The second episode of season 43 started off on a somber note when “Saturday Night Live” ditched the usual politically charged cold open to bring viewers Jason Aldean on the Studio 8H stage.
“This week we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history,” said the singer, who was onstage at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas when a heavily armed gunman opened fire on the crowd of 20,000 from the window of a nearby hotel.
“Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night, and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal,” he continued before he and his band launched into a cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”, which became an anthem celebrating human resilience in the face of tragedy while honouring the late leader of The Heartbreakers, who passed away earlier this week at 66.
In her opening monologue, host Gal Gadot informed viewers of her Israeli roots, and goofed on the clueless “SNL” writers (in Hebrew!) for coming up with nothing but sketches in which she eats hummus. Gadot also received a surprise visit from Wonder Woman — that is, the version of Wonder Woman who hangs out in Times Square and charges tourists money to take a photo with them, played by a buff Leslie Jones (whose frequent trips to the gym seem to have really paid off).
One of the evening’s funniest bits was this spoof of the Kardashians and their seemingly countless shows on the E! channel, inviting viewers to “turn your brain off” with its new fall lineup. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”, E! offers up such spinoffs such as “Where’s Kanye?”, another featuring Kendall Jenner geting lost in her own house, and “Kendall’s Model House”, in which Kendall and supermodel sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid “complain around a huge bowl of fruit.”
In this sketch, Gadot plays a Cinderella-like princess whose wicked stepmother stole her dress for the prince’s ball, and must rely on a trio of mice to sew her a new gown. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t go well — because they’re mice!
O.J. Simpson’s recent release from the slammer did not go unnoticed by “SNL”, which spoofed the Juice in a sketch that found O.J. (Kenan Thompson) on a first date with a woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the ’90s was dominated by news of the country’s war for independence, and thus has zero knowledge of a certain “trial of the century.”
In the following sketch, Thompson and Mikey Day play Nat Geo B-roll cameramen who become lost in the desert, where they begin to hallucinate — although one of their hallucinations features sexy Gal Gadot offering lemonade while the other features the obnoxious crew at a Jamba Juice.
In this commercial parody for a company that will fix a broken windshield while you watch your teenage daughter play in the state championship, things take an unexpectedly creepy turn.
A talk show host’s “tough love” approach to rein in an out-of-control teenager turns into bad news for the drill sergeant who runs a teen-taming boot camp.
The crew of a submarine needs what’s on a flash drive possessed by an eyepatch-wearing spy (Gadot), but lousy wifi somehow leads them to a porn webcam frequented by pickle fetishists.
Weekend Update had lots to say about Donald Trump’s busy week — and even more to say about gun control in the wake of the Vegas shooting — and also featured cast member Pete Davidson openly discussing his issues with depression, which he insisted can be cured if the “SNL” writers just write him into more sketches. This week also brought the return of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Kate McKinnon), who once again made us feel the Gins-burn!
The sapphic undertones of Wonder Woman’s mythical island home were explored when a pair of lesbian tourists (McKinnon and Aidy Bryant) visit Themyscira.
Davidson stars in this sketch as a video-game playing teenager who discovers a magical kingdom in the back of his closet, where he is informed he is the Chosen One who can lead the kingdom out of eternal winter. Except he kind of doesn’t care…
Tune in to “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday, Oct. 14 when “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani will make his debut as host, joined by musical guest Pink, airing at 8:30 p.m. PT/11:30 p.m. ET on Global. You can also watch full episodes online.