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<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: The Best & Worst of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

If you asked for another chapter in Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake's giggly, fawning bromance that included an onslaught of celebrity cameos and celebrity impressions, well then Merry Christmas to you.

Because that's exactly what the final episode of Saturday Night Live of 2013 consisted of. Maybe I'm just being a grinch or maybe 2012's Fallon-hosted Christmas episode was too good to be topped, but the whole thing just felt like it wasn't really trying hard enough. That's not to say the host/musical guest (of Timberlake's two performances, I liked the acoustic "Pair of Wings" the best) and the cast didn't give it their all -- especially when dealing with a royally obnoxious screeching fan, who I can only hope has since been banished for life from 30 Rock -- because they did. It's just that with the exception of a few stand-out originals (including an inspired new take on "Baby, It's Cold Outside") the episode almost entirely celebrity impressions (an easy thing to fall back on) and it didn't feel as funny or fresh as previous outings.

Plus, with the exception of the just three sketches, they relied too heavily on old fan favorites, like "Bring It Down to…" and "The Barry Gibb Talk Show" (this time with actual Barry Gibb!). Here now are the best and worst of the Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake episode of SNL:

Best: Opening Monologue
There is no better performer than Sir Paul McCartney. No one. This was the best celebrity cameo of the night (sorry, but not really, Madonna and Michael Bloomberg) with the exception of Chris Rock randomly showing up during the end credits. Watch:

Worst: A Christmas Carol
You see it's funny because Scrooge was flamboyantly gay and that's not what were used to with this character and also because, you know, gay. Merry Christmas, no one. Watch, if you must:

Best: "(Do It On My) Twin Bed"
Another week, another filmed segment taking the cake as the best part of the night. A hilarious, naughty, spot-on song about the perils of trying to get it on during the holidays that predominantly featured the awesome female cast members doing their thing (or, at least, trying to). Plus, adorable childhood pictures and JTT posters! This one ruled. Watch:

Worst: Waking Up With Kimye
Despite having two of the world's easiest targets front and center, this sketch has never taken off with viewers, so I don't know why SNL insists on continuing to trot it out. Sorry, Nasim Pedrad and Jay Pharaoh, but Seth Rogen and James Franco already beat you to the punch with making fun of "Bound 2." Watch:

Split Decision: Family Feud/Now That's What I Call Christmas
I'm torn here, because while Timberlake's impression of his BFF Fallon on "Family Feud" was pretty spot-on and it caused the two to erupt into laughter (which, of course, the audience ate up), Noel Wells's take on Alyson Hannigan was maybe one of the worst things ever on this show. Awful Hannigan blunder aside, the whole thing ran nearly 8 minutes. By contrast the shorter "Now That's What I Call Music" had much sharper impressions (including Fallon's Alan Rickman and Kate McKinnon's Shakira) but, again, it just felt like rather than come up with something new, the writers just relied on the celebrity impression wheelhouse. Watch and decide for yourself:

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