Have you ever wondered why dating show hosts are always weird and awkward? I hadn't, until I watched the new sketch, "Dating Show," from last night's episode of Saturday Night Live.
On Hook A Hunk, a fictional MTV dating show, the lucky bachelorette Michelle (Cecily Strong) has three guys to pick from to go on a date. How does she narrow it down and who does she end up with? Well, we never find out, because the host of the show, Ryan, is so hot that Michelle looses all interest in her potential bachelors.
The host, played by John Cena, is calm and collected at first and tries to direct Michelle's attention back to the dating game at hand when she starts flirting with him. But he gets on board quickly, and from there things escalate. When Michelle boldly asks him what he's doing later, he says he "just has this thing to do for an hour," before he's free. It's funny to watch our host Ryan lose all interest in keeping his job and the contestant lose any interest in her potential bachelors, as the two of them fall rapidly and madly in love. Eventually we get to the point where Ryan confesses to Michelle that he had a brother who died, and she suggests they go visit his grave.
All of the details to the sketch are filtered through the tropes from the cheesy MTV dating shows of the early aughts that we all loved to watch (why did we enjoy those nasty black light scans on Room Raiