Saturday Night Live

Season 33 Episode 6

Tina Fey/Carrie Underwood

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Feb 23, 2008 on NBC

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  • "Face time!"

    A Review by "HelloStuart," One Well-Rested Amateur Critic

    Wow, we're back. After a 3 ½-month hiatus imposed by the Writers' Guild strike, SNL is back on the air. For whatever reason, it feels much longer, but that might be because of all the stuff that's happened to me since late November (read my blog for more details). It's also hard to fathom that we're in the final weekend of February, but we're entering only the fifth broadcast of the season. To make up for lost time, this will be first of four consecutive Saturdays with a live show, which hasn't been done since 1976.

    During the break, there was a smidgen of significant cast news- UCB veteran Casey Rose Wilson has joined the cast as a featured player, supposedly to fill the gap left by a departing female repertory player (probably Maya) at the end of this season. Though unconfirmed, at least two more rookies might be on the way. Much like when Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig joined the show, I am completely unaware of Casey's previous work, so it should be interesting to see how she develops. The odds are in her favor, though; there hasn't been a truly forgettable female cast member since Nancy Walls.

    On that note, I want to congratulate Tina Fey on becoming the 24th ex-cast member to host SNL, and third woman to do so. Given that SNL was one of two late night shows to be completely shut down during the strike ("MADtv" being the other, obviously) I can imagine that there will be an unimaginable level of hype going into tonight's broadcast, and Fey seems like a very willing ringmaster. The musical guest is Carrie Underwood, the country-pop singer who first graced the SNL stage eleven months ago.

    And now, for the first time in 2008, the sketch-by-sketch rundown (or is it analysis?):

    COLD OPENING: During the umpteenth televised Democratic debate, Sen. Hillary Clinton (AP) is mystified by the media's growing cult-like obsession with frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama (played adequately by FA), then coldly denies that her campaign is off the rails. After inadvertently dissing Obama Girl, Hillary reluctantly sits back and watches Univision anchorman Diego Ramos (WF) admit to stalking her charismatic opponent. After being forced to sit out most of the primaries, it relives me to see that SNL's top political pundits don't have an itchy trigger finger; they kept their cool and didn't try to spit out every possible idea in their arsenal.

    OPENING CREDITS: It's a little weird not seeing Maya in the credits (we'll probably get an official announcement sooner than later), but Casey looks pretty.

    MONOLOGUE: Tina tries make penance with the SNL crew (they were laid off during the strike, then quickly rehired after it ended), and after a quip about the settlement Steve Martin runs up onstage to motivate Tina as a performer, not a writer. The bit felt like old hat to Steve, though I had no idea Tina could do weird voices.

    "Annuale": A magic pill that reduces a woman's menstral cycle to once a year has a dark, disturbing effect. I probably could make some crude, sexist joke about hormone rampages, but this ad spoof already covered the bases.

    "Rock of Love 2": Amber the belligerent amputee (AP) leaves a mark on the skeevy VH1 reality series starring Bret Michaels (JS) and his scene-stealing buddy Big John (FA). The other three finalists (TF, KW, CW) get emotional/obsessed/space out while Amber hobbles into the sunset and onto another similarly-themed reality show. Surprisingly boring.

    DIGITAL SHORT: A septuagenarian man pitches a set of DVDs (made by his wife, he claims) where his two grandsons (BH, AS) ease the elderly through today's flashy, high-concept movies. On top of being dumb and predictable, this doesn't even feel like something Akiva and Jorma would write. Is this their punishment for the "I Ran So Far" mess?

    "What's That ***** Talking About?": A game show spoof where two contestants (TF, BH) must correctly guess the context of one side of a woman's shrill phone conversation. The title is better than the book, but I like the way Tina rolls off all her answers.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: There's a syrupy sweetness to "All-American Girl," but isn't that what Carrie does best?

    WEEKEND UDPATE: For the first time in awhile, Amy and Seth were on their game tonight; the jokes were quick with zing to spare, and even the guest commentaries were passable. Kudos to Gov. Mike Huckabee for willing to make fun of himself and his long-shot candidacy, and even though the third installment "Woman's News" started strong, Tina's blatant endorsement of Senator Clinton felt like too little, too late. Update ran long, but doesn't it always?

