Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Bayer
Catching Fire may be igniting the box office, but unfortunately Josh Hutcherson failed to light even a spark on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Perhaps the writers checked out early for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, but whatever the reason, this weekend's episode can be filed under "dud." The show went for the bizarre this week, and some sketches worked (Vanessa Bayer dressed as a turkey), while others flopped (Beck Bennett as an office manager who has the body and mannerisms of a baby). Check out some of the better ones below:
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Josh Hutcherson Monologue: The show started off promising, with Kate McKinnon doing her best Effie Trinket impression as she and Hutcherson drew names of cast members to participate in a Hunger Games-esque battle to the death.
Animal Hospital: Hutcherson, Cecily Strong and McKinnon play three veterinary nurses who need to work on their bedside manner. I had to wonder though — why the Southern accents? Was it just funnier that way?
Bugs: This funny pre-taped bit features Mike O'Brien as reporter Winston Sam Bass, who's conducting an investigation into why bugs are always in a rush. He doesn't have much luck getting interviews, but his younger brother (Hutcherson) fares a little better.
Thanksgiving Guest: Well, this is awkward. A family tries to hide their surprise when their son and brother (Hutcherson) brings home his new girlfriend for Thanksgiving, and she's ... a turkey.
What did you think of Saturday Night Live this week? What were your favorite sketches?