It seems that as summer nears, even big TV show producers hit the same slump that us high school students do. We haven’t had a 3-month episode since December, which is fine with me because that just makes my job easier.
For this month I thought I would do a little bit of a different format. This column has been too positive, what with me only sharing the best of the best. I thought I’d sprinkle in a little bit of negativity by writing about the sketches that made me cringe this month. I’ll start with the one best from each episode:
CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS
When a Civil War general sees that his soldiers need some cheering up, he decides to lift their spirits with a good ol’ song. As the fiddles start to play, he starts them off: “Well I’m from New York I am, and I’m north of Yankee land, then one day the Union army came a callin’…” The other soldiers join in for the chorus, and then Jimmy Fallon, wearing a fake mustache, jumps up and adds his own part. He raises the roof while singing, “And we’re singing like whoa-oh, whoa-oh, party till the sun comes up. Whoa-oh, whoa-oh, we’ll stay young forever now…” The rest of the soldiers are perplexed. “I don’t remember that part of Old New York”. And then Harry Styles makes a guest appearance, which is no less confusing. But like any One Direction song, “our nation’s first big, fat hook” soon became stuck in everyone’s heads.
Bobby Moynihan plays a cheerful kids’ birthday clown who is somewhat disturbed to find that his latest booking, Ernie the birthday boy, is actually an adult man (Louis C.K.) “So, should we wait for everyone else to show up?” “Nope, it’s just me. Whenever you’re ready,” Ernie nods, leaning back and popping open a can of soda. He is minimally responsive, showing absolutely no signs of emotion as he mumbles, “That’s cute”, or “That’s pretty funny,” or “Uhuh”. When the clown answers the door to find Elsa and a robot “here for little Ernie’s birthday party”, he immediately slams the door. “You don’t want this.”
And now, for the worst from each episode:
TAKE ME BACK
In this sketch, Jimmy Fallon tries to take his girlfriend back by serenading her with “Truly, Madly, Deeply” by Savage Garden. He wears a terrible white suit, which he takes off to reveal her face inside a heart on his t-shirt. It gets three times as bad when two friends show up to sing with him. The only good part of the sketch was the end. When he finally definitively asks her if she will take him back, she replies, “No, Doug! You dragged a man off a plane this week!” The little reference to the news is cute but not enough.
This sketch started out a little scary, with Sam, an old 1950s soda shop owner (Louis C.K.), asking to take a teenage girl to a dance. One of her friends smiles, “I’d go with Sam if he asked me.” “Well, I didn’t ask you stupid, I asked Louise.” Then, when Sam invites Louise to sit down in one of the booths to do a “test run” of their date, the same friend goes, “Hey, this is fun! Can we be part of the scene?” To which Sam replies, “No, so shut up.” When Louise tries to stand up, Sam holds her back. “You can’t! We’re in a tunnel!” Her friends are still watching and one asks, “Where is there a tunnel on the way to school?” “I don’t think he’s taking her to school.” This sketch just gets more and more disturbing as Louise explains at the end, “It’s a game I like. I like knowing I could get Sam in big trouble for the things he says, but he does it anyway. It makes me feel powerful.” I’m really not sure what to think about this sketch, I just felt extremely uncomfortable watching it.
I must also tell you that May is the last month of the season for SNL, as well as the month that we publish our senior issue of the Sword and Shield. So after a year’s worth of SNL recaps, I leave you all to watch these last few SNL episodes and decide for yourselves which sketches you thought were the best and worst. You’ll need it after AP tests and as you’re preparing for finals… So I guess this is goodbye. Happy watching.
– Beatrice Naujalyte
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