    "Celebrity Apprentice": The Donald (DH) gives his trademark broad room dress-down to a variety of D-list celebrities. After initially bashing Ted Lewis (JS) and Jennifer Tilly (KW) for making a lousy new flavor of Gushers, the sketch goes off the deep end, forcing the likes of Mary Jo Buttafucco (TF), non-murderer John Mark Carr (BH), and Mr. Six (AP) to admit their mistakes. The arguable highlight was Casey's impression of Rachael Ray, a quick reminder that she might be easy on the eyes but an incredibly obnoxious TV personality.

    "Ed Mahoney's Speech": The guy from that jeweler sketch from two years ago (JS) gives a rambling and all-too-revealing speech at a wedding reception, predictably making the two newlyweds (WF, TF) very uncomfortable. I don't mind Mahoney because he hasn't been overexposed yet, and characters like Ed eventually get run into the ground, but this sketch went from nowhere to oblivion in three minutes flat.

    "Virgania Harsen's Hot Air Balloons": No, that's not a spelling error. A budding entrepreneur (KW) rocks the green-screen to sell her flying ride. As a stab at local TV commercials, it's right on the money; Virgania straddles the line between smug and anxious, gesturing with a muted eagerness. It's so staid, it's almost subversive.

    "I Drink Your Milkshake": An awkward clustering of three Oscar-nominated movies finds Daniel Plainview (BH) and his meek son (AP) hogging strangers' frozen treats at an Oregon ice cream parlor. Throwing Anton Chigurh (FA) and Juno (TF) into the mix only made it feel more contrived. To the 50% of the population that probably hasn't seen any of these movies, you have my sympathies.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: "Flat on the Floor" is about 80% country, 20% pop, and dominated by Carrie's convincing ability to play a scorched-earth woman.

    "Lady Business": Taking a chapter from "Lipstick Jungle" and "Cashmere Mafia," this new dramedy finds four more unrealistic women (TF, AP, KW, CW) pretending to be witty and dynamic in an urban, male-dominated setting. The concept was there, but the execution was rushed.

    As the first episode of Season 33 ½ draws to a close, I will agree that the hype was matched with several good sketches but the drive for madness was overwhelming. Where the over-the-top moments dominated, the more subtle aspects of the show drew the heartiest laughs. Tina dominated the night alongside the three female cast members; I wasn't expecting Casey to be in five sketches, but she held her own and I hope she builds on her hot start. I hope the long break gave the cast and writers more time to work on their chemistry, and that it sticks together for the remainder of this abbreviated season.

    Sketches/Segments That Will Probably Be Removed In Repeats: "Ed Mahoney's Speech," "I Drink Your Milkshake," "Flat on the Floor," and "Lady Business."

    Next Week: Ellen "Juno" Page hosts with musical guest Wilco.

    "HelloStuart" graduated with a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in December 2007, and is now a licensed substitute teacher. He can be contacted at
  • fey hosts

    Tina Fey is your host tonight. She is currently starring on the hilarious sitcom 30 Rock, and is the funniest female to come out of the show in a long, long time. She did not appear in many sketches other than Weekend Update while on the show, but you would not know that if this was the first time you saw her tonight as she excelled in nearly sketch she was on, and had a homerun with her monologue as well.

    Carrie Underwood performed two solid songs off her most recent album. Nice female voice to accompany the female host.
  • fey hosts

    Tina Fey is your host tonight. She is currently starring on the hilarious sitcom 30 Rock, and is the funniest female to come out of the show in a long, long time. She did not appear in many sketches other than Weekend Update while on the show, but you would not know that if this was the first time you saw her tonight as she excelled in nearly sketch she was on, and had a homerun with her monologue as well.

    Carrie Underwood performed two solid songs off her most recent album. Nice female voice to accompany the female host.
  • And we're back! After a few weeks hiatus...

    The WGA Strike of America went on strike forcing late night shows to go off air immediately. While most late night talk shows came back in January, SNL did not. Saturday Night Live has been off air since Brian Williams/Feist in November. So, here is the first review back.

