The nice thing about Kristen Wiig's return to Saturday Night Live this weekend? Because they brought back all her most obnoxious characters -- Gilly, the Target Lady and Denise among them -- we were able to fast-forward through majority of the show, turning a 90-minute sit into a quick, painless three minutes. (Closer to ten minutes with the not-bad monologue).
Whether you're a fan of Paul Rudd (present!) or One Direction or Paul Rudd and One Direction, you were probably as satisfied a customer as Dan Charles with this week's Saturday Night Live. While the episode wasn't consistently great (nor was it Rudd's best outing as host) it was still the most entertaining, if not funniest episode so far this season. I mean, it definitely doesn't hurt when you have someone as naturally comedically gifted as Rudd on board (plus, he danced a whole bunch! 1D didn't even do that!), a boatload of awesome special guests, two solid musical performances, and the long-awaited return of Bill Brasky. To Bill Brasky! Here are the best and worst moments of this weekend's SNL:
Buh-bye Gilly, you sick freak.
Saturday Night Live tried to up its adorkable quotient with decidedly mixed results on this weekend's Zooey "Queen of Adorkability" Deschanel's hosting gig. The walking poster child for manic pixie dream girls everywhere started off the night strong with a cute little ukulele number about Valentine's Day, but she couldn't sustain that momentum for the rest of the night. Here were the episode's least adorkable sketches:
The sinking of Smash continues.
While it still hasn't been made official, it's safe to assume that this weekend's Mick Jagger-hosted season finale of Saturday Night Live marked the last time that Kristen Wiig will appear in Studio 8H... as an ensemble player at least. (We suspect she'll be back as a host somewhere down the line.) After all, considering that teary send-off to the tune of "Ruby Tuesday" it'll be strange if she returns in the fall. And although Andy Samberg (who may also be leaving) didn't get quite as obvious a farewell, his season-ending Digital Short -- which sequelized the skit that got launched the whole franchise seven years ago, "Lazy Sunday" -- suggested that it was a wrap for him as well. The only question mark now is Jason Sudeikis, another supposedly departing cast member who barely appeared in any sketches at all. While we wait for the formal announcement about casting changes, here are the episode's most memorable send-offs.
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