So, here’s the deal…all through Saturday I was excited as hell to watch this episode. I was pumped! I was ready!….And then I fell asleep. [Debbie Downer trombone.] So…I couldn’t watch the episode when it first aired with the rest of the world. So, as I’m writing this recap, this will be my first time viewing this episode. I never like doing this but…I want get this recap out as soon as possible.
Also, I’m sorry I missed last week’s Kevin Hart episode. Here’s my quick rundown.
- Kevin Hart didn’t completely work as a host (didn’t like his opening monologue.)
- Macklemore was pretty great (never had heard of them before.)
- Tim Robinson was the MVP because the Z shirt sketch was the one high light.
OK! NOW LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED! JT never disappoints. He is up there with Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Maya Rudolph/Amy Poehler. I can always expect a good show!
Hugo Chavez Funeral: When this sketch began I was little worried because I was like “Oh no! I don’t know anything about Hugo Chavez! I’m not going to get all the jokes!” But then it turned into a fun parody of Elton John singing about some of Chavez’s more sillier moments (like how capitalism killed Mars.) Even though he may be little too skinny to be a convincing Elton, JT still nailed it right out of the gate. I am super duper excited y’all!
Monologue: Oh! I loved this! This was nice! It showed Justin Timberlake being inducted into the “five-timers” club because he’s now hosted the show five times. We saw all the usual suspects, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Martin Short, Chevy Chase (was he a five-timer?). And they at least referenced John Goodman and Drew Barrymore. However, the real treat was seeing Candace Bergen. That definitely caught me by surprise. I wish she had been given more to do, but it was still great. The references to Django Unchained (Bobby and Taran fighting each other to the death) and Kristen Wiig (a drink with a curly wig on it is named after her apparently) also made me giddy.
It’s a Date: Wow. I really like this one too. It’s a dating show featuring not only the “Dick in a Box” guys (Hi Andy Samberg again!) but also the “We are two wild and crazy guys” guys featuring Steve Martin and Dan Akyroyd trying to win Vanessa Bayer’s heart. However, I still think Bobby Moynihan wins as the confused and disgruntled 1st contestant who fails to impress Bayer for some reason. Moynihan’s facial reactions just killed me. Anyway, a very funny post-monologue sketch featuring old favorites.
Vegan-ville: You know, even though this essentially the same schitck JT pulls every episode, he brings SO much energy to it that you can’t help but smile. Am I listening to the lyrics? Not really. I just have a hoot watching JT dance wearing a giant piece of tofu and big ass gloves. I love it. And, yes, I did appreciate the “Harlem Shake” nod at the end. SNL can’t kill something that’s already dead. Also, Bobby’s been having a nice episode so far, considering all the other cast members are getting lost in the shuffle.
NuvaBling: Yeah…it is what it sounds like. It’s a nuva ring with jewelry on it. Simple, effective and hilarious. Also, “…yeah, it hurts!”
I don’t usually make my comments on musical performances until the very end but, I have to say, this “Suit and Tie” performance was great…I might even like it more than the Grammys. Jay-Z in the house! It’s nice to JT doing music again. And he picked a really cool lead off single.
Weekend Update: STEFON!!!! Only for the Justin Timberlake episode do they bring this creature back! Apparently, he’s a writer for Smash. And he’s here to promote the newest club, based on the novel Push by Sapphire (I love Precious, but jokes about that weird subtitle will never get old.) This was a pretty short Weekend Update with only one guest, but it was filled with some great quips by Seth Meyers:
“The TSA this week announced that it will now allow airline passengers the carry previously banned pocketknives, baseball bats and pool cues. And no one’s happier than Honky Tonk Bar Fight Airlines.”
“Playboy this week launched a Hebrew language version of their magazine. Although, as far as I know, it could always have been in Hebrew! And, remember, with the Hebrew edition of Playboy, you look at the models’ breasts from right to left.”
“A man in Maine was surprised when he found knife inside his two year old sons Elmo birthday cake. And a man in jail was disappointed to get a cake that was just Elmo.”
“This Sunday is Daylight’s Savings Time, so don’t forget the clock on your oven will be wrong for 6 months.”
The Tales of Sober Caligua: On a lesser night, this might have been a stand out sketch. I still really enjoyed it though. It involved Caligua (played by JT) , a young Roman prince who used to have wild orgies, but decides that enough is enough…until he sees a pig and decides to have sex with it! Aidy Bryant’s huffiness over not being able to get into a penis slap fight was the high light for me (“Uh…NOOO!!!)
Maine Justice: It’s weird that they turned this into a recurring sketch. What made the last one so funny was the explanation as to why these Southerners were in Maine in the first place. This time that was obviously missing. But, again, the energy was there and I still found room to laugh, particularly at Jason Sudeikis who just brings it. Best moment was definitely the one audience member who got super excited when Andy Samberg’s character said he went to LSU. I need watch SNL at least once live before I die.
How Justin Timberlake is able to muster enough energy to perform like that is pretty spectacular.
She’s got a Dick: I think the writers could have come up with something better than a woman having a penis. However, Fred Armisen as Eugene Levy and Kenan Thomson as “Confused black friend” killed me. I liked this a lot…but I don’t think transgender people will appreciate it much.
Moet and Chandon Champagne: This recap is already running long! There are so many things I could quote from this sketch. So funny. Cecily and Vanessa…great characters.
I’ve never been so happy while watching an SNL episode this season. Maybe it’s because I’m on Spring Break, I dunno. But this was definitely the best episode of the year so far…maybe of the season even. I just thought everything worked. The cameos! The sketches. And, most importantly, the host who actually had the energy and versatility a host is supposed to have. Justin Timberlake will definitely win another Emmy for this (sorry Martin Short!) Great work all around!
MVP…I’m not going to say Justin because I don’t think it’s fair to include the host. So…I’ll say…Bobby Moynihan, who actually had some great moments early in the episode.
Who’s next week? Who cares? See ya next week (maybe).