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The May 21 season finale of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, hosted by series alum Fred Armisen, had viewers in stitches with one particular sketch titled “Farewell Mr. Bunting.”
The bit parodies the ending scene of 1989’s Dead Poets Society, in which Robin Williams’ character John Keating, a high school teacher, is given an emotional send-off from his students after being fired. In the film, Keating’s students salute their teacher as he gathers his classroom belongings by standing atop their desks and reciting the words of poet Walt Whitman.
SNL‘s sketch is a frame-by-frame reenactment of the scene: Castmembers Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Jay Pharoah, Jon Rudnitsky and Pete Davidson are students dressed in prep school uniforms, while Armisen plays the role of their teacher Mr. Bunting, who has briefly returned to the classroom to pack the remainder of his things.
Towards the end of the parody, Armisen turns to the door to leave with a box of his belongings when his students stop him. Slowly getting out of their seats and climbing on top of their desks, each one recites a line of poetry to express their thanks in an emotional farewell. But things take a deadly turn when Davidson stands and is decapitated by a spinning ceiling fan.
Chaos ensues as blood splatters all over the room and Davidson’s head lands in the hands of a screaming Armisen.
“Alright, I’m gonna take off,” Armisen says to his students, now all covered in blood. “You guys have my email and everything, right?”
Watch the parody below.