Dr. Anthony Fauci
, played by Kate McKinnon
, returned to help untangle the new COVID-19
mask rules on “Saturday Night Live
’s” cold open.
“It’s your boy Fauci, the Purrell patron saint,” McKinnon joked. “As you probably heard, we got some very good news this week, and I’m not just talking about J.Lo and Ben Afleck. The CDC
announced that people
who are vaccinated no longer need to wear masks
... But a lot of people had questions.”
The training consisted of a series of quickie sketches that depicted various mask or unmask scenarios, such as... "A Man Walks Into a Bar." Aidy Bryant explains to bar customer Beck Bennett that he can be unmasked — but only if he's vaccinated.
“I'm going to the bar at 11 a.m.,” he says, adding, "Did you really think I was vaxxed? Because that's on you."
“You are correct,” Bryant says, “I am deserving of COVID.”
In another scene, Alex Moffat and Cecily Strong
decide they don't need masks in a crowd outside the Capitol
. "Now c'mon, let's get 'em," Strong says, pulling out a gun
, while Moffat dons a red Make America Great Again hat.
Then there's a very awkward personal scene in which vaccinated couple Andrew Dismukes and Chloe Fineman remove their masks to have dinner outside together. "Oh no," Fineman says, "I don't like the bottom of your face!"
Bowen Yang, Ego Nwodim, and Pete Davidson
became more rambunctious,
The sketch ends with everyone vaccinated and dancing together, ready to collaborate again, perhaps this time to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
, as Bennett suggests.
Take a look at the video clip above.