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It feels odd and almost wrong to write about anything other than Whitney Houston right now.
The legendary singer’s sudden death hung heavy on my mind while I watched last night’s Saturday Night Live. Would they pay tribute to her? (They did, quickly and subtly, by flashing a picture of her memorable appearance in a classic Mary Katherine Gallagher sketch.) Would it feel strange to laugh considering the sad news we’d all learned just a few hours earlier before the broadcast? (The episode, despite being an overall very enjoyable one, still felt strangely disconnected from the rest of the world as it was mourning the loss of a great performer.) But, as they say, the show must go on. And so SNL did.
The episode kicked off, as it so often does, with an unnecessary political cold open. Once more Jason Sudeikis did his take on vanilla GOP candidate Mitt Romney for an otherwise unmemorable start to the episode. But hey, at least there was a cute dog! And speaking of cutesy, the queen of quirk herself, host Zooey Deschanel made her grand entrance to the stage of Studio 8H wearing a heart-printed dress with a ukelele in hand to sing a song about forgetful boyfriends on Valentine’s Day. Of course she did. Watch Deschanel’s opening monologue here: READ FULL STORY »