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Date Posted: 19:18:38 03/13/17 Mon
Author: HerbertMcHoover
Subject: Dana Carvey / Edie Brickell - October 22, 1994 (20.4)
In reply to: Stooge 's message, "Retro Reviews - March 2017" on 05:01:55 03/02/17 Thu

Leading Off:
• Beloved cast member Dana Carvey returns to host. All I can say is: much needed! It was a shame they did not get him for the end of Phil's SNL career, because they never appeared in a sketch again. However, a familiar face can right the ship and carry the momentum that begun in just the last episode.

A Message from George Bush: ****1/2
Great cold open in one of the most impressive moments in the history of the show. A President on SNL. Not quite a frequent occurrence. Not in the slightest. Was his revenge a horrible anniversary year that cost nearly everyone their jobs? Good revenge, if so. Only thing missing to give this opener five stars: George, you HAD to have said LFNY. This is SNL. Don't cop out right there!

Monologue: ****1/2
Dana Carvey brings back his George HW Bush and interacts with the real deal. Great idea and one of the more exciting monologues ever.

Virtual Reality Books: DUD
Might be the dullest commercial ever.

Court TV: **
They were right when they said there was way too much Court TV on the OJ Simpson trial this season. There's been three in four episodes. What character was McKean trying to be? Robert Shapiro or Ed McMahon? I had to deduct some massive stars for that, even if Dana's Johnny Carson was better than ever.

Ross Perot Greets Trick or Treaters: ****
I liked Sandler in Trick or Treaters and Carvey coming to the door with a Clinton mask at one point here. It somewhat made up for the fact that this was the only year while Sandler was in the cast that he did not do an Update commentary with Halloween costume ideas. I get it was a thing he did with Kevin Nealon, but debuting these poor characters (Gil Graham and Religious Cult members)

Weekend Update: ****1/2
Best jokes were: Pope/OJ Simpson, Lenny/Princess Diane, Vegas casino (for the delivery!), David Hasselhoff (some audience response for this one), Tylenol, dogs, Dr. Seuss.

This was Franken's first Update appearance since the Jeff Daniels 1991 episode. This will be his only one during the Norm era. Kinda awkward, since Norm was picked over Franken as Update anchor. Hey, Mitt Romney!

Love seeing recurring characters in the Update environment. I loved how Hans and Franz were insulting all the recurring characters and how the old guy was much nicer. That Hans and Franz commentary alone is three and a half stars.

Pepper Boy: *****
Pepper Boy is a hidden gem from this season. Everything about the sketch is good. I liked McKean firing them and my suspicions turned out to be true about Chris Farley here. He was overacting, since he was not in many sketches this episode. His conquest to make Adam break worked, since Sandler was looking away from Farley the entire time Farley was on camera.

64th Annual Nobel Prize Awards: *
After Yasser Arafat won a Nobel Prize Award, they are being given out like hot cakes. After a very lengthy musical number to start off the sketch by Michael McKean, Dana comes out as his accurate Garry Shandling impression. Kermit was the other bright spot in the lengthy sketch. Wow, Franken appeared in actual sketch. Another rarity. Plus, he was at the goodnights.

Sandler with some guitar action! Love format changes like this.

Work Excuses: DUD
No Carvey in this sketch unfortunately. Strangely, two of Mike's three appearances this episode had come in sketches without dealing with his Wayne's World costar. A bunch of excuses from Tim Meadows of the company, including cocaine, crack and other lies. David Spade's appearance at the end was unnecessary.

Office Space: **
This was better in the movie than the short.

Episode MVP: Dana Carvey.
While he did not bring his parade of recurring characters back unfourtanately, some of his biggest and best impressions did make a comeback. Easy choice.

Final Thoughts:
I was surprised there was no Church Chat or Wayne's World in this episode, since Carvey was back. However, the episode was surprisingly good without either of those two reliable sketches, with the George HW Bush cameo having a big hand in that.

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