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Sally O'Malley and Gay Jafar Salvage the Molly Shannon Hosted 'SNL'

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 9, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 9, 2023 |


Cold Open — The cold open does a Last Supper parody where Trump compares himself to Jesus. Again. “He rose from the dead on the third day … I would’ve done it faster. He had a nose for business, water into wine, big, big profit.” Ron DeSantis is Judas. You get the point. The most impressive thing about it are the cast members in “The Last Supper” who sit frozen throughout the entire sketch. (Watch Here) (Score: 4.5 out 10)

Molly Shannon Monologue — I love Molly! I read her memoir last year. Hello Molly! It’s decent! She’s lovely. She sings “Everything Comes Up Roses,” while the cast members complain about their weird problems. Martin Short makes an appearance. It’s really not very funny, but glass half full: It’s good to see Molly! And we haven’t seen a lot of musical numbers since they used to do musical numbers every week. (Score: 5 out of 10)

Vincent’s Valet — Andrew Dismukes trains a new group of valets how to do the job: “Lil Joke, Lil Bow, and Lil Jog.” All the trainees are failing on the “lil joke,” by telling wildly inappropriate jokes. Kenan almost saves it, but not quite. (Watch Here) (Score: 4 out of 10)

Jeannie Darcy — Molly plays a stand-up comedian in a live Netflix special who tells bad jokes in a monotone. I guess it’s supposed to be a parody of Chris Rock’s live special, but it is a genuinely bad sketch. (Watch Here) (Score: 3 out 10)

Baby Shower — Molly is having an office baby shower the day before she goes on maternity leave. Then she rips a huge fart and it turns out she’s not pregnant, she just had an eight-month-old gas bump from eating catfish sliders. It’s absolutely terrible, but bordering on so bad it’s funny. (Watch Here) (Score: 5 out of 10)

Please Don’t Destroy — The guys play a video game about Molly Shannon’s life. It’s like Sims, but with Molly’s career. Molly gets addicted to her own game and her character becomes a rapper. Rough episode, but there is a slight glimmer here. (Score: 5.5 out of 10)

Theater Play — A well-known playwright finally writes a play based on her own life, and she watches it for the first time with her boyfriend, who discovers that she slept with 1,000 men in one year and does a lot of other things that are humiliating for the boyfriend. (Watch Here) (Score: 4 out of 10)

Weekend Update — Jost and Che improve the episode considerably (it doesn’t take much), while Bowen Yang is the best thing about the episode, so far, playing Disney villain Jafar to comment on Ron DeSantis. Jafar hates DeSantis specifically because Jafar is gay. “Don’t say ‘gay.’ If there is no gay, there is no Disney,” which DeSantis should know because apparently he “got married there, which is the gayest thing you can do.” Punkie does Angel Reese to comment on the LSU/Iowa situation and talk about her endorsement deals, which involves a lot of smack talk (watch here). Finally, Heidi Gardner plays “Your co-worker who looks seemingly busy while doing nothing.” (Score: 7 out of 10)

Drug Commercial — It’s a musical ad for a drug called Vagerted. Molly’s character is unhappy because the other two actors aren’t enthusiastic enough about this drug. It’s not a great sketch until Kenan shows up and says “Try vagina today,” and everything changes. This is why Kenan Thompson has been on the show so long. This is also the Mat sketch of the week. Obviously. (Score: 6.5 out of 7)

Jonas Brothers Choreographers — The Jonas Brothers replace their choreographers with Sally O’Malley, a reprisal of one of Molly’s old SNL characters. It involves a lot of camel toe and later, Jonas Bros. boners. Why did they hold this until the end? (Score: 7 out of 10)

CNZen — An app for liberals who build their life around hating Trump. It’s CNN personalities saying soothingly mean things about Trump to calm them down, plus Trump indictment ASMR. Another good sketch. Why again did they backload the entire episode? (Score: 6.5 out of 10)