    Tina Fey came to host incase of some grogginess from the cast. And, even though we've barely seen her act in sketch comedy, I'm sure she'll do great.. Musical guest is Carrie Underwood with her two new singles that made a lesser extent from last year's two "Before He Cheats" and "Wasted".

    CNN Clinton/Obama: The actor playing Obama was right bellow our noses the whole time. I was going through the current cast and seeing who could possibly play him. When I heard Maya was leaving, I was relieved. Now I knew they weren't going to have a half-black women to play a black senator, man. I never thought of Fred. But now that I think of it, Fred is capable of playing African Americans. He did Corbin Bleu in the season premiere! Favoring Obama was pretty funny. This was more of a silly sketch. It was a pretty good cold opening, but it should be, since we are approaching the elections.

    Tina Fey's monologue: Steve Martin! I would have been surprised, but the spoiler at 11 ruined it. I thought this was a pretty good monologue. I knew there would be a big name on tonight's show.

    Annuale: This commercial was great! Obviously Fey had something, if not everything, to do with this. All the women were funny in this.

    Rock of Love: I know this really annoying kid who always talks about this show. And now that I've seen the spoof on SNL, it looks like a pretty stupid show. But anyways, this was a pretty good sketch.

    The Disk my wife made (Digital short): More like a commercial, but yeah, it's unique. Andy and Bill were great as the grand kids.

    Whtas That B**** Talking about?: Always gotta have a gameshow. Once again, it was a SNL gameshow. How good can it get? For the record, the title was more entertaining than the sketch.

    Musical Performance: Carrie performs "All-American Girl". It was an easy yawner, which is a bumber since last year's two performances from her were so good.

    Weekend Update: Good jokes. I really wished they brought Roger A. Trevanti to wrap up the Strike. At least she wasn't a full on anchor. Huckabee was a great sport, and actually really made me laugh a lot.

    Celbrity Apprentice: We ressurected many impressions. This was probably the best sketch of the night. Donald Trump, Gene Simmons, Charles Barkley, and also we got Casey as Rachael.

    Wedding Reception: This was a pretty funny one. Tina was pretty funny as the bride. Mahoney was never my favorite character, though, and I thought it was extremely random to bring him back.

    Air Balloon Commercial: Kristen as a bad actress. "weeee." Hahaha, that stands up for all cheap, local commercials in America.

    Food Channel special: First of all, the best part of this sketch was the slogan. Food Channel, Porn for fat people. It took a second to sink in but then I was laughing for a while. But yeah, unique.

    Musical Performance: Carrie performs "Flat on The Floor". It's more exciting than All-American Girl, but not by much.

    Lady Business: A short ending sketch. But, yeah, the word of the night, unique. Casey's scene was cut out last second.

    Overall: Well, we're back, and this was a good return episode. You could tell Tina touched this episode with her awesome writing techniques. Casey was around alot for her first episode, and she did exceptional. Her Ray impression, and her making out with Sudeikis was great. Carrie was more of a bland musical guest, and I know she's a good live singer, hence winning American Idol, but, ya know. Her last album was a lot better..

    Next week is Juno, or Ellen Page, nominated for an Oscar, hosting. Wilco is musiscal guest. They're a great band and I can't wait for their debut. (It is there debut, right?)

    Posted February 24, 2008. 10:37
  • It would be easy to carp and say that this show was a complete letdown after 3 months off. On a brighter note, Maya's replacement Casey Wilson appeared in the show a great deal tonight and did an admirable job.

    After such long wait, expectations for this show are abnormally high. Some folks might think that the writers should have stockpiled ideas during this time and come back with a very strong show. My own thoughts are that the writers went into the same kind of mode that kids do during summer break where they forget everything about school and just chill out. That and the writers don't want to think for free, ya know? Only on the clock! Enough rhapsodizing, let's get down to it!

