Cold Opening – Republican Debate
Donald Trump (JAJ) crashes the GOP debate
- The first of I’m certain will be quite a number of GOP debate sketches this season.
- Wow, John Higgins as Ron DeSantis? I honestly expected either Mikey or Marcello in this part. That expression on John’s face gave me a big laugh, which is quite impressive from a non-cast member.
- No comment about Ego being cast as Vivek Ramaswamy.
- Devon’s Tim Scott impression is hilarious and the funniest part of this debate sketch so far. It also feels the impression being done with the most effort, though the other cast members are perfectly fine here.
- The hell with the mic noises? It gives this debate sketch an oddly hollow feel.
- Now we get James interrupting the sketch as Trump while the cast freezes behind him? We already did that last season, SNL.
- There are some good meta bits here and there throughout James’ Trump speech. And James is giving his usual expert performance, but this bit would’ve been better had happened after an actual debate sketch was occurring; this has the “let’s get this done with” feel all over it.
(host) shamelessly promotes Wonka and raps with (PUJ), (KET) and (MAH)
- Like last time, Timothée is displaying lots of likability and stage presence.
- A musical monologue? I did love the famous Willy Wonka song suddenly turning into Timothée shamelessly promoting his Wonka movie.
- The part with Timothée sitting in the audience reminds me of Adam Driver’s season 45 monologue.
- Good addition of Marcello, and the whole baby face rap turn is fun and relatable to me as a person who’s so baby-faced.
- This monologue is so bloated, but the energy is fun, and Punkie’s quietly solid season continues as she’s great here and her rhythm during her solo number is impressive.
- An overall very fun monologue. I actually prefer this a little bit more to Timothée’s first monologue.
Museum of Hip-Hop Panel
(host) is oblivious to Hip-Hop history
- Not surprised seeing the return of this classic sketch from Timothée’s first episode. This one happens to be one of my personal favorite sketches in quite some time.
- Great usage of Ego throughout this season so far, especially having her in a lot of anchor/glue roles, which is the way she should be used all the time. Ego’s been utilized in this capacity, with varying degrees of frequency, since season 46, but I feel with last season onwards, the show seems to be (rightfully) leaning more on her in such roles.
- Funny seeing a Cornel West impression by Kenan, who’s basically using a voice he’s used a lot in the past. Kenan is still funny in his portrayal here, though.
- Timothée is as hilarious as he was last time and has been dropping an endless amount of idiotic funny lines. And, while I wouldn’t mind him coming back for a cameo, I appreciate the show letting Timothée shine on his own and without Pete Davidson.
- The whole capitalism/capping line is both so dumb and hilarious; the rapping portion afterwards, while not as absurdly hilarious like last time, is still very fun, funny and strangely super catchy.
- I love the ending with Timothée calling his mom to send him an Uber out of the Bronx.
The Woman in Me: Auditions
Audiobook auditions for Britney Spears’ (CHF) memoir are revealed
- It feels like a while since we got this type of impressions parade pretape; the Britney memoir audiobook seems like a good concept for such.
- Chloe’s Chalamet sounds not that different from her Kristen Stewart, which shows how a number of Chloe’s impressions are interchangeable.
- The cutaway to Molly as Kevin James made me laugh out loud; perfect casting too.
- Great Natasha Lyonne from Chloe, and it especially reminds me of how much I loved her as host during season 47’s finale.
- Nice seeing JAJ debuting more impressions and his accent and voice as Werner Herzog is both very fun and uncanny.
- I absolutely love Troast’s impression of Maggie Smith, especially having her dressed as the Dowager Countess; her voice and facial expressions had me in stitches and stole this whole pretape for me.
- Fun seeing a Bill Hader impression by Michael. By the way, why is Michael barely in this season so far when a lot of his fellow cast members been having an-already solid seasons? Why underuse him so much after such a strong rookie year?
(HEG) has trouble locating her purse
- Feels odd seeing Heidi play a low-key role like this, but this is probably due to all the Wacky and Crazy Heidi showcases we’ve been getting with her since last season.
- Great jacked dude voice and characterization from Mikey. This is a role that he’s born to play, in my eyes.
- Now, Timothée is doing an equally funny characterization with his own part of the sketch.
- I love how old-school, writerly this sketch concept is and the cast is pulling it off very well.
- As always, Heidi is a solid straight man throughout this sketch and her increasing frustration regarding her missing bag is well-paced. This is easily my favorite live performance from Heidi in several seasons.
- The whole part with Mikey and Timothée talking over each other while Heidi repeatedly asking them if they hear her is excellent and impressively pulled off.
- Sarah steals this whole sketch with her brief bit near the sketch’s end.
(host) and pet horse reunite in outer space
- A great, inspired idea to a sequel to the classic Tiny Horse short from Timothée’s first hosting stint. And I got a warm smile on my face as soon as the audience recognized they’re seeing a sequel of the much-beloved short.
- I love the whole sci-fi look and feel this short has, which is a nice contrast to the more folksy feel the first one had.
- I absolutely love how Giant Horse is done using claymation, as it makes him come off more believable, and thus, more adorable.
- Much like the first short, Timothée’s singing is wonderful and there a lot of great visuals here. I especially love the one with Timothée resting with his back on Giant Horse’s nose.
- Great look and fantastic characterization from James as the typical sci-fi villain. It feels also great seeing him getting such a fun support role, which shows how terrific he is in such roles.
