1:13am PT by Ryan Gajewski
'SNL': Scarlett Johansson Mocks 'Avengers,' Baltimore Riots Reactions (Video)
Scarlett Johansson neared the five-timers club, hosting Saturday Night Live for the fourth time this weekend. The episode featured her as a sports reporter, a flight attendant and, of course, her Avengers character. Read on to see how she fared.
The cold open focused on the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, as the show acknowledged that the highly anticipated bout would make for fierce ratings competition.
Johansson's monologue involved her singing "Love to Love You Baby," but not in the way that the show's castmembers were expecting.
The host appeared in a "Right Side of the Bed" morning-show sketch, in which she used a heavy New Jersey accent. The highlight of the sketch was Kate McKinnon's impeccable impression of musician Hozier.
SNL took on the coverage of the Baltimore riots by featuring sports analysts covering the Baltimore Orioles-Chicago White Sox game that was played this week without any fans in attendance. One commentator described the Orioles losing to the Toronto Blue Jays by saying, "Baltimore took an absolute beating from the boys in blue," with the anchor soon realizing that his comment was offensive. Meanwhile, Johansson's reporter encouraged fans to watch a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert by saying, "So after the game, Flea."
A sketch took Marvel to task for its lack of franchises centered on women by featuring Black Widow in a rom-com where she falls for Ultron.
The actress played a high school's queen bee in the "Girlfriends Talk Show" segment. "Last year, I asked her to sign my yearbook, and she wrote, 'no, thanks,' in it," Aidy Bryant's character lamented.
Weekend Update welcomed Ruth Bader Ginsburg (McKinnon), who asked to be called Seabiscuit, in honor of the Kentucky Derby. "All the fellas wanna see my biscuit," the Supreme Court justice reasoned. Later, Shaquille O'Neal (Jay Pharoah) dissed Charles Barkley (Kenan Thompson) by saying he looked like if "somebody put a jacket on a Cadbury egg."
Later sketches involved Johansson as an automated flight attendant and an unimpressed museum guest.
Three best sketches of the night
1. Black Widow: Age of Me
2. Baltimore riots
3. Weekend Update