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Saturday Night Live Episode: "Josh Brolin; Adele"

Season 34, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Josh Brolin hosts. Music guest: Adele. Appearing: Sarah Palin, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg.
Original Air Date: Oct 18, 2008
Guest Cast Sarah Palin Alec Baldwin Mark Wahlberg Josh Brolin Adele
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Season 34, Episode 5
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Saturday Night Live: Josh Brolin Hosts, Adele Performs Season 34, Episode 5

Aw, yeah. Are you ready for the most anticipated episode of SNL since ...since ...well, I have no idea when, but this mother is gonna rock our worlds (Using the power of positive thinking there). Tina Fey played Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin played Sarah Palin but Josh Brolin, who is here promoting his new movie W., did not play the president in any of his sketches (save a few moments in the monologue. In other news, Amy Poehler may give birth on stage. The last part is just a guess considering the woman never stops working and I feel like she's been pregnant for a year.

The Cold Opening:
Tina Fey bursts out onto a press conference stage as Sarah Palin and proclaims how excited she is to be answering questions from the liberal elite media as well as the liberal regular media (ha)! And, if I'm not mistake she said, "I'm looking forward to abortion of your questions." OMG that is so classic. She answers questions about John McCain's performance ("He sounded like a garbage truck, but I think he did great), and that she thinks that states like New York, New Jersey, Calif., etc are (insert raspberry noise and a thumbs down) anti-American, but that Florida and Ohio could be pro-Amercian come election day if they choose (wink, wink). Now, she'd like to entertain us with some fancy pageant walking (I'm dying this is so awesome).

Wait, we cut to the real slim shady herself, Sarah Palin backstage with Lorne Michaels, watching Tina's performance. She's in the same read suit and it is downright creepy how much they look alike. Sarah asks Lorne why they couldn't have done the sketch that she wrote about 30 Rock, and Lorne responds with, "Not enough people know the show." Ha! Tina 1, Sarah 1.

Mark Wahlberg is here! Call security! In case you all didn't know, Mark got a wee pit pissy about a sketch that Andy Samberg did two weeks ago that poked fun at Walberg. It really was no big deal, but he mouthed off about it on Jimmy Kimmel. Now he's backstage and looking for Andy. Phew. That means he's not the total no-humor douche bag we thought he was.

Now Alec Baldwin is here, and he calls Sarah "Tina." Heh. He goes on and on about how Lorne can't let "Tina" go on stage with that horrible woman, that "Caribou Barbie" because she stands for everything they don't believe in. Alec digs himself in a little deeper and then Lorne introduces him to Governor Palin. Alec (after reading some cue cards, sigh) says, "Let me just say this: You're way hotter in person."

Alec goes out onto stage and tells Tina that the real Palin is in the house. She leaves hastily and the real Palin gets to utter the famous, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"

Monologue
Josh Brolin is lookin' good, my friends. He talks about the movies he's been in throughout his career, but winds back to George W. Bush, and how he had a lot more in common with our 43rd POTUS than he thought: Both lived in Texas, both love to watch sports and found women who changed their lives ...and neither should ever be president. HA! Well played. He also shows off some of his mannerisms, until Oliver Stone asks him to say the name of the film and that it opens this weekend.

MacGruber
Oh no, MacGruber is back. He's going to defuse a nitrogen bomb, but first, he wants to check his stocks. When he sees how low they are, he lets the bomb explode. So many of us feel that way right now. Thank you MacGruber, for bringing it home for us.

Japanese Restaurant (Oh my God!) Sketch
Josh plays a guy who is going to surprise his girlfriend and propose to her, and Kristen Wiig plays Sue, the "Oh my God" lady. She loves surprises and writhes around like she's about to either have a panic attack or an orgasm. Josh tries to figure out what to say to her, and Kristen about leaps out of her body, so they get rid of her ...until she comes back with a lobster covering her mouth… then she starts her verbal diarrhea and almost ruins the surprise ...until she bursts through the paper walls.

