Saturday Night Live

Season 29 Episode 2

Justin Timberlake (1)

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 11, 2003 on NBC
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Justin Timberlake (1)
Live from New York, it's... Darrell Hammond!

Sketches include, "Hardball," "Punk'd: Barely Legal," "Schwarzenegger Press Conference," "A Message From Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson," "Omletteville vs., Benny's," "DirecTV," "Boston Teens at a Restaurant," "The Sharon Osbourne Show," "Justin and Kermit The Frog," "Carl Weathers For Governor," "Amy Loves Justin," and "The Barry Gibb Talk Show."

Justin Timberlake performs "Rock Your Body," "Senorita," and "Cry Me A River."moreless

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  • Do Good Things Come in Threes?

    By the Former "Heystu," Amateur Critic and Traveling Novelty Act:

    After last week's uneven effort with Jack Black and John Mayer, we enter Week 2 of Year 29 with Justin Timberlake pulling double duty. This is his first time hosting and second time as musical guest (he performed as a member of N*Sync in 2000), which made me wonder: what if he's a better musical host than guest? Sure, he's a talented singer/dancer, but his acting background is somewhat stunted. Then again, he was a cast member on "The New Mickey Mouse Club," so we shouldn't be too worried just yet.

    When this episode first aired on 11 October 2003, some of you may have noticed that it was delayed by three minutes. This was due to racing coverage that went on 180 seconds too long. (Hey, it's not the end of the world, people. It's just a bunch of southern-fried pretty boys driving around for three hours. Nothing to get excited about.)

    Before I go on, I must mention this: Did anybody notice that this week's sketches were longer than usual? On more than one occasion in this episode, they showed three sketches at a time between commercials. This is strange, since most people are happy when they have TWO consecutive sketches at a time. Then again, maybe shorter sketches aren't such a bad thing...

    And now, without further rambling analysis, the show:

    COLD OPENING: The 11th appearance of "Hardball" has Chris Matthews battling a ditzy Ann Coulter (AP), a goofy Karl Rove (JR), and a smug Gary Coleman (KT). Not the best "Hardball," but the spying/paranoia bent was amusing.

    MONOLOGUE/MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Justin's encounter with a middle-aged fan turns into a performance of "Rock Your Body." Does anybody know which writer played the fan? FYI: this is the first time there has been a non-impromptu musical performance in the monologue since Olivia Newton-John sang "Physical" back in '82.

    "Punk'd Barely Legal:" Ashton Kutcher gets dissed for a second episode in a row with JT's spastic turn as Demi Moore's beau. I had no idea that new guy Finesse Mitchell looked so much like 50 Cent. Besides Chris Parnell playing Ash's lawyer, there's not much to brag here.

    "CNN Special Report:" Ah-nuld the Governator (DH) resigns, then announces that "Call-he-phone-ya" is imperiled again since second-in-command Cruz Bustimante doesn't want his job. When this episode is repeated, listen for longtime writer Jim Downey as the male reporter.

    "Special Message:" Whoa, THREE sketches in a row without an ad? What the fudge? Anyway, a beleaguered Nick Lachey (Jimmy) tries to stand up for his wife, but Jessica Simpson (JT) humiliates him yet again. A adequate 'dumb blond' sketch.

    "Dueling Diners:" A guy in a bacon costume (CP) is outmatched by the chutzpah of a rival in a omelette costume (JT). A decent sketch ruined by a hokey ending.

    "DirecTV:" This ad spoof finds Jeff Richards' great Gary Busey impression reading a customer's letter before meandering off into a story about watching porn and "having two TV's so I can watch four boobs at once." Fans of Comedy Central's "I'm With Busey" must've loved deliciously cartoonish sketch.

    "Sully's Birthday:" Three straight sketches AGAIN? Geez. Anyhoo, the 11th "Boston Teens" sketch finds Sully and Zazoo (Jimmy, Rachel) and her kid brother (JT) wrecking havoc in a 3-star restaurant. This go-around was so by-the-numbers that I cringe at the thought of one more sketch with these characters.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Justin sings that somewhat soulful "Senorita," the third single from his solo album. I forced myself to listen to the entire song.