    Democratic Debate - Yes, the media is in love with Obama and the coverage has been totally one-sided. Not to mention that they have seemed to have forgotten McCain altogether (other than his alleged indiscretions). Everybody finds humor in different ways during the political season. Armisen's portrayal of Obama was very accurate physically, but lacked significantly on the vocal side. Obama has a wonderful low resonance to his voice that gives authority to his otherwise trite speeches. Armisen needs to work on the low register of his voice if he wants to be truly convincing as Obama. I have frequently bashed political openings, but that is because they are often irrelevant. This is THE time when they are relevant. Just need to find the crumbs of humor in the in the campaign. Believe me, they're there. Grade: C

    Monologue - Seeing Fey up there, it was like "Hey, where's the host? Oh, yeah she IS the host!" The jab at the disappointing outcome of the writer's strike was funny and necessary. Probably more poignant than funny for the writers though. A cameo by Steve Martin always portends great things. He has always used the line "I was just sitting at home watching the show" whenever he does a walk on. It's too bad that Martin wasn't the host because he was full of energy and elevated the monologue just by being there. The shot of the "writers" was funny (are they really writers?). Sad to see Steve leave and not return. Grade: B+

    Annuale commercial - Every man's nightmare. We sometimes joke about PMS or "that time of the month" but this pill raises the terror to a whole new level. I liked this commercial and wouldn't have changed anything (other than add a swash of pink to the Amy/Fred segment for consistency). Kristen tongue kissing the dog was a nice and bizarre touch. Now she joins Andy in the French kiss dog club. And we get the chance to see Tina as her normal self. Grade: A

    Rock of Love 2 - Yes, we have this several times before with Amber appearing on The Swan, America's Next Top Model, and The Bachelor. The formula was the same this time, but was a bit funnier because of the source material. $kankie groupies are always good for a laugh and the ladies did a great job of showing how scary groupies can be. Casey's first big moment of her SNL career. Nice set with the candles and drapes. The usual ending with Amber farting her way off the set. Probably don't need any more Amber sketches unless they find a new format for her. Undoubtedly, this was a quick one for the writers. Grade: C+

    Digital Short - The Lonely Island guys provide one of the highlights of the night (for me at least). A scared old man with geeky grandkids provides a nice setup for the clips. Well done all around. Love the Member's Only jackets! Grade: A

    What's That B1tch Talking About? - OK, so we all overhear people's cell phone conversations and try to figure out what they're talking about. Nice concept, but not one of the better SNL game shows. Having Fey get every one of the questions exactly right go old quickly and lost whatever humor it may have had initially. A real quickie sketch. Grade: C-

    Weekend Update - The jokes were OK tonight, but the Huckabee appearance was probably the highlight with his missed cue to leave the set. A lot of people seem to be fired up over the Fey segment, but it really wasn't much different than when she was the anchor for WU. She has always been highly opinionated and thinks that we should somehow share, let alone care about, her opinions. Grade: B- (for everything but Tina)

    Celebrity Apprentice - TV was a vast wasteland during the writer's strike (only during the writer's strike?) and this is the kind of crap that got served up (and still is). Not one of the better Apprentice parodies, but seeing the Six Flags guy up there was a nice surprise. And I always love to see Arimsen's Gene Simmons impression, even when he is just mumbling gibberish. ESPECIALLY when he is just mumbling gibberish. Grade: C

    Wedding Toast - The idea about the drunk best man giving an embarrassing speech is nothing new and was done very well in Four Weddings and a Funeral and a series of Budweiser commercials. Sudeikis did a fine job as a complete a$$, but that's to be expected as he excels at these characters. I'm not sure why they went with this one other than it was not a concept piece so all the writers had to do was put together a string of jokes. A hurried sketch that probably wouldn't have made it on under normal circumstances. Grade: C

    Hot Air Balloon - A nice low-budget local commercial feel to it. Kristen came across like one of those desperate Realtors begging for business. (Apologies to any Realtors reading this). Quick and fun. Grade: A

    I Drink Your Milkshake - A strange show highlighted by one of Armisen's creepy characters. He always does a great job playing these. Not sure what to say about this one. The idea wasn't great and the conflicts between the drinker and the milkshake owners could have been more pronounced. Perhaps a duel with the oversized straws? Grade: C

    Lady Business - A complete throwaway. With 2 minutes to kill, they gave us something from Tina's playbook: the Nazi feminist business lady. They could have just shown clips of Tina during her normal workday for the same effect. Grade: D
  • SNL is back baby.

    Cold Open: Fantastic start. Armisen's Obama was better than I had expected, and the media fawning was a cute touch, not to mention kinda true. And a good turn from Kristen here as well.

