‘Saturday Night Live’ Recap: Christina Applegate Is a ‘Californian'; Usain Bolt Strikes Twice (VIDEOS)

By: Peggy Truong / October 14, 2012

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Christina Applegate celebrated her first hosting gig on Saturday Night Live in nearly two decades through her singing chops, “Californian” attitude and surprise guest Usain Bolt.

Applegate, 40, opened the show with a musical number celebrating the current holiday-free season.

“This is my favorite time of year because there are no holidays yet. No decorations. No cards. No weird family tension. And not every single thing tastes like pumpkin! Just one last glorious weekend when no one’s celebrating anything,” she said, before breaking out into song with some SNL players.

Meanwhile, Bolt received a very warm welcome during the episode’s cold opening, a re-creation of this week’s vice presidential debate, when Paul Ryan (played by Taran Killam) mentioned he won the 100 meter dash at the London games this summer.

What were some other highlights from Saturday’s episode?

The hilarious “Californians” soap opera sketch returned with a bang, as Applegate played Brie, Stuart’s (Fred Armisen) bride-to-be with several secrets up her sleeves.

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“I have a shopping addiction, you wouldn’t understand . . . it was so hard, growing up in the Long Beach area,” Applegate said with the familiar “Californians” accent.

Bolt returned for a second cameo near the end of the sketch, playing a Californian looking for his biological father. (He sprinted to the house, of course).

Applegate and the SNL gang also shot a parody trailer of Liam Neeson’s current release, Taken 2, combined with practically all the recent films of that genre.

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“If you like the kidnapping revenge part of ‘Taken,’ and the arbitrary group dynamic of ‘The Expendables,’ then get ready for all your favorite revenge movie action stars combining forces in ‘Give Us All Our Daughters Back,’” the voiceover says in the trailer.

In the clip, Applegate plays Uma Thurman’s Beatrix Kiddo from Kill Bill.

“You’ll recognize me. I’m dressed like at taxi,” Applegate says on the phone.

Meanwhile newcomer Kate McKinnon is quickly rising to the top of the SNL food chain. After her effortless portrayal of Ann Romney a few weeks back, McKinnon gave her best Arianna Huffington and Martha Raddatz impressions on Saturday’s episode.

Next up on SNL: Bruno Mars doing double duty as host and musical guest on Oct. 20.

What did you think of Christina Applegate on ‘SNL?’ Watch some of the clips above and share your thoughts below!

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