In an episode hosted by Carey Mulligan, “S.N.L.” looked at the American justice system through the lens of a fictional midday news program.
By Dave Itzkoff
April 11, 2021
After two weeks of testimony, the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former officer charged in the death of George Floyd, has gripped viewers — including the hosts of a fictional news program on “Saturday Night Live,” who drew very different conclusions from what they’d seen.
This weekend, “S.N.L.” began with a sendup of a local midday show, called “Eye on Minnesota” and hosted by Ego Nwodim, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat.
Reacting to the case so far, Nwodim said, “Watching this trial brought back so many bad feelings from last summer.”
Moffat supportively added, “The video footage alone should tell you everything you need to know about what happened. And hopefully justice will be served.”
McKinnon said, “Sounds like we all agree — there’s no way Derek Chauvin walks away from this.”
With an immediate, knowing skepticism, Nwodim and Thompson both replied, “Welllllll—”
Nwodim remarked that the defense’s attempt “to make a case that George Floyd’s drug use was somehow responsible is just deplorable.”
Thompson added, “It was a clear act of desperation to create doubt where there is none.”
“Exactly,” McKinnon said, “and there’s no way the jury’s going to fall for that.”
Once again, Thompson and Nwodim did not share in this certainty.
Moffat asked them, “What are you guys trying to say?”