Cold Open: Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg sit in a bar as Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, celebrating Mitt’s inevitable nomination for president, and decide to go all out—by having a napkin and chocolate shake, of course. Slowly all the other former Republican frontrunners stop by, and I thought it was a fun idea for a sketch to portray them all hanging out like this. Of course, things got awkward when Newt Gingrich showed up—won’t that guy give up already??
Monologue: Josh Brolin is back for his second hosting stint (the first with his new goatee) to promote Men in Black 3, where he plays a young Tommy Lee Jones. The best part of the monologue is when Josh and Jay Pharaoh do some Tommy Lee Jones/Will Smith impersonating.
Game of Thrones: Well, for starters, nobody plays a nerd as well as Andy Samberg. And I haven’t watched Game of Thrones, but if there’s really that much nudity in it, it is surprising it wasn’t created by a teenage boy.
The Californians: This fake soap opera stars practically half the cast in bleach blonde wigs and outrageous California skater accents—so outrageous that for the first scene, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, and Fred Armisen can barely keep it together and not burst out laughing. I liked all the jokes about constant highway talk (you would honestly think people in LA are the only people that drive anywhere). I thought the soap drama was perfectly overdone.
America’s Next Top Empire State of Mind Parody Artist: The parodies themselves were ok; mostly I kept wondering if I’m crazy or does Josh Brolin have really short arms? Also Jay’s impressions just never fail to amaze me.
Laser Cats 7: Laser Cats is always perfect to me—it has Bill and Andy, they don’t do it too often, it has a Lorne Michaels cameo, and is always of hilariously poor quality. This time Steven Spielberg drops by to help Bill and Andy film “E.A.T.: Extra Awesome Terrestrial.”
Gotye: Mostly I want to thank SNL for finally teaching me how to pronounce Gotye. His first performance was “Somebody That I Used to Know” featuring Kimbra, and he then performed “Eyes Wide Open” for his second song. Both were very strong performances (and he wasn’t half bad in the digital short, either).
Weekend Update: Seth Meyers introduced what I’m pretty sure is a new segment (help me out, readers) called “What Are You Doing?”—this one aimed at North Korea. Those silly North Koreans trying to launch a rocket—what are you doing?? Then everyone’s favorite seasonal-sweater-vest-wearing duo stopped by—Garth and Kat. Honestly, nothing shows off Fred and Kristen’s improv skills as this probably overdone, and yet still funny, sketch.
Piers Morgan Tonight: I was feeling a Taran void; luckily it was filled with Taran’s Mickey Mousey Piers Morgan attacking Florida for its laws, questioning Kim Kardashian and Kanye West if their new relationship is real, letting Josh Brolin show off another accent as Miami Marlins coach, and of course, once again interviewing the tightrope guy from the Super Bowl halftime performance.
Slow-Mo Hallway: Why is it that every time the cool kids in a high school movie are shown, they’re moving in slow motion? I don’t know either, but I thought this was a fairly clever spoof of that. I feel like it was lacking in…something…I’m not sure what. I just feel like they could’ve taken it further somehow.
Gotye Backstage: First Taran put out that video of him dancing to Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend,” and now this digital short of Taran and Andy vying for Gotye’s attention—I’m starting to think that SNL just looks for Taran’s favorite artists and brings them on the show. Two good digital shorts in one night? I’ll take it.
Principal Frye Prom: What’s that? Jay in the monologue AND in another sketch that he in fact STARS in?? YES. I’m always complaining there’s not enough Jay, and I’m glad he got to have a role that was actually not an impression (his impressions are amazing, I just think he has more range than they give him credit for). My favorite parts were Jay’s first moment of breaking on SNL and Kenan’s tirade about how the students should be grateful they got to have prom in the white part of town.
Overall: It was a pretty decent episode—not phenomenal, but it had strong moments.
MVP: Andy was pretty much everywhere tonight, and was hilarious in every single spot.
One to Watch: If you only watch one sketch from this episode, you can’t go wrong with Laser Cats.
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