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Date Posted: 14:11:41 04/10/17 Mon
Author: HerbertMcHoover
Subject: Paul Reiser / Annie Lennox - March 18, 1995 (20.15)
In reply to: HerbertMcHoover 's message, "Retro Reviews - April 2017" on 18:35:53 04/02/17 Sun

Press Conference: **1/2
The breakout impression of the year, in a sense, has been Farley's Newt Gingrich. Farley impersonated Gingrich four times this season, including twice in the Jeff Daniels episode. Mark plays Candace Gingrich and there is a lot of awkward laughing and banter between the two in the sketch, which made this slightly better than it should have been.

Monologue: DUD
Why couldn't they get Helen to host again? Paul's stand-up was horrid. I miss these Q/A openers from last season during times like this. At least it would give a boost in airtime for featured players.

The Daily Planet: DUD
Once again, it is surreal to see Molly Shannon interact with this cast. The cast plays superheroes with lackluster superpowers and everybody is unable to locate Superman. This was overwhelmingly dull and uninspired. A waste of Norm in a rare sketch appearance for him this season as well.

Road to the Final Four: **
Kevin and Paul are hosts for a March Madness show. The duo does not care about the women's side of things, but read off the teleprompter to make it seem like they are really into their performances. A nice illusion, but it did not constitute a terrific sketch. Average at best.

Weekend Update: ***
Best jokes were: last words/OJ Simpson(!!!), Courtnova, Ritalin, Elizabeth Taylor, 5th OJ juror axed(!), teenage sex activity, kids/fake kids.

The Bad Boys take over Weekend Update. Spade plays Jeff Foxworthy, while Sandler and Farley attempt new characters Frank Dippy and Hank Doodle in a Point/Counterpoint commentary that went nowhere. Spade's commentary was serviceable, but far from his most memorable work.

Sparklebrite: **
Another sales pitch sketch. Molly and Tim kiss all day and kiss all night.

Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley: ***
It's been a while since a Stuart Smalley sketch made it to air. With that said, Farley fit in much better with Franken here than several of the past few hosts who have done this sketch and there is no way Reiser would have been capable in doing the job Farley did here. Farley plays a drunk cameraman (which was already a fit) and excelled here.

Aliens 4 - Mad About You Aliens: 1/2*
A super brief crossover between Aliens and Mad About You. This had no chance to get going.

Dating In The Nineties: ***1/2
Paul does not get an opportunity to speak during the crossfire between the guests on Molly's talk show and they spread false information, such as the fact that Paul had only slept with two women. Thank you Norm.

One Brother: DUD
This was a sketch? Awful.

O'Callahan & Son: DUD
Plagiarized sketch that Jay Mohr "wrote" that was not even funny to begin with. Pathetic.

Episode MVP: Annie Lennox.
I want to give it to Norm, but I must acknowledge Annie's last SNL performances. She was lively and entertaining.

Final Thoughts:
Paul Reiser was his usual awful self and he received no help from Jay Mohr with poor performances down the stretch, including a plagiarized sketch. Another black eye this season.

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