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SNL Take Me Back Skit Beck Bennett and Ego Nwodim

Beck Bennett and Ego Nwodim in SNL's Take Me Back Skit YouTube Screenshot                      

SNL's Take Me Back Skit-Beck Bennett
as Keith utters those three words that
get him back in his woman's good graces
by Nathan'ette Burdine: November 16, 2020

Whose ol’ lady has put them out?! Go ahead, raise your hand. You can admit it. Don’t be shy. It happens to the lot of you.

Saturday Night Live (SNL) highlighted that fact during its “Take Me Back” skit. Beck Bennett plays this fella name Keith whose ol’ lady, played by Ego Nwodim, put him out.

Keith shows up at his ol’ lady’s door around 10 o’clock at night. He’s standing there on her sidewalk and she’s standing there in her doorway.

She looks at him with that look. Y’all know the look. It’s the “I want you back but I don’t want you to know that I want you back look.” Y’all have seen it before. It starts with the rolling of the eyes and then a sigh. There you are, standing there, spent, beat down, just sad, with your droopy puppy dog eyes. All the while you don’t ever stop to realize that her eye rolls and sighs are just her way of covering up the fact that she wants you back just as much as you want her to want you back.

That’s how it is for Keith. He’s just standing there, looking all sad like, begging his ol’ lady to take him back. But she’s playing hard to get. She’s giving him the run around telling him she doesn’t want him anymore. “I couldn’t’ve been more clearer on the phone, I’m done with you, Keith.” “I know. I know and you should be done with that Keith. That Keith didn’t deserve you.”  The ol’ me ain’t me anymore trick. “But this Keith, the Keith that I am now, he does. I’ve changed, baby, take me back.”

That Keith and this Keith are one in the same. They both lie about their age. They both drink. They both still do cocaine. They both flash young mothers on the playground. They both have guns and ankle bracelets. And they’re both on the run from the law. She doesn’t care, though, because she loves “that Keith” and this Keith.

And just to prove her love for the two Keiths, she agrees to hold his bags of cocaine and gun while he’s on the run from the law.

Love…it’s one of the top three reasons why folks go to jail.


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