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Eddie Murphy's exhilarating return to SNL makes for one of the strongest episodes of the season.
A triumphant Eddie Murphy returned to "Saturday Night Live" Saturday after half a lifetime, with little rust to show for such a long absence. Not that a little would have mattered anyway.
This was the triumphant return to SNL for which both Murphy and his fans hoped.
[A]s this episode reminded everyone: It's very funny when Eddie Murphy yells in a deep voice.
This wasn't 90 minutes of why the show used to be good, but why it still matters.
Murphy's return somehow managed to live up to the massive hype preceding it. He reminded us that, when he's working at full power, no one can match him. A true Christmas miracle.
This was Eddie Murphy hosting a season 45 episode of Saturday Night Live. But that's still an event, and, in practice, mostly a delight.
Yet still Murphy managed to find a real spin on his characters and demonstrate the live-wire charm that made him a star in the first place. It was a crucial element for a night that felt like a perfect reunion.
Eddie Murphy's return was worth the 35-year-wait, as he delivers what will surely become a classic SNL episode.
The result was not only the best episode of the season, but one of the best episodes in recent memory.
From start to finish, [Murphy] was smooth, game, and 100% cool-his old characters as welcome as his fresh sketches.
After three decades away from the show that he saved in the 1980s, the comic played the hits and gave 'SNL' some much-needed edge.
Overall, a strong episode boosted by the excitement over Murphy's return.