Look, last night’s episode was fantastic. If you don’t have it on your DVR, I’d suggest simply heading over to Hulu for the full episode (after 1 EST), otherwise you’re going to have to endure commercials before each of these skits. And last night’s show — easily the best of the season — really was nothing but highlights (and I didn’t even include the Gaga performances, if you’re into that).
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Cold Open
The IMF head is confronted right away by some opinionated inmates upon landing in his Rikers Island cell. As cold opens go, this was one of the better this season. Not that that’s saying too much. I think it’s the first time that Jay Pharoah has been in the first half-hour of the how.
Justin Timberlake Monologue
A JT-hosted show is a a reason to rejoice, typically, as he’s been “SNL’s” most consistent host since 90’s Tom Hanks and Alec Baldwin. I thought Jon Hamm might surpass him after his first stint, but that second appearance earlier this season was a stinker (no fault of Hamm’s). Anyway, JT’s monologue killed per usual, and offered a lot of hope for the rest the the season finale.
Bring It Own Down to Liquorville
Sorry, folks. There’s no video embed for this one. They have to give you a reason to watch the full episodes on Hulu (at 1 EST, the full video goes live). It’s worth it for liquorville alone. I think Mrs. Pajiba-hyphenate melted about six times. Can we just make Timberlake a permanent cast addition? (Oh, and I’m pretty sure you can see Gaga’s nipple.)
I didn’t love this skit the first time around (with Emma Stone?), but JT makes everything better. Watch Hader try to keep it together.
Digital Short: 3-Way (The Golden Rule)
Helicopter dick? Screw it. See for yourself.
Weekend Update: Really?
The topic: Schwarzenegger.
Weekend Update: Nicolas Cage and Bradley Cooper
These skits waste the real celebrity appearance almost as much “What’s Up with That.” But whatever: Look! The Emu.
Weekend Update: Headlines
What’s that Name
Fantastic! “You think his name is Charty?”
Amusement Park Rides
Christ, JT is even a spectacular animatronic character.
I have a suspicion that this will be Kristen Wiig’s last “SNL” skit. I can’t imagine she returns next season, after the success of Bridesmaids.
The Barry Gibb Talk Show
The first episode this season actually worth staying up to see in its entirety. Barry Effin’ Gibbs.