Saturday Night Live's cold open was inspired by one of the most talked-about events of the week: The Bachelor's shocking finale, in which Arie withdrew his proposal to Becca and decided he wanted to be with Lauren instead.
The scene that had the couch crowd really raging was the unedited, music-free, and completely raw encounter in which Arie revealed to Becca that he'd changed his mind about his affection for her. It was .. intense, which means of course the long-running variety show would go there to re-create the scene in equally painful measure.
Only, this time Becca K. (portrayed by Cecily Strong) is let down by Special Counsel Robert Mueller (Kate McKinnon), who has decided that instead of pursuing what seemed to be a clear-cut case of collusion by Donald Trump with the Russians during the 2016 election cycle, he thinks he's got a stronger shot of making it work with an obstruction of justice case.
Just like The Bachelor's big moment, audiences on Twitter had some very serious reactions to what they saw play out in the skit.
That was the most depressing SNL cold open I can remember.— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) March 11, 2018
Ok. Am I the only one who is now uber depressed after the #SNL cold open with Kate McKinnon as Mueller?— (((🇻🇮Lordy 🇵🇷 DocHolly🌊))) (@docholly) March 11, 2018
That cold open took a very depressing turn. 6 more years??? I never thought I would hear that from them. #SNL— Michael War (@MichaelWar1) March 11, 2018
What was so brilliant about the cold open is that despite the Bachelor dramatics, SNL finally shed some realism about the possibility that the Mueller probe may not actually conclude that Trump colluded w/ Russia. Both Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong were wonderful. #SKBSNL #SNL— Joseph A. Wulfsohn (@JosephWulfsohn) March 11, 2018