'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 —
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.