During Tracy Morgan’s monologue they threw to an ‘episode’ of 30 Rock that had his character in an accident. So they had Alec (again), Jane Krakowski, Tina Fey and Jack McBrayer all there to welcome him back. It was really cute, and a different sort of monologue. It was really perfect to represent his comeback.
The first sketch was a Family Feud one where one family was a recently divorced mom and her kids, and the other family was her ex-husband with his new family. I really love the premise for this one, and it really played out well.Then they brought back Brian Fellow’s Safari Planet, one of Morgan’s most memorable characters from his time as a cast member on the show.
Up next was a commercial for fake cocaine, to help you hide your bowel movements at parties. I really enjoyed that one.
Demi Lovato slayed.
Tina Fey made an appearance on Weekend Update to talk about Playboy no longer publishing naked photos. Naturally it was perfect.
Then they had a sketch where all the townspeople were meeting in the town square and Tracy Morgan’s character was the only one who would speak his mind, and when he finally convinces others to join in it backfires. This one fell a little flat.
Next there was a digital short called ‘The Standoff’ where Taran Killam tries to stand up to Tracy Morgan after he made comments to his girlfriend. But it turns out Tracy Morgan just wants to dance with him.
Then there was a sketch with Tracy and Keenan where they hosted a show called ‘Where Is Jackie Chan?’ and they just asked where Jackie Chan is at now. This one was weird, but I liked it for that reason.
Finally, they had a parody of The Martian but it was Astronaut Jones (another of Morgan’s popular past characters) that was stuck up there. Demi Lovato guested in this one (and did a great job).
Overall, this was probably the strongest episode of the season, and was a fantastic welcome back for Tracy.
The show is off until November 7th when the host will be Donald Trump and the musical guest Sia.
Amy did standup for her monologue, which of course was perfect. Next up was a sketch where Vanessa Bayer and Amy Schumer played flight attendants that ended up outside the plane. It was really well written and funny, very much impressed over here.
Then there was a Hot For Teacher porn parody, where Aidy Bryant kept interrupting the sex part of the porn with the realistics of schooling.
They had a commercial parody up next for guns and how they’re here to stay.
Nicki Minaj showed up for The Weeknd’s song, which was dope. He just killed it overall.
Amy played a shitty reenactment actor who screwed up history.
Next they had digital short about a hands-free selfie stick (that went up your butt). It was pretty spot-on.
They had a community open forum sketch that fell pretty flat.
Finally we had a baby shower where Amy’s character was the uninvited girl to the party.
Overall, Schumer was a great host, and every sketch they threw at her she killed. I sincerely hope they ask her back to host soon.
Tune in next week for host Tracy Morgan and musical guest Demi Lovato.
For her monologue, Miley sang a song saying goodbye to all the people who made the summer memorable (like Kim Davis, Pizza Rat and the Entourage movie).
The first commercial parody of the season was about mental illness - but basically explaining that that is the only reason any of the Republicans have run for President. Now there’s help, with medication made only for 11 people.
Then there was a sketch where they were all at a 50s school dance and saying Grease-type songs, except for Miley’s character who sang raunchy rap songs.
We got to see our first look at Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, with surprise guest the ACTUAL Hillary Clinton as a bartender who helps her figure things out (while making jabs at herself). Darrel Hammond also showed up as Bill, so our lives are basically complete. Kate McKinnon’s obvious excitement about doing a sketch with the real Hillary was palpable and made the sketch that much better.
Hillary then introduced Miley’s musical segment (which she did very well).
Weekend Update felt particularly strained. Michael Che and Colin Jost have never had great chemistry, but tonight the tensions felt high.
Next up was a show parodying Millennials. Yes, we get it, anyone in their 20s is self absorbed and obsessed with their phones. Ugh.
Then there was a sketch where a group of women were at the deli where Meg Ryan faked her orgasm in When Harry Met Sally, and Leslie Jones does her own version of a fake orgasm which is completely insane compared to the other women’s. It was funny at first but then got old pretty fast.
Next up was probably one of the funnier sketches of the night (and reminiscent of the Beygency sketch), where they pictured a future where everyone has joined Taylor Swift’s squad and there was nobody left in the world.
Then there was a scene about a black woman who hosted a late night show in the 50s in Atlanta. It was okay but the timing was off overall.
Finally, there was a video where Kyle Mooney tries to get out of marrying Miley Cyrus. This one was one of my favourite.
Tune in next week for Amy Schumer and musical guest The Weeknd.