Last night's SNL was supposed to showcase host Megan Fox and musical guests, u2, but it was new cast member, Jenny Slate, who actually ended up saving the show by accidentally dropping the f-bomb during her first major sketch.

Up until Slate's now-notorious f-bomb, which she dropped during a "Biker Chick" sketch wherein her character prefaces everything with the word "friggin'," the show was consistently boring, with Megan Fox being used primarily as a prop in a series of skits that, in true SNL fashion, just didn't seem to go anywhere. If the writers were trying to play on Fox's sex kitten image, they didn't serve her very well; they fed into the stereotypes without really poking fun at them at all, and Fox spent most of the episode just standing there, looking a bit lost. Whenever they did give her the opportunity to show her comedic skills, she actually did pretty well. It's a shame they didn't give her more to work with.

In any case, Slate's slip-up is pretty much the only memorable moment from last night's show, and though some are already making comparisons to Charles Rocket, who was fired in 1981 for a similar incident, I doubt Slate will lose her job over the slip. NBC is refusing to comment on the matter, but I'd guess a seven-second delay and an FCC fine will be the punishment. The whole thing is fairly ridiculous: God forbid someone say "fuck" on television after midnight.

Though this may be the first memorable moment in Jenny Slate's SNL career, I highly doubt it will be the last. If anything, NBC and SNL should be thanking Slate; her mistake is the only reason people are talking about the season premiere. She's clearly a talented comedian and I hope this hullabaloo dies down soon, as I think she could really go far on SNL and bring a much needed spark to a show that has been flailing for some time now. Even before she slipped, her skit was one of the premiere's brighter moments, and hopefully next week we'll be talking about her friggin' characters and her friggin' talent instead of the friggin' f-word.

Language Of Saturday Night Live Cast Member Isn't Ready For Prime Time [NYTimes]