'SNL' gets 'Happy' with Pharrell Williams, Anna Kendrick and … Capt. Jean-Luc Picard?
"Saturday Night Live" had something for everyone this week. For music fans, hit maker (and new "Voice" coach) Pharrell Williams was on hand. For those looking for big laughs from a big-screen star, "Pitch Perfect's" Anna Kendrick took care of that. And if there was anyone out there hoping for a retro sci-fi fix — well, there was even something for them.
That last offering was an unexpected one that came during the latest installment of "Les Jeunes de Paris," a recurring dance sketch that pokes fun at the American take on French pop culture. Kendrick played the part of a waitress attempting to avoid the flirtatious attention of a patron — by way of dance, of course — when suddenly a sequence of somewhat-French figures made their way through the scene. There was a musketeer, a Marie Antoinette stand-in, a group of schoolgirls from "Madeline" and a familiar face from "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, or a reasonable facsimile, crashed the scene and delivered the only English line in the whole skit: "Make it so!"
Kendrick's fans got a bonus in the bit. For a brief moment, the actress-and-sometimes-singer gave a nod to her music video, "Cups," with a not-so-successful attempt to flip a mug.
As for Williams, he — along a new version of the Vivienne Westwood hat he wore to the Grammys and later auctioned off for charity — took the stage and gave the audience a reason to get out of their seats with his performance of his current hit, "Happy."
"SNL" airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. on NBC.