After years of being in the spotlight for her personal issues and not her work, Lindsay Lohan bit the bullet and spearheaded her own comeback Saturday night by not only hosting "SNL," but poking fun at herself in the opening monologue. Whether it was her court-mandated ankle monitor, her sobriety, or her relationship with Sam Ronson, everything seemed to be fair game for the actress. And with surprise celebrity guests like Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm, it certainly made for a memorable opening.
Under the humor, though, there was an obvious sense of support both from the cast and the crowd. At no moment was it more evident than Kristin Wiig saying, "Everybody here believes in you. Everyone. We wouldn't have you back otherwise," only to be met by applause that went well beyond a response to a prompt light.
Whether the appearance will give Lohan's career the kickstart it needs is still to be seen, but if there's one thing America loves, it's an underdog.
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