It's no surprise that this weekend's Saturday Night Live was on political overload. Always a fan of debates--even the most boring, apparently, SNL spent much of the episode mocking this year's first presidential showdown. Somewhere between the debate cold open, the MSNBC analysis and Weekend Update, they managed to squeeze host Daniel Craig in to a few sketches, too. Maybe they shouldn't have. Craig's sketches weren't this episode's best. The few that actually warranted a laugh were those that showcased the female cast. Last season's sudden addition, Kate McKinnon, was definitely the MVP of the girls this week, but they all left the guys, even James Bond himself, trailing far behind.
One of those sketches used to show-off the cast's best impressions; this celebration of the lesser-known Bond girls was a hilarious assortment of leading ladies. McKinnon's Jodie Foster and Ellen DeGeneres were spot-on and Nasim Pedrad expanded from her usual Kardashian drone to a perfectly overeager Lea Michele. Of course, Fred Armisen scored a win for the guys with his gold-covered Penny Marshall.
"Long Island Medium"
It's strange that SNL hasn't don't anything with Long Island Medium before, as TLC's reality series seems almost too easy to mock. But it was worth the wait to see McKinnon as Theresa Caputo, with accompanying hair, nails, accent and abrupt attacks on random people.
"Weekend Update: Cecilia Gimenez"
Okay, maybe this is turning into Kate McKinnon appreciation, but she really earned it this week. In a largely predictable "Weekend Update" (who didn't see Big Bird coming?), the artist behind the Internet's new favorite painting was a welcome surprise. Her story behind the accuracy of the fresco, and painting of the visibly amused Seth Myers provided Update's few laughs.
Just to prove that the girls really did beat the guys this week, take a look at one of the male-only sketches. Craig's cringe-inducing attempt at what was probably supposed to be a New York accent is just awful, as are the pick-up lines used by all of the men -- with the exception of one. Bobby Moynihan's "Call 311" line was the only standout, but it wasn't enough to save the annoying sketch that just wouldn't end.
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