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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.70
Happy Mother's Day, motherf***ers!

This was pretty great. The idea of having some of the show's best female castmembers back was a good enough Mother's Day idea in and of itself, but any notion that they were brought in to carry the load of the 88-year-old host was proven wrong. Betty F'in White was all over this show and absolutely killed it. She seemed genuinely touched by all the affection and I wish we could've seen more of the credits to see the cast interact with her. Jay-Z's version of "Forever Young" was a great treat too.

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.56
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Happy Mother's Day, motherf***ers!

    This was pretty great. The idea of having some of the show's best female castmembers back was a good enough Mother's Day idea in and of itself, but any notion that they were brought in to carry the load of the 88-year-old host was proven wrong. Betty F'in White was all over this show and absolutely killed it. She seemed genuinely touched by all the affection and I wish we could've seen more of the credits to see the cast interact with her. Jay-Z's version of "Forever Young" was a great treat too.

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I thought, from beginning to end, it was the best SNL I had seen in a LONG time. Betty F'in White did indeed kill. Loved all the past female castmembers back too. Just a stellar episode from top to bottom. Way to go Betty White!!



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.56
It was a good episode, but just having the little old lady say dirty things every time out seemed a little redundant at times.

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.09
Thanks, Jay-Z, for destroying one of the most cherished songs from my adolescence.

Other than that, the episode was fantastic. "Blarfengaaaar" had me in stitches.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.50
Thoughts:

* I might have been analyzing things too close, but I thought Betty White was winded walking down the 5 stairs to her monologue. Her monologue was pretty good though.

* Return of The Delicious Dish with Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon was the sketch that twitter wanted to talk about. Betty White shows off her Giant Dusty Muffin.

* Alec Baldwin and Tommy Petty host the season finale next week. That reminds me of a monologue with John Goodman where the audience thought the show was a rerun. Transcript of it is at http://snltranscripts.jt.org/98/98qmono.phtml

* Wasn't sure if Jay-Z was going to do two songs, since the first was a medley. "Interlude" into "99 Problems" into "Empire State of Mind". Hip-hop looks much different than it used to he. He has basically a 6 person band behind him. Apparently it was Bridget Kelly singing the Alicia Keys part.

* I thought the bad part of "Young Forever" was not Jay-Z, but Mr Hudson's vocals.

* Last sketch has Tina Fey as a census taker who is getting information from Betty White. I'm sure I've never seen a SNL sketch like that before. I guess 10 years is long enough for a repeat.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.56
    Originally posted by The Goon
    Thanks, Jay-Z, for destroying one of the most cherished songs from my adolescence.


Whoa! I told my wife this morning that Jay Z butchered one of my favorite songs from when I was a kid. Does anyone think that song is even close to the original?

And the Christopher Walken census skit from 5 years ago was a shade better than Betty White's. But both were pretty funny.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.59
I enjoyed that more than I thought I would. I was never a Maya Rudolph fan and I absolutely DESPISE Molly Shannon, so I was afraid I wouldn't like this episode all that much. Luckily Molly's only significant contribution was to the Delicious Dish sketch which (ironically) is one of my all-time faves, and Maya actually had me cracking up pretty good with her take on Whitney Houston.
    Originally posted by The Goon
    Thanks, Jay-Z, for destroying one of the most cherished songs from my adolescence.

I've never understood the idea that a remake or cover (or even sampling!) of a song somehow changes the value of the original. No one makes a song and says, "Okay, the old song is dead! Everyone has to listen to this one now." I don't think that's how it works.
    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    * Last sketch has Tina Fey as a census taker who is getting information from Betty White. I'm sure I've never seen a SNL sketch like that before. I guess 10 years is long enough for a repeat.

Ha! Good catch, I forgot all about it. But it is a census sketch, so doing it every 10 years seems like an okay idea. After all, they repeat many OTHER ideas on a weekly basis.

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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.80
I have only seen through the news, but will watch the rest on DVR today. However, what we saw was far and away the best episode of the season, and the best I can remember in years. We laughed so hard we woke the baby up!

