We knew this weekend’s Saturday Night Live would be good–Justin Timberlake being to the variety show what fruit and sprinkles are to plain frozen yogurt … just something that you know will make the whole supposed treat actually delicious–but did we know it was going to be history-making? Probably not. From Lorne Michaels lifting the Chevy Chase ban to the Jay-Z duet, the return of Stefon, Andy Samberg AND the classic Festrunk brothers, Mr. Timberlake proved once again he’s the consummate entertainer: a song-and-dance man who also can also land a punchline.
Which is more than we can say for the majority of guest hosts this year. Below, the five best moments from this weekend’s show, along with our favorites.
1. “Five Timers Club”
Can we be real for a second? The moment the concept of the opening monologue was made clear, we knew that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin would be popping up, since they are constantly competing for the record of “Most SNL appearances ever.” Paul Simon, also not surprising. (He always pops in for the opener.) Martin Short and Dan Aykroyd were both unexpected, but not really anything to tweet about. Candice Bergen was totally out of left field, but it was Chevy Chase–who hasn’t shown up on SNL since he was banned for verbal abuse in 2007, and hasn’t been in the good graces of the program that launched his career ever since he punched Bill Murray in the face during his first alumni appearance 30-plus years ago–who really made this work. Why can’t he hang up the phone??
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“Wait are you guys friends or not?”
–Pretty much sums up Chevy Chase’s relationship with everyone.
2. “Suit and Tie”
From his forthcoming album, including a special appearance from his best friend/tour partner Jay-Z. Now THAT is how you do a live performance, people.
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Also the fact that Timberlake covertly dissed Jay’s protégé Kanye West with his zinger, “My hits so sick got rappers acting so dramatic”? BOLD MOVE.
3. “It’s a Date”
The Dick in a Box duo AND “two wild and crazy guys” on one game show? The biggest surprise here was how well Bobby Moynihan was able to hold his own as the straight man/losing bachelor.
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“Girls can’t get pregnant in the summertime/It’s a known fact, and that’s that/Ladies can’t get pregnant in the summertime/So throw away that jimmy hat girl/SCIENCE!”
4. “Weekend Update”
WE HAVE MISSED YOU, STEFON!
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“New York’s hottest club is Your Mother and I Are Separating … This place has everything: a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, a sensible dinner, those shoes that nurses wear … and you can dance the night away to the sounds of Donald Duck waking up from a Vietnam nightmare.”
5. “Moët & Chandon”
Loved seeing the return of Brookie and her friend, the two wannabe late-night infomercial hosts of classy products, whose biggest claim to fame is that they “aren’t porn stars anymore.” The original sketch “Swarovski Crystals,” was probably the funniest part of that whole Jamie Foxx episode.
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“One time I did a weird shoot in Mexico. Two of the girls disappeared, but I’m alive. Thanks champagne!”
“One time I got banged into a sinkhole, but a mole person banged me back up. I’ll drink to that!”