Saturday Night Live

Season 31 Episode 16

Lindsay Lohan/Pearl Jam

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Apr 15, 2006 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... Lindsay Lohan! Sketches include "The Situation Room," "Neutrogena Coin Slot," "Deep House Dish," "Journey to the Disney Vaults" (cartoon), "The O'Reilly Factor," "Le Rendezvous," "Laser Cats!" (film), "Debbie Downer," "Officemates' Night Out," and "Atlantic City Fever." Pearl Jam performed "World Wide Suicide" and "Severed Hand."moreless

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  • Nobody answered last time, so I’ll ask again: does the carpet match the drapes?

    6.0
    A Review by “HelloStuart,” Amateur Critic and Self-Proclaimed Center of the Universe



    For those of you that have been living under a rock for the last week, Lindsay Lohan hosted SNL for the third time last weekend. The fact that Lohan is even involved has instigated a hullabaloo amongst the SNL diehards, and though she’s been unexceptional as a host she seems to be a cast favorite. SNL has overcome bad hosts in the past, and even in this recent slump I remain (as I usually am) guarded optimistic. Losing streaks have ended in far stranger ways.



    The musical guest tonight is far from controversial, unless you hate grunge-rock or worked for Ticketmaster in the mid-to-late 90’s. I’m obviously speaking of Pearl Jam, whose new album suggests not only a comeback to commercial relevance but also a return to form; it must be worth the hype if this band is making their first SNL appearance in twelve years.



    And now, the sketch-by-sketch analysis:



    COLD OPENING: Tonight on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Wolf Blitzer (CP) comments on the defection of several members of the Bush Administration, a situation that reaches its nadir when Chief Justice Roberts’ teenage babysitter (Linz) becomes the new White House press secretary. Strangely, her high school rhetoric is a hit with the press to great comic effect, even if Lindsay’s raspy voice proved to be a trivial diversion.



    MONOLOGUE: Shortly after making the obligatory self-referencing car crash joke, the newly brunette Double-L tries to sober up the Easter Bunny (KT) in an obvious parody of her recent personal problems.



    “Neutrogena Coin Slot”: At long last, a moisturizer for the visible part of a woman’s butt-crack. The most useless products always seem to be the funniest, don’t they?



    “Deep House Dish”: I still don’t get it- is Tiara Zee (RD) supposed to be brain-damaged from Ecstasy or just really thickheaded? It’s starting to get a little distracting. Even so, in this decidedly ordinary third go-around of MTV4’s electronic dance music smorgasbord, Frontal Assault and Demetrios (FA, BH) remix the theme from “Brokeback Mountain” as DJ Dynasty Handbag (KT) continues to stifle his dippy co-host.



    SMIGELTOON: Two brave children follow a sheepish Mickey Mouse into “The Journey to the Disney Vault,” where Walt’s skeletons drop out of the closet and lousy direct-to-DVD sequels to cherished children’s movies thrive. Robert Smigel has used Disney as a target for satire in the past, though his opinionating seems to be getting the best of him.



    “The O’Reilly Factor”: If you’ve seen one of the sketches, you’ve seen them all. Tonight, Bill plays Mr. Smartypants to New Yorker scribe Seymour Hersh (FA) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (WF) with the usual amount of self-absorbed befuddlement.



    “Le Rendezvous”: A delicious chocolate pastry has a drug-like, animalistic effect on four restaurant patrons (Linz, FA, RD, JS). I don’t know why, but I really enjoyed this sketch; maybe it was because the intense physical humor didn’t border on the obnoxious.



    FILM: “Laser Cats!” is an el cheapo Hader/Samberg production that pretty much speaks for itself. I wasn’t expecting something this amateurish and stupid to be this funny, but there’s a brutal honesty to their dorky posture that makes this film work. Also, extra points for Lorne’s grimacing and Forte’s cardboard box getup.



    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: As expected, Pearl Jam performs a scathing rendition of their comeback hit “World Wide Suicide.”



    WEEKEND UPDATE: Tina and Amy banter with in-house meteorologist Stormy Windbreaker (SM), who dryly explains how global warning, tornados, and the pending apocalypse will be affecting our seven-day forecast. Also, “American Idol” hopeful Taylor Hicks (JS) covers his latent creepiness with a nuclear bomb of enthusiasm. All in all, this was a more focused Update compared to recent weeks; then again, any news segment that ends with the phrase “Your Mouth Can’t Get Pregnant” is good in my book.