    Monologue: I guess Tina didn't submit to the pressures of a showstopping song-and-dance number. But her little conversation with Mr. Steve Martin was well done, and that "Hispanic" voice of hers came from out of nowhere. Nice to see the microphone bonk as the crew's way of getting noticed.

    Annuale: Sure, it's a bonafide Tina Fey ad, but what a great premise. They even went arty with the color changes at the end. Good evening, Casey (Rose) Wilson.

    Rock of Love 2: Great turn from Jason as an earnest (ha!) Bret Michaels, and the show pretty much avoided straight parody by turning the ladies into complete monsters. Interesting choices for recurring characters tonight... we haven't seen Amber in nearly three years, but she had a decent appearance.

    Digital Short: A cute idea, and I've certainly had to endure watching movies with old relatives, so of course that's how you handle it. Only qualm I had was with the length of this. It didn't need to feature a scene from EVERY Oscar movie.

    What's That **** Talking About?: Another winner. Kenan actually had a decent role for a change, and Tina's genius contestant wasn't too far a reach. Amy sounded like Betty Caruso the whole time. I'd put this on par with Dry Eyes from last season, better than the Crazy Street Person sketch and MUCH better than that New Jersey game show from the Bon Jovi episode.

    "All-American Girl": Though Carrie Underwood is undoubtedly the worst musical guest of the season so far, she's really not all that bad. She'd be more appreciated if she wasn't labeled "country." Maybe something like "southern pop."

    Update: Seth and Amy hit it out of the park, thanks to two dynamite appearances from Tina and Mike Huckabee, who were both completely in their element. Loved both of those segments, and I am a bit surprised at how Tina was so willing to stump for Hillary. The other jokes were at least above average.

    NBC Thursday: Once again, the writers do us all a favor by avoiding a straight parody, and the sketch is a million times better because of it. LOVED the surprise impressions, especially Amy's Mr. Six and Bill's John Mark Karr--of all the places for him to return, I did not expect this sketch.

    Ed Mahoney: What? This guy again? Well, like his first sketch, Jason doesn't really do enough to carve out a character for him. Ed just seems like a fellow who doesn't know when to stop talking. The sketch sort of begged for the Forte/Tina couple to intervene, but sadly nothing happened. Weakest sketch of the night.

    Virgania Harsen's Hot Air Balloons: Oh, this was cute. Nothing too much from Kristen, but the Maya-esque character was awkward enough to make the fake ad charming.

    I Drink Your Milkshake: YES! This stuff I always get a kick out of. Hader/Amy visit the nation's maltshops in search of milkshakes to drink, and get into tiny conflicts with patrons like Will and Fred's equally-evil antagonist. Another spot-on impression from Hader, but if this show is any indication, we won't see it again for another 2-3 years. Tina's Juno was OK.

    "Flat on the Floor": This cements Carrie's night as better than her two songs from last year. She actually had a little fun.

    Lady Business: Wins the Most-Likely-to-Get-Replaced-by-the-Dress-Rehearsal-Version-in-Reruns award. This final sketch to have Tina's stamp of approval finds four more ladies blatantly flirting their way to the top. The showcase of SNL's female cast has been done all night, but the writing was there. Casey's lines WERE cut, right?

    Grade: A big fat A. Far and away the best episode of the season, with Brian Williams' show coming in a distant second. The way that Tina completely dove into her characters made it seem like there really wasn't any host, and for a show getting back into its groove, this is what it needed. Add in some very good writing, no big-name recurring sketches, off-nights for both Kenan and Andy, the Don Pardo cake and the Gilda photo, and you have a winner.
  • If Ed Mahoney wasnt there it might have been a great episode.

