Rejoice friends because Saturday Night Live is back from a month-long hiatus, and it’s the Mother’s Day edition. And what better person to host this week’s episode than the one and only Tina Fey? Ms. 30 Rock is currently in the middle of her second pregnancy so mothers, NBC has them. That was the theme for the evening, moms and the jokes we can make around then. Here’s the recap, let’s see how Fey and co. did.
Cold Open: Osama Bin Laden
This was the first episode since the big announcement of Bin Laden’s death so of course it would have to be addresses by the show’s writers. The cold open was solid enough and it was a terrific idea of taking the point of view of the reading of Bin Laden’s will. Though I have to admit, when Fred Armisen does the whole foreign language thing with the voice of a translator over top, I laugh at first but then things just get long and the bit begins to bore me.
Fey’s monologue was fine and dandy, she was quick to jump to the theme of the night which was Mothers, and to drive the point home we got ourselves the first of a few times Maya Rudolph (who is very pregnant herself) appearances of the night.
C’mon was there even a chance Fey would come on SNL and NOT do her Sarah Palin impression? She’s pigeonholed into the impression and like it or not, it’s just her way for paying the piper. But props to the writers of not making Palin the most off-the-wall character of the skit, they left that to Keenan Thompson’s terrifically zany Jimmy McMillan aka, the guy from the Rent Is Too Damn High party. Another welcomed cameo from Darell Hammond as Donald Trump was pretty sweet as well.
This was perhaps one of the most surprising skits of the night. Mainly because when it started, I didn’t know where they were headed but just as I began to bore with it, boom! We got Bin Laden’d!
Digital Short: Jack Sparrow
Just in time for the release of The Lonely Island’s new album do we get ourselves one of the strongest Digital Shorts of recent memory and well, the addition of Michael Bolton just kinda makes things all the better.
Musical Guest: Ellie Goulding
Sorry Ellie, but you fall into the musical guest category of “acts I’m not really concerned to see” so you get the fast forward. And from what I heard of your second performance, it began as a cover song so I sped that up again.
Weekend Update was chock full of great topics to mock and Seth Meyers pretty much hit them all, we saw the return of The Devil character, but as always, Bill Hader stole the 15 minutes with the return of the city correspondent Stefon. Long live Baloney Danza.
This is a great example of a bit that had a great idea behind it but just went a little too long. It also features Maya Rudolph in a pretty large role again. Not that Maya isn’t capable to handle a role like this (complete with the mother of all merkins) but it’s also a role any of the other female cast could have handled. I do say that Bill Hader again makes for a terrifically sketchy characters.
Nasem Pedrad’s Bedelia character is fine and dandy, and this bit was just fine and dandy. It wasn’t the strongest bit of the night but probably a sweet victory for the newer cast members to get on the show. Push.
Pregnant In Heels
I’ve never seen the Bravo show Pregnant In Heels but this spoof seems about right for a Bravo show. And Jay Pharaoh is always welcomed on any sketch to me.
Discount Prom Wear
Googie Renee whup whup! Love these late quick bits because they are usually ridiculous in nature and make me chuckle. And for some reason, I thoroughly enjoy Kennan’s ridiculous old men characters.
Hallmark Mother’s Day Commercial
This is a bit that Will Forte probably would have played had he still be on the show. This was a quick and funny bit and I’m sure could be recycled in years to come because it’s such a great quick bit and capped the evening off well.
And that’s a wrap everyone. I’d peg this episode as one of the stronger ones of the season. Strong first half, and with a Stefon appearance, its better than the ones without him. In fact, I might have to begin ranking episodes on a Stefon scale. We have ourselves a Danzig scale, why not a Stefon one?
See you all next week with Ed Helms a the, um, helm of the show.