    “Debbie Downer”: Egad, it’s the recurring sketch that won’t die! I believe at this point in the movie, I’d be the grizzled old farmer who asks his wife “Maw, get me my shotgun.” But in all seriousness, this time around the perpetually despondent Debbie hampers a Vegas bachelorette party. Just add water (and Bill Hader’s man-bulge) and you’ve got yourself a Debbie Downer sketch.



    “Socially Awkward Officemates”: Three very bookish colleagues (Linz, WF, KW) go to a local eatery and slowly loosen up in spite of their anal, introverted personalities. Was it just me, or did Lindsay’s character resemble Glenda Goodwin? Might this be another connection to Maya’s latest (albeit unexplained) hiatus from the show?



    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Eddie Vedder shines a light on the plight of the homeless with the album cut “Severed Hand.”



    “Atlantic City Fever”: Robert Osborne of TCM fame (another solid DH impression) analyzes this lost 60’s cinematic romp between Ann-Margeret (Linz) and Liberace (FA), a film marred by Lee’s blatant lack of attraction to women and an overall lack of chemistry. This was an above-average ten-to-one sketch, though I can picture this being on Fred’s best-of DVD, if and when such a thing will ever be released.



    After nearly two months of mediocre shows, tonight’s broadcast came out breaking even. “Laser Cats” proved to be one of the stronger digital short films that has aired on the show, and “Le Rendezvous” was probably one of the best physical sketches of recent memory, but otherwise the writing was its usual shaky self and the cast did its best to pick up the pieces. Though Pearl Jam might seem like an out-of-the-blue choice for musical guest, they sure as heck delivered; after several years of mediocre albums and Bob Dylan covers, Eddie and the boys ripped through their two songs with all the incense and gusto that most of us had feared lost around the time they cut “Vitology.”



    Sketches/Segments That Will Probably Be Removed in Repeats: “Deep House Dish,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” Taylor Hicks’ commentary on Update, and “Socially Awkward Officemates.”



    In Three Weeks: The “blast from the past” theme rolls on with Tom Hanks hosting for the first time in nearly a decade and musical guest Red Hot Chili Peppers making their first SNL appearance since Year 17.



    Contact “HelloStuart” at sma17kc@netscape.net.moreless
  • Nobody answered last time, so I’ll ask again: does the carpet match the drapes?

    6.1
    A Review by “HelloStuart,” Amateur Critic and Self-Proclaimed Center of the Universe



    For those of you that have been living under a rock for the last week, Lindsay Lohan hosted SNL for the third time last weekend. The fact that Lohan is even involved has instigated a hullabaloo amongst the SNL diehards, and though she’s been unexceptional as a host she seems to be a cast favorite. SNL has overcome bad hosts in the past, and even in this recent slump I remain (as I usually am) guarded optimistic. Losing streaks have ended in far stranger ways.



    The musical guest tonight is far from controversial, unless you hate grunge-rock or worked for Ticketmaster in the mid-to-late 90’s. I’m obviously speaking of Pearl Jam, whose new album suggests not only a comeback to commercial relevance but also a return to form; it must be worth the hype if this band is making their first SNL appearance in twelve years.



    And now, the sketch-by-sketch analysis:



    COLD OPENING: Tonight on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Wolf Blitzer (CP) comments on the defection of several members of the Bush Administration, a situation that reaches its nadir when Chief Justice Roberts’ teenage babysitter (Linz) becomes the new White House press secretary. Strangely, her high school rhetoric is a hit with the press to great comic effect, even if Lindsay’s raspy voice proved to be a trivial diversion.



    MONOLOGUE: Shortly after making the obligatory self-referencing car crash joke, the newly brunette Double-L tries to sober up the Easter Bunny (KT) in an obvious parody of her recent personal problems.



    “Neutrogena Coin Slot”: At long last, a moisturizer for the visible part of a woman’s butt-crack. The most useless products always seem to be the funniest, don’t they?



