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Date Posted: 19:01:53 04/27/17 Thu
Author: HerbertMcHoover
Subject: Bob Saget / TLC - May 6, 1995 (20.19)
In reply to: HerbertMcHoover 's message, "Retro Reviews - April 2017" on 18:35:53 04/02/17 Sun

A Message From Tony Vallencourt: DUD
Tony Vallencourt was actually a character Sandler played two times prior to this appearance on the show. He debuted in the game show, What's The Best Way? when Glenn Close hosted in season eighteen (there would be a game show that resembled this later on this episode). He made a follow-up appearance in an awful Christian Slater sketch with his brother, Bobby Vallencourt (Kevin Nealon), so go figure why Kevin did not appear here. He was invisible this entire season. Anyways, Tony Vallencourt talks about the Celtics playing their final game in the Garden. Basically stuff I did not care to hear.

Monologue: 1/2*
Bob Saget discusses Full House's cancellation before saying that he still has America's Funniest Home Videos. He gets right into it, by saying inappropriate body parts. With such a great personality, this should have been a lay-up for the writers. Four stars at least. Just show a home video or two and we are good. Nope! It is never easy with the writers. Bob insists that his favorite home video is not suitable for network television, so he describes it. It does not sound like it was inappropriate for television at all though. JUST SHOW US THE BEST DAMN VIDEOS!!!

Fast Runners: DUD
I mean, I got laughs over the fact that everyone was in their 40s, but SHEESH... THIS is how you lead off the show?

America's Funniest Hate Videos: DUD
The title is self explanatory and laughs were non-existant. I can only imagine the press the show would receive if this aired today.

Danté: DUD
Woah, a rare third pre-Update sketch! Chris Farley plays Danté, a fashion designer, who would scream and tell all of his assistants to leave. Except Bob Saget. All the characters were loud, for that matter. Not funny either. Part of me believes that the scene with Farley slamming the door on Sandler was not scripted.

In a season where musical guests of the likes of Eric Clapton, Seal, Tom Petty and REM... there is TLC. Sickening.

Weekend Update: **
Best jokes were: bombing suspect photos, Marion Barry/crack, Kennedys(!), CrapCo(!), New Yorkers survey(!), The Cheap Bastard(!).

Morwenna Banks has her biggest performance of very short SNL career, bringing her trademarked Little Girl character to the Update desk to absolute zero laughs from the audience. Maybe if she made a few more appearances as the Little Girl, this would have been better, but we will never know.

Ellen Cleghorne finally takes off those damn glasses to give a commentary on the last episode of Full House. She just screams and cries, to the point Bob Saget had to get to the desk. For a bad crier, Ellen managed to make her last Update commentary one of her better ones. Impressive stuff.

To end Update, Norm shows a clip of Howard Cosell's appearance hosting SNL just ten years ago. Cool stuff.

Karl's Video: ***1/2
This was a sketch when Jeff Goldblum hosted last year. Things are pretty damn different now. David actually mentioned Bob Saget in the first installment, saying that Bob was a frequent visitor of the store for the porn. No mention of that here though. Great continuity. Luckily, Spade's mannerisms as the store manager was much funnier this time around, with a ton of unnecessary information and all the "alright, alrights."

Boyz II Men: ***1/2
This was actually pretty catchy. I was expecting absolutely nothing from this sketch, as the singing sketches have been horrific this year, but this was alright.

Where In The World Is San Diego California?: **1/2
Another infamous sketch from this season. However, I did not think it was bad, minus Rockapella constantly butting in. Molly looked like Mary Katherine Gallagher and immediately knew where San Diego was. The lines from Chris Elliott, who played the director, saying that they ordered forty-six episodes and expected the game show to be harder was pretty funny. It is also worth nothing that there was a plethora of mistakes in this sketch. From premature camera shots of Ellen Cleghorne, to Morwenna Banks flubbing one of her lines, Rockapella missing their cue to return at the end of the sketch and Ellen Cleghorne and Laura Kightlinger both jumping the gun with their dialogue on one occasion as well.

Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley: ****1/2
This was Al's final appearance in the cast while he was on the show and of course he has to end with on Stuart Smalley! He GOES OFF on the audience for not watching his box office disaster, Stuart Saves the World (and watching Pauly Shore instead). I am not sure Al Franken was even trying to be Stuart Smalley here, because he was livid and that was super uncharacteristic for the usual cool, calm and relaxed Smalley. Al finally had enough after being passed over time after time again to be the Update anchor and his box office failure would be the final straw. He would leave the show after this episode. Talk about a farewell.

Pacemaker: DUD
David's pacemaker needs to be reset, despite lashing out at his employees. Adam had not done many goofy characters with funny voices like this all season and I guess everyone's shticks were played out by this point, because the audience was dead here. Why couldn't Saget appear as St. Peter?

After telling TLC "good job," he seems to roll his eyes, shake his head and walk past them. TLC basically stayed in the front of the stage with each other and do not interact with any cast members. Mark McKinney looks like he wants to congratulate them, but takes a few steps back.

Episode MVP: Al Franken.

Final Thoughts:
What could have been the last bad episode of SNL ever. However, the show got renewed, despite the best efforts of the writers with sketches such as FAST, America's Funniest Hate Videos and Danté. The reverse Courteney Cox episode.

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