Those of you used to tuning out Saturday Night Live in its waning minutes, generally a dumping ground for weak sketches, missed a treat this week. The episode had definitely had its highs and lows with guest host Luke Wilson and with U2 doing a couple songs from their new album (including that catchy one that’s on the iPod ads as well as the ads for the album.) Then it came time for the usual closer, all the actors on the stage, the guest host saying his goodnights with the lead singer of the band next to him… at which point Bono gets up and heads back to the train platform music set, where the rest of the band is waiting, and the break into a high-energy rendition of “I Will Follow”, with Bono violating the usual stage, dragging cameras around, wading into the audience. Any thought that the famously-hungry-for-airtime cast felt deprived by this (unprecedented?) third song was quickly dispelled by a pan to them, which showed some of them being utterly blown away by the performance. Bono’s shouting “Live!” into the camera repeatedly underscored that this may have been an purposeful extra effort to wash away any lingering bad taste from the Ashley Simpson situation. Whatever the reason, viewers got quite a treat… and the folks in the audience even more so; as the credit roll was ending, we heard the band shout “one more!”, so the studio ushers may have made a wee bit of overtime that night.
Sometimes, TV is good.