    WEEKEND UPDATE: A surprisingly abbreviated "Update" with Jimmy and Tina pretending to speak Swedish. It could've been better, not to mention longer.

    "The Sharon Osbourne Show:" Maybe I'm still numb from the second musical performance, but this was a sketch that wasted its potential. This spoof of the daytime talk show (which airs on WGN Chicago in my area of the country) has an unusually chipper Sharon (AP) letting her dog take a dump on Quentin Tarantino (FA), then patronizing Michael Bolton (JT). A brief appearance by Horatio's dead-on Ozzy impression was the only moment of real energy in this dead-on-arrival clunker.

    MUSICAL SKETCH: Justin's duet with "Kermit the Frog" (WF) gets ugly. You can tell that it's not the real Kermit, but it pays off when the faux frog calls JT a douchebag.

    "Carl Weathers for Governor:" The actor and one-time host (see Year 13) declares himself the third actor from the movie "Predator" to become a gubernatorial candidate. Very clever political satire.

    "Backstage:" Amy Poehler flirts with JT while wearing a flamboyant leprechaun costume. Funny in a "Larry Sanders" kind of way.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: JT sang his first solo hit, "Cry Me a River." Good song, but unfortunatly, it's not a cover of the rabble-rouser Joe Cocker made famous in "Mad Dogs and Englishmen."

    "The Barry Gibb Talk Show:" A surreal talk show spoof with the two surviving Bee Gee's interviewing political wonks Al Franken (as played by JR), Arianna Huffington (AP), and Cruz Bustimante (HS). For a ten-to-one sketch, it was pretty good, even if Justin couldn't stop giggling.

    Overall, this episode was only slightly better then the season premiere. JT proved to be a decent host and musician, and it looks like a return for Year 30 isn't out of the question just yet. This particular broadcast was bogged down, however, by so-so writing and an aura of repetition.

    Sketches That Will Probably Be Edited or Removed for E!: "Boston Teens," "Dueling Diners," "Sharon Osbourne," and "Senorita."

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  • Greatest SNL episode in a long time!

    When this episode of SNL aired, it was the best one in a long time. I had never been a Justin Timberlake fan (I still hate his music), but after seeing this I had to admit he's a natural at sketch comedy. He was great in every scene he was in and was unafraid to make a fool of himself, which makes for excellent comedy. The highlights were "A Message From Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson," in which he did a hilarious impersonation of Jessica Simpson, and "Omletteville vs. Benny's" in which he dressed in a huge omelet suit.moreless
  • I actually didn't know he could act... he can!

    OK, when i first heard Justin Timberlake was doing saturday night live i soon imagine: OH NO! But when it aired and i get to watch, i was like: OH... WELL...! I didn't know he could actually act. My mistake, i figure he would only be stuck to sing, but he just proves the opposite. He have charm, humor, he knows how to entertain... Of course he wouldn't make it to be on the show, but for a one night only, he make it very well!moreless
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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Tina Fey: After a week of speculation by the press, Rush Limbaugh admitted on Friday that he is addicted to painkillers, and, I'm sorry to say, hoagies. Limbaugh blames his addiction on a botched back operation ...and lesbians.

    • Tina Fey: In an effort to improve her image, Shannen Doherty has signed on to produce and act in a new sitcom about a young woman with a reputation for being difficult and mean, but who's really kind at heart. Doherty will play that woman's bitchy friend.

    • Tina Fey: When voters in California went to the polls Tuesday for the gubernatoral recall race, they found the names of the 135 contenders on a ballot six pages long, thus making it the longest thing most Californians have ever read.

    • Tina Fey: In his first news conference after being elected Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger promised to "clean house in Sacramento." He also threatened to "molest the energy crisis" and to "date-rape the deficit."

