Posted on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Last night Tom Hanks hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time in 10 years, and the energy he brought to the show certainly elevated the writing and cast from their misstep of an episode last weekend with Emily Blunt. Honestly, I thought there was only one truly bad sketch the entire night, and it wasn’t even downright awful. This actually might be the best episode of the first four to kick off the season.
Find out the best and worst sketches from last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live below.
Black Jeopardy – I love when a sketch, especially a recurring one, goes in a direction that we didn’t expect. While everyone saw Tom Hanks with his “Make America Great Again” and bald eagle shirt and assumed he was going to clash with the contestants and host of Black Jeopardy (or he could have been a racist Forrest Gump). But the fact that he got along with everyone was a great twist. Then they turned it on its head again with a great Final Jeopardy category.
Haunted Elevator – I don’t know if SNL is getting more bold with where they place the weird sketches of the night, but this was one that could have easily fit in the 10-to-1 slot. However, I could watch Tom Hanks as David Pumpkins for all 73 of the floors that he’s on, but could watch Kate McKinnon and Beck Bennett question his existence for even longer.
A Girl’s Halloween – At first I thought this was going to be another music video with the “(Do It On My) Twin Bed” crew, but that would have been too soon. Instead, this was a great short contrasting the adorable preparation that goes into three girls’ Halloween costumes before they have a night of hell. I feel like there’s a feature film idea in there somewhere too. But the cuts back and forth instead of just a stream of all bad decisions only made it funnier, especially with Bobby Moynihan’s pizzeria owner getting his own flashback. Also, I think this is the first time I’ve seen someone throw up on a whole pizza.