    “Deep House Dish”: I still don’t get it- is Tiara Zee (RD) supposed to be brain-damaged from Ecstasy or just really thickheaded? It’s starting to get a little distracting. Even so, in this decidedly ordinary third go-around of MTV4’s electronic dance music smorgasbord, Frontal Assault and Demetrios (FA, BH) remix the theme from “Brokeback Mountain” as DJ Dynasty Handbag (KT) continues to stifle his dippy co-host.



    SMIGELTOON: Two brave children follow a sheepish Mickey Mouse into “The Journey to the Disney Vault,” where Walt’s skeletons drop out of the closet and lousy direct-to-DVD sequels to cherished children’s movies thrive. Robert Smigel has used Disney as a target for satire in the past, though his opinionating seems to be getting the best of him.



    “The O’Reilly Factor”: If you’ve seen one of the sketches, you’ve seen them all. Tonight, Bill plays Mr. Smartypants to New Yorker scribe Seymour Hersh (FA) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (WF) with the usual amount of self-absorbed befuddlement.



    “Le Rendezvous”: A delicious chocolate pastry has a drug-like, animalistic effect on four restaurant patrons (Linz, FA, RD, JS). I don’t know why, but I really enjoyed this sketch; maybe it was because the intense physical humor didn’t border on the obnoxious.



    FILM: “Laser Cats!” is an el cheapo Hader/Samberg production that pretty much speaks for itself. I wasn’t expecting something this amateurish and stupid to be this funny, but there’s a brutal honesty to their dorky posture that makes this film work. Also, extra points for Lorne’s grimacing and Forte’s cardboard box getup.



    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: As expected, Pearl Jam performs a scathing rendition of their comeback hit “World Wide Suicide.”



    WEEKEND UPDATE: Tina and Amy banter with in-house meteorologist Stormy Windbreaker (SM), who dryly explains how global warning, tornados, and the pending apocalypse will be affecting our seven-day forecast. Also, “American Idol” hopeful Taylor Hicks (JS) covers his latent creepiness with a nuclear bomb of enthusiasm. All in all, this was a more focused Update compared to recent weeks; then again, any news segment that ends with the phrase “Your Mouth Can’t Get Pregnant” is good in my book.



    “Debbie Downer”: Egad, it’s the recurring sketch that won’t die! I believe at this point in the movie, I’d be the grizzled old farmer who asks his wife “Maw, get me my shotgun.” But in all seriousness, this time around the perpetually despondent Debbie hampers a Vegas bachelorette party. Just add water (and Bill Hader’s man-bulge) and you’ve got yourself a Debbie Downer sketch.



    “Socially Awkward Officemates”: Three very bookish colleagues (Linz, WF, KW) go to a local eatery and slowly loosen up in spite of their anal, introverted personalities. Was it just me, or did Lindsay’s character resemble Glenda Goodwin? Might this be another connection to Maya’s latest (albeit unexplained) hiatus from the show?



    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Eddie Vedder shines a light on the plight of the homeless with the album cut “Severed Hand.”



    “Atlantic City Fever”: Robert Osborne of TCM fame (another solid DH impression) analyzes this lost 60’s cinematic romp between Ann-Margeret (Linz) and Liberace (FA), a film marred by Lee’s blatant lack of attraction to women and an overall lack of chemistry. This was an above-average ten-to-one sketch, though I can picture this being on Fred’s best-of DVD, if and when such a thing will ever be released.



    After nearly two months of mediocre shows, tonight’s broadcast came out breaking even. “Laser Cats” proved to be one of the stronger digital short films that has aired on the show, and “Le Rendezvous” was probably one of the best physical sketches of recent memory, but otherwise the writing was its usual shaky self and the cast did its best to pick up the pieces. Though Pearl Jam might seem like an out-of-the-blue choice for musical guest, they sure as heck delivered; after several years of mediocre albums and Bob Dylan covers, Eddie and the boys ripped through their two songs with all the incense and gusto that most of us had feared lost around the time they cut “Vitology.”



    Sketches/Segments That Will Probably Be Removed in Repeats: “Deep House Dish,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” Taylor Hicks’ commentary on Update, and “Socially Awkward Officemates.”



    In Three Weeks: The “blast from the past” theme rolls on with Tom Hanks hosting for the first time in nearly a decade and musical guest Red Hot Chili Peppers making their first SNL appearance since Year 17.



