'Saturday Night Live' Recap: 5 Most Memorable Megan Thee Stallion Sketches

Donald Trump returned to the cold open, 'Grey's Anatomy' gets parodied, and Season 48 gets its first pre-taped music video.
by Danielle Turchiano — 

Megan Thee Stallion in Studio 8H


It didn't take long in Saturday Night Live's 48th season to have a host pulling double duty as the musical guest: Megan Thee Stallion was the first person to get that honor, in the third episode of the season.

She used her monologue time to introduce (or reintroduce) herself by all of her names, including what her haters call her: "Ugh, that bitch," noting that her haters aren't entirely wrong because she is "that bitch."

She listed accomplishments from being "one of the hottest emcees in the game right now," to doing a killer British accent (with a little pitch to be cast on Bridgerton), and becoming a college graduate while putting out "song after song" and being on tour. She got her degree in health administration, which is not a joke, but the special website she created with resources for those struggling with their mental health kind of is, as it just redirects to her music. Music can certainly be one tool to aid in self-care, but it's not medical advice.

When she returned to the Studio 8H stage to rap, she doubled down on proving her commitment to normalizing discussions about mental health by performing "Anxiety" from Traumazine. Her second and final song of the night was a mashup of "NDA" and "Plan B" from the same album, though she also performed an original number written by SNL writers (see below).

See below for the five most memorable sketches from Megan Thee Stallion's SNL episode.

C-SPAN Cold Open

The episode kicked off with a cold open sketch that looked back on the ninth and final hearing about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, featuring Kenan Thompson as Bennie Thompson, Heidi Gardner as Liz Cheney, Michael Longfellow as Adam Schiff, Mikey Day as Jamie Raskin, and Andrew Dismukes as Adam Kinzinger in the hearings, and Chloe Fineman as Nancy Pelosi and Sarah Sherman as Chuck Schumer in a few very important flashbacks to the day of the attack. It also gave James Austin Johnson a chance to finally resurrect his Donald Trump impression. The sketch skewered messages sent on the day of the attack that were not only from people trying to get involved in it, but also from Trump, who was still wondering if he really lost the election — and whether Mike Pence was "dead yet" — while it also called Pelosi and Schumer the ones who were really running the country that day. And it poked fun at the fact that these representatives keep promising Trump will have to testify and that this time he will face hard questions (like Day-as-Raskin's "Who do you think you are, mister?") and will be held accountable — even though he "got away with a lot of stuff in the '70s, the '80s, the '90s, the early 2000s, the 2010s, and the early 2020s."

"We tried. It was a fun country while it lasted," Thompson-as-Thompson said.

We Got Brought 

The first pre-taped music video of the new season featured Megan Thee Stallion, Nwodim, and Bowen Yang as the people who were invited to a group hang, only to be ditched as their mutuals, who knew each other from childhood, went off to drink, use the photo booth, and generally reminisce. Naturally, the three strangers struggled to come up with conversation with each other, covering, "Where are you from?" multiple times, pulling out odd and uncomfortable facts ("Did you know there were only 25 deaths at Disneyland since 1955?" "Only!?"), and asking about their trauma. Megan Thee Stallion ended up ditching through an emergency exit pretty quickly, while Yang stuck it out a bit longer, flailing, only to eventually yell, "I don't want to be here anymore!"

Girl Talk

Nwodim played a talk show host named Monique known for simple advice in this sketch that brought Megan Thee Stallion on as her first guest, a woman named Stacy who caught her boyfriend cheating but was still contemplating moving in with him. The two then had a conversation using only variations on "Girl" — because sometimes communication really comes down to tone. And Stacy proved integral to helping the other guests, played by Johnson and Dismukes. Admittedly, Dismukes was an odd choice to appear on such a show, and he didn't really understand what Monique was trying to tell him — hence where Stacy came in, putting things in his language instead: "Bro."

S.T.E.M. School

The final sketch of the episode saw Nwodim playing a new teacher who thought she was going to inspire and uplift some underprivileged Black students who have been told they are "dumb" and "born the wrong color in this country," only for them to reveal to her that they are an honors physics class because this is a S.T.E.M. school and they had to take a college-level test to get in. She stammered through her missteps but finally had to admit that "sometimes the teachers are the ones who are dumb. And sometimes they take a job not realizing it's at a S.T.A.M. school." (Yes, she was dumb enough not to get the acronym right, though it had been pointed out to her multiple times what it was. Sometimes SNL does sketches that are pretty specific to the New York City experience, and this may be one of them. (This writer can only speak for herself, but at the math and science magnet high school she attended, she had more than one teacher who did not have a degree in the subject they taught). But it feels like a commentary on the state of the education system, in addition to institutional racism, in general.

Saturday Night Live airs live coast to coast at 11:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. PT Saturdays on NBC.