SNL Recap: We’ve Been Told That We Roll Deep
Amy Poehler Reunites with Maya Rudolph to Bring ‘Bronx Beat’ Back to SNL – and They Aren’t Fans of Star Wars.
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” closed out the year on a strong note, with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Bruce Springsteen combining to produce the show’s second highest overnight rating of the past 22 months.
Just hours after Hillary Clinton once again faced off against Bernie Sanders at the Dem Debate, “Hillary Clinton” was greeted by “2008 Hillary Clinton” in a hilarious Saturday Night Live sketch that found former SNL cast member Amy Poehler reprising her Clinton impression alongside the cast’s current “Hillary,” Kate McKinnon. Meanwhile in primetime, ABC was the winner with its coverage of the Democratic debate from New Hampshire, but it logged the lowest numbers of this election cycle. The sketch – dubbed “A Hillary Christmas” – also featured the return of Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin, who shared her advice on how Clinton can make it to the Oval Office this time and not wind up as a secretary… of State. “In just 11 months, you’re going to finally get your present.
The first came from Fey: “Parents in Connecticut were upset after an elementary school teacher had students in her class change the lyrics of ‘Silent Night’ from ‘holy night’ to ‘solstice night.’ Worse, she changed the name ‘Virgin Mary’ to ‘Over-the-Jeans Mary.’” And the second came from Poehler: “New York City police said that this year’s sex crimes on the subway, such as groping and flashing, have jumped nearly 20 percent. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reprised their famous versions of the politicians, appearing as advisers to a 2015 Clinton (Kate McKinnon) on Christmas Eve. Looking at the Nielsens for Saturday, “Saturday Night Live averaged a 5.1 overnight household rating/13 share — trailing this season only the 6.6/16 registered by the Nov. 7 telecast featuring Donald Trump as host.
And because of that focus, the show was much better for it, delivering a strong episode, a rocking musical guest, and just enough supplemental Fey and Poehler friends to make the night feel like the special occasion it was to have two of Studio 8H’s greatest back in those hallowed halls. Poehler, as ’08 Clinton, mostly warned other Hillary not to be cocky before the election, while being warned about things like her email and Benghazi. (“Who’s Ben Gazi?”) Palin wondered: after they all ran for president together – so fun! – didn’t Clinton have to find work as a secretary? When Bobby Moynihan’s 12-year-old second wife walks on stage, his horrified expression encapsulates our reaction to the creepy — albeit hilarious — sketch.
I’m sick of it,” Jodi (Rudolph) chimed in. “So stupid, it’s Christmas, give me a break … yeah, it’s Christmas, you think you got Santa coming down the chimney? Similarly in adults 18-49, last night’s 2.6 rating in the 25 markets with local people meters was the second best of the fall — but only a tick behind the 2.7 for the Trump-hosted show — and is the second best since the night McCarthy hosted early in 2014 (2.9). Moynihan refuses to believe that he would ever leave his wife, let alone for an underage girl, until Fey asks, “But what if I told you that in a few years one of your novels becomes a surprise bestseller and is even optioned for a movie?” “SNL” is obviously skewering the older man/younger woman pairing — pretty well, we might add — but did the sketch need to go that young to prove its point? The night was still full of hilarious sketches, returning favorites, and plenty of Bruce Springsteen, so read on for some of the night’s best moments, like… “Meet Your Second Wife” walks the fine line of being darkly comedic or spilling over into horrifically offensive territory.
However, when present-day Clinton informs her 2008 counterpart that she’s running against Sanders and – eventually – Donald Trump, Poehler’s Hillary rejoices, “Oh my god! Once all West Coast viewing is accurately included, last night’s viewership should exceed 7 million but will fall short of the 8.55 million that a Democratic debate attracted on CBS last month (also on a Saturday).
We’re going to be president!” Fey’s Palin then shows up out of nowhere – “Oh geeze, it looks like I went through time and space again” – to rain on the Clintons’ celebratory parade. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. All of the men are unaware at the start of the show’s purpose and are then shocked and horrified as they find out the true, unseemly nature of it all. The first Democratic debates of the 2016 presidential cycle drew a strong 15.79 million viewers on CNN in October, but viewership has fallen off with the subsequent two such events, which were scheduled on the lightest-watched night of the week. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.
While a Hillary Clinton-meets-Hillary Clinton sketch seemed like an obvious idea going into the show, the episode’s execution did not disappoint, with Poehler’s Clinton coming to advise Kate McKinnon’s version of the presidential candidate. The two trade information, current day-Clinton makes sure past Clinton can’t send emails, and Poehler’s Clinton takes quite the tumble when she discovers how much easier of a time present-day Clinton seems to have in the presidential race. Poehler’s nanny, Fey’s nanny, and a shared gynecologist are among the squad, but the dopest of the dope come in the form of a rapping Aidy Bryant and Amy Schumer, who caps off this great “Bad Blood” parody. The night featured its first cameo in the cold open, with Darrell Hammond returning as Donald Trump for a parody of the latest presidential debate. (ASIDE: While it’s great to have Hammond back, is this a sign that the show just isn’t exactly sure how it wants to approach Trump? Taran Killam and Hammond seem to go back and forth, Trump himself hosted, and the show bounces between actually parroting Trump’s real-world behavior and returning to its caricature of him.
It won’t top the iconic recorded version, but it was just the right dose of Christmas cheer to end the night — and the year of SNL — on before heading into 2016.
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