    Saturday Night Live,
    Tina Fey/Carrie Underwood.
    SNL retuns after amlost 4MONTHS (not two weeks) off the air. Do to that nasty writers strike. This episode was ful of excitement. Always on the news. Knowing that they would have a Obama impreinorst. Would Maya be back. And mike hucabee (spelt wrong) would be there. So the show starts off with a CNN Debate. With Hilary and Obama (AP FA) have a debate. Sorta. The people asking questions (KW WF and i think JS) who loved Obama and asked Hiliary the hard questions. The problem with this was it went on for to long. How long can u get the point acrossed. Fred who has proved him self last part of the season didnt do so well. He to me has hit his prime finally but his impression wasnt so good **1/2. Next came Annuale a product thats makes a women only have a period once a year. And have a huge breakdown one it happens. I thought this was funny. But nothing lol. Good enough to see new cast member Casey *** Rock of Love thing was next. I wasnt happy to see Amber return. I was never really thrilled to see the charactrer come back from the dead. Over all it as a ok sketch that went no were. And didnt push Amber to any past primes. **. A Message for Old People was probably the worst digatal short i have seen. It went know were and it made old people look stupid. *1/2, What's That (beep) Talking About? was the next sketch. Must i say. SNL hasnt been good with game show sketchs. The only one they had success was with Celberity Jeporday. And trust me this want like it. (TF and BH try to find out what that female was talking about. It was such a bad sketch it made KT's impression of Bill Cosby look bad. *1/2. Celebrity Apprentice finally a good sketch. It was ok at the start but got beter as it went. The only sketch with DH. As trump. To me CW's impression of rachel ray saved this sketch from death *** .Ed Mahoney's Speech was next. (JS) In his old character. He goes on a rant about nothing really. That made everybody feel uncoftable. I felt bad for the audience who didnt laugh at anything during this sketch except for KW drinking all the drinks 1/2. After that was Virgania Harsen's Hot Air Balloons i guess so much time was put into this one. I thought it was ok and KW did great trying to sell rides. **1/2 I Drink Your Milkshake strange how it is a line from There will be blood. BH and AP star in this sketch. About them going around drinking milk shakes. With Juno and that guy from No Country there too. *** and Lady Business finishes the night. I thought this was dumb and weak plot out *. I was a bit bored out by Carrie Underwood. Then again i am not a big fan of country. Over all i gave this episode out of a possible(5) ***** stars a **1/2. It was a weak night. With all the hipe it didnt live up to. The females stole the show. More KW and CW. Who dominated the night with scence staling parts. JS and BH are starting to do stale. And what ever happen to good shorts. Tina did an ok job as host. I have a bad feeling she might host again. MH was great at WU. The show overalll is great without Maya. Who needs another Oprah sketch.
  • A true SNL episode!

    With the primaries coming to a head, SNL's perfect and sharp characterization of the media's view of the candidates was priceless: the mindless CNN "analysts" comedically pandering to Obama took the serious criticism of this election right out of my mouth!

    Hackabee's guest spot on weekend update was too funny. Did he bow out of the election or is he really just making fun of himself? If he did concede loss on SNL, it makes this episode that much more important and historic. It was also a true pleasure watching Tine Fey's spot on weekend update: "b*tch is the new black"!!!
  • Although I wouldn't call this the best episode of the season, still a solid installment and shows some promise for the future of SNL

    Live from New York, It's finally back!
    After a LONG hiatus because of the writer's strike SNL was back last night and definitely had some solid sketches, however it still has some warts and kinks that need to be worked on.

    The Cold Opening- If it were up to me I would tell them to start shaking things up a bit with the cold opening, beacuse the political sketches can get stale, especially when you don't execute the punchlines the right way.
    The impersonations need more charicature and less statuesque performances. The reason that the presidential impersonations, Will Ferrell's G.W. Bush, Hammond's and Hartman's Clinton, Hartman's Raegan, and Carvey's G.H.W. Bush were so hysterical is because they were a mix of farce and truth. One of the things that makes SNL what it is is it's ability to have a great presidential impersonator.
    Although Fred Armisen is hysterical otherwise in almost all of his other skits, I felt like his portrayal of Barack Obama left something to be desired and Poehler's Clinton was also so-so.
    Not to mention the fact that they literally banged us over the head with the fact that the media wants Barack to win. In former SNL sketches they would use a premise and definitely harp on it, but in a way that was more funny and less annoying.

    Monologue- A few chuckles and a cameo from Steve Martin, decent opening. Liked Tina Fey's different voices.

    Commercial- This commercial literally had me cracking up and was classic SNL. This was definitely a Tina Fey idea and when the women started going on a rampage after keeping their hormones in check for a year it was great comedy.

