Saturday Night Live

Season 29 Episode 9

Jennifer Aniston/Black Eyed Peas

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Jan 10, 2004 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... Darrell Hammond! Sketches include "Message From Donald Trump," "Obnoxious Photographers," "Britney's Marriage," "Gaystrogen," "Democrats Against Howard Dean," "Saddam & Osama," "Country Roses," "Coco & Natsui Super Show," "Appalachian Emergency Room," and "Phone Sex Operator." Black Eyed Peas performed "Where Is The Love" and "Hey Mama."moreless

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  • Warning: the jokes featured in this episode are best sold before January 12, 2004

    4.0
    A Review by the former "Heystu," Amateur Critic and Starting Rover for the Ottawa Silver Seven



    After a now-frighteningly long string of bad episodes, a one-month breather between Elijah Wood/Jet and tonight's broadcast may finally snap this losing streak. I'm surprised by the lack of media attention towards this year's theme of blatant mediocrity, but that's probably because the ratings haven't sunk yet. If it gets any worse, "MADtv" might usurp SNL in terms of overall quality, and that's not a pretty sight, folks.



    Tonight's show is "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston, with Grammy-nominated hip-hoppers The Black Eyed Peas bringing us the funk. I fondly remember when Jen first hosted back in November 1999, when, during a spoof of the film Fight Club, she stood there like a goon while Molly Shannon eclipsed Cheri Oteri as the show's most annoying cast member.



    Now, let's get down and dirty with a good old-fashioned sketch-by-sketch analysis:



    COLD OPENING: The Donald (DH) shamelessly promotes his new reality show "The Apprentice," not to mention his libido and good looks. He just learned that the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City is not the first building by such a name, but that's okay because he's rich. He also disses the network, claiming that the Peacock's property values will go down unless somebody gets down with the rich bitch from "Will & Grace." But before he can talk smack even further, a fidgety Jeff Zucker (JF) interrupts and we go back to our regularly scheduled programming. Despite a somewhat abrupt climax, a good way to start off the show.



    MONOLOGUE: Second-time host J.An mentions the last season of "Friends," like anybody would see that coming, then shows a faux sneak peak of the big finale where Joey (Horatio Sanz, for some reason or another) shoots himself. Despite watching the cast members put in an "A" for effort in capturing the cast's quirks, the spoof was about as lame as Heather Mills' leg.



    "Paparazzi": Two hack photographers (Aniston, AP) ask the celebrities walking down the aisle to pose in certain ways, then diss Steven Seagal and a certain "Friends" star. It was patronizing, but it was a good minimalist satire that focused more on script than performance.



    "Britney's Magical Night": In another patronage of topical humor, Britney Spears (Aniston) declares her love to fellow white-trasher Jason Allen Alexander (JF), marries him in a drunken stupor, then dumps him because he belched on their wedding kiss.



    "Gaystrogen": This again? Shameless time filler.



    "Dean's Shortcomings": Seven of Howard Dean's eight rivals (played by JF, WF, DH, SM, AP, CP, and KT) explain why they're better candidates than frontrunner Howard Dean. Jimmy Fallon, as General Clark, walks onstage halfway through the ad, continuing a lengthy pattern of on-stage sloppiness. Besides that understandable gaffe, Jim Downey was obviously sleepwalking through his mandatory writing contribution to the episode.



    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: The Peas are simply asking you to "Shut Up," and not in that tired Cheech & Chong skit kind of way.



    WEEKEND UPDATE: The first WU of 2004 starts off with a delicate balance of political and topical humor, which segues into Jeff Richards' fair Steve Irwin impression, a crude joke about Christian nudists, three alleged celebrity murderers (FA, DH, FM), an Al Franken cameo (via satellite) that pays honorable homage to the Dennis Miller years, and a partridge in a pear tree. Busy, but not consistent.



    "The Conversation": American POW Saddam Hussein (HS) calls up Osama bin Laden (JF) and they talk about the recent capture of the former. The constant Tom Hanks and Aerosmith references were charming, but watching Sanz and Fallon crack up and ad-lib almost torpedoed the whole sketch. This was a retread of a sketch from the Jennifer Garner/Beck episode, so obviously these two have yet to learn their lesson from last season.



