'Saturday Night Live' - 'Jennifer Lopez' Recap
by Annie Wu, posted Feb 28th 2010 1:22PM
(S35E15) Someone at NBC or 'Saturday Night Live' sensed that you haven't thought about the music of Jennifer Lopez (no one calls her J. Lo anymore, right?) in about ten years, and in an effort to get "Waiting for Tonight" stuck in your head again, they brought her back. It was supposed to be some sort of double-whammy, a way for Lopez to promote her upcoming film, 'The Back-up Plan,' and her new album at the same time.
But then her label dropped her about a week ago and all ten people that were paying attention simultaneously tugged at their collars and went, "Ooh, awkward." These same people sat through her musical performances during this episode and, mid-cringe, mumbled, "Well, y'know. Bless her heart for trying."
All in all, this was a pretty mediocre episode. There were a few laugh-out-loud lines but none of the sketches were particularly stunning. In fact, a lot of the sketches started off pretty well but then stretched on too long or were killed by a terrible ending. None of the best moments came from Lopez's performance but she still did better than the likes of, say, Robert De Niro. And that is the only context in which that sentence would make sense.
It's difficult to compare to Lopez's first time hosting the show, as I can only remember two sketches: "Gemini's Twin" and "Mango." The former, only vaguely, and the latter, only because she and Chris Kattan wore matching denim jumpsuits and then fought while wearing them.
Videos as they're uploaded, folks.
Jennifer Lopez's youth elixir: All right, so this wasn't a sketch, but it's still noteworthy. Lopez has barely aged since the last time she hosted. It's a good thing she didn't nail all her sketches and musical performances, otherwise the catty mean girl in me would really hate her for having it all.
ESPN Classic: Women's Curling: I loved Jason Sudeikis's stumble over the word "vaginal." Way to commit, good sir. He also still had a little Adam Lambert glam on his face. And Will Forte continues to deliver a solid performance in these sketches, playing perfectly against Sudeikis. One of my favorite bits from the evening:
Sudeikis: I mean, if you had to take a stab in the dark.
Forte: Well, I'd probably kill someone.
Closet Organizer: Okay, this was an old commercial, but I still laugh at Forte getting hit with loose peanut butter, so it goes. It goes, all right!?
Kenan Thompson's sequined blazer guy: His wide-eyed, terrified stare as he rolled across the screen was one of the best parts of the episode.
Smashmouth: The first two-thirds of it, anyway. Ridiculous premise and lots of funny moments. I loved how Nasim Pedrad played it almost a little too real.
NOT SO GREAT STUFF
Smashmouth: The last third. A perfectly fine sketch ruined by that ending. What a shame.
Car Horns: Okay, I chuckled at "Heeello. I'm going to your house, Jesus" but the rest of it was just terrible. Is "Oh, my gaaah-aaad" supposed to be, like, a forced catchphrase?
Cold Open: Funny topic, surprisingly weak execution, especially for a cold open. I did like that most of the cast was involved, though. Kristen Wiig's Gwen Stefani was spot-on but I don't think Lopez has ever heard Rihanna before. Also, Bill Hader's Eddie Vedder face was almost as terrifying as Bobby Moynihan's David Crosby eyes.
Digital Short: Flags of the World: Thank goodness for the Internet, because this video definitely warranted more than one view to catch everything. This wasn't one of the best Digital Shorts, but it was still cute. I liked the "Jammies"-esque singing.
Besos y Lagrimas: Wow, Wiig's telenovela acting was better than Lopez's. Maybe it was because she had the belt buckle full of poison working for her. Also, I remember them doing something extremely similar with Christina Aguilera in 2004. I wonder if they just counted on the viewers not remembering.
Monologue: Kenan Thompson as the OJ guy. Also, Lopez took no time mentioning the Bronx. Oh, my God. We get it. I swear
Hollywood Dish: Only not terrible because of Hader's sleep disguise and Wiig's milkshake-drenched face.
Weekend Update: Fred Armisen returned as David Patterson, which pretty much guarantees groans and laughs that turn into groans. Bobby Moynihan also stopped by to show us how stupid we look when we try to show YouTube videos on a slow connection. Like looking in a mirror, my friend.
Telemundo's Vancouver 2010 coverage: For the most part, a pretty average sketch. I did, however, enjoy the screams of "Where is the ramp!? Where did the ramp go!?" and Bobby Moynihan's sneaky pie face. Also, they touched upon both Telemundo and Univision in this episode. Way. To. Go.
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