    Rock of Love- decent sketch, some laughs, I have to say that Kristen Wiig is very talented and whenever she gets "face-time" whether here or any other time on SNL I always find myself laughing. Amy Poehler's one legged lady was better than what it has been in the past.

    Dig Short- Andy Samberg's staple digi shorts took on the idea that old people can't watch movies and was pretty good, but not his best work which would be Lazy Sunday or the Natalie Rap

    The game show sketch was one that SNL has used in the past, but it just lacked something. Weekend Update- a couple of decent one liners from Seth and the Huckabee appearance was genuinely funny. Tina's women's issues speech was not too bad either and showed you what weekend update should be like more often
    P.S. Amy Poehler just lacks a certain I don't know what
    but she should not be doing this any more

    THIS IS WHERE The show really took off for me I felt like the second half was MUCH better than the first half

    CELEBRITY APPRENTICE- featured hammond as trump and poked fun at the idea of NBC's programming schedule.
    Featured some great impersonations and was a great sketch overall- this is what SNL does best- and needs more of!

    Wedding speech- reminded me of some earlier sketches and of the speech from Old School but Jason Sudeikis really nailed his one liners and played the part of awkard speech giver well- awesome sketch

    Hot Air Balloon- for some reason i found this sketch to be pretty funny, i know that it would seem stupid to most, but Kristen Wiig always makes me laugh

    Milkshake- great opening- food network = porn for fat people and the sketch played off of this year's Oscar contenders idiosyncracies. sketch was pretty good

    Lipstick Jungle parody- was funny and poignant and a pretty good ending

    I didn't watch Carrie Underwood b/c i had it on Tivo and couldn't be bothered

    Overall an episode that got better as it went along. It showed some promise for the current cast but also shows where the show needs to change some things up.
  • Garbage- I had high hopes.

    In a nutshell, this had zero laughs. If SNL had a time to redeem itself, this was it. Instead, the usual crap, beating the s*** out of jokes that were unfunny to begin with.

    The only semi-redeeming thing about this episode was the Digital Short- however, they have beaten the "Old people all have dementia" joke around before (Killer Robots, anyone?). The sketch at the end with the Milkshake Shop- really, couldn't they have thought of something humorous instead of showing people from movies without humor? I really had high hopes for this episode, and a renaissance for SNL, instead we got the usual pap that has been bringing down SNL for years. Thumbs down,writers.
  • Apparently the writers are STILL on strike.

    I kept waiting for something funny to happen. Aside from a great opening with Fey & Martin...not much to get excited about. Very dissappointed. This episode was just a reminder that nothing was gained by bringing back the writers. They had 2 weeks to come up with this spew. Please go back on strike. A search for an Obama look a like, for that horrible opening skit that lasted about 9min too long. Ok, we get it, CNN loves Obama SNL is backing Clinton. The funniest skit on the show....Mike Huckabee. Book THAT guy for next week. SNL is done!
  • Excellent: thought-provoking, funny material.

    Tina Fey is back with a vengance! Her speech during the news section was inspirational! "B**ch is the new Black!" indeed. Annuale at the top of the show was also indicative of her influence, if not her own writing. Loved the bit between Steve Martin and Tina Fey during her opening as well. Who knew she could do so many voices, accents and other languages? Maya Rudolph was missing from tonight's SNL lineup -- no word whether she will return, or has left the show. Carrie Underwood was the musical guest of the night, and she didn't disappoint. She looked almost as much like Reese Witherspoon as she did herself -- but she sounded like an American Idol. So far, the most satisfying show of the season.
  • What happened man!?

    I was really excited when I heard that Tina Fey was hosting, and was excited to see what the writers were going to come up with on their first week back. But after seeing the episode, I feel kinda let down. Some of the skits felt like they were written by someone who was watching tv while high and the others were someone's crazy dreams. Like someone had to be high while writing Celebrity Apprentice and only a dream could make up something as weird as Virgania Harsen's Hot Air Balloons. With that being said, it wasn't that terrible an episode and it was their first week back after three months off, so I'll cut them some slack. But if they want to redeem themselves they should have Justin Timberlake host week after next, they always write great stuff for him.
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