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Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks & Red Hot Chili Peppers

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 7th 2006 5:57PM

Tom Hanks; Red Hot Chili Peppers; SNL; NBC(S31E18) There was a lot to like about this episode, but there was a lot that should never seen the light of day too. For Hanks' eighth outing at SNL host, I would have expected a bit more. We've already seen so much this season with episodes from other classic hosts like Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, that I was hoping maybe we'd get cameos from some of them. Another one of those "welcome to the club" sketches would have been funny... with those fez hats, cigars, and smoking jackets. Oh well, like I said, there was still plenty to like.

Cold Open - Politically charged as usual, the show opened with Bush and Cheney chit-chatting and discussing the current state of oil reserves and gasoline prices. Tom Hanks (as Senator Bill Frist) then shows up to tell the President about his new plan since his recent idea for a $100 gas rebate for all Americans did nothing except what the President described as "eat it." The entire conversation then evolved into some kind of infomercial where Frist was selling his new plan to Bush. As a token of the Government's thanks for allowing the drilling in Alaska, all Americans would now get $120, a free vacation to Busch Gardens, and two free Wonder Mops. Sounds like a deal to me... well maybe I'd do it if there were two re-fill shammies to come with the mops. What's that? There are two shammies? Sign me up!

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Things I Hate About TV: Da Vinci shows

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 15th 2006 1:39PM
Mona LisaAlright, let me set the record straight before I begin... The Da Vinci Code was totally over-hyped, but I enjoyed it. I am an art student and I have great appreciation for the work of Leonardo da Vinci. I think Mona Lisa is a pretty nifty chick even though the whole "shaved eyebrows" thing is kind of crazy. Got it? Good. Now, let me say... Dear, magical world of television: Please stop making Da Vinci Code shows.

Cracking the Da Vinci Code, Da Vinci Declassified, Exposing the Da Vinci Code... These are just three of the millions (I might be over-estimating a little) of Code-related shows that claim that they will illuminate secrets that you never knew before. I saw one a few years ago and thought it was pretty cool. Then I saw another one. And another. And another. They're impossible to avoid if you watch stuff like the History Channel a lot.

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