SNL: S19E09... HOST: SALLY FIELD... DATE: DECEMBER 11, 1993

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A Christmas Show In Time For Christmas

This episode makes the nineteenth Christmas episode that I’ve seen this year but is the only viewing that actually lined up with the season since by the time I post this review Christmas will only be a couple of days away. Though I’m still somewhat surprised that SNL has yet to reach the point where their Christmas episode is more of an event rather than just being a regular episode with a Christmas theme. That said, this was a pretty fun episode while being slightly better than average compared to the rest of the year.

First off, Sally Field was her usual fun and charming self but even more importantly this episode followed the lead set by last week’s episode hosted by Charlton Heston in that it had seventeen shorter segments versus the thirteen segment episodes where the sketches can drag on for way too long and get over convoluted in the process.

You can really tell that this episode would have suffered if it went with the fewer but longer sketch format by the I Want My Baby Back that felt like it fit into a thirteen segment show as it grew to be more and more convoluted in a way that was super funny at first but eventually felt like it was going on for too long. Luckily, thanks to the genre being parodied in this sketch the long-winded convolution actually worked while watching it but it was a pain to summarize.

Other than that, the rest of the sketches were quick and pithy to where this episode was never a chore to watch. With all of that said, it’s now time for me to move on and share what I saw as I give you…

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with Adam Sandler singing his Christmas Song about the year that Santa didn’t give him presents because he was a bad boy… and a Jew, which ended with his announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Sally Field then officially opened the show with a monolog that started with a quick plug for the movie Mrs. Doubtfire before confirming that it was the Christmas episode and sharing her concerns that the show would make fun of some of her old projects from the past like The Flying Nun, Gidget, and Smokey And The Bandit which led to a disappointed cast who were already dressed and ready to parody each of these pieces as she said no. Of course, it ended with Norm MacDonald as Burt Reynolds who just wouldn’t leave until she suggested that they make fun of her movie Cybil since she took no issue in making fun of the insane. It was this line that “Burt Reynolds” took as a personal jab, which left Sally Field all alone to throw to the opening fake ad.
  3. This was followed by a repeat of the NCI Long Distance ad from earlier this season with David Spade as the long distance pitchman who over-promises on the phone company’s ability to meet every single one of its customers' needs.
  4. I Want My Baby Back! was a parody of a TV movie of the week where Sally Field freaked out after giving birth when her baby was taken to the nursery only nothing else really happened. We then cut to her apartment where she got fired after turning down sexual advances from her boss. The moment that she shut the door behind her bosses back, child protective services came and took the baby away since she didn’t have a job. We then went to a mellow dramatic courtroom scene where Field managed to win her baby back, only the nurse from earlier then rushed in to inform everyone that she actually mixed up her baby at the nursey so once again the baby was taken away. They then found the right baby and fixed the mistake only to have the baby taken away once again from the baby’s father who was living in Pakistan. We then cut to another courtroom scene only this time in Pakistan where the judge couldn’t care less about this woman’s plea so had her locked away. We then learned through a text/narrator update of the convoluted tale of continued convoluted mix-ups throughout the rest of this baby’s life.
  5. This was followed by a fake ad for White Diamonds Perfume By Elizabeth Taylor where there is so much blur added to her parts in the ad to hide her age that she could barely be seen at all.
  6. Tony! Toni! Tone! then took to the stage to perform If I Had No Loot. 
  7. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Tim Meadows dropped in as David Dinkins to vow revenge on New Yorkers for not reelecting him as city’s mayor.
  8. Headgames was a game show sketch with Phil Hartman as the host who psychologically screwed with the family members who he had on as contestants.
  9. This was followed by Matt Foley: Motivational Santa where Chris Farley’s motivational character returned only this time as a mall Santa to warn the children about how they can end up, “LIVING IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER,” if they are not good boys and girls.
  10. Crab Lice Singles’ Club Mixer was as the title implies a sketch that took place as a singles’ club for people who all have crabs which allows everyone to freely discuss their affliction.
  11. We then got a repeat of the Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey sketch from last season where Jack suggested what to do if you were ever to drop your keys into lava.
  12. Norm MacDonald then played Dr. Jack Kevorkian to remind us of his suicide machine during this depressing time of year before he pitched his new product, the suicide attempt machine that worked the same way as the real deal machine only the doses were lowered to the point where you could use it for your cry for help without actually having to die.
  13. This was followed by another Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack shares advice on how to deal with an incoming grenade during a war.
  14. Tony! Toni! Tone! then returned to the show to perform Tell Me Mama.
  15. Pious Housewife was a sketch where Sally Field played a religious mother who had to pray over every single decision throughout her day which led Jesus to come down from heaven to tell her to tone it down.
  16. We then got yet another Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack shared his reasoning for thinking that Santa and Superman were actually the same person.
  17. Finally, Sally Field closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

Merry Christmas everyone, my gift to you are these three of my favorite moments from the first. First, I loved Pious Housewife sketch because I always found it funny that people how people will pray over the tiniest of problems as if it would distract a god from working on the major issues going on in the world that are in much more dire needs of his/her attention if there’s a god at all. Next, I really liked Matt Foley: Motivational Santa because unlike his last visit, this sketch felt like a continuation instead of reused material. Finally, I was a fan of Headgames because it was not only a game show sketch that dealt with mental head trips, it also dealt with a dysfunctional family which are all three topics that tend to get me to enjoy a sketch.

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Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.