‘SNL': Dakota Johnson Mocks ‘Fifty Shades,’ Pays Tribute to Leonard Nimoy

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Dakota Johnson hosting 'SNL'

Dakota Johnson wrapped up her stellar month by hosting Saturday Night Live, which her mom Melanie Griffith hosted in the '80s. Dakota played a introverted blogger, an ISIS recruit and even Emma Stone — but will viewers get passionate about the episode? Read on to find out.

The episode got off to a strong start with Rudy Giuliani (Taran Killam) becoming Birdman's Michael Keaton, complete with a winged alter ego. The impressions here were solid, including Johnson popping in as Stone, and Giuliani got to be the hero again by helping out during a fire drill that he may or may not have caused.

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Johnson kicked off her monologue by cracking wise about the NYC weather — "New York is so beautiful this time of year; just kidding" — and then took plenty of potshots at the film that catapulted her to fame: Fifty Shades of Grey. "I have a feeling at next year's Oscars, it's going to be... not anywhere," she predicted glumly. Also livening things up was a cameo by Johnson's actual parents, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. "We were just afraid you were going to be naked," Don admitted.

Next, Johnson played a surprisingly upbeat ISIS trainee in a fake commercial, followed by a Cinderella sendup that saw a reprisal of Cecily Strong's gruff maid, last seen in a recent "Magic Troll" sketch. 

A funny pre-taped bit — although one that may have stretched the limits of its somewhat thin premise — involved people saying what was really on their minds, or just plain getting their cookie on, set to the tune of Sara Bareillis' "Brave." 

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Kyle Mooney did a great job as a budding journalist who knows a bit too much about Fifty Shades — and nipple pleasure. The next sketch — featuring Aidy Bryant with two broken arms — posited that people say "literally" too much, which is not exactly a novel topic for comedy fodder.

Weekend Update was full of great bits, particularly Kate McKinnon's feisty Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Supreme Court Justice mentioned liking Bruno Mars despite his height: "I like my men like I like my decisions — 5-4. That's a third-degree Ginsburn!" Later, Kanye West (Jay Pharoah) sang a tune, in which he apologized for his llamas breaking loose and for voting for himself for best actor. Plus, don't pretend that the "stay out of Chicken Town" joke wasn't genius! C'mon, don't leave us hanging here.

A hospital sketch centered on a doctor who dressed as Star Trek character Worf. Johnson had a very tough time keeping a straight face in the skit, which ended with a tribute to Leonard Nimoy. Two other late-in-the-show sketches — one involving net neutrality, another about encouraging bystanders to help others — never quite peaked.

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All told, Johnson was willing to play an array of characters, but the show itself was not among the season's best. Still, there was plenty here to get hot-and-bothered about. And don't forget about that amazing Chicken Town joke. (Seriously, we loved that joke. Perhaps it was just ahead of its time.)

Three best sketches of the night: 

1. Weekend Update (mainly for Ginsburg)

2. Birdman cold open

3. "Brave"

We will post video as soon as it becomes available.

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Kanye West Apologizes For Everything, Raps “I’m Sorry” On SNL Weekend Update (VIDEO)

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Kanye West” appeared on “Weekend Update” on “SNL” on Saturday to apologize for everything, and did a rap called “I’m Sorry.” Watch below!

“Weekend Update” anchor Colin Jost began by explaining West made a public apology to Beck on Twitter last week, and was in the studio now to explain. When West (played once again by Jay Pharoah) came out, he started by apologizing for missing rehearsal. West then announced he wanted to give the “greatest apology of all time.”

He went on to rap a song full of apologies, beginning by saying, “I’m sorry. I’ve got so many things to apologize for, so buckle up.” West then apologized for the llamas that escaped in Phoenix last week, for six more weeks of winter and for thinking “Glory” from Selma is all about him.”

“To all that I missed, over the years I dissed,” West continued. “I’m still getting killed for what I said to Taylor Swift, for shifting the blame, for taking your acclaim, for giving my baby North a directional name, I’m Sorry.” There was a Beck-Beyoncé reference, and West even apologized for not voting for Michael Keaton to win at the Oscars instead of himself. (Of course, West isn’t actually eligible to vote.)

West concluded, “This incredible apology is setting the bar too high for anybody else, I’m sorry.” Check out the video and tell us what you think!