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Date Posted: 19:01:11 04/27/17 Thu
Author: HerbertMcHoover
Subject: Courteney Cox / Dave Matthews Band - April 15, 1995 (20.18)
In reply to: HerbertMcHoover 's message, "Retro Reviews - April 2017" on 18:35:53 04/02/17 Sun

Motivational Speaker: ***
The last Matt Foley sketch while Chris was still in the cast and a big rebound from the one everyone wants to forget when George Foreman hosted. It was safe, because it had all the original elements in a Mexican format, down to Farley saying: "Viva de Nueva York, es Sabado noche!"

Monologue: *1/2
Can you say overrated? Not Springsteen, but this monologue. Courteney's boyfriend at the time was Bruce Springsteen. Sandler comes out as Bruce Springsteen and sings for a few minutes.

Good Morning Brooklyn: **1/2
Friends star Courteney Cox is the host of the episode. She plays the new co-host in Good Morning Brooklyn, back for its second installment very late into the season. Chris Farley plays a hot dog vendor that gets beaten up by Molly Shannon. At least the audience was loud and on top of the material this time around, as it meant for a more pleasant watching than before.

Gapardy: ***1/2
While the 100 doll hairs might be one of the worst lines in SNL history, it has been far too long since SNL had done a game show. It was also far too long since the Gap Girls had made an appearance. No Gap Girls sketches in the Gap all year long and it seemed like a total waste with Farley, Sandler and Spade as the cast anchors. Cox did a strong job as the host.

Weekend Update: ****
Quite the variety of jokes in this Update. Norm's best jokes were: OJ's DNA, OJ jurors(!), suicide bombers, free dildos, special underwear, Demi Moore(!), Marion Barry, marks(!!!).

This is what I mean by it being so strange to see Molly Shannon this season. Before she had Mary Katherine Gallagher, she tried out a grammar school teacher, Louise Ingstrom, who critiqued grammar. I am surprised this character was not made recurring before her SNL career ended, even if this was a total whiff for her Update debut, because she made nearly every character recurring. She would speak using "PERIODS," "commas" and "end quotes." More importantly to her, this had to be a confidence booster. She was loud and got the audience loud in return, responding to her very nicely.

Melanie: DUD
The Melanie sketch. This infamous sketch. Right when you think you are watching a solid episode, THIS happens.

Hiring Manson: *
Michael McKean says that Courteney and David can even hire Charles Manson, as an exaggeration. Courteney and David hire Charles Manson.

Company Mixer: DUD
Kevin's wig... anyways, Tim lies his way through the conversation with Kevin Nealon, messing with Nealon's mind. He meant well with his performance, but this was horrid. Ellen wore those glasses virtually every sketch this season and it is driving me mad.

Replacement Baseball: DUD
Internal screaming.

His Muse Friday: DUD
External screaming.

Mr. Cool: *1/2
Clearly, David Spade had a crush on Cox, since it felt like he was in virtually every sketch Courteney was in. He did not give this much effort in his performances and to even appear in sketches in the first place all season long. This one was different, as he showed some range, which was refreshing. However, that does not change my mind about his intentions.

Episode MVP: Courteney Cox.
Despite skipping half of the sketches in the second half (three of six), she did enough in the first half to win MVP honors. Farley had a light night after Update and took backseat to Spade, but Spade did nothing with his extra airtime. Meanwhile, Norm wins an honorable mention.

Final Thoughts:
How did this show avoid cancellation again?

Episode Rating with Melanie as a DOUBLE DUD: 1.42

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