Saturday Night Live recap: The return of Tina Fey

By | May 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | 4 comments | Audio/Video, News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , , , ,

COLD OPENING
Osama Bin Laden’s video Will and Testament. Osama reveals his legacy is not as impressive as we were led to believe- totaling just over $700. Osama mentions Dakota Fanning several times- more specifically, a virgin, 12-year-old Dakota Fanning. The reference is kind of out there, although, to some, Dakota Fanning at 12 was as creepy as Osama while alive.

MONOLOGUE
Tina Fey comes out, and notes that she is pregnant- however, she continues, she is not the only SNL family member who is expecting. Out comes a very pregnant Maya Rudolph, and the two sing a duet that starts out rather beautiful, and ends bizarrely, with their fetuses joining along.

FOX- Republican GOP Debate
Of course, SNL could not waste an opportunity to have Tina play Sarah Palin. Palin is joined by Mitt Romney, Donald Trump (played, of course, by Darrell Hammond,) Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and Jimmy McMillan. Donald Trump and Jimmy McMillan have unique podiums- Trump’s is made of gold, and McMillian’s is a cardboard box. Donald is also quite enamored with Sarah Palin, and hits on her. If they were housemates, it would be the best reality show ever. Sarah Palin dragging in dead animals onto Donald Trump’s gold-plated floor? Come on.

Best quotes of the sketch:

Sarah Palin: “I just hope, tonight, the LAMEstream media won’t twist my words by repeating them verbatim.”
Sarah Palin: “I also recently purchased Rosetta Stone: English.”
Jimmy McMillan: “I have recently received intelligence that Osama Bin Laden is hidin’ in the ocean.”

And, at the end: “Congratulations to Obama on his re-election.”

Under the Sea
We open on a law suit-friendly version of The Little Mermaid. Tina is copyright-free Ariel, an Kenan is copyright-free Sebastian. Together, they sing a copyright-free version of “Under the Sea.”

Suddenly, Osama Bin Laden’s body falls on Kenan. Some thinly-veiled political commentary is exchanged as dialogue.
Manta Ray takes the time to voice his conspiracy theories, but no one wants to hear it. This is funny to me, and possibly no one else, because I once knew a 9/11 conspiracy theorist who called himself “9/11 Octopus.”

Also, I’m not sure if this is an intentional full circle kind of thing, but, the Saturday after 9/11, Reese Witherspoon hosted SNL and played a redheaded mermaid. Coincidence or not, it is certainly an interesting thing to note. Or maybe it isn’t. I don’t know.

SNL Digital Short
Michael Bolton tells The Lonely Island he has a perfect hook to their new song, and we quickly realize his intention is mainly to sing about the Pirates of Caribbean series. He also starts sings about Forrest Gump, Erin Brockovich, Scarface, portraying all three titular characters. In case you’ve ever wondered- and who hasn’t?- Michael Bolton in drag looks a lot like Sarah Jessica Parker.

Weekend Update
Satan complains he doesn’t know how to properly torture Osama Bin Laden and Stefan gives his advice for Mothers Day (Mother’s Day? Mothers’ Day? I never know,) and shares a heartwarming bond with Seth.

My favorite Update jokes:
“A number of new conspiracy theories are surfacing, claiming that Bin Laden is not really dead- which means Barack Obama will go down in history as the first black person ever to have to prove that he killed someone.”

“A 100-year-old man in California this week married his 93-year-old girlfriend. I don’t know, dude… one woman for the rest of your life?”

Bedelia
I thought we got rid of her for good, but Bedelia, the teen who loves her parents, made an appearance, with Tina Fey playing her mother. Bedelia does get to hook up with a boy at the end, so I’m proud of her.

Pregnant in Heels
I honestly thought I was the only person who knew this show existed, but SNL parodies Bravo’s Pregnant in Heels. It’s not really worth recapping, other than noting, at the end, “Bravo” mentions The Search for the Next Dumb Gay Guy, which I would definitely watch, along with the Trump/Palin Hour.

Hallmark Mother’s Day
And the award for “Most Likely to Piss off GLAAD” goes to…
I really have no way of summarizing this. It was so out there. It was an ad for men who dress up as their mother.

Tina says her goodbyes, and I am distracted by Darrell Hammond. He is wearing this outfit that made me question whether or not he was in a sketch that got cut for time. He is not the type of comedic actor to dress eccentrically, but his outfit looks like something Johnny Depp or a British rock star would wear on their day off.

Overall, I would not say this episode was disappointing, but I think having Tina Fey at their disposal to write, improve and perform the sketches should have probably resulted in better quality.

My favorite sketch of the night was Under the Sea. Although it had some awkward, far-from-subtle statements, it was a fresh twist on- let’s face it- old news, and the previously mentioned Reese Witherspoon connection made it poignant.

Next week will be a new episode, hosted by Ed Helms with musical guest, Paul Simon.

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Mallory Katz

  • Mel_M

    malkatz: Although I really couldn’t tell for sure, I actually didn’t assume that you were expressiing your own opinion. My complaint was about passing such garbage along (whether also your own view or not) in what looks like an ugly hit-and-run swat; that’s what I thought was way out of line. If you think the opinion itself is worth writing about, that’s fine, but, IMO, a more serious approach would be needed. Glad that you think she was adorable; I think so too, and, I believe, for very good reasons.

  • malkatz

    Thanks for commenting, guys!

    Daniel: good call, I forgot to mention the musical performances. It’s hard to recap music, but, yeah, I agree… the Elton John cover deserved a proper “boo.”

    Mel: I’m not saying I thought she was creepy! She was adorable to me. However, it is definitely something I heard from other people when she was that age.

  • Daniel Boni

    I felt like it was outstanding before Weekend Update and then went completely flat. However, “Captain Jack! Nope. Johnny Depp! Wrong. (Lonely Island & Michael Bolton) was awesome. But why didn’t you mention the terrible artist choice, someone no one has heard of who destroyed Elton John in her second song? She was horrible.

  • Mel_M

    At 12, Dakota was a very bright, very charming, and very talented young actress–just like she is now. She wasn’t “creepy” at all. Indeed, that was the year of her extraordinary performance as Lewellen in “Hounddog.” Printing drivel equating her, in any way, to a monster who murdered thousands, and who would have loved to kill the rest of us, is way out of line.