The best came first again this weekend on "Saturday Night Live." Kathleen Sebelius (Kate McKinnon), secretary of health and human services, provided tips about dealing with the glitch-ridden website for Obamacare.
"Millions of Americans are visiting HealthCare.gov, which is great news. Unfortunately, the site was only designed to handle six users at a time," she said.
Actor Edward Norton, the first-time host, was ingratiating and playful. In the monologue, he offered wonderful impressions of Woody Allen and Sir Ian McKellen. Norton also received hosting advice from Alec Baldwin and Miley Cyrus, who gave star performances as "SNL" hosts.
The more low-key Norton didn't have the material to give a star performance, and the weak sketches dwindled in interest as the show unfolded. Norton was a police officer whose lecture on stranger danger was misinterpreted by schoolchildren determined to get candy.
Norton gave advice on Halloween costumes as a guest of a very dim Steve Harvey (Kenan Thompson). Norton was a credible Owen Wilson in a very-inside commercial for a Wes Anderson Halloween movie. Norton was the cautious friend of a just-freed slave (Jay Pharoah) in "12 Days Not a Slave" (Cyrus twerked in that one).
In the terrible sketches, Norton offered a variation on Dustin Hoffman's "Rain Man" during a drug deal and played the goofy pal of an overwhelmed pest control worker interrupting a business meeting. Norton was a virginal waiter sounding off with his dim pals and a creepy father explaining his Halloween treats.
On the plus side, "Weekend Update" offered a line to remember. Seth Meyers announced that Kanye West had asked Kim Kardashian "for her brand in marriage." Meyers added that West "reportedly got down on one knee and said, 'Will you make yourself the luckiest woman on Earth?' "
Second-hand correspondent Anthony Crispino (Bobby Moynihan) mixed up Ted Cruz and Tom Cruise in discussing the risky business of Obamacare. Janelle Monae was the energetic musical guest. In a commercial, cheerful women promoted Autumn's Eve feminine products, which help women smell like Thanksgiving all year long.
There wasn't a lot to give thanks for in this "Saturday Night Live." This dim episode was short on treats.