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Date Posted: 15:02:39 04/10/17 Mon
Author: They should have done this more often this season
Subject: Railroad Malfeasance another great guest-written sketch (Written by Jack Handey)
In reply to: HerbertMcHoover 's message, "George Clooney / The Cranberries - February 28, 1995 (20.14)" on 14:10:13 04/10/17 Mon

>Leading Off:
>• SNL was reached petrifying lows for the last
>episode when Deion Sanders hosted. That episode is one
>of the more excruciating things I have seen in my
>life.
>
>Black History Month: *****
>This sketch would be noteworthy for one of the most
>important milestones in show history, but I will get
>to that at the end. Tim and Ellen (wearing glasses)
>give some "achievements" by African Americans over the
>past few months (in a "rebuilding year"), including OJ
>Simpson, Colin Ferguson, Jocelyn Elders, Marion Barry,
>Darryl Strawberry, Rick James and Michael Jackson.
>This was a very funny way to put the last show aside.
>Speaking of the last show, Deion Sanders should have
>been mentioned for his rap and where was Martin
>Lawrence talking about... you get the point. Not a
>strong period for African American hosts on SNL
>either. The best moment is definitely when Farley
>walks on to interrupt Ellen and Tim Meadows from being
>the first two African American cast members to say
>LFNY in unison. Just my third classic of the season.
>
>This is Janeane Garofalo's last show and Molly
>Shannon's first show. Such a bizarre overlap. Cast
>changes are continuing!
>
>Monologue: DUD
>While Clooney doing surgery might be a different type
>of monologue and it is interesting to see Molly
>already (interacting with Tom Davis, nonetheless), I
>do not believe this monologue would be entertaining to
>the viewer.
>
>Sea Park: DUD
>A sketch with Farley constantly yelling "son of a
>bitch!" over and over and over again. We already had
>him swimming in water and screaming twice since 1995
>had begun...
>
>Taxicab Confessions: DUD
>Another never-ending sketch where taxicab passengers
>share deep confessions to air on the show. The taxicab
>sketch with Tim Meadows was much better than this one,
>although I got a kick out of what they had George
>Clooney wear to make himself look like Jay Leno. Kevin
>Nealon makes his first appearance in over an episode.
>
>Weekend Update: **
>Best jokes were: OJ Simpson/robbing victims (loved the
>ad-lib afterwards as well), hot dog vendors, Curse of
>the Dead Sea Scrolls (typical Norm), cravings(!),
>weird-looking.
>
>Ellen appears as Simpson Juror #4 in another weak
>commentary. She says she has not been paying attention
>to the trial and seemed very out of it.
>
>George Clooney makes the rare Update trip for a host,
>commenting on using leeches to attach someone's ear.
>Great commentary that lasted twenty seconds. It got to
>the point quickly.
>
>Unfortunately, this was the only appearance Kevin
>Nealon and his wig made as himself on the Update desk
>after departing as the anchor. He gives news to those
>with no attention span. He constantly showed pictures
>of Pamela Anderson. They couldn't give him a
>subliminal report to finish his SNL career though?
>
>WR: **1/2
>An ER parody, but in the Waiting Room. It was not as
>bad as it sounds. Molly played Julianna Margulies
>here.
>
>Tales Of Fraud And Malfeasance In Railroad Hiring
>Practices: ****
>Another fun sketch that had been absent to this point
>this season. It was relevant as well, because the
>railroad was Amtrak. Mark did a good job here.
>
>The Mack Reardon Story: DUD
>Michael McKean + Country/Western Music Sketch = DUD
>
>Zagat's: ****1/2
>The last pair of recurring characters for Farley and
>Sandler. Sandler kept this much better than it should
>have been with his lines.
>
>Emory: DUD
>Phil Hartman would have made this better.
>
>Snowbird: **1/2
>Another film with Bruce McCulloch. This never got off
>the ground, though I think these films could have been
>better had they used familiar actors alongside Bruce.
>
>Janeane Garofalo stood next to George for the
>goodnights. Another sign of the end.
>
>Episode MVP: George Clooney.
>A stable host, which was a necessity after Deion
>Sanders wasted seven minutes rapping last episode.
>
>Final Thoughts:
>Two of the season's better all-around sketches aired
>this episode. Even with all the DUDs, there still
>seemed to be some promise.

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  • About that Opening, Meadows & Cleghorne were NOT the first -- African Americans to open the show in Unison, 17:21:42 04/10/17 Mon
  • I remember the first thing Molly did on the show was this terrible English teacher character on WU -- haha, I thought at the time, "Wow, this new girl's HORRIBLE", 20:32:10 04/10/17 Mon
  • Oh yeah, I totally forgot about that. They rapped about wrapping paper wtf (NT) -- HerbertMcHoover, 21:29:05 04/10/17 Mon
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