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Saturday Night Live

Season 32 Episode 9

Justin Timberlake (2)

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Dec 16, 2006 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Live from New York (in song), it's... Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Kristin Wiig!

Sketches include "Santa's My Boyfriend," "Homelessville," "Target Greatland," "D*** in a Box" (film), "The Barry Gibb Talk Show," "Dry Eyes," "Hip Hop Kids," "Elf Auditions," and "A Holiday Message from Nancy Grace."

Justin Timberlake performed "My Love" and "What Goes Around Comes Around."moreless

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  • You can’t bring Sexy back if you don’t have a receipt...

    A Review by “HelloStuart,” The Amateur Critic that keeps on giving

    Is SNL resorting to plagiarism? That’s what some people are suggesting after the left-leaning blog The Huffington Post published a satirical piece featuring film stills from Mel Gibson’s Mayan Empire epic “Apocolypto,” one measly day before Saturday Night aired their own parody with new subtitles superimposed over the actual theatrical trailer. Granted, both the article and the re-cut trailer hit the same easy target (Gibson’s now-infamous anti-Semitic remarks during a DUI bust six months ago), so maybe it’s a bit presumptuous to smell a rat (or dare I say, bagels?). On the other hand, earlier this season, SNL aired a digital film piece called “Cubicle Fight” that had more than a passing resemblance to a popular YouTube clip called “Cubicle Wars.” Hmm…

    And now, back to business: for the second time this season, tonight’s host will also be pulling musical guest duty, and for once it’s someone that we can actually anticipate- Justin Timberlake. Say what you will about the fluffy, wanton piffle that makes up his current album “FutureSex/Lovesounds,” but he did a solid job of hosting three years ago, and that’s all that matters to me.

    For the last time in 2006, the sketch-by-sketch analysis:

    COLD OPENING: Amy, Maya, and Wiigy are decorating the Christmas tree, but it’s merely exposition to a brief, Spector-esque number called “Santa’s My Boyfriend,” complete with the usual PG-rated double-entendres. I won’t complain about the Christmas theme, but something about this sketch just doesn’t work as a leadoff hitter.

    MONOLOGUE: That dude that’s boinking Cameron Diaz sings “The Christmas Song” with Alvin and the Chipmunks (FA, BH, AS), continuing an apparent fascination with decades-old children’s programming. The only edge to this was Justin’s muted yet condescending behavior towards Alvin/Bill, but even that wasn’t enough.

    “Homelessville”: A blatant rewrite of that “Omeletville” sketch from three years ago finds an anthropomorphic Cup o’ Soup (JT) with a love for early ‘90s hip-hop competing with a Salvation Army Santa (WF) for the attention of passerby on a street corner. At least the ending of the sketch wasn’t as cornball as the last time around.

    “Target Greatland”: That Oteri-esque cashier lady (KW) and a creepy, Southern-fried stock boy (JT) alienate two customers (MR, WF) in another slice-of-life sketch from the otherwise characterless big-box store. You see one, you’ve seen them all.

    DIGITAL SHORT: First it was ‘90s rap, now it’s ‘90s white-boy R&B as Justin and Andy lay down a smooth groove on “D*** in a Box.” As unabashed as it was, this is classic Lonely Island material; this could’ve easily been some goofy, semi-anonymous YouTube clip, which it probably will be by the Sunday afternoon following this broadcast.

    “The Barry Gibb Talk Show”: Wow, the audience really went bonkers over this one; I can’t even remember the last time I heard cheering like that on this show. Tonight, the two surviving Brothers Gibb (JT and our old buddy Jimmy Fallon) attempt to open a topical symposium with Sandra O’Connor (KW), Thomas Friedman (FA), and former President Jimmy Carter (DH), but as usual they just berate them. Something must’ve not worked if Justin didn’t crack up once; on the other hand, it seems that sketch quality caved in to popular demand.

    “Dry Eyes”: Ah, a game show spoof; it seems like ages since we’ve seen one of these. The premise is, two men (FA, JT) compete to see who can go the longest without crying, with verbal reminders of personal emotional baggage as their bait. Justin was surprisingly convincing as a “real man,” though like most SNL sketches this ran a bit longer than it should have. Good use of an old Harry Chapin song, though.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: That chick that’s boinking the host introduces JT, who sings “My Love.” That was a decent blues guitar solo, so why in the heck did it end up in such a flavorless ballad?

    WEEKEND UPDATE: Just for the change, I’ll list my highlights first: Lou Dobbs’ (DH) commentary on food for charity ultimately deviates into another one of his cartoonish anti-immigrant rants, while jabs at Christian homophobia and xenophobia went straight on target. What didn’t work, you ask? For one thing, a return appearance by the gay couple from North Jersey (FA, BH) was largely unnecessary, and it still seems like calm, confident Seth still has the upper hand on the increasingly sheepish Amy in terms of the eminence and resonation of their usual topical jabs.

