It was wonderful to see our old pal Sookie St. James representing Stars Hollow on Saturday Night Live this week! Rory and Loreli are probably so proud, and don’t even get me started on how proud Jackson must be. Luke is proud but silent, I’m sure, and Jess is probably acting like he doesn’t even care but then you see him watching SNL alone at night and you’re like, aww, he cares. Wonderful, just wonderful. I thought this episode was great, actually! There was kind of a theme running through each of the great sketches, and that theme was basically “watch how much Melissa McCarthy is willing to go for it.” And I thought I’d maybe tire of that. But I did not! The taste-tester sketch is maybe one of my favorite SNL sketches of all time. BOOM. Watched it twice right away. “Can you Garlic Ranch Blast me now?” Hahah. I can’t stop laughing just THINKING ABOUT IT. “Why don’t you come upstairs and see me up there sometime” is absolutely hilarious as well. Lots of good quotes from this one. Goooooood quotes. Ok, let’s talk about some sketches in particular.

The Lawrence Welk cold open was great, of course. I was excited the moment I knew what was going on. I said “YES!” out loud. Cool, right? Pretty cool. Kristen Wiig’s tiny hands character is so great and I love her so much.

I thought the monologue was kind of a dud, unfortunately. I love Kristen Wiig doing anything, especially dancing, so it wasn’t the worst thing. But it also was kiiiiiind of close to the worst thing?

The Arlene sketch was one of those “how far is Melissa McCarty going to go” sketches that we were talking about earlier. It was so good though! It didn’t really even matter that much that it went on for a very long time, which it kinda did.

I’m sure we were all excited to see that they finally had a sketch FOR US. The internet comments talk show sketch! IT EVEN MENTIONED ACTUAL VIRAL VIDEOS! This sketch wasn’t particularly great, unfortunately, but it did hit close to home. So here we are.

TASTE TEST SKETCH! Oh my goodness. This is just absolutely the best. God, Melissa McCarthy is so good here! “Can we get her out of here?” “25$, get me out of one jam?” And the way she puts her hand around her eye when she does the “Can you Garlic Ranch Blast me now?” line? Perfect. Also the end is incredibly disgusting! Can’t get enough of this sketch. I may watch it again right now.

The friends of Moammar Gaddafi segment during Weekend Update was great. It was silly and fun and new, especially compared with the very “Weekend Update”-y Tyler Perry segment that followed it.

The digital short was very bad! You certainly can’t win them all, and there were a lot of winners during this episode, but the digital short was just one of the ones that did not win. Oh well! Sorry, digital short! You’ll get them next time I hope!

This week there is also a web exclusive “Message From Netflix” sketch that is pretty great. I wonder if the Netflix guys are excited that they were parodied on SNL or if they are even more embarrassed than they maybe already were. Does anyone know them? Can they email me and tell me?

Next week: Ben Stiller and Foster the People!

Comments (28)
  1. the digital short was a win in my books

  2. It may have been my intense wine-hangover (weddings, am I right you guys) but I did not care for this episode at all. I did find out that people LOVE Melissa McCarthy when I posted on Facebook that I thought she was an unfunny, female Chris Farley. That was not well-received.

  3. Miss Patty and Kirk were also proud. But not Taylor. He’s such a sour puss.

  4. “Ponytail model… not really a big deal.” All six minutes of the Arlene sketch were worth it for that line.

  5. “PS – I’m wearing a dress. you can say I look nice.”

  6. Who knew Bobby Moynihan could tap? Not this guy ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  7. It was fun to see how the SNL cast was reacting in Melissa’s sketches. I think they were a little afraid.

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  9. I’ve not had time to watch the whole episode yet, but I did enjoy the skits I saw. The HPV-vaccinating doll commercial was funny. I did not enjoy Lady Antebellum at all; I was listening from another room and at one point I asked my husband if it was Michael Bolton playing. But then I’m not really a country music fan, so maybe that had something to do with it?

  10. She is so talented! Look at the differences in the way she played Sookie vs. the character in Bridesmaids! But every joke on SNL is basically “haha she’s fat but she thinks she’s sexy.”

    • I’ve seen Melissa with the Groundlings a few times over the years and she’s been exactly just like she was on SNL: 100% into every character and so, SO funny. I’m happy she’s getting so much attention now but there is an uncomfortable weight component …I tried watching Mike & Molly once and every punchline was about being fat? Blah. She’s too talented for that show.

    • Except for the Internet H8R parody, which was fantastic. She makes a good shut-in.

  11. Please oh please Lord when will I get my high quality Hidden Valley Ranch bottle explosion gif?

  12. I’m usually the last one to be PC (look at my downvotes from past comments), but after awhile it did kind of feel like “Let’s laugh at the fat person.” My fiance, a former big girl herself, was visibly irritated by the end of the episode. I dunno – I’m probably being way too sensitive, but that was my gut reaction.

  13. My issue with this episode was not dissimilar to my overall issue with Bridesmaids and many, many other SNL episodes of the past 6-7 years. Over-the-top Kristin Wiig characters are just not funny. (Though I don’t dislike her as much as I used to, I just can’t handle her broad comedy, shaky voice and 4th wall-breaking mugging.) Sookie St. James was amazing, but it seemed pretty obvious that the writers or editors didn’t know what to do with her if they weren’t putting her in a variation on her Bridesmaids character, which I absolutely loved in the movie, but got very sick of very quickly on Sunday morning. The actress has range and chops and talent and it was annoying to see it wasted on one “it’s funny because she’s bigger than other women on TV but not neutered” joke after another.

    Also, I was really hoping they’d do ONE Gilmore Girls reference. My dream sketch was Sookie (Gilmore Girls) v. Sookie (True Blood) with Snookie as the button… though I can hear it getting cut down immediately in the little writer’s room in my head.

    • Glad other people are saying it. Kristin Wiig is pretty damn funny, but the writing for her on SNL, as well as the writing in Bridesmaids for her character are really more annoying than funny. This seems more and more likely that it is her own writing. I’ve seen her in other roles where I really like her, but when she plays these over the top characters that just act strange, it falls on its face. The Lawrence Welk sketch is one of the worst they have going right now. Tiny hands. Pretty much the joke. Done about 10 times now. was mildly amusing the first time, then nothing.

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