Hail Betty White!




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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.58
Enjoyed Betty White hosting Saturday Night Live, but after 90 minutes of jokes and innuendo, I feel I've formed a clear mental picture of Betty White's vagina. So thanks, SNL. Thank you for being a friend.

P.S. Not nearly enough Abby Eliott.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.68
What an age we live in - this SNL is a gift that keeps on giving as Hulu has four sketches from dress rehearsal which were cut!

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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.18
    Originally posted by CRZ
    What an age we live in - this SNL is a gift that keeps on giving as Hulu has four sketches from dress rehearsal which were cut!


Is Hulu running localized ads now, or is everyone getting ads for theme parks in Kansas?
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.42
Read it and weep, fella


    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    It was a good episode, but just having the little old lady say dirty things every time out seemed a little redundant at times.
After having watched the episode twice, I have to agree. The first time, I thought it was the best SNL episode I had ever seen. But after I watched it again with my wife, the "old lady says dirty things" part got a little old. Still a good ep though.

Kinda weird that half the cast got the night off though.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.75
Okay, I FFW'd through the Jay Z parts, was "forever young" the Rod Stewart song, or the Alphaville song?
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.51
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Okay, I FFW'd through the Jay Z parts, was "forever young" the Rod Stewart song, or the Alphaville song?

Alphaville.
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.53
Delicious Dish in 2010, get the fuck out of here.
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.01
    Originally posted by Wpob
      Originally posted by The Goon
      Thanks, Jay-Z, for destroying one of the most cherished songs from my adolescence.


    Whoa! I told my wife this morning that Jay Z butchered one of my favorite songs from when I was a kid. Does anyone think that song is even close to the original?

    And the Christopher Walken census skit from 5 years ago was a shade better than Betty White's. But both were pretty funny.


I don't remember for sure, but I'm pretty confident that the Christopher Walken census skit was from 10 years ago. Call it a hunch!
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Very much enjoyed the episode as well as the "outtakes." Baldwin has a hard act to follow this week, but he and the writers are usually up to the task so I'm looking forward to it.

I also think Jay-Z made a strong case to be a Super Bowl halftime act sometime in the next few years with that medley. He's got some recognition with the over-40 crowd which means the tv wouldn't get turned automatically, and certainly is known and a favorite of what I would imagine is a good piece of the under 40 peeps, which is what the NFL and advertisers would want. He could easily have altered "99 Problems" even more to where they wouldn't have even had to "bleep" him. Strong stuff.

Edit: And thinking on it further, it could be a two-fer with him and Beyonce assisting. Wouldn't shock me at all to see it happen, maybe the next time NBC has it.

(edited by DrewDewce on 10.5.10 1829)


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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.44
I think Bill Simmons predicted a future Jay-Z Super Bowl halftime performance in one of his columns/podcasts.

I liked the show, but felt uncomfortable with all the sex talk with Betty (lesbian! muffin! etc. etc.) I'm assuming she was agreeable to all these skits and if she's ok I guess I should be. The Golden Girls was pretty full of innuendo as well.

Of all the ladies, I think I miss Maya Rudolph the most for some reason.

Though I watch her every week on 30 Rock, Tina suddenly looked super attractive in the census sketch.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.68
    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
      Originally posted by StaggerLee
      Okay, I FFW'd through the Jay Z parts, was "forever young" the Rod Stewart song, or the Alphaville song?

    Alphaville.
I guess none of you dudes listened to Jay-Z in 2009 (The W at Amazon). (Not that I did either, but it DID hit the UK Top 40, so I eventually heard it)



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.59
    Originally posted by dwaters
    Though I watch her every week on 30 Rock, Tina suddenly looked super attractive in the census sketch.

I think I know what you mean. While watching it struck me that they seemed to have made her up to look much younger than usual. But then again, even if they made her look her age, "Liz Lemon" is no longer attractive to me. Nothing is wrong with Tina Fey, but that character, with all her cheese eating and Spanx obsessing, has turned into a walking disaster. A sad, funny, walking disaster.

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