Brad Pitt kicked off the newest episode of SNL at Home as Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Welcome back to SNL in Review, fellow Coneheads! With stay-at-home orders still in place across the country, including for members of the cast, we remain in unchartered waters. And following the inaugural SNL at Home episode earlier this month, questions remain:
—How closely will Saturday Night Live adhere to its format given its no longer live? Despite the quarantine restrictions, it has a lot of room to experiment.
—The previous SNL at Home featured Tom Hanks and Chris Martin; who will host and perform as the musical guest and how involved will they be in the show?
—How much will we see the Quarantine Three (Cecily Strong, Bowen Yang, Melissa Villaseñor)? Last episode they were essentially absent. At this point, I am treating every episode as if it could be Cecily’s last…
It is wild to remember tonight’s episode will only be the third show in SNL’s 45-year-history to not broadcast from Studio 8H. That is just one reminder of how unprecedented this all is – and the challenge to mine humor. I am joined tonight by former cast member Jeff Richards. His first episode on SNL was the post-9/11 show so he knows a bit about the strangeness of this era. “It’s like getting to your first pro ballgame, but that’s the game where they switch from a baseball to a golf ball,” he says, adding “We were all freaked out… [September 11th] was supposed to be the day when we were going to all meet up and table read commercial parodies.”
Let’s get started!
Cold Open – Dr. Fauci
A message from Dr. Fauci! And it’s Brad Pitt. You will remember two things, perhaps: Pitt last cameoed in 1998, but has never hosted. And second, this is a nice meta moment, as Fauci earlier this month joked he hoped Pitt would play him on the show. Funny: during Pitt’s last appearance was also during a cold open (with David Spade.) Otherwise, all the Pitt we’ve gotten has been Taran Killam’s impression.
This cold open ends with Pitt taking off his wig, and thanking the real Fauci for his calm. “Live, kinda from all across America, it’s Saturday Night,” he coos.
What’s Up With That At Home
Charles Barkley, DJ Khaled, and (an image of) Bill Hader as Lindsey Buckingham join Kenan Thompson in the first “What’s Up With That” since the Martin Short episode in 2012. Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen are superimposed in. Cecily Strong appears (yay) as Quarantina, singing disco.
“I’m not gonna lie, this is weird!” says Barkley. Guess this means no host! The season premiere of season 10  also went sans host — but there’s not a ton of precedent to be hostless. Other epsiodes that were unhosted include an episode in season 5, a one-off 13th episode of season 6, and the season premiere of season 7.
In Depth With Brian Sutter
Ego Nwodim interviews a sick anchor Mikey Day, who has infected his spiteful daughter. This turns into anther of the virtual shows’ funny filter sketches — they have done this before like in this 2019 War Zone Reporter sketch. The hook – Kenan’s character also is “glowing up.”
Jeff Richards has been posting his own homemade videos during the pandemic. He says the self-quarantine has made it “easier because there is almost nothing else to do. If you’re not working on a new video you’re watching other people’s new vids and feeling guilty about not making your own.” And unlike the current cast, who have all had to adjust to this format, Jeff adds “I do mostly impressions with the FaceSwap app, so it’s better not to have an audience, other than my collection of rare toads and field mice.”
Pete Davidson Music Video
Pete raps about the repetition of being alone and quarantined. “Stuck with my fam/ I can’t get out.” They have a nice flow and effect on his vocals here.
And hold the phone, it’s Adam Sandler! How fun. He sings about missing Rob Schneider, who also appears to holler “You Can Do It!” from The Waterboy.  This is great. Instant classic. And I like the DIY touch of seeing Pete and Adam’s families, who apparently worked together to film this. It ends with a thank you to the good folks on the frontlines. Very nice.
I asked Jeff what the key is to a successful musical parody since he’s put out a number of song spoofs. His answer? “Weed.”
Bartenson’s Grocery Store
Ah, Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon riffing again, another modern trope. One clever way to avoid the restrictions of being at home, isolated – Kate and Aidy are both being interposed onto different grocery store setting backdrops.
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