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‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open: Kate McKinnon Returns As Anthony Fauci In Spoof Of CDC Attempts To Explain Mask Free Guidance

Kate McKinnon returned to playing Dr. Anthony Fauci on a momentous week for Covid-19 guidance: The announcement that those who are fully vaccinated can go without a mask outdoors and indoors, with some exceptions.

The spoof was on the Centers for Disease Control attempting to explain mask guidance going forward, amid a confusing set of circumstances and a public not always ready to follow along. Fauci’s solution is to explain the guidance via a set of the CDC’s own acting repertoire who try to act out various Covid-19 safety guidance via improv.

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“As you probably heard, we got some very good news this week, and I am not just talking about J Lo and Ben Affleck,” Fauci says.

“The CDC announced that people who are vaccinated no longer need to wear masks, both outdoors and indoors, pretty great, right? But a lot of people had questions, such as what does that mean? What the hell are you talking about? Is this a trap?”

Fauci then says that he enlisted a few doctors at the CDC “who minored in theater … to re-enact various scenarios in order to demonstrate correct mask behavior. Remember, they only had 24 hours to put this show together, so please welcome the CDC players.”

In the first scene, “Dan” walks into a bar.

“Do I still have to wear a mask indoors?” Dan says.

“You actually do not,” the waitress says.

“Great,” Dan says.

“As long as you are vaccinated,” she responds.

“No, I am not,” Dan says.

“Oh, then that’s bad,” she says.

“Well, I am entering a bar at 11 AM. Did you really think I was vaxxed? Because that’s on you.”

“You’re right. I deserve Covid,” she responds.

End scene.

“I don’t know if that is the right takeaway. The real point is we have to trust each other, so please be honest and respectful,” Fauci says.

The next scene sets up a situation on an airplane, with a passenger who wants a drink and is told by a stewardess that he can as long as he keeps his mask on between drinks.

“By the way, I have been stuck inside for over a year, want to bang?” he says.

“You know I do,” the stewardess says.

The passenger responds, “Let’s go for a real ride.”

Then Fauci says, “The lesson should be you need masks on planes, not everybody horny now.”

Fauci then tried to show what should be done in a large crowd, but the scene was of maskless MAGA supporters “outside the Capitol,” i.e. on Jan. 6. Then it was to retail businesses, where the owner tells a customer she still has to wear a mask.

“But I don’t need to wear a mask. I’m gay,” the customer says.

“And I’m an ally. The first hot dog is on me,” the owner then says.

Fauci responds, “That’s not how that works. Being an ally is great but it’s got nothing to do with mask safety.”

Then the scene is of two young people who started dating during the pandemic.

“This is exciting. We’re outside so we can definitely take our masks off,” the man says.

He takes it off, and the woman responds, “Oh no, I don’t like the bottom of your face. It looks like you grew mold under your mask.”

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