The former Hollywood couple were on hand to see their daughter, “Fifty Shades” star Dakota Johnson, host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this week. In her opening monologue, Dakota revealed that she was born almost exactly nine months after her mother hosted the show in December 1988.
The camera then cut to Melanie and Don in the crowd, half-covering their faces with their hands. Dakota asked if they were embarrassed that she told the story, to which Don replied, “We were just afraid you were going to be naked.”
Dakota and Melanie caused quite the stir at last Sunday’s Oscar red carpet when Melanie told ABC’s Lara Spencer that she would not be seeing her daughter’s film, which has grossed over $400 million at the box office.
Johnson also said starring in the steamy hit has had some unexpected effects on her life, like her dog walker giving her a little wink whenever he takes the leash off of her wall.
Unfortunately, Johnson’s comedic chops were not strong enough to elevate the episode. Most of the sketches fell flat, such as a mock-Bloomberg panel in which she played a tech blogger trying and failing to explain net neutrality.
The highlight of the show was definitely “Weekend Update,” during which Michael Che nearly cracked up co-host Colin Jost with a few well-timed ad-libs. Kate McKinnon also made a hilarious appearance on the comedy newscast as US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
After Jost rebuked her for a sharp critique of Justice Antonin Scalia, McKinnon responded, “I’m like a horsefly, you know? I bite hard and I look like a horsefly.” McKinnon then reenacted Ginsberg’s now notorious nodding off during the State of the Union address. When Jost woke her up, she said she “was having a disgusting dream about Bruno Mars.”
“I like my men like I like my decisions: 5-4,” McKinnon said. Jay Pharoah then appeared as Kanye West, apologizing for a number of his past transgressions in the wake of Kanye’s Twitter apology to Beck. Pharoah had West apologizing for things like seeing his own shadow. “That’s six more weeks of winter,” Pharoah said.
He also had West apologize “to the movie ‘Selma’ for thinking that song ‘Glory’ was all about me.”