Saturday Night Live: Dakota Johnson/Alabama Shakes
March 1, 2015 9:43 AM - Season 40, Episode 14 - Subscribe

Dakota Johnson from "Fifty Shades of Grey" hosts for the first time.

Real Story with Gretchen Carlson
Monologue (with Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith)
Middle School Journalist
Literally Can't Even Office
Weekend Update
-Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Worf M.D. (a title card honoring Leonard Nimoy followed this sketch)
Net Effect
Mr. Riot Films

Alabama Shakes performed "Don't Wanna Fight" and "Gimme All Your Love"

SNL returns live next week with host Chris Hemsworth and musical guest Zac Brown Band.
posted by inturnaround (9 comments total)
Sorry, I forgot the Kanye West part of Update...

I liked Dakota Johnson here. There were parts of the show where she made the sketch even a bit funnier than it should have been, like her amusement during the Worf MD sketch, or her timing at the end of Cinderella.

The Nimoy tribute was unexpected, but nice.
posted by inturnaround at 10:11 AM on March 1, 2015

Kate McKinnon's Ruth Bader Ginsberg was great, as was Kyle Mooney's child movie reviewer. Overall the jokes seemed a bit edgier, which was a nice change.
posted by Small Dollar at 10:55 AM on March 1, 2015

Oh, and the ISIS pre-record was unexpected and hilarious. It's gotten some heat, but I thought it was nicely done.
posted by inturnaround at 11:30 AM on March 1, 2015

I should hate Riblet so much more than I actually hate Riblet. The way that Che bounced off him was reminiscent of Seth's best moments bouncing off guests (not counting Stefon, because nothing is as good as Stefon).

Kate's RBG was, of fucking course, beautiful and brilliant and I hope it returns.

Dakota Johnson was surprisingly not-terrible, but she didn't stretch much.

The Mr. Riot production was one of the weaker Good Neighbor joints, especially in comparison to the "Brave" taped bit, which absolutely should not have been as good as it was. This is a golden age of women on SNL.
posted by Etrigan at 5:44 PM on March 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

Really, more sketches should end with Vint Cerf slapping everyone involved.
posted by ckape at 6:51 PM on March 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

Say What You Want to Say was great. Like it was so good I literally can't even. Between this and Back Home Ballers I'm giving the women in this cast an A+ for selling the musical shorts.
posted by phunniemee at 7:23 PM on March 1, 2015

Really, more sketches should end with Vint Cerf slapping everyone involved.

I was so stoked about that part. Was totally like I KNOW WHO THAT IS> Some of the shows seem to have more nods to "Internet people" than others do. I enjoyed Che being all giddy and talking over Jost's stupider jokes and the Riblet character is funnier than he should be. I didn't get the Worf MD thing at all but maybe that's because I don't really have a big Star Trek background. Dakota Johnson (who I didn't know at all before) was a good ensemble player and seemed to take some good-natured ribbing about FSOG. Alabama Shakes were great as usual. I thought this was one of the more consistent shows of the season. Mostly good, nothing truly awful, held together pretty well. The Brave thing was great, I always like it when they do a whole-cast bit and go running around in the street.
posted by jessamyn at 7:05 AM on March 2, 2015

I didn't get the Worf MD thing at all but maybe that's because I don't really have a big Star Trek background.

It wasn't really that dependent on knowing Star Trek. It was more "Cosplaying dude in normal situation" with a few Trek nods to allow for the Nimoy tribute.
posted by Etrigan at 7:29 AM on March 2, 2015

Cut for time: New Playroom (NSFW)
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 2:41 AM on March 3, 2015 [1 favorite]

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