    “Hip Hop Kids”: One turntable and five MCs (KT, JT, KW, AP, JS, MR) stuck in a coal mine encounter cave creatures and resort to cannibalism whilst busting a move. Sometimes a sketch comes along that is so inane and heavily weighted by its oddball concept that you can’t help but laugh; this was one of those sketches.

    “Christmas Elf Auditions”: Oh cripes, another recurring character. This time, Shelby Hastings (now played by JT) and her proud stepmom (KT) are a self-aggrandizing, disruptive presence at an audition for some Christmas play. Much like the last time Mrs. Hastings appeared, this was plodding, undercooked, and somewhat tedious.

    “A Holiday Message from Nancy Grace”: The Headline News star’s (AP) holiday greetings coincide with her two cents on the latest developments in the months-old Duke Lacrosse scandal, followed by a declaration of revenge on the accused players that didn’t actually rape anyone. As hasty as this sketch felt, I would’ve been much more content with this sketch as the cold opening.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: That dude that used to be a cast member and happens to be good friends with the boinking couple introduces Justin for his soaring “What Goes Around Come Around.” Once again, some perfectly good guitar work is wasted on a forgettable, overproduced album cut.

    The show closes, rather inexplicably, with Lenny Pickett and the SNL Band playing the opening chords to “Silent Night.” It’s good to see that the house band still gets fleeting moments of screen time, even if it hasn’t been the same since G.E. Smith and Cheryl Hardwick left.

    Much like past Christmas shows, this particular broadcast was top-heavy on recurring characters and a weird aura of either laziness or burnout on the writers’ part. Justin Timberlake turned out to be a very reliable host, one that carried his own weight in sketches even if he couldn’t hold up the musical part of the deal. The calendar year 2006 for SNL may not have ended on a high note, but it certainly was agreeable.

    Sketches/segments that will probably be removed in the 60-minute edit: “Santa’s My Boyfriend,” “Christmas Elf Auditions,” and at least one of JT’s musical performances.

    Next Week: a repeat of last year’s delightful Jack Black/Neil Young broadcast.

    In Four Weeks: There’s nothing quite like starting 2007 with a gay cowboy and some cusp-of-the-mainstream “indie” rock. In this case, I hope you like Jake Gyllenhaal and The Shins. Plus, my fourth annual midseason recap!

    Contact “HelloStuart” at sma17kc@aim.com. Happy Holidays, one and all!moreless
  • A pretty weak episode, but it seems that 2 minutes of hilarity about a certain box (not live, mind you) can compensate for an hour or so of dreck. Personally, I would never give a restaurant a rave review because of a great appetizer alone.moreless

    Santa's My Boyfriend cold open - It reminded me of that Chevy song from so many years ago. OK, but not particularly funny.

    Monologue - The chipmunks were great, reaffirming my belief in Hader as the great new hope for SNL. "Bring it on down to homelessville" - Pretty good, but would have collapsed without Forte's pathetic, whimpering Santa.

    Target Lady - Never thought that was funny. Nothing to change my mind in this episode.

    Dick in Box - The most famous digital short ever and easily lives up to its reputation. Flat out hilarious.

    Barry Gibb Show - Fallon's desperate return to the screen, kicking all the way, just to make sure we don't forget him. After two box office duds, Fallon is paranoid that he will be relegated to pitching soda pop for the rest of career. Ol' buddy JT threw him a bone with the Barry Gibb show since JT himself had only a few unfunny lines.

    Dry Eyes - I appreciate trying new things, but that one certainly needed a lot more fleshing out. It might have been funnier with a more absurdest approach. Like having them cry over a ding in their new BMW or something equally ridiculous.

    Weekend Update - A pretty decent update, but Hammond needs to find something else to do.

    Hip Hop Kids - Almost DOA, but was revived when the cave monsters appeared, albeit too briefly. Hey, that was Hader again! Give him more to do!

    Elf Tryouts - Pretty lame, but gave Kenan a chance to squawk for a few minutes. If a was a writer at SNL, I'd probably give him something too just so I wouldn't have to hear him complaining about a lack of air time.

    Nancy Grace - This impression sucks. And the topic? Not the best choice for a commentary.moreless
  • Lol. Good episode. Justin did a pretty good job with this one.

    Santa's my boyfriend: They all have great voices! I liked the lyrics, they were pretty funny. monologue: The Chipmunks!!! yay! Haha I liked how Alvin was hassled for being flat. Homelessville: It was okay. It was funny. Not too funny, but funny.

    Dry eyes: Hahaha! I liked Justin's eye thing when he was about to get watery. And how the teacher sucked at playing.

    Target: haha this was a funny one. Kristin was funny on this one.

