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During his opening monologue, the host and musical guest noted that February is home to both Valentine’s Day and Black History Month, so he would celebrate both. With help from Kenan Thompson, the singer approached young women in the audience, presented them with a rose, and smooth talked them with some black history facts. He started off well — but soon got his history mixed up.
“Girl you’re driving me crazy, but did you also know Denzel Washington invented peanut butter?” he asked one young woman. Finally, surprise guest Whoopi Goldberg appeared and Bieber serenaded her with “One Less Lonely Girl.”
Later, Bieber plays the ultimate Miley Cyrus (Vanessa Bayer) fan, appearing on her talk show and proclaiming his disdain for Justin Bieber. Bieber’s character obliquely addresses photos that emerged in January of the singer smoking marijuana: “I also heard he got busted smoking weed, and people make mistakes, and he’s really sorry about it, and he’s never going to do it again.”
SNL kicked off the episode by revisiting Sunday’s Super Bowl blackout, which left the CBS Sports team with little to do but rehash old facts for 30 minutes. A more detailed description of what went down can be read here, but suffice it to say, there’s awkward talk of Dan Marino’s (Jason Sudeikis) recently revealed extramarital affair and Shannon Sharpe’s (Jay Pharoah) desire to eat a punter.
Speaking of the Super Bowl, Thompson appeared on Weekend Update as “the one black guy in every commercial.” You know him — the “cool but non threatening” guy who is forever banging out a rhythm Pringles cans, DJing parties and high-fiving people — all in the name of adding diversity to an ad campaign. Thompson’s character tells Seth Meyers his life is awesome because he is constantly hanging out with “Hispanic girls with bangs” and white guys who wear fedoras when they dance.
Bieber affected a greaser accent for a sketch derived from Grease’s “Tell Me More” (renamed “Say More Stuff” in SNL parlance). Bieber’s character isn’t too smart, as it’s revealed he was disappointed on his date when he discovered “sweater puppies” weren’t literally puppies hidden in a woman’s sweater.
The pop star nearly cracked up a la vintage Jimmy Fallon while playing a respectable pre-medical student who goes home to meet his girlfriend’s (Nasim Pedrad) family. Her oafish older brother (Taran Killam ) screams in his face, just about causing Bieber to break.
Later, Bieber got to a play nerd who, along with his girlfriend (Pedrad), plan an abstinence-themed school dance.
SNL is new next week with host Christoph Waltz and musical guest Alabama Shakes.
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