    "Country Roses": A K-Tel faux ad, obviously inspired by those omnipresent "Classic Country" infomercials, showcasing the "late, great" Dana Jean Harley (Aniston) and her singing rival (MR). Probably the closest we'll get to real comedy tonight. Also of note: Amy Poehler played three different characters in one sketch, which rarely if ever happens.



    "Coco Matusi Super Show": It's deja vu all over again. A talk show spoof that starts with the hosts (MR, FA) singing, which leads into a cruddy, awkward interview segment. Jennifer (as herself) feels uncomfortable, and understandably so. Watching two ethnic stereotypes sobbing at the sight of the star of such classic films as "The Object of My Affection" and "Picture Perfect," then get reduced to watching their guest interview herself, is utterly mediocre comedy.



    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: The Black Eyed Peas pop up for one more song, the perky "Hey Mama."



    "Appalachian Emergency Room": Various hicks tell their stories of inane and stupefying injuries to a less-than-enthralled orderly (SM). Some were funny (Sanz), others weren't (Fallon).



    "Phone Sex": A nerdy call girl (Aniston) is told to sex up her phone conversations, but her clueless, mousy demeanor is her great undoing. A so-so final sketch with a satisfactory ending.



    It's safe to say that there was a lot of jokes about current events that would otherwise not be funny outside of the next week or so. I was pleased to see not too many recurring characters in this episode, save for the Donald Trump and Democratic Party sketches. The "Country Roses" mock-ad was probably the most I've laughed all season. Otherwise, the writing continues to be underwhelming and performances were breathtakingly chemistry-free in one of the weakest episodes thus far this season.



    Sketches That Will Probably Be Removed For E!: "Gaystrogen," "Dean's Shortcomings," "Saddam and Osama," "Coco Matsui."



    Next Week: Jessica Simpson and Nick Lechey try to prove that they won't end up divorcing in six months, with 50 Cent and the G-Unit cranking up the bass. It's worth noting that this is the first time the show has had two hosts since that Alec Baldwin/Kim Basinger/UB40 near-debacle of ten years ago, and that every other musical guest so far this season has been a rapper or MC.



    TV.com scribe/contributor "Heystu" can be reached at sma17kc@netscape.netmoreless
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    I have to admit this wasn't really one of my favorite episodes. I didn't really like it that much. The "Message From Donald Trump" sketch wasn't that funny. The Democrats wasn't that funny. The Britney Spears marrying Jason Alexander was ok. Not the best. The Weekend Update was pretty funny. During Jennifer Aniston's monolouge, the "Friends" ending was pretty good where Joey shot himself. The funniest part of the episode was "Weekend Update" when O.J., Robert Blake, and the other guy where Jimmy Fallon said "3 Allegded Murderers Everybody!" That was pretty funny. But bottom line the episode wasn't that great.moreless

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    • Jimmy Fallon: Portland Brewing Company has released a new beer called "Governator" which they say is a tribute to California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The beer is made from ingredients that are in no way qualified to be in a beer.

    • Tina Fey: On Friday president Bush announced details of his plan to send a man to the moon. Bush told reporters that to guarantee success of the mission, we will only send the astronauts up there when it's a full moon.

    • Jimmy Fallon: Last week Britney Spears married Jason Alexander. In an related story, Christina Aguilera 69'ed Newman.

    • Jimmy Fallon: Nearly two weeks after landing on Mars, the Spirit Rover left it's lander and journeyed 10 feet into the surface of the planet... so let's see, it wakes up, rolls off a platform, moves 10 feet, and calls it a day. Apparently the rover has been programed to mimic the movements of Star Jones.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version:

      "Gaystrogen" (rerun 10/18/03), "Saddam Calls Osama", "Coco and Matsui Super Show", "Phone Sex" and B.E.P-- "Hey Mama"

    • This was the highest rated episode of 29th season.

    • This is the first episode featuring the recurring sketch "Appalachian Emergency Room".

    • In the "Democrats Against Howard Dean" sketch, Al Sharpton's (Kenan Thompson) line "I'm like a real live Chris Rock movie" is a reference to the movie "Head of State", which starred former SNL cast member Chris Rock, and had the premise of a black man running for U.S. president.

    • In dress rehearsal the men used their real names for the "Phone Sex Operator" sketch.

    • Although Jennifer Aniston looks surprised during the monologue when she realizes she left the jacket on from the "Friends" sequence, it was actually scripted. She did the same thing during the dress rehearsal.

    • This is the third time "Gaystrogen" has been featured this season.

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