Viewers tuned in, but critics are divided

If you've been waiting for Lindsay Lohan, 25, to make her comeback, wait no more. The troubled starlet returned to Saturday Night Live after six years to host the show for the fourth time, and her appearance, with musical guest, the now-solo artist Jack White, brought in the second highest ratings of the season.

Lohan expectedly wasted no time in poking fun at her own recent legal troubles. "Wait, so the alarm goes off if I leave the stage?" she asked when an alarm started sounding during her opening monologue, obliquely referring to the ankle bracelet she had to wear during her house arrest last spring.

The skit that's getting the most attention, however, is Lohan's "Disney Housewives," in which she played fairy tale princess Rapunzel, who duked it out Real Housewives-style with the likes of Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine, and Belle.

The masses may have turned out for Lohan's hosting gig, but the critics aren't totally in her corner. "If the purpose of her appearance was to prove that she had returned to Mean Girls form, it wasn't a total success," reported New York Magazine's Vulture. Lohan stumbled over her lines … and with her appearance coming on the heels of an especially strong hosting debut by Maya Rudolph, the drop-off in quality was obvious."

Cast member Taran Killam, whose major SNL impressions include Michael Cera, Chris Pine, and Eminem, had kinder words for the actress. "She was fantastic and a really good sport," he said the day after the live show, reports People. "She was the one who was like, 'Go to town!' She really wants to turn it around, and she was great. I was surprised. She was a real trooper."

Just in case something had gone wrong, however, Jimmy Fallon showed up to reveal a Plan B. "If you can't [host]," he told Lohan jokingly, "Jon Hamm's on backup." The camera cut to Hamm in the audience, who nodded his assent.

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