Last night, Saturday Night Live aired the third and final SNL At Home. While there is definitely no replacing the feeling of a real, live studio audience, these shows had a certain uniqueness to them.
There was a rawness that hasn’t been felt in many years. It reminded us of the feeling that is often associated with the early days of the show that was “this has never been done before”. And since the idea of doing a 90 minute sketch show remotely from their homes is a new idea, those memories can’t help but come flooding back.
Some of the best things to come out of these shows is how it has allowed certain cast members to thrive. Chloe Fineman is the first to come to mind. Despite having just joined the cast in September, it seems she has already found her place on the show. These home shows really allowed her to shine, whether with her master classes or her AirBnB commercial. Aidy Bryant is another example of someone who has really been thinking outside of the box and bringing a new perspective that we haven’t seen from her before with things like Eleanore’s House, despite having been with the show for 8 seasons. It just further showed us just what she’s capable of.
The cameos, naturally, were also present here. Some of the cameos included Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump (with a Make America Great Again hat disguising his lack of Trump wig), Kristen Wiig’s monologue, Martin Short’s bizarrely on-brand character he did with Heidi Gardner, and a special Mother’s Day performance from Boyz II Men.
But without a doubt, the standout for us was the show’s poignant ending. The ending featured cast members, sleeping in their beds, dreaming of a pre-COVID New York and all their various activities. The various dreams include Kyle with a Times Square Elmo, Aidy surrounded by dogs in the park, Cecily watching the Broadway musical version of Sonic The Hedgehog, and Kenan walking down the street with Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie.
Most telling, however, is the ending. For Kate McKinnon’s portion, playing the keyboards at 30 Rock, she seems teary eyed as she waves goodbye. They then cut back to Cecily who looks out to find her SNL cast waving back to her. This seems, to us, like a pretty strong indicator that Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon will be leaving the show, making these quarantined episodes their last. No telling on Kenan or Aidy, who have the other two longest tenured at the show currently.
We can’t picture a better way to end the show’s monumental 45th year, however. Sure, it’d be great to have the cast back in the studio, but the inventiveness that came out of these shows have been fun to watch. Here’s some more highlights from last night.