Nov. 7, 2011 at 10:12 AM ET
"Saturday Night Live" turned its satirical eye on Greece's woes this weekend -- from the gods of Mt. Olympus to the "Brangelina of Europe."
In a skit that featured the whole cast, Zeus (Jason Sudeikis) summons the gods to Mt. Olympus to solve the economic crisis. And no one is more surprised than Zeus that Greece has fallen into such a deep hole because “as we know, the Greeks are widely known as a hard-working, industrious people. A people willing to labor week in and week out, three days a week, one hour a day until the age of 45.”
But the Mighty One hits a roadblock right away when he learns there are at least two gods of war –- Ares and Athena -- but no god of finance. Poseidon (Andy Samberg), the god of the ocean, offers a suggestion that involves a dolphin and a human woman –- hear him out! –- but fails to mention what either could do to ease the debt crisis.
The recommendation from Hades (Bill Hader)? Kill everyone. Dionysus (guest host Charlie Day) has the spending part down cold, but saving … not so much.
Which forces Zeus to summon Klaus (Fred Armisen), the German god of prudence and austerity. But as been the case in real-life, his suggestion isn’t welcome.
Finally, Seth Myers takes Europe to task during Weekend Update for going into business with Greece in the first place.
"Who thought lending the Greeks money was a good idea?" Myers said. "You don’t even have to go to Europe to see that Greeks are bad with money. Just go to a diner here in New York –- two people eating, 14 people working and you can get a turkey sandwich the size of a dictionary for $3, it’s not a solid business plan.”
Myers then turns to the "Brangelina of Europe" -– German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who “couldn’t look more like a German woman and a French man if they were cartoons in a Tintin book.”
The Weekend Update host laments the pair's attempts to get the euro zone on board with a bailout plan, especially in light of Europe’s less-than neighborly past.
"Seventeen countries and it has to be unanimous –- unanimous! I can’t get three friends to agree on a restaurant, can you imagine how hard it would be if none of us spoke the same language and our grandparents killed each other in World War II?"
But he’s still pulling for Merkel and Sarkozy, and hopes their “germance” can keep it all together, for the sake of the kids.
Watch and enjoy.