But before the newly returned queen hit the stage to perform "Hello" and "When We Were Young," the show brought the super-smash single into its parodic crosshairs within minutes.
The moment arrived as a Thanksgiving dinner SNL digital short, the stacked lineup including host Matthew McConaughey and cast members Vanessa Bayer, Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharoah, Aidy McBryant, Beck Bennett and Cecily Strong. Suddenly average awkward dinner convo starts tumbling into the lyrics of "Hello," with everyone taking a turn at the emotive verses. By the end, we're in an all-out sepia recreation of the windblown music video, little domestic touches intact. The point? Adele brings us all together, regardless of political affiliations and beliefs.
A+ sketch. "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)"–level good. If you weren't tuned in, you'll be seeing this built-to-go-viral bad boy imminently.
Soon after, a glossy Target ad with actual real-life Adele came on and we had to question the borders of reality. Especially since when Saturday Night Live picked back up a minute later, it was the singer's time to hit the stage.
If you didn't catch it last week, Chance the Rapper is playing musical guest Dec. 12, as is Bruce Springsteen on the Dec. 19 holiday episode, the evening Tina Fey and Amy Poehler come home to co-host.