This week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” served as a farewell to longtime cast member Fred Armisen.
Armisen, who last week was joined by fellow SNLers Seth Meyers and Alex Moffat, will soon move on to a new role as a bandleader and pianist on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
In his final moments in the spotlight, he was joined by past cast members Jason Sudeikis and Bobby Moynihan, whom Armisen affectionately referred to as “Bro-Sisyphus,” “Gramma” and “Peanut Butter.”
With fresh runs of “Garry Shandling’s Show” and “A Night at the Roxbury” set to air, Sudeikis surprised fans with a series of skits in which he reprised the characters he made famous in recent years.
In another installment of the awkward “Dumb and Dumber” skit, called “Dumb and Dumber: Broken,” Armisen and Moynihan reprise their roles from the classic 1994 film. In this one, a young girl named Mae and her grandmother have a problem: When they go out to buy lottery tickets, she requests an extra-large. His mother, furious that the young woman can’t afford it, attempts to convince her that the pain of aging will be so horrible she will die before she reaches her target weight. The young woman, with a huge face, protests that she’s always been able to afford a nice lunch.
As Bill Hader makes out in bed, Sudeikis’s Bob, a “dog sommelier,” learns he’s in the midst of a crisis. His university gives him a failing grade for pretending to have a canine career. This results in his immediate job rejection.
Sudeikis’ equally cartoonish “Friends” crew returns for an episode of their own, in which Rachel (Sudeikis), a master of any cuisine, travels to Chicago for some R&R. She asks for a dish of macaroni and cheese, and once she gets to the front of the restaurant, an overweight woman — Jon Lovitz as his cook — tears into her, demanding she take it out. Rachel tries to explain that she’s been cooking macaroni and cheese only for 30 years.
“I need a partner, somebody who’s as tall as I am and that knows how to read literature,” she says to her hunky boyfriend, who only agrees because he is really, really short.
In the “Bridezilla” skit, Moynihan returns as “Brian Schwartz,” the 34-year-old groom with a total focus on the size of his penis. When Moynihan’s Schwartz takes his bride to a catered basketball game, the girls create their own punch lines.
In “I’m the Cat, I’m The Cat, I’m the Cat,” Moynihan tries to teach his daughter, Lenny, to juggle balls in a cramped apartment. After learning that Lenny can do the trick, however, Moynihan flips out and chases the cat around the apartment before challenging the cat to a fistfight.
Also on this week’s episode: Scarlett Johansson leads a digital dance party as “Michelle Obama” for Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm,” and Sudeikis portrays the late Rat Pack member Frank Sinatra in an exuberant teaser for “Duets: An American Classic,” the Grammys’ newest live event.