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Saturday Night Live: Jake Gyllenhaal delivers the strongest episode of the season | Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live Recap

A rather disappointing season ends on a high note with the actor writing better than usual, resulting in a remarkable episode.

Sun May 19, 2024 9:11 am EDT

The final episode of the 49th season of Saturday Night Live begins with a message from former President Donald Trump (James Austin Johnson), from his new home: “The barricades outside a Manhattan courthouse. » Trump bemoans the possibility of a second term in the White House, admitting that it would be “much better not to win and say it was rigged and then get very rich raising money to stop the stealing and to never have to become president again.” »

He’s also waiting to announce his Veep, although he’s narrowed it down to a few names from his “short bus — I mean shortlist,” including South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (Devon Walker), who’s jumping literally for him; South Dakota Gov. Kristie Noem, whose history of dog killings Trump views as both negative and positive; and finally, the “late and great” Hannibal Lecter (Michael Longfellow).

He concludes by promising “the summer of Trump,” which includes another January 6 (“this time in July”). As always, Johnson turns in an entertaining performance as the scrappy ex-Prez. While it’s nothing special, it’s still far above the terrible cold opens of the last two episodes.

Jake Gyllenhaal returns as host. He’s a little upset that they can’t wait one more episode to bring him in so he can kick off the big 50th anniversary season, but he’s still honored to host the finale. This leads to a musical tribute to the season to the tune of Boz II Men’s End of the Road, with Gyllenhaal showing off some surprising pipes.

In the first sketch of the evening, Gyllenhaal plays a father meeting his daughter’s boyfriend (Andrew Dismukes). The young man wants to ask her blessing to propose, but all the father cares about is stealing a cookie before dinner, in defiance of his wife’s orders. His facade of gentleness disappears as he begins to act like a deranged mob boss when he thinks his daughter’s boyfriend is planning to turn him in. Gyllenhaal makes the most of his role.

Next up is a live action version of Scooby Doo (Gyllenhaal plays Freddie, Sarah Sherman is Velma, Mikey Day is Shaggy, musical guest Sabrina Carpenter is Daphne, and Scooby is a CGI creation). The story follows its steady pace, with a terrorizing ghost who turns out to be a greedy old man, before Fred accidentally tears off the villain’s face, leading to a series of mayhem and gruesome murders. A good time of bloody fun, but it doesn’t get as crazy as it should.

A new review set in a 1920s nightclub sees Gyllenhaal playing the self-effacing leader of a troupe of glamorous dancing girls, along with his “pretty boys”, all plain schlubs dressed in drab beige button-ups and khakis. Deliciously silly, with Gyllenhaal having fun (the running gag of misdirected penis jokes gets a lot of laughs) and once again displaying his musical talents.

A couple on a hike have their serious conversation about their uncertain future interrupted by Gyllenhaal’s extremely loud and obnoxious mountain biker. Gyllenhaal’s desire to play the buffoon is endearing, but this one goes a little too far into the odious.

Models in an ad for a Shein-like clothing brand grow increasingly uncomfortable with the narrator’s questionable statements (“Not made with forced labor,” “No prisoners involved,” “All workers are paid, even those who have a bad religion”) and the outfits. toxic materials, but not enough to stop buying the product. It’s been a minute since SNL delivered a pointed social commentary, but this fight against America’s addiction to exploitative fast fashion delivers on its promise.

Carpenter takes the stage to perform his hit Espresso, then it’s Weekend Update’s turn. Colin Jost invites the first guests, two cicadas (Kenan Thompson, Marcello Hernandez), to talk about their plans for the summer after 17 years spent underground. The winged nuisances reflect on the changes since those days and look forward to living, loving and laughing before “we hit the car windshield so hard our butts pierce our brains.”

Later, Jost and Michael Che celebrate the end of the season with their annual joke exchange. Last time, Che hired an actor to play a civil rights hero to inflict an extra dose of humiliation on his co-host. This time he calls Rabbi Jill, “a true practicing rabbi.” The jokes that Jost Blind reads offensively reference Harvey Weinstein and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and include the use of a Hasidic puppet. Despite all this, Jost managed to win this round by getting Che to insult Kendrick Lamar in the hopes of starting a new conflict with the rapper. As always, Che and Jost are at their best and funniest when they try to offend each other.

Next, Gyllenhaal plays a frustrated traveler who tries to change his flight plans through Southwest’s extremely unhelpful customer support phone line. The reps he speaks to run the gamut from infuriatingly bubbly to perverted to drunken. They put Gyllenhaal through the ringer until he was finally connected to the deity that runs the company/universe (also no help). Obviously, one of the authors recently had a bad experience with Southwest, which, as anyone who has ever flown that airline knows, is normal.

Gyllenhaal plays the New York City police chief, delivering an important message following the random assault of Steve Buscemi on the streets of New York earlier this week (which followed similar attacks on Rick Moranis and Michael Stulberg ): “Stop punching actors in the face. .” To prevent further attacks, he reveals that they assigned security to Stephen Root and asked Paul Giamatti to shelter in place (this leads to a bizarre argument over whether Giamatti counts as an actor at this stage of his career). ). References to other great “Oh Hims” like William Fichtner, Judy Greer, Walton Goggins and Stephen Tobolowsky follow, before Jon Hamm interrupts the proceedings to ask if he’s at risk. A later tribute to the recently deceased Dabney Coleman continues this well-deserved salute to the cast.

The season then ends with a sketch set in a country western dive bar. Gyllenhaal plays a drunken dirtbag who makes the grave mistake of making advances toward the local tough guy’s daughter, only for it to be revealed that said tough guy is a lanky idiot who speaks with a ridiculously effeminate Southern accent. What would otherwise make for an unforgettable sketch is saved by Johnson’s superb accent work.

After a few particularly disastrous episodes, SNL managed to bounce back for its finale. Gyllenhaal was the strongest host in what turned out to be the strongest episode of the season. Hopefully this bodes well for the upcoming historic 50 season.

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News Source : amp.theguardian.com

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