Saturday Night Live

Season 29 Episode 10

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey/G-Unit with 50 Cent

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Jan 17, 2004 on NBC
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Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey/G-Unit with 50 Cent
Live from New York, it's... Jeff Richards! Sketches were: "Howard Dean HQ," "Tylenol Extreme," "Joey Mack," "El Cantador Restaurant," "American Idol," "MTV Future," "American Beef Council," "The Sharon Osbourne Show," "Panty Shopping," "Bubba Sparxxx Ad Jingles," and "Tuna of the Dirt." G-Unit performed "Stunt 101" and "Wanna Get To Know You" (featuring Joe).moreless

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    An Extended Review by "HelloStuart," the Amateur Critic of Love

    With the tenth episode of 03-04 looming, we reach the halfway point of the season, and this minor milestone reminds me that my predecessor in the "Episode Reviews" page, webdsignr003, abruptly quit at the halfway point of last season. Perhaps he was frustrated by the repetition of writing a review every week, or it had become too time-consuming for his own good. When you put into consideration how uneven last year was, and then compare it the drudgery of this season, you might understand why. But don't worry folks, I plan on staying for the entire season, and then I'll decide in May if I want to keep going. Let's keep our fingers crossed, shall we?

    Tonight's co-hosts are the current sweethearts of Music Television, bubble-gum pop star Jessica Simpson and her husband, Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees. I remember hearing both of those names for the first time when I was a freshman in high school four years ago, and cringing at the bland sweetness of their music. Maybe singer-songwriter Adam Green will start singing the satiric "Jessica" during the monologue, who knows? I still don't care for their singing, which makes me happy that they're not the musical guests. Instead, we have 50 Cent and the G-Unit cranking up the bass in what has to be the most hip-hop-heavy season in SNL history. I should remind you that tonight you will only see three-quarters of the G-Unit, as collaborator Tony Yayo is has been incarcerated for a little over a year now.

    By the way, scroll down to see my abbreviated look back at the first ten episodes thus far.

    And now, the sketch-by-sketch analysis:

    COLD OPENING: With the Iowa Caucus looming, Howard Dean (JR) employs his minimal charm on Democratic Party chairs via telephone. His top advisor (CP) repeatedly asks him to not insult his contacts, and the Jeff's voice breaks when he gets to the "LFNY." An opening sketch that made you want to $%#& yourself.

    OPENING CREDITS: Did anybody notice how weak Don Pardo's voice sounds?

    MONOLOGUE: Jessica tells Nick that she feels more comfortable doing a cheesy, 70's style variety program rather than the comparitively edgy "SNL." So we roll out "The Nick and Jessica Variety Happy Hour," complete with actors pretending to be their kids, two tap dancers, and a barbershop quartet (JF, SM, CP, HS) singing "Proud Mary." I loved the homage, but it didn't gel with the show's style.

    "Tylenol Extreme": At long last, a new fake ad! A mountain climber (SM) promotes a medicine that's great for blows to the crotch. Crude, but it gets the point across.

    "Z105": Tracy Morgan's Woodrow. Cheri Oteri's ‘Zimmer Don Na' lady. Joe Piscopo's Jersey Boy. Now, we can add Jimmy Fallon's shrill shock-jock Joey Mack as the latest annoying recurring character to keep coming back with nary a laugh from the audience. This time, he harasses Nick Lachey much to the naivete of his wife Jessica. A shoddy writing effort.

    "El Cantador": A couple on the rocks (SM, AP) are attempting to reconcile their differences at a Mexican restaurant, but they keep getting interrupted by the power ballad-crooning of the food servers (Jessica, Nick, HS). A whimsical sketch such as this reminds me even more of the genius of Rupert Holmes.

    "American Idol: Ringers": A spoof of the yet-to-debut third season finds Simon Cowell (CP) cringing at the likes of professional singers such as Jennifer Lopez (MR) and Kelis (FM). Jessica Simpson does a killer impression of rival Britney Spears, while her hubby just can't seem to get Scott Stapp right. A so-so skit that correctly observes how overrated mainstream radio is nowadays.

    "MTV Future": After a promo of "Real World: Uranus," we take a look at "Newlyweds," circa 2054. Nick and Jessica are now seventy-something and bordering on senility, but Nick still rolls his eyes at Jessica's inane zen. They also spoof one of the best-remembered moments of their show thus far, with Nick exclaiming, "Chicken of the Sea is people!" No wonder it's been tasting so dry lately…

    "American Beef Council": Paris "sex and booze" Hilton (Jessica) and her friend Nicole "adopted daughter of Lionel" Richie (RD) just want to let you know that American meat is perfectly safe. They captured the "Simple Life" duo's quirks, but I felt that Tina Fey portrayed Paris with a little more nuance in last year's Ray Liotta/The Donnas episode.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Banks, Fifty, and Young Buck pump out their first single from their album Beg for Mercy, "Stunt 101." Judging from the shirt Fifty's wearing, the "G" stands for "Gorilla." Hmm…

    WEEKEND UPDATE: For some strange reason, tonight's "WU" didn't seem to coagulate. While that Monica Lewinsky joke was remarkably killer for a news event from 1998, and appearances by Michael Jackson (AP) and the Kelly Brothers (FA, WF) certainly lightened things up, it just didn't feel lucid.

    "The Sharon Osbourne Show": I didn't like it the first time, so I sat through this with more than a little hostility. Surprisingly, it was pretty good second time around, with Canadian sex-pert Sue Johanson (RD) and the latest MTV couple, Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro (Nick & Jessica) keeping the upbeat Sharon entertained. Even more shocking was Horatio Sanz' now-perfected Ozzy Osbourne impression, which I found to be silly yet sublime.

