The Saturday Night Live writers cemented their love for Homeland with a (by all accounts) fantastic send up this week. Homeland was central to the lead sketch last week when Mayor Bloomberg pleaded in his trademark broken spanish to go easy on white people during the Sandy recovery because they don't have cable or Internet and can't watch their favorite show. This is easily the runaway sketch of last night's Anne Hathaway hosted episode. Small confession: we don't watch Homeland, so we can't testify to how OMG! LOL! this is from the perspective of a dedicated fan. But Hathaway doing Claire Danes' crying face is the GIF that might actually collapse Tumblr from the inside. Hader is winning a lot of praise for his Saul impression, and Taran Killam can barely stay composed while speaking through the smallest possible mouth for his Brody impression. It's clear they love the show and are trying to do it some comedic justice, but if your only exposure to the source material is critics' praise and a Tumblr then it might be harder to appreciate.
Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to Mitt Romney now. Or, at least, to the SNL version of him. With the election finally over, it was time for Jason Sudeikis to deliver a (pretty great) swan song to his Romney impersonation. It's election night and a dejected Romney is swilling milk like a pirate on a balcony. Taran Killam appears as three different Romney sons: Tagg, Matt and Josh. He also steals the sketch with his, "Have you been drinking? You smell like a dairy," line. Bobby Moynihan shows up as Karl Rove and asks the wealthy politician for a small loan ($300 million) before getting tossed over the balcony in a fit of rage. Sudeikis closes the sketch getting a little frisky with Kate MacKinnon's Ann. He's known to get a little handsy after the first three gallons.
Oh, and the President showed up on Weekend Update to gloat. It's good that they remembered Pharoah (he didn't appear last week) and put him in a big spot to deliver some of his best lines of the election so far. They need to iron out some wrinkles in his impression, though. It's a little too good. He nails Obama's cadence so well but it's not funny. There's no real comedic timing to it. He needs to speed up his delivery. We don't need so many of the President's 'uuh's in the middle of our funny sketch.