MacGruber
Now MacGruber is desperate for money now that the stock market has plummeted, so he robs his friends. But since he took their watches, they don't have time to make it out before the bomb explodes. Bomb ...kinda like this sketch.

Suze Orman Sketch
Kristen is so brilliant as Suze Orman. She has all the perfect mannerisms and voice cadences of the financial guru. Josh plays a guy who is asking for financial advice after hitting rock bottom. Her only advice is to cash out his pension, or raid his savings, but he calls her crazy cakes for not listening to his problems after showing her that he sold his nipples to a medical school. Hee. The funniest part of this entire sketch is at the end when she tells everyone to curl up with a book of painted cats call "Master Pussies". Second favorite part: "I especially had a good time with Dick, and that's the first time I've ever said that."

Mark Wahlberg, Part 2
Mark Wahlberg confronts Andy in the kitchen about the sketch. He says that he's nothing like how the sketch portrayed him. Then Mark goes on to "say hello to your mother for me" to Amy, Josh and a donkey. Ha!

I'm No Angel Sketch
Josh tries to pick up Amy in a bar, until he sees her enormous pregnant belly. Then everyone in the bar is repulsed by her and her belly (that knocks over many a beer). Then randomly, we find out this whole bit is a commercial for "I'm No Angel" perfume. Poor Amy ...let her have some time off!

MacGruber
He's so desperate for money he tells his two friends that he'll shoot a ping pong ball out of his butt for money. OK, I laughed a little, but I'm over MacGruber as a whole.

Adele Performs
She has a lovely old-school jazzy sound ...like Amy Winehouse off crank.

Weekend Update
Best Moments:
-Amy: A survey came out that said that black people invest less money than white people. A fact that black people are probably feeling pretty good about right now.

-Seth: Sex offenders in Maryland are now required to post a sign on their doors that say 'No candy at this residence' on Halloween or face a possible parole violation. They're also being required to take down the signs that say 'Knock if you can keep a special secret.'

-Keenan's Jean K. Jean is so completely random, yet funny for some reason.

-Sarah Palin is back! But she just passes the mic to Amy who raps about being VP, backed up by two rapping Eskimos and Jason Sudeikis in a race suit as Todd Palin. A guy in a moose costume comes out and Amy points her finger at him and gun shots ring out. The moose falls, and I'm cracking up. That was so awesome!

Fart Face Sketch
Bill calls Will "Fart Face" the whole sketch, then turna it around on Josh's charcter. And that's about all there is to say about this sketch. Poor Josh Brolin gets stuck in a potty humor joke.

Narc School Sketch
This sketch is about an entire school filled with Narcs instead of students. They're all way too old to be kids, and even the teacher calls them out on it. The theme song for the sketch is better than the actual sketch. Boo. This is what I like to call the "after Weekend Update slump."

Readi-Trade Commercial
Not to brag, but they filmed this right outside of our offices on Thursday. Awesomeness. It's all about a website that lets you sell everything you own instantly (because the economy is crap). It's just an OK bit.

New York Underground Sketch
Bill plays the host of a NY Underground show about musicians in the lower East Side. He features an artist played by Fred Armisen, who is as annoyingly whiney and ultra-serious. I'm not sure how this is funny.

Office Meeting – Fall Foliage Sketch
Josh plays a guy leading a meeting who only wants to speak about Fall foliage …yet no one else in the meeting gives a crap. Much like us watching this skit at the moment. Hang in there kids, it's almost over.

That's it for this week? What did you think of Sarah Palin's showing? Were you bummed there wasn't more W. humor?

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Aw, yeah. Are you ready for the most anticipated episode of SNL since …since …well, I have no idea when, but this mother is gonna rock our worlds (Using the power of positive thinking there). Tina Fey played Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin played Sarah Palin but Josh Brolin, who is here promoting his new movie W., did not play the president in any of his sketches (save a few moments in the monologue. In other news, Amy Poehler may give birth on stage. The last part is just a guess considering the woman never stops working and I feel like she's been pregnant for a year...

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