'Saturday Night Live' recap: Justin Bieber apologizes for smoking weed, sends valentine to Hillary Clinton
Did "Saturday Night Live" turn us into Beliebers? Not quite, but Justin Bieber did a very respectable job as host and musical guest. And he was more than willing to make fun of himself, including his recent marijuana controversy.
In the "Miley Cyrus Show" sketch, Bieber played a member of her fan club and mentioned the photos that emerged in January showing his drug use. "I also heard he got busted smoking weed, and people make mistakes and he's really sorry about it and he's never going to do it again," he said.
While the writers gave him very similar characters to play, Bieber still acquitted himself nicely -- no blatant cue card reading, like Adam Levine. After dreading this week's "SNL," we found ourselves laughing out loud quite a few times.
His hosting started off on a good note, with a monologue mixing Valentine's Day and Black History Month. As he handed out roses to female fans, he also gave them some facts about famous African Americans. Except he doesn't quite get them right.
Bieber showed off just how game he could be in "Justin Bieber at Madison Square Garden" (video not available online). The sketch mercilessly skewered his image, from the winking and "Swaggy!" to the high-pitched voice.
Bieber might not be at Justin Timberlake's level yet, but after a little time, he could get there.
BEST: "The Miley Cyrus Show"
Aside from Bieber addressing his pot smoking, we were glad to see Vanessa Bayer bring back her hilarious impersonation.
HONORABLE MENTION: Principal Frye
"Don't go pokin' until 'I do' is spoken," Bieber warns, as one half of an abstinent couple at a high school dance. This was his personal best sketch of the night, and a nice surprise at the end of the show.
WORST: "The Californians"
Nooooo! For the love of comedy, please retire this sketch! We mostly felt sorry for Bieber having to be in this at all.