Tom Hanks came back to the Studio 8H stage for the ninth time to host Saturday Night Live. The season has kicked off its first three episodes of the 42nd season poking jabs at the Presidential debates and the famous “tape controversy” for the cold openings. For the fourth episode, the cold open began with the third and final debate with host Hanks posing as moderator Chris Wallace.
Putting on a cozy, fatherly sweater and speaking straight at the camera, Tom Hanks’ monologue turned into a loving dad talk that we didn’t know we really needed. At a time when “election stress” has become a thing, “America’s Dad” wanted to let America-the-child know that everything was going to be okay.
“You are gonna be fine,” he spoke with care. “Remember when you went through that Depression? This is nothing! You’re just growing up, and you’re in an awkward phase.”
Then, Hanks went all birds-and-the-bees talk on us. “You may have noticed that your complexion is changing—you’re getting a little darker, and you’re freaking out about it. Well, that’s natural for a nation of immigrants like yourself. Also, you’re a lot gayer than you used to be. That’s fleek, whatever that means.”
To cap off his perfect dad speech, Hanks reminded us of our national accomplishments that proved how great America already is:
“You went to the moon. You invented the Internet. You created a cannon that shoots T-shirts,” he said. “No matter what happens, I’m proud of you.”
*sniff* Thanks, Dad.
This episode had some great sketches, including the return of “Black Jeopardy.” Tom Hanks, an obvious Trump supporter found common ground with contestants played by Sasheer Zamata and Leslie Jones. As previous “Black Jeopardy” sketches have played out before, the third contestant is always white and struggles to answer correctly. “Doug” played by Hanks was able to respond correctly during the game and impressing host Darnell Hayes as everyone was able to bond over their own perspectives of society, that is until the final Jeopardy category is unveiled as “Live that matter.”
“Well, it was good while it lasted,” chuckles Darnell Hayes.
The biggest pre-Halloween treat was when we were introduced to David Pumpkins, or rather, David S. Pumpkins to be exact. With the obsession still there for “Space Pants,” I feel this season produced another sketch that forces replay after replay on YouTube. A couple played by Kate McKinnon and Beck Bennett enter a Halloween attraction ride inside an elevator that boasts “100 floors of frights.” They are greeted by “Mark,” the elevator operator played by Kenan Thompson. Something about the plainness of Mark’s name give us a heads-up for what is to come. Of course, after a couple frights, Mark opens the elevator doors once again and we are greeted by two skeletons and a man in a pumpkin suit with a suspiciously spooky grin.
“I’m David Pumpkins! Any questions?” The skeletons dance and after the doors close, the couple is baffled beyond belief.
David Pumpkins returns once more, this time the skeletons mention his middle initial. “He has a middle initial now?” shouts an aggravated and confused Bennett. “I am so in the weeds with David Pumpkins!”
The silliness and obnoxiousness of the sketch is similar to last year’s Kevin Roberts character played by Larry David. The ending though, leaves the couple scared, drawing back to the Mark’s line “The scariest thing to the mind is the unknown!”
Weekend Update took aim at more Trump jokes. Critics have mentioned that Colin Jost and Michael Che have been lacking chemistry since the two teamed up during season 40. If anything has brought these two together bouncing jokes back and forth, it has been this election year. (See them at the RNC and DNC on MSNBC earlier this summer)
Jost compares trump to Seinfeld’s Kramer: “He’s high-energy, his plans were insane, and it’s only a matter of time before he yells out the n-word onstage.”
Che jokes about the possibility, among the circle of friends like Roger Ailes, Mike Tyson and Gary Busey, that he may actually be the one who has respect for women. “Compared to them, Trump is Tina Fey, I guess,” Che says.
Leslie Jones made her Update appearance, and one could not be complete without a flirtatious nod to “Honey Bunches ‘o Jost.” Jones finally addressed her wave of social media abuse and the hacking of her website in the only way she can, by firing back with her signature style of loud and brash comedy.
“I don’t know if you know this about me, but I ain’t shy,” said Jones, continuing, “I am very comfortable with who I am. I keep my porn in a folder labeled ‘porn.’”
One of the final sketches of the night, “Girl’s Halloween” was a big “uh-huh” to every girl who has wanted to have a low-key, super cute and flirty Halloween. That is, until the drinks start flowing at the bar or party. Missing costume pieces, eyeliner-stained crying in the street and that late-night craving for pizza make up the formula to a Halloween shit-show and SNL summed it up perfectly. Kudos for Cecily Strong for vomiting on television and to Aidy Bryant who just bursts right through the glass window of a pizza joint.
Three takeaways from this episode:
1-Tom Hanks can bring the humor to “Sully” and pulls off a decent Ron Howard impersonation.
2-Lady Gaga‘s music evolution brings cool rock ‘n’ roll to pop.
3-Leslie Jones is such a great badass. Absolutely love her.