    "Panty Shopping": An old harpy (MR) and her embarrassed nephew (KT) go to Victoria's Secret to buy french-cut undies. In the subplot of sorts, the manager of the store (Nick) keeps hitting on one of the saleswomen (Jessica). Maya was fantastic as the sourpuss, but the chemistry between Nick and Jessica was remarkably non-existent for a husband and wife.

    "Ad Jingles": The offices of McMahon, Tate and Stevens (yes, a "Bewitched" reference) host promising jingle writer Bubba Sparxxx (HS), who has been assigned a handful of ditties about nuts. Each of his rhymes become increasingly homoerotic and less than catchy, but Mr. Stevens (CP) seems to like the cut of their jib. More miscasting, as Chris Parnell plays a role better suited for the long-departed Will Ferrell.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: L'element de gorille (featuring Joe) roll out the exciting "Poppin' Them Thangs."

    "Tuna of the Dirt": Another fake ad, with an unseen announcer (CP) confusing Jessica Simpson with a string of "Chicken of the Sea"-type products. Absurdly hilarious, even for a ten-to-one skit.

    Is the losing streak over? Sort of, as there some moments of inspiration amongst a half-dozen or so bad sketches. Obviously, Jessica and Nick need to work on their acting, but their goofy charm gives them a good mark in my book. The G-Unit was effective as musical guest, with their exhilaritive anthems about guns and virgins.

    Sketches You'll Probably Never See Again: "Joey Mack," "American Beef Council," "Ad Jingles," and more than likely one of G-Unit's two performances.

    Next Time: "Will & Grace" star Megan Mullally, no stranger to the stage, hosts with musical guest Clay Aiken.


    And now, a quick review of the first half of Season 29:

    Most overused cast member: Without a doubt, Amy Poehler. I know she's very versatile, but why should she be in six sketches a night?

    Most underused cast member: After much consideration, I'd go with Finesse Mitchell. When given the opportunity, Finesse can be very entertaining. Unfortunatly, those opportunities are far and between.

    Biggest surprise: Will Forte has definitly lived up to the potential he displayed last season, even going as far as to carry bad sketches. If he keeps this going, he will almost certainly be SNL's next big star.

    Best host: Justin Timberlake

    Worst host: Andy Roddick

    Best musical guest: OutKast

    Worst musical guest: Britney Spears

    Best episode thus far: Justin Timberlake

    Second best: Al Sharpton/Pink

    Worst episode thus far: Jennifer Aniston/Black Eyed Peas

    Worst episode that somehow grew on me in reruns despite its obvious imperfections: Halle Berry/Britney Spears

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  • El Cantador Restaurant

    This is far from one of the funniest skits of the season but I was laughing so much. I think Jessica and Nick did a much better job in this skit better then any of the others I was pleasantly surprised at their performance.

    Tuna of the Dirt Brand Chicken

    Turkey of the Jungle Brand Bananas

    Pork of the Orchard Brand Apples

    Chicken of the Medicine Cabinet Brand Turkey-Flavored Aspirin

    Shoepolish of the Outhouse Brand Typing Paper

    Kangaroo Rat of the Billiard Roommoreless
  • Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey/G-Unit

    You know, it\'s a shame Nick and Jess broke up, because they both did a good job on this episode. Notable about this episode are the couple\'s imitations of many celebrities (Jessica Simpson: Carmen Electra, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears; Nick Lachey: Dave Navarro, Scott Stapp). Too bad Simpson\'s sense of humor from this episode didn\'t get put to good use in \"The Dukes of Hazzard.\"

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • During the introduction of the "Newlyweds" sketch, they mention other shows on MTV like "Real World: Uranus." They also say "Newlyweds" is the longest running MTV show ever, when in actuality "The Real World" premired eleven years before Nick and Jessica's program.

    • Nick's microphone didn't work in the opening monologue.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Tina Fey: According to researchers, sex benefits the heart, burns calories, reduces depression, boosts immunity, and releases pain-reducing endorphins. But most importantly, it makes boys like you.

    • Tina Fey: CBS announced that will not air's winning anti-Bush ad during the Super Bowl, saying that they don't air so-called "issue ads." Unless the issue is that girls are sluts for beer.

    • Tina Fey: A new restaurant in Australia is opening called "Lewinsky's", inspired by former White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Eat there once, pay for it the rest of your life.

    • DynaCorp product names:
      Tuna of the Dirt Brand Chicken
      Turkey of the Jungle Brand Bananas
      Pork of the Orchard Brand Apples
      Chicken of the Medicine Cabinet Brand Turkey-Flavored Aspirin
      Shoepolish of the Outhouse Brand Typing Paper
      Kangaroo Rat of the Billiard Room

  • NOTES (6)

    • Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version: "MTV Future", "American Idol", "The Sharon Osbourne Show", "Panty Shopping", "Tylenol Extreme," and G-Unit's performance of "Wanna Get To Know You."

    • Jeff Richards was fired shortly after this episode aired (for a number of reasons, a major one being that he ignored direction for this episode's Howard Dean cold opening). An interesting note is that Howard Dean was still the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination at the time Richards was fired. This indicates that the producers were so unhappy with Richards that they didn't care that he played such an important political figure.

    • Unlike the Alec Baldwin-Kim Basinger episode from season 19, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey appeared in a lot of sketches together (Basinger only appeared in three sketches--four if you count the monologue--because she didn't like hosting SNL as much as her husband at the time did).

    • The "Nut Jingles" sketch was cut from last week's episode. Jennifer Aniston had Jessica Simpson's role.

    • It's appropriate that Chris Parnell plays a Howard Dean supporter during the cold opening since Parnell actually contributed $500.00 to Dean's campaign.

    • This is the first time an episode had two hosts since Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger shared the duties in Season 19.