    Special Christmas Prestent: This was hilarious. This won the season over. Haha it was soo funny.

    Barry Gibbs show: heyy Jimmy Fallon! This was pretty funny I guess. Weekend Update: hahaha the Gay couple was funny. This was a good Weekend Update.

    Hip Hop kids: Wtf was this? it was sooo stupid yet funny. Haha Kristen made a really dramatic fall. They ate the people!?! ewwww...

    Elf Auditions: hahaha I love Virginica. This was a funny one.

    Nancy Grace: It was okay. I liked when she threatened the guys for no reason! haha.

    Overall: So this was a prety good episode to end the first half of the season.moreless
  • Saturday Night Live- Justin Timberlake

    Unbelievable. Another great episode of SNL. My favorite sketch had to be "D*ck in a Box)Halarious. I can so see why it won a couple of emmys. Also Homelessville was unbeliveable. Those 2 sketches remain in my top 5 favortie for all time. Justin Timberlake did a great job hosting and performing. Dry Eyes was another great one. D*ck in a Box was great. "1...You cut a hole in the box...2... You put your junk in the box...3...you make her open the box" Hip HopKidz was great too. Halarious. "Give it all up to Homelessville!" The best epsiode of all time (well of the 4 episodes I've seen -:Dmoreless

    Oh my gosh this is the best of the best, Justin Timberlake is so funny I couldn't stop laughing, I was crying! The Cup OF SOUP was the best ever !!! Just love him..He acts, sings and dances Awesome as good as Fred Astaire!!! Don't judge me on that (age wise that is..) What can't this guy do? I hope he keeps going down a good path and keeps clean and a level head. I have a son that reminds me of him when he dances....and his name is Justin also. He was born before I really new too much about the singer! Good luck Justin on your career!moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • During "Homelessville," Timberlake's character presses "Play" many times in his stereo, but he never press "Stop" or "Pause." The boombox stops by itself.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Seth Meyers: On Friday, The Defense Department saluted exiting Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with a full honor review by the armed forces, and speeches of gratitude from George Bush, Dick Cheney and Osama bin Laden.

    • Amy Poehler: In an interview with Congressional Quarterly, Representative Silvestre Reyes, the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee did not know the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. To which everyone else in Congress said, 'Oh my God, I'm so glad you said that! I thought I was the only one!'

    • Seth Meyers: Authorities have ordered Amish families in western New York state to stop employing their teenage children in sawmilling, woodworking and construction work. Upon hearing the news, one outraged Amish man fired off an angry response, but it didn't get very far as his Blackberry is an actual blackberry.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version: Lou Dobbs' segment on Weekend Update, "A Holiday Message from Nancy Grace," "Mrs. Hastings at St. Ambrose Academy," "Hip Hop Kids," and JT's performance of "What Goes Around Comes Around."

    • The song "D*ck In A Box" won the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics.

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal: a sketch about a store worker (Justin Timberlake) who brags to his fellow employee (Fred Armisen) about going home at 5 o'clock; on "Anderson Cooper 360," Anderson (Seth Meyers) asks two soldiers (Jason Sudiekis, Will Forte) about the U.S. exit strategy from Iraq; a sketch about a man (Will Forte) who kidnaps another (Justin Timberlake) to impress a woman (Maya Rudolph); singer Michael McDonald (Justin Timberlake) opens a similarly named fast food restaurant- Michael McDonald's; and a commercial where Soap Opera actors Michael Park and Kim Zimmer advertise their condom of choice during sex scenes.

    • "Dry Eyes" first appeared in the Matthew Fox/Tenacious D dress rehearsal, with Fox playing Justin Timberlake's role.

    • The NBC rerun features many sketches rearranged in order. "Dry Eyes," originally shown after the second commercial break, was moved up to immediately after the first commercial break. The "Target Greatland," "D*** in a Box," and "Barry Gibb Talk Show" back to back combo originally shown after the first commercial break was moved to after the second commercial break. Justin Timberlake's second performance was moved up from the 10-to-1 timeslot to 12:43 AM, switching places with "A Holiday Message from Nancy Grace."

    • The Digital Short "**** in a Box" quickly became an internet phenomenon, much like last year`s popular Digital Short, "Lazy Sunday". Coincidently, both were from Christmas episodes. NBC.com decided to run an uncensored verison.

    • The digital short marks the third time that Andy Samberg has performed some sort of duet with the host, the first being with Natalie Portman in Season 31.


    • In the "Homelessville" sketch, Justin Timberlake (dressed as Cup O' Soup) rapped to several familiar songs to get donations for his charity, Homelessville. Lyrics from the original songs were altered to incorporate "soup" references. The songs sampled are Tag Team's "Whoomp! (There It Is)," Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot," Salt N Pepa's "Shoop" and 69 Boyz's "Tootsie Roll."