    • Nick Lachey: To be honest, she can't even cure a ham.
      Jessica Simpson: Aww, is the ham sick?

    • Nick Lachey: Hi, I'm Nick Lachey, formerly of the band "98 Degrees."
      Jessica Simpson: And I'm Jessica Simpson, formerly of the band "Jessica Simpson."

    • (The music plays, then stops)
      Justin: Bring it on into Omeletville!

    • Ashton Kutcher: (to 50 Cent) This is a double punk 'cuz you didn't know you were gonna kill someone and Dax didn't know he was gonna die!

    • Ashton Kutcher: I'm Ashton Kutcher, and I'm awesome!

    • Tina Fey: That's really bad, 'cause what lawyer Pamela Mackey did by mentioning the woman's name, is to put her at risk of further harassment. A lawyer like Pamela Mackey of the Colorado firm Haddon, Morgan, Mueller, Jordan, Mackey & Foreman -- which is probably in the 303 area code -- should know that people can look up a name, like Joe Smith or Pamela Mackey, on the Internet and learn everything about them, and call them and mess with them and stuff!

    • Justin: What's your favorite song?
      Steve: The one you do about Britney.
      Justin: Okay... what's your second favorite song?

    • Chris Matthews: I'd call you a media whore but that would be offensive to whores.

    • Kermit the Frog: Justin, can you apologize for being a douchebag?

    • Jessica Simpson: And people say I'm not EDU-MA-CATED or whatever. If I'm so retarded, then why does it say "functionally retarded" on my driver's license?

  • NOTES (10)

    • The "Omletteville vs. Benny's" sketch had a different ending at dress rehearsal. A strip club owner played by Fred Armisen came out at the end of the sketch and offered Timberlake and Parnell's characters jobs doing their routines in front of his club.

    • Sketches/segments removed from the 60-minute edit include: "Schwarzenegger Press Conference," "A Message From Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson," "The Sharon Osbourne Show," "Carl Weathers For Governor," and "Amy Loves Justin."

    • In the NBC rerun of this episode (as well as the 60-minute edit), the part during the "Punk'd" sketch where Christina Aguilera (Maya Rudolph) sings "Beautiful" is shortened so that way she's only heard singing the last part of the song and not the whole thing (this was probably done for legal reasons). The 60-minute edit of this episode features the following edits: The "Kermit and Justin Duet" sketch has the word "douchebag" bleeped out, and the "Benny's vs. Omeletteville" sketch is from dress rehearsal (and has offensive language bleeped out).

    • The NBC rerun also adds the "Fear Factor Junior" sketch from the Donald Trump/Toots and the Maytals episode and the "Passion of the Dumpty/Bush Campaign Commercial" TV Funhouse from the Ben Affleck/N.E.R.D episode. The segment that is removed is Justin's third musical performance.

    • Originally aired on the 28th Anniversary of the airing of the first SNL episode.

    • This is the first time on SNL since the Sarah Jessica Parker/REM episode that there have been three musical performances, something that hasn't happened on SNL recently.

    • Al Franken becomes only the eleventh former cast member to be spoofed on "SNL." He is played by Jeff Richards, who joins Gilbert Gottfried (played by Jimmy Fallon), Paul Shaffer (Gary Kroeger, Mark McKinney, and Chris Kattan), Rob Schneider (Kevin Nealon), Billy Crystal (Schneider), Robert Downey Jr. (Chris Kattan), Adam Sandler (Fallon), David Spade (Kattan) Janeane Garofalo (Kattan), Dennis Miller (Dana Carvey and Fallon) and Eddie Murphy (Tim Meadows).

    • Director Beth McCarthy-Miller has gone on record saying that Justin Timberlake was one of the best hosts ever. Expect him to host again in the future.

    • Since Justin Timberlake was both the host & musical guest, his songs were introduced by staff writer Steve Higgins, Jimmy Fallon, and Maya Rudolph.

    • In the "Punk'd" sketch, Justin wears the same shirt as Jack Black did last week in "The Wade Robson Project" sketch.