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SNL Recap: January Jones' Hosting Falls Short of Expectations

Yikes. When the best you've got is bathroom humor, you've lost it. "Saturday Night Live" lost it big time on Nov. 14. I had high hopes for January Jones, known for her role as Betty...

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Yikes. When the best you've got is bathroom humor, you've lost it. "Saturday Night Live" lost it big time on Nov. 14.

I had high hopes for January Jones, known for her role as Betty Draper in "Mad Men," but her stint as a live show host/comic actress fell short. Despite her talent on screen, Jones struggled with the material and seemed nervous throughout the evening.

The skits started off dull and ran for too long. Nothing stood out. Everything fell flat. Even the usually reliable "Weekend Update" failed to provide a much-needed break from the lackluster episode. The only redeeming factor was the performance by the Black Eyed Peas, who sounded great.

Let's take a closer look at some of the highlights (or rather, lowlights) from the night:

Cold Opening: Biden's Oval Office Adventure

Joe Biden, played by Jason Sudeikis, took center stage in the Oval Office while Obama was away. The skit attempted to address major issues like Afghanistan, the economy, and healthcare, but it dragged on for too long without delivering many laughs.

Opening Monologue: "Mad Men" Spoof

January Jones kicked off the show with a "Mad Men" spoof, joined by cast members in the audience. While it was great to see the familiar characters, the skit lacked depth and failed to capitalize on the show's potential.

"Rear Window" Fart Skit

In this skit, January Jones portrayed Grace Kelly, who struggles with flatulence during the taping of "Rear Window." While it may have appealed to the humor of young boys, it failed to resonate with a wider audience. Jones' giggles only added to the awkwardness.

Dairy Queen Crime Skit

This skit seemed to drag on forever. Kristen Wiig played a news reporter, with Jones as an employee at Dairy Queen. Unfortunately, Jones had little to do in this skit, with Wiig dominating the scene with her rambling lines.

Ladies Guide to Party Planning

A 1950s housewife instructional film on planning the perfect cocktail party seemed promising, but it fell short of expectations. Jones looked comfortable in this pre-recorded segment, but it was a missed opportunity to explore more comedic avenues.

SNL Digital Short

Even the usually hilarious Andy Samberg couldn't save this digital short. Opening with a bathroom door gag, the skit's attempts at humor felt forced and ultimately fell flat.

Cloud Gazing Skit

January Jones and Jason Sudeikis starred in this skit about a woman with no knowledge of films, music, or TV from the past 20 years. Despite the Ashton Kutcher reference, the skit failed to land and Jones' constant giggling made it even more awkward.

Overall, it's safe to say that this episode of "Saturday Night Live" was a disappointment. January Jones' hosting lacked the spark and comedic timing needed to carry the show. While there were a few standout moments, they were overshadowed by the overall mediocrity of the sketches.

Let's hope that upcoming episodes can return to the show's former glory.

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