Cold Open — Jason Aldean, who was the country music artist on stage when the shooting broke out in Las Vegas earlier this week, pays tribute to not only the lives lost this week but Tom Petty with a fantastic rendition of Petty’s appropriate “Won’t Back Down.” I don’t ever recall a musician giving the “Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night” after opening the show with a song. Well done, SNL. Watch here. (Score: 10 out of 10)
Gal Gadot Cold Open — Another SNL first: SNL is also airing live in Israel, where host Gal Gadot is from. She gives part of her monologue in Hebrew, before being joined on the stage by Leslie Jones in a Wonder Woman costume. “I’m the Times Square Wonder Woman!” They do some amusing but ultimately forgettable comparisons and contrasts. (Score: 4 out of 10)
Kendall’s Model House — The cold open is followed by some previews for new Bravo shows, including a few starring Kendall Jenner played by Gal Gadot (and in a wig, I swear if someone told me that was actually Kendall Jenner, I wouldn’t have blinked) and one called “Where’s Kanye?” which follows Kanye West as he tries to avoid the camera on the Kardashians’ reality show. Pretty funny, although some of it went over my head because I have no idea who some of those people are. (Score: 6 out of 10, but 10 out of 10 for Gadot’s impression of Jenner).
First Date — Gal Gadot plays a woman who lived in Bosnia during the ’90s and therefore knew nothing about news in America, which makes her the perfect first date for … O.J. Simpson. Late night television apparently never gets tired of O.J. jokes (the same cannot necessarily be said for the rest of us). With all the news this week, they chose to focus on O.J.? Watch here. (Score: 3 out of 10)
The Chosen One — In a Narnia-like pre-taped bit, Pete Davidson plays a Beavis named Chad who walks into another world, where he discovers that he’s The Chosen One. He’s, uh, not interested. They sure put a lot into this for very little payoff. Watch here. (Score: 3 out of 10)
Desert Mirage — Two thirsty guys in the desert experience mirages. One sees a “sexy Gal Gadot” offering him lemonade; the other sees the obnoxious/angry staff of Jamba Juice. This is some kind of awful. Watch here.
(Score: 2 out of 10)
Safelite Auto Glass Commercial — Uh, OK. A Safelite Auto Glass customer service rep repeatedly breaks a woman’s windshield so that he can return to fix it over and over because he’s developed a crush on her 17-year-old daughter. The joke is … he’s a creep? It was a rough week … I’m going to assume that the writers were too preoccupied to, like, write. This is bad (and I double checked to see if this was parodying an actual news story, and I see no evidence of it, so it’s bad and they throw Safelite under the bus for no reason). Watch here. (Score: 2 out of 10)
Weekend Update — Che and Jost begin “Update” with a terrific spiel on gun control, and then they go after Trump for his visit to Puerto Rico. They’re on fire this week. Kate McKinnon talks SCOTUS as Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Pete Davidson shows up to talk about his actual borderline personality disorder. He has some very good advice. (Score: 8 out of 10)
The Maiden and the Mice — In a fairy-tale style story, three mice make a dress for a poor princess who is going to a ball. It’s a really bad dress. That’s the joke. It’s not a very good one. Watch here. (Score: 3 out of 10)
Sexy Web Cam Show — An FBI team negotiating with a spy experience problems when a sexy web cam show interferes with their connection. This skit doesn’t work, either. I can’t believe there are still 20 minutes left of tonight’s show. Watch here. (Score: 3 out of 10)
Wonder Woman — Finally, a Wonder Woman sketch. Sort of. Two lesbians stumble upon Themyscira. They’re very disappointed to find out that there are no lesbians on Themyscira. “It’s such a waste.” It’s an easy joke, but it works, and who doesn’t want to see Gal Gadot make out with Kate McKinnon? A lot of dreams coming true tonight, folks. (Score: 7 out of 10)
Naomi — Gadot plays a daytime talk show host who incorporates tough love, but it backfires when the troubled teen and her mother develop feelings for the drill sergeant guy. Yikes. I mean, at least Gadot appeared in almost all the sketches tonight, for better or worse. I hope they liked the show out in Israel. Watch here. (Score: 3 out of 10)