SNL's Melissa McCarthy Episode: 5 Best Scenes

By Sage Stossel

Second-time host Melissa McCarthy showcased her trademark physical comedy skills and an array of eccentric, loose-cannon characters, in a strong episode with mostly solid material. Dennis Rodman and Peter Dinklage made cameos. Musical guest Phoenix performed "Entertainment" and "Trying To Be Cool/Drakkar Noir."

Some highlights...

ESPN's Outside the Lines finds a coach even more menacing than Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice: taser-wielding, toaster-throwing, golf-cart driving Division III women's basketball coach Sheila Kelly (Melissa McCarthy) of Middle Delaware State.

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Voice coaches Adam Levine (Bill Hader), Shakira (Kate McKinnon), Usher (Jay Pharoah), and Blake Shelton (Jason Sudeikis) vie to attract hole-dwelling, professional trailer hitch-detacher Melissa McCarthy to their teams.

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Drunk Uncle (Bobby Moynihan) is joined by brother-in-law "Peter Drunklage" (Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage) as he drops by Weekend Update to discuss tax season.

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Pizza lover Barb (Melissa McCarthy) tries for a loan to set up a pizza-eating business.

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Charles Barkley (Kenan Thompson) drops by Weekend Update to discuss the NCAA tournament. ("I didn't even know Wichita was a state"...)

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Also: Bathroom Businessman—a public service announcement for decency; Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon offer '90s dating tips; Bar Mitzvah Boy Jacob (Vanessa Bayer) drops by Weekend Update to explain the story of Passover and poke fun at his parents, brother, and cat, David Ben-Purrion; and (not currently online) Ham Bake-off contestant Jean Carrera (Melissa McCarthy) turns to song, dance, and the music of Salt-N-Peppa to earn presentation points.

NEXT, on April 13: Vince Vaughn with musical guest Miguel.

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