    Contact “HelloStuart” at sma17kc@netscape.net.moreless
  • Great show

    10
    Lindsay Lohan was great,I mean she always is!! She\'s gorgeous, funny and a great actress! Pearl Jam was good too. I\'m not the biggest fan of their type of music, but Lindsay made up for them! SNL should have her back real soon as I\'m sure ratings would boost big time! It\'s nice to see her looking healthy again too, for a while I was real worried she was wasting away to nothing, but as evidenced by the Magnifying Glass skit she certainly has gotten back to the old Lindsay we can to love! MUAH Linds! Keep up the great workmoreless
  • Not a Lohan fan, but pretty good show.

    8.5
    I thought this was pretty good episode. The Smigel cartoon of the Disney Vault made the whole show and the "chocolate dessert sketch was a nice bit of physical comedy, that the cast and guest star did not mess up, like they are prone to do. Also Amy Pohler and Lohan's response to the sound effects goof in the Debbie Downer sketch brought out a chuckle, but the best sketch had to be the shy co-workers who evolve from worrying about what table to choose to heading out for a glorious three-way featuring Indian head dresses and video cameras! That one was well-done!moreless
  • I almost pee'd my pants a few times. Definately one of the best I've seen in a while. Not too political and Lindsey actually impressed me.

    8.2
    I thought that this episode was up there with some of the best by far. I always LOVE the commercials, OMG "Coin Slot" was the best skit on the whole episode. It was great too, because earlier we were watching a rerun on E and they played one of the commercials and it was for "Huggies Thiongs" and I had said that I hadn't laughed that hard in ages and then about an hour later I was laughing even harder. Probably cuz I was WB'd.moreless
Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

Herself

Guest Star

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam

Themselves

Guest Star

John Lutz

John Lutz

Man Hit by Chair

Guest Star

Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels

Himself

Recurring Role

Jorma Taccone

Jorma Taccone

Villain

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In "Laser Cats!", when Bill's cat can't shoot anymore, Andy throws him a white cat with brown spots. However, when he retreives the feline, it's entirely white.

    • One of the clips in the Disney Vault cartoon is 1947's "Song of the South," which after a few years was banned from the shelves because of its racist overtones.

    • Contrary to popular belief, Walt Disney was cremated, not cyrogenically frozen.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Taylor Hicks: Tina, I know what you're thinking and the answer is yes, the carpet does match the drapes. Hell, when I'm naked it looks like I'm sitting on Albert Einstein's shoulders!

  • NOTES (9)

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal include: a commercial where roaches are the cure to head lice; the announcements are once again put in play format by the drama club at West Bedford; a sketch about a wild teen (Lindsay Lohan) who berates her step-father (Chris Parnell); a sketch where two waiters (Finesse Mitchell, Lohan) annoy and disgust diners; "Tech Pack"; a commercial where the know-hows of getting a mortage is discussed; and that Digital Short where a man's (Andy Samberg) lobster claw-like hands impede eating.

    • Marilyn Manson was originally scheduled to be the musical guest for this episode.

    • Sketches/segments not shown in the 60 minute version: Pearl Jam's performance of "Severed Hand," "Deep House Dish," "TV Funhouse: Journey to the Disney Vault," "The O'Reilly Factor," and "TCM's Movie Archives."

    • Lindsay Lohan was a last-minute replacement for Patrick Dempsey; Lohan was originally penciled in to host the season finale.

    • The "Le Rendezvous" sketch was co-written by John Lutz and Liz Cackowski, who both appear as extras in the sketch.

    • This was Pearl Jam's first time performing on SNL in 12 years.

    • The opening monologue is very similar to the bit Lindsay did the last time she hosted the show with Amy Poehler, only now she's the one giving advice about staying out all night and partying too much.

    • Maya Rudolph and Horatio Sanz do not appear in this episode.

    • One hour of this show aired on Easter Sunday in the Pacific and Eastern time zones, a rare occurance.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The short clip of "Bambi 2002" in the "Disney Vault" Smigeltoon parodies the famous bullet-dodging scene from "The Matrix." This footage was recycled from the Smigeltoon that appeared in the Kirsten Dunst/Eminem episode in Year 27.

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