HILLARY CLINTON COLD OPEN: It’s nice to see Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton impression again, and her changing facial expressions during that one bit are absolutely hilarious. Darrell Hammond shows up as Bill Clinton, and I hope this will be the sign of more to come; after all, SNL’s political sketches falter unless there’s a campaign going on. GRADE: B
COLD OPEN: This is not a very funny segment, and it’s the type of musical monologue that’s more dull than entertaining to watch. The other cast members get in a few solid lines, but this is easily forgettable. Anyway, one thing I want to see tonight, but most definitely won’t: a Person of Interest sketch. GRADE: C
DEPEND LEGENDS: “All the female DAs from Law and Order” is definitely the line that made me laugh the most here. This is a short sketch, but it’s fairly funny. GRADE: B-
HOT FOR TEACHER: Pete Davidson is awesome in this sketch. His nickname list is hilarious and perfectly delivered, and my favorite line of the segment is “I’d describe it as more like the end of Rudy.” He and Thompson have a pretty funny rapport built up, and Cecily Strong’s also pretty entertaining to watch here. GRADE: B+
HOME 2: I normally love impression sketches, but there aren’t really any standouts here. Henson’s Minaj isn’t particularly good, and while there are a few good moments here and there, the sketch is weak overall. GRADE: C
QVC: One thing’s for sure: Kate McKinnon is entertaining in this, as expected. There really isn’t much to this sketch overall, though, and it ends with a whimper. It never quite gets going, and although there are a few laughs from McKinnon trying to remember the various “ways”, it’s another weaker sketch. GRADE: C+
SOUTH CENTROS: I was excited when this sketch began, but it turned out to be a middling and unfunny several minutes. It’s nice to see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau show up, but it all feels like an unfinished product that has potential, but never reaches possible heights. GRADE: C+
WEEKEND UPDATE: “It’s their least favorite thing to shoot.” Michael Che’s really starting to grow on me, and he’s still miles ahead of Colin Jost; still, though, Update’s generally becoming looser and funnier to watch. Anyway, both get in some good lines tonight, and both McKinnon and Bayer are great as the guests. Billy Crystal also shows up as Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy’s dad, and it’s definitely an enjoyable segment. GRADE: B
HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT: Holy shit, that Nick Offerman impression. This is the second time I’ve heard it, and I can confirm that it is amazing. That alone makes these impressions better than the first go around earlier, and although this is yet another game show sketch, it’s an entertaining one. GRADE: B
HOW 2 DANCE WITH JANELLE: As with the first of this sketch seen in the fall, Kyle Mooney’s character is easily the funniest aspect. I’m not the biggest fan of this kind of sketch, but it definitely allows Henson to have the most fun she’s had all night. GRADE: B-
SESAME STREET: I haven’t seen Empire and don’t plan to, but I know the general vibe of Henson’s Cookie. This feels a bit like a rushed “Obligatory Cookie reference” sketch, and it’s pretty light on laughs for me. It doesn’t flow well, and although there are funny moments, it’s a good concept that doesn’t go anywhere. GRADE: C+
THEIR OWN LEAGUE: This is actually a sketch that does well by its message in the limited screen time it has, and it both gets some visual comedy out of Moynihan and some nice commentary from the ladies. It’s not the funniest sketch, but it works. GRADE: B-
IN THREE WEEKS: Scarlett Johansson, to promote The Avengers. I hope she shows up as her Under the Skin character.
IN ONE WEEK: ORPHAN BLACK!
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