‘Saturday Night Live’ 43rd season came back for the second episode and it delivered. Saturday’s episode kicked off on an emotional note with a Jason Aldean performance of ‘I Won’t Back Down.’
The episode carried on with Gal Gadot showing fans her funniest side delivering funny sketches, including one of ‘Wonder Woman,’ of course.
The show began on an emotional note, with country singer Jason Aldean honoring the victims of Las Vegas shooting.
The singer took to stage to deliver a heartfelt performance along with some candid words.
“This week we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone I’m struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal,” Aldean said starting the show.
“So many people are hurting.”
Aldean, who opened the second episode of the NBC series, delivered the beautiful rendition less than a week after performing at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas where the shooting took place.
During Aldean’s performance, gunfire rained down from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across the streets, causing him to flee the stage. The shooting caused the death of at least 58 people and more than 500 injured.
“We hurt for you and we hurt with you. You can be sure we’re going walk through these tough times together every step of the way,” Aldean added.
“Because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit are unbreakable.”
Aldean then went into a rendition of ‘I Won’t Back Down’ by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The song choice was even more emotional considering that Petty died Monday at the age of 66.
Video of Jason Aldean’s opening remarks: pic.twitter.com/EFZjIeVGDU
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) October 8, 2017
Showing her funniest side and including ‘Wonder Woman’
Wonder Woman made quite the splash during her first appearance on SNL. While all the sketches were rather funny, there’s one that particularly had people talking, and it was of course, ‘Wonder Woman’.
In the skit, two ladies lost at sea, played by Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon, kickstarted the WW parody on an important journey.
After the pair docked their boat on the island, they decided they wouldn’t make it home. So Themyscira was their next best option.
Of course, there was a reason they gave themselves “permission to dock.” “I guess we’ll cut to the chase. Show of hands, who here’s a less?” McKinnon asked.
After playful and humorous lines, things unfolded. Diana, who only saw the women on the island as strong and powerful, decided to put her feelings to the test, and a “reluctant” McKinnon agreed to be her guinea pig.
So they kissed, and naturally, the internet imploded.
And that was not it, later on, in the show, Gadot’s sketches included a date with O.J. Simpson played Kenan Thompson. This was particularly funny since she was unaware of who she was dining with and why he would receive a plastic knife.
There’s was even a poke fun at the Kardashian Jenner clan in a fake ad for E!
The actress also starred in a sketch in which she teased a hallucinating Kenan Thompson lost in the desert. And went half-way Cinderella in a spoof in which she was gifted a less-than-luxurious gown by a group of well-meaning mice.
Getting sort of serious on mental health
Last month, comedian Pete Davidson revealed that he had recently received a formal Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis. The diagnosis came after a lengthy period of dramatic mood swings and depression spirals.
The comedian decided to continue his frank dialogue about his mental health on Saturday’s episode of SNL and delivered an honest and funny sketch on Weekend Update.
“As some of you may know, I was recently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder — a form of depression,” Davidson began.
“Depression affects more than 16 million people in this country and there’s no cure, per se. But for anyone dealing with it, there are treatments that can help.”
“First of all, if you think you’re depressed, see a doctor and talk to them about medication. And also be healthy: Eating right and exercise can make a huge difference.”
“Finally, if you’re in the cast of a late-night comedy show, it might help if they, you know, do more of your comedy sketches,” said Davidson who turned to a potential remedy for depression.
As Davidson carried on, he snuck in one particularly biting jab at the show which has employed him since 2014.
“The show is like eight hours long, and there’s like 50 sketches a week.”
“It seems weird you wouldn’t use one of them to fight mental illness, but I guess that’s not your style,” he said.
Fans took to social media to praise Davidson’s alternately genuine, pointed, and loosely funny commentary, as well as his openness in discussing his depression.
Pete Davidson talking about mental illness/depression on #SNL is so. Freaking. Genius.
— Emily Longeretta (@emilylongeretta) October 8, 2017
— Paul Gasari (@WheresMyArk_23) October 8, 2017
as someone with depression, watching Pete Davidson talking about his depression in a comical manner on #SNL Weekend Update is revolutionary
— LT (@penstone) October 8, 2017