All week long Lindsay Lohan walked the comeback route with interviews and press declaring she’s put her demons behind her and ready to go back to work. Someone suggested to her the best way for this was to stop by Saturday Night Live and host for her 4th time and first in many years. It’s not a terrible idea, for Lohan’s been in some memorable modern SNL sketches including one that reunited the friends of Harry Potter to find that puberty had hit Hermione as well as the now infamous first-ever Debbie Downer sketch where the entire cast broke character and made the phrase, “It’s official, I can’t have children,” have a funnier meaning than anyone expected.
We were promised a show that would wink at Lohan’s woes and it also looks like they brought in Jimmy Fallon for the cameo and Jon Hamm in case a back-up host was needed. So there was no way the night coulda gone wrong right? Well, not exactly. What actually happened was Lohan was reserved mainly for backup roles, didn’t seem to memorize her lines and gave us one of the weakest episodes of the year. It wasn’t the giant unquestionable comeback performance she and fans probably hoped for. But she did show up and complete the task, that counts for something right?
COLD OPEN: SHEPARD SMITH-MITT ROMNEY
Using politics in the cold open is always 50/50. If there’s something huge that happened that week, it usually works. But if you are just once again spoofing the same ideas and political characters, you get this opening.
The moment of the night where we learn that John Hamm is the backup host and the poking fun of Linday’s past transgressions happen. It’s also the moment of the night we learned that Keenan Thompson has been stoned since Good Burger. Lindsay didn’t do much here, and that was the vibe most of the night.
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DISNEY
This was a terrific idea that I’d say was half-executed. Kristen Wiig delivered a fantastic drunken Cinderella while princess Jasmine’s woes gave it the reality show anchor.
I think as everyone saw the intro, they realized exactly where this sketch was going. And then it went there…for 3 and a half minutes.
This sketch usually provides for a fun chuckle or two. But this time around, it was just obvious as to how much Lohan relied on the cue cards, delivering no real lines without reading. We did get the great nod to her playing herself and the jokes written seemed like they’d been funnier had someone more capable state them. Jason Sudekis’ break at the end did save the sketch a bit but it wasn’t intentional, which is never a good reliability.
JACK WHITE “LOVE INTERRUPTION”
It’s Jack White’s solo debut and it’s a very Jack White-esque song. Which I’m sure is the point. I am pretty sure that was Carla Azar from Autolux on drums.
What a treat for the weekend update as both Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan made appearances. Both men are strong on Update and recurring James Carville and Snooki. Nice Lorax line at the end of the sketch.
DELINQUENT GIRL TEEN GANG
Ugh, it’s just ugh…
DIGITAL SHORT: AFROS
And we have our first digital short of 2012 and it’s a Jack Whit-ified song about afros turned into a wedding RSVP. It was a long wait for another short and this one wasn’t as memorable as they’ve been in the past.
The DJs sketches have worked in the past, but they did not work this time around. Lohan’s role seemed almost an afterthought and I hope we never see anything related to this sketch again.
We have another commercial from earlier this year. Robert DeNiro Face.
Funny this sketch came so late in the night, despite it’s simple idea it was one of the most chuckle-worthy moments of the night. Not that it was a new idea, but the neurosis of Kristen Wiig and random line delivery about topless-ness seemed to make me laugh most throughout the bit.
Another callback to a commercial from an earlier episode of the show.
JACK WHITE “SIXTEEN SALTINES”
Jack is back, he’s got the electric guitar and violin. Also, his band is now all men. Gender switch!
Andy Samberg as Buddha? I don’t buy it. I also think this sketch wouldn’t have made it to air if we weren’t having such an off night.
WEIRD GUY BY A FIRE: 70’S ALBUMS
Quick and funny clips like this are always welcome. I also wonder why this clip wasn’t used earlier in the night instead of rerunning the Chantix and Verizon commercials.
WEIRD GUY BY A FIRE: 70’S ALBUM II
Again, this clip could’ve been used earlier.
And that’s all we have folks. I’d probably rank this as one of the worst episodes of the season, and I think it coulda been worse. Lohan is a talented woman but she just didn’t work last night. The show hit a high mark with Maya Rudolph’s episode last airing. And upon returning from a hiatus, it’s usually a strong episode. But alas we got nothing special this time around.
It might have been the second highest rated episode of the season. But it definitely wasn’t the funniest. Maybe next week when Jonah Hill and The Shins are given the keys to drive.
I don’t know, am I being too harsh? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments.