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Emma Thompson hosted the Mother’s Day weekend episode of Saturday Night Live and dedicated her monologue to motherhood, shouting out to her own daughter in the audience. Former castmembers Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made cameos during the monologue to do a bit with her about what moms say and what they really mean.
“Hello, we are mothers!” Fey exclaimed. “Yes, Wine Country, hello!” Poehler said in reference to her new movie on Netflix.
The trio translated various phrases that moms say: When a mom says “you look tired,” what she really means is “you look bad,” they said. “Son, I know I love you just the way you are” became “I’m bored of waiting for you to tell me you’re gay.” And “I’m going to book club tonight” really means “I’m about to get turnt at Linda’s.”
Fey and Poehler also busted out Philadelphia and Boston accents for the monologue.
The Mother’s Day references continued in the episode, including in a short starring Thompson and Heidi Gardner as mothers saying all sorts of platitudes and positive memories before cutting to the harsh reality of parenting. During Weekend Update, Pete Davidson brought out his actual mother, Amy Davidson, and made several self-effacing jokes about her being his roommate.
Thompson played an etiquette coach in one sketch in which she became increasingly violent with Leslie Jones, playing a distant relative of the royal baby. Thompson and Kate McKinnon played rival actresses in a black-and-white movie in which both were trying to get the last line in the whole time.
In a spoof of Chopped, Thompson played one of the judges alongside Aidy Bryant and Alex Moffat. Jones and Melissa Villaseñor played contestants who had to work with ingredients like a “five-pound horse penis,” loose sugar, a kitten and cigarettes.
Thompson got to sing during a sketch about Beauty and the Beast in which personified versions of the Beast’s weights poked fun at his workout routine. Davidson played the lovechild of Thompson’s Mrs. Potts.
The host also played a fake psychotherapist for a daytime TV series hosted by McKinnon.
The final sketch of the night featured a program called “Wait a Second, That Shouldn’t Be There” about continuity mishaps on television. The sketch referenced the Starbucks cup that was left in a shot of a recent episode of Game of Thrones. In the sketch, a White Castle “crave case” and a 7-Eleven Big Gulp appeared in an episode of Roots. A fake clip of Downton Abbey featuring Thompson included a pair of New Year’s Eve glasses and a beer funnel hat in the shot.
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