Saturday Night Live

Season 36 Episode 5

Jon Hamm/Rihanna

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 30, 2010 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Live from New York, it's... Jason Sudeikis! Sketches include "Biden's Midterm Analysis," "Ronnie & Clyde" (Digital Short), "Vincent Price's Halloween Special, 1960," "Back To The Future Screen Tests" (two parts), "Lynette's Audition," "I Didn't Ask For This," "Highway Cops," "Darlique & Barney," and "American America: Dog in Purse" (cartoon). Rihanna performed "What's My Name" and "Only Girl (in the World)."moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Please?!? Just one more song! Oh please! One more song!

    Tonight's host is Jon Hamm. Jon Hamm's episodes are always a treat. He's a great host, and just a great actor all around. He can play mysterious, serious, and hilarious with no problem. Our musical guest is Rihanna. Rihanna's new album seems like it's going to be a lot more lighter, and just better than her album released last winter.

    A Message From Joe Biden: I liked this opening a lot. Him asking "Are You Underground?" for the only question to make Americans feel better about themselves was pretty funny. It was a good way to open the show.

    Monologue: This time, Jon tries to make advertisement slogans out of hints that audience members give him. This was a decent enough monologue.

    Ronnie & Clyde: This was a pretty funny sequel to the digital short that aired last December.

    Vincent Price's Halloween Special: I always enjoy seeing this sketch back on. Seeing Hamm's JFK was hilarious, and I laughed at everything Liberace said. I loved the reprise of Wiig's Judy Garland.

    Back To The Future Part 1: I loved seeing Bill's Al Pacino back, along with Jay's Eddie Murphy. Well, I actually loved all the impressions, especially Bobby's Sam Kinison.

    Audition: I laughed at the list of things Kristen Wiig's character would do. I also loved her reaction when she got denied. This was actually a really funny sketch, just because it was so out there.

    Back To The Future Part 2: Another great set of impressions. I liked the double duty impressions from Taran as both Gilbert Gottfreid and Pee-Wee Herman. Once again, all the impressions were hilarious in this.

    Musical Performance: Rihanna performs "What's My Name". I actually didn't mind this, and I think I could kind of like this song, I guess. I also have to say, Rihanna really sold this song... uh, if you know what I mean...

    Weekend Update: Update was all-around good tonight. Garth and Kat were fun to see on again, and Bill's James Carville was great.

    I Didn't Ask For This: This was a hilarious idea for a sketch. All these people and their embarrassing videos were great. I really loved the Jon Hamm as the father video. The facial expression when he cried was great, and the auto-tune version was hilarious.

    Highway Cops: This sketch was pretty one-note, and I wonder if they could have replaced this with anything else from dress.

    Darlique & Barney: This was actually silly enough to be funny. The piano riffs whenever one of them would have a punch line was pretty funny, and I didn't mind these two that much.

    Musical Performance: Rihanna performs "Only Girl In The World". This has been played on the radio a lot lately, and I actually don't mind this new Rihanna song. I liked the creepy Halloween background-type setting.

    Dog In Purse: This was nothing really too special. It was okay, I guess.

    Tonight's episode was a memorable one. The last half an hour or so wasn't anything to remember, but the show up until the Youtube sketch was really good, so it makes up for it. Jon Hamm was his usual best, and I hope to see him host many more times. Rihanna was actually a good musical guest.

    In two weeks, Scarlett Johansson hosts with ARCADE FIRE!!! YEAH!!!!

    Next week is a repeat of the Jane Lynch and Bruno Mars episode... mehhh...moreless
  • Jon Hamm hosts.

    Ah, the return of Shy Ronnie. Surprised, but pleasantly surprised I guess, to see him come back. Rihanna is such a talented singer that she could turn anything into a catchy song, as evidenced by the latest digital short.

    Jon Hamm's third hosting stint was a bit of a bust. Nothing really stood out as memorable, and while it was not a terrible show all around, nothing really made me laugh hard or even laugh at all. But it moved along quickly and Hamm was up for just about everything so you cannot be mad at him for trying again.

    I think he should wait two or three more years before returning again though. He is not a once a year host.moreless
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    • Sketches/segments not shown in the 60 minute version: "James Carville" segment on Weekend Update, Rihanna's performance of "Only Girl in the World," "Lizette's Audition," "Highway Cops," "Darleek & Barney" and "American America: Dog in Purse" (cartoon).

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special (Non-Prosthetic).

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal: Pubic Hair Restoration (rerun from Amy Poehler/Katy Perry); Robert Osborne (Jason Sudeikis) shows scenes that didn't make it into the final cut of The Wizard of OZ; Jon Hamm hawks CB Hamm Radios; in promotion of gurney week at CBS, a series of televsion shows featuring a gurney are shown; a woman (Vanessa Bayer) searching for eateries discovers more with the use of the business review site, Yelp; "American America: I, Hippie"-- a cartoon where a hippie (Dana Carvey) waxes nostalgic; sex offender Jeff Montgomery (Will Forte) returns for more trick or treating fun at man's (Jon Hamm) home; and on Weekend Update, Jay Pharoah and Abby Elliott rap about Halloween.

      The "TCM Essentials," "CBS Gurney Week" (albeit rewritten) and "I, Hippie" sketches would appear in live shows later in the season.

    • Jay Pharaoh did not appear in any live sketches.