Rosie Perez tell stories about their experiances in New York. I thought the impressions were enjoyable.



    Jon Bovi: This sketch could be tied of the worst sketch of the night. The one premise sketch of "We are not copying Bon Jovi" moved on throughout the whole thing. Jaime was also unenjoyable in this sketch.



    WVIR News: Kristen Wiig's bicurious newscaster tries to flirt with winner of the hands on a hard body contest, for a free Toyota. I thought this had it's shining moments.



    New York Stories (II): Lou Reed and Patti Smith talk about New York. They talk about how all the good clubs have closed down. This was probably my favorite of the 3.



    St. Ambrose School: When a girl is in trouble for starting to dance in school, her step mom, Virginica Hastings tries to stand up for her. She gets flirtatious with the principal. Average sketch, really.



    Weekend Update: The jokes were mostly enjoyable in this edition, but Peter O'Toole's visit was not. Fugly Betsey was silly to watch.



    Nascarettes: When girls decide to put a dance skit in the middle of the NASCAR race track, they get ran over. It's basically a one premise sketch. But, this wasn't the other worst sketch of the night I was talking about.



    New York Stories (III): Fran Lebowitz and Yoko Ono talk about how annoying New York is, especially with tourists. This was my least favorite out of the three.



    Big Wigs: A very wierd sketch, to say the least. It was also very short. It was a good premise, with bad writing, and could have been better.



    Kuatos: This was bad. It was just bad. Especially when Arnold gave his monologue at the end. This was the second out of the worst sketches of the night.



    Porch Talk: Two women talk about inappropiote things, such as liking their farts, or peeing in the tea. I thought this had it's bright lights.

    A Moment with an out of breath jogger from 1982: I never liked this sketch premise. That's it. He talks about current events while out of breath.



    Overall, a pretty mediocre episode. Technical glitches were everywhere, but the writing was just off. This was a good example of how awkward season 32 SNL could get.



    Many thought it was because Tina left, so Seth couldn't handle it. But, the truth is, it was just adjusting time. When Tina was writer, 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 weren't up to par seasons. It doesn't matter who head writer is. It's just the chemistry. The musical guest provided good music, and the host, Jaime Pressly was just mediocre. Like many hosts before, and after her, her cue card reading was a huge noticeable flaw.



    My next summer review (which doesn't count the upcoming episode, Steve Carell/Usher) will be John C. Reilly/My Chemical Romance. I'm not going in season order, that's just the next episode I want to grade.moreless
  • not that funny.

    5.1
    i swear that SNL has "laugh" signs up while their skits are on because the audience is always laughing, even when the skits are not funny at all. this was especially true in this episode. i think the only bit i liked was the "fugly betsy", which was cute. other than that, the big wigs skit was not funny, as well as the apple cider skit.
  • Meh...

    3.3
    Wow, its really sad of how SNL is losing all of its comic geniusness. I preferred the cast when i was younger, with Phil Hartman, Will Ferrel, Cheri Oteri, etc. More of that generation. Now all of the jokes are getting pretty lame, and you can really tell that a lot of the actors are reading the cue cards, adn it seems like they havnt practised much...
  • ...Rebound.

    4.5
    What the hell happend... I was excited for this episode because if Jamie was as funny as she was on Earl then this episode would of been great. But I was let down. Now I would like to discuss something, I was mad about Congressman Foley's little IM's [and he was one of the people who got the "Child Saftey Act" passed a few months ago for gods sake]. But this information was withheld for 3 years, and we are 28 days from the election. I know that a Democratic Congressman had sex with a Paige and got a Standing Ovation from the Democrats while everyone is mad at Foley and Billiam had a sky high approval rate... where are America's priorities. At least people dont care that ne person said ****** his poll numbers are doing good he has a 7 point lead.







    Sketches include "Rep. Dennis Hastert"-4: enough already... you should be going after the people who withheld the IM's, "Monolouge"-5: another "southerners is are be dumb" skit., "Nancy Grace"-5: Amy stepped up in one of the high points, "New York City Stories I" (film)-3: god that is a worse show than 'Lazy Sunday', "Jon Bovi"-6: lust a mediocore parody of music today, "WVIR News"-7: Kristen carried this sketch, "New York City Stories II" (film)-4, "Mrs. Hastings"-5: Kenan crossdressing yet again, "Weekend Update"-6: Some poor jokes and a terrible "fugly betty" thing popped up, "NASCARettes"-6: as much as I enjoy people being hit by cars this dosent do it for me, "New York City Stories III" (film)-4, "Big Wigs"-2: this was god awful, "His Kuado"-6: Kill the Kuado, "Cider Chat"-5: just randomnness comments, and "A Moment with the Out-of-Breath Jogger from 1982."-3: history lesson please?



    Corinne Bailey Rae performed "Put Your Records On" and "Like a Star."moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Apparently, the private school mentioned in the "Mrs. Hastings" sketch has two names; Bill Hader's character refers to it as both "Westchester Academy" and "St. Ambrose."

    • "The Out-of-Breath-Jogger from 1982" mentions that President Ronald Reagan has problems with Mikhail Gorbachev, but Gorbachev was not elected Premier of the Soviet Union until 1985. The leader at that time was former KGB chief Yuri Andropov.

    • For this episode only, the opening credits were tweaked a bit; the host and musical guest were displayed as just pictures, and the show title changed to the '81-'85 show logo.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Seth Meyers: A 24-year-old woman in Bulgaria reportedly survived a car crash thanks to her silicone breast implants, and not, as originally reported, because of her great personality.

    • Seth Meyers: A Manhattan eye surgeon is offering free LASIK eye surgery in exchange for a pair of Mets playoff tickets. Here's some advice if someone can't afford baseball tickets: don't let them operate on your eyes... with lasers.

    • Seth Meyers: Iranian leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei ruled this week that masturbation during the month of Ramadan invalidates fasting. I think if that's true, you're doing it wrong.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Sketches cut from the 60 minute version: "St. Ambrose Academy," "Jon Bovi," "Big Wigs," "My Kuato," "Out of Breath Jogger from 1982," "NYC Stories" (part 3), and Corinne Bailey Rae's performance of "Like a Star."

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal include: "Sale-mart," a commercial spoof of Wal-Mart that would air later in the season; The Jerry Springer Show, with Darrell Hammond as Jerry Springer and Jaime Pressly as a frequent guest on the show; a sketch about a recovering alcoholic (Bill Hader) serving spirits to guests at a party; and a campaign ad where a politician (Bill Hader) is disguised as his opponent.

    • Jaime Pressly is the second person from the hit show My Name Is Earl to host SNL.

    • Contrary to what most people would think, WVIR is not a phony TV station; it happens to be the NBC affiliate for Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Peggy Lee song that Jaime Pressly was about to sing for her monologue was "Fever", originally recorded by Little Willie John, and was probably written by Otis Blackwell and Eddie Cooley. It has also been sung before on SNL, by Madonna in the "Clinton Inaugural Ball" sketch in Year 18.

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