If you’re new to these recaps, then you should know that I usually watch an episode TWICE before reviewing it. However, there are some days (nights/early mornings) when I’m especially busy. So…this will be one of those types where I’ll have to recap this thing while watching the episode for the first time. So…just keep that in mind when you’re reading this. There could be a sketch I hate right now, but end up putting in my top 20 when May rolls along. It’s just the way it is!
Anyway…I don’t think there’s more I need to say. Let’s just start this thang!
Superbowl Cold Opening: I didn’t watch the Superbowl last Sunday. I was too busy trying to catch up on season 2 of Girls (the 2nd episode is much better than the first) and 2 Broke Girls (hehe). But I did hear about the blackout and I think that’s all you needed to know to understand this sketch. It pretty much centered on sports newscasters not knowing what to talk about during the blackout. It was pretty funny.I thought Bill Hader’s weird random commercial inserted in the middle was funny (“I’ve been told we ran out of proper commercials and we had to show a weird one.”) I thought Kenan Thompson anchored the sketch well and his back and forth between him and Taran Killam (who played an equally burned out field reporter) was great. Nice way to start the show I suppose.
Monologue: Although Justin Bieber seemed a bit nervous, I actually laughed a lot during this monologue so…it must mean I enjoyed it! While Black History Month/Valentine’s Days Jokes are hardly original, I just found the faces on the girls from the audience Justin Bieber flirted with to be very funny (those girls must be going nuts right now). And I liked the random Whoopi Goldberg cameo. Can she host the show some time?! “It’s not every month that Black History month and Valentine’s Day fall on the same month.” Ha!
Justin Bieber looks like a cartoon. Seriously, his eyes are perfectly round…cough cough MOVING ON!
The Californians: Again?? OK, I won’t complain. This sketch still manages to wrangle some chuckles out of me. I think honestly the funniest thing about this installment is that Kenan’s character still appears towards the end, even though his character has no necessary function in the “continuing” story line (other characters seem to come and go). He’s just there for the sake of it (and because black people in blond wigs is always hilarious). I also thought the bit where Bill Hader made like a billion different close ups towards the end was a great new spin. Justin Bieber was good (the part where he looked in his own little mirror was nice) but he wasn’t given much. Maybe the next sketch?
Justin Bieber Decoys: This episode is turning out to be more decent than I thought it would be! I loved this sketch! One, it was a nice way for the entire cast to be on stage together (with some funny bits by Bobby Moynihan, Aidy Bryant, and Kate McKinnon reprising her Ellen Degeneres impression). But there were also some great jabs geared towards Bieber (“Some of them are black. They aren’t fooling anybody.” “Yeah, well, neither are you.”) Such a silly sketch but I had blast watching it. Despite the use of copyrighted music, I hope they find some way to post this on Hulu.
Bravo Reality Spin offs: OK, I know this post has mostly revolved around my laughter but that’s what happens when I watch this episode for the first time as I blog! Anyway – another absolute home run! This parody pretty much poked fun at all the reality spin offs that are popping up. The funniest one involved Frances Ford Coppola’s grand daughters’ friends. (“Our friends’ grandfather may have directed Apocalypse Now…” “But we’re sluts!”) Absolutely hilarious. Keep it up, writers!
Weekend Update: This was overall a nice installment. I always like when Vanessa and Fred do their “best friend of dictator” bit. This time, they were the best friends of King Richard III. OK. I’ll accept that. Even funnier was Corey, the black guy that appears in every Superbowl commercial, played gamely by Kenan Thompson. He has to high-five someone very 12 seconds or else he will die! Anyway, there was one memorable Seth Meyers quip and here it goes:
“Hasbro announced Wednesday that online voters have chosen to replace the Monopoly game piece “the iron” with a new token of a cat. So the next time you play Monopoly, you can be the iron because no one is buying a whole new game!”
Honestly, every time Cecily Strong’s “Girl You Wish…” character doesn’t appear, it’s pretty much a disappointment…
Say More Stuff: This was a parody of Grease’s “Tell Me More,” except the guy is an eleven year old creep (played by Bieber who probably gives his liveliest performance so far) and the girl is oblivious and seemingly desperate (played by Cecily Strong). It’s another great sketch that featured most of the cast – the girls, in particular, were pretty funny as they listened to Strong’s stories in shock and horror.
The Miley Cyrus Show: This episode just keeps getting better and better! Thank you for bringing this sketch back…it’s pretty much Bayer’s greatest contribution to the show. Anyway, in this episode we see Miley with her new short blond haircut and sexy image. Her guest is the president of her fan club (played by a very game Justin Bieber). I like the references to his weed smoking picture (and Miley’s response). And I liked the video footage from her “secret wedding.” Bring this back one more time.
Glice: Justin Bieber and Nasim Pedrad play a couple while Killam plays Pedrad’s annoying older brother, Eddie. When Bieber accidentally says the word “glice” instead of “glad” or “nice,” Eddie harps on him for the rest of the night. In the beginning, I thought this would be the one dud of the night. But between the great Taran Killam’s undying commitment to Justin breaking midway through, I ended up loving this sketch like the others before it. This is a completely different episode than I thought it would be!
Justin Bieber’s Valentine Message: OK…finally we have a less than stellar sketch. Mostly filler. Bobby Moynihan once again played the annoying girlfriend of a favorite celebrity or something. I did get a smirk out of the fact that the only lube they had was “ultrasound gel.”
Booker T High Valentine’s Dance: I don’t much care for these sketches anymore. But…it is a nice opportunity for Jay Pharoah to appear without doing a celebrity impression so…go him.
I’m not really a fan of Justin Bieber’s music…but I do appreciate that he sort of stepped out of the box and showcased his voice, rather than his dance moves. But…yeah, I don’t really like his songs, acoustic or not.
I have a feeling a lot of people are going to disagree with me but…I thought this episode was great. Definitely better than the last two episodes and probably, in terms of this season, up there with MacFarlane, Hathaway, CK, and Short. Yeah, Justin Bieber did seem a bit reserved, but he wasn’t any worse than Daniel Craig, Adam Levine or Academy Award nominated actors Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner…and he definitely became more confident towards the end. More importantly though, the writing was on point and the cast seemed alive this time around. I will continue to not care about Bieber after this episode but, man, this episode gave me the giggles.
Also…very excited for Christoph Waltz and Alabama Stokes.
MVP THIS WEEK…goes to my girl Vanessa Bayer. Thank you for finally bringing back Miley Cyrus, y’all.
Thanks for reading!