However, in all the scathing reviews the episode got — see Gawker, see the A.V. Club, see James Wolcott — there was a bright spot: “A Lady’s Guide to Throwing a Party — With Marjorie Pettibone.” Though it had Jones donning 60s drag and essentially doing a less self-aware version of Mad Men’s Betty Draper, the bit really worked for me, even upon viewing it again in the light of day.
Give it a shot yourself, and concede that Jones’s SNL appearance wasn’t a total wash-out.
Two highlights, for me:
- “Address cats by their full name, but dogs as ‘Mr.,’ and then their dog name. Because cats are girls and dogs are boys.”
- “After a few drinks, it is time to wake the children. Put them in hats and parade them around the living room in a single loop, and the children will be put back to bed until the next party.”
Finally, a minus that I’m not sure anyone else mentioned: Jenny Slate playing Hoda Kotb in the Today sketch kind of irked me, since Michaela Watkins did such a good job with the character last season. Not that I have anything against Slate and not that a bygone castmember should maintain dibs on an impersonation of a real-life person, but it still seemed odd to see Slate appearing in the role in a premise completely unaltered from the days Watkins played it.