- I love the tension between James’ character, Timothée’s and Giant Horse, especially hearing the audience getting really into this sketch.
- Man, James’s performance is fantastic here. Just so damn good. This short will hopefully be one of the earlier example of a hopefully another strong year for James.
- Great ending and look to the camera from Timothée and now Tiny Horse.
Musical Performance – “Not Strong Enough”
busy co-worker (HEG) is basically doing nothing
- I’m not finding myself laughing at a lot of these jokes, though the Haley/Vivek Smith/Rock one did give me a solid laugh. The rest? A lot more hit-or-miss to me than usual of Che & Jost.
- Ok, the Jared Leto slam was great, considering how unbearably obnoxious and pretentious I always found him.
- Did we really need the return of this office co-worker character of Heidi’s? This character is nothing but annoying ticks and Mike Myers-levels of mugging with the scantest of material.
- Yeah, this is not working for me. Heidi is a lot better than being this one-note. This Jimmy Fowlie has truly ruined so much of what I enjoyed of Heidi.
Troye Sivan Sleep Demon
(SRS)’s sleep demon is Troye Sivan (host)
- How many sketches will Sarah be in that begins with her waking up in a hospital room? Also, Bowen has been plying lots of doctors/nurses as of late. Just an observation from me.
- As soon as Timothée showed up, I immediately knew he is playing Troye Sivan as he’s perfect casting for him.
- This is such a bizarre, but creative premise. I get a strong feeling Jimmy Fowlie wrote this sketch, as it feels like some weird fantasy of his, and with Timothée hosting, he got the perfect opportunity to pitch this idea. This is one of his better sketches by default.
- Lots of fun, silly dance moves from Timothée throughout this sketch, even as there’s clear pandering and the audience is, of course, eating the whole sketch up.
- Good inclusion of boygenius and it’s funny seeing them a bit loose in a sketch.
Please Don’t Destroy – Jumper
John Higgins, Ben Marshall, Martin Herlihy [real] try to persuade jumper (host) not to jump
- Good change of scenery with us seeing the PDD boys as they are about to go to work.
- I knew Timothée would do a PDD short, but not as a character. Good they didn’t go the easy route and had him play himself.
- The shitty beats Timothée’s character is playing is providing lots of laughs, as are the PDD boys’ solid straight man reactions to them. Timothée is also selling his character’s misery as well as expected.
- The tough-looking cop running away as soon as he heard the shitty beat had me in stitches. One of the standout funniest moments of this whole episode.
- Strong PDD piece overall.
Musical Performance – “Satanist”
Little Orphan Cassidy
Orphan’s (CHR) song reveals her horrible deeds.
- Finally, a Chloe Troast showcase!
- So fascinating to see a mostly solo showcase of a newer cast member, alongside the host. This sketch is one I could see being done during the first decade or so of the show.
- Great and fun vocals from Troast, which is not that surprising, as I saw her pre-SNL work and a lot of it featured her performing musical numbers as good as here.
- Timothée’s reactions to Troast’s constant revelations are cracking me the hell up and Troast is absolutely crushing this sketch and carrying it with total ease.
- Timothée’s “You started COVID?!” absolutely slayed me, as was Troast whole bit about gay gargoyles.
- The cutaway to Molly with that knife protecting the other girls was great, as was the ending bit with Timothée.
- An overall very impressive first showcase for Troast. She absolutely killed it here and got huge laughs with such a solid, creative sketch concept.
Calm Sleep Story
(host) struggles at recording relaxing tape; Alec Baldwin cameo
- Sadly, not too surprised seeing Andrew just now appearing on the show. On the other hand, I’m happy seeing Punkie continuing to get good airtime, as I’ve always found her both criminally underrated and underused.
- I’m usually not too hot on these recording studio sketches (e.g. that terrible “lol black people sound funny!” sketch in Kevin Hart’s S38 episode), but this one is alright so far, even when barely any lines are standing out to me.
- Ah, Punkie’s “chatty little bitch!” line gave me a big laugh. Great example of how much her delivery steals sketches.
- Alec Baldwin cameo?! This is so random and so last second that the applause break barely even ended before the sketch concluded.
Segments Ranked From Best to Worst
Little Orphan Cassidy
The Museum of Hip-Hop Panel
Please Don’t Destroy – Jumper
Troye Sivan Sleep Demon
The Woman in Me: Auditions
Calm Sleep History
- As expected, a comedown from the phenomenal previous episode. However, this episode as a whole was still pretty solid making Timothée 2-for-2 in terms of solid shows. Also, much like Timothée’s first episode, we got a high number of strong segments and joyful, fun vibes throughout the night. I also really admired some of the more weird, interesting ideas with some of the sketches in this episode, especially the post-Update material. Timothèe was once again such a solid, effortless host that became more of an honorary cast member instead of the usual weekly host, which makes sense, given his theatre background. He shined even more in this episode and absolutely nailed all of his roles with complete ease and charm. It was also so fascinating seeing him working with cast members he never worked with before this time around, which really shows the massive cast turnover in just three seasons from season 46 to season 48.
- Deserving as well particular mention are the musical performances by boygenius as they were outstanding as expected (particularly that first performance) and added incredibly well to the quality of the night. I continue to greatly enjoy this young season thus far.
My Favorite Moments of the Episode, Represented with Screencaps:
- Jason Momoa returns to host since his first time back in season 44. Tate McRae is our musical guest for the night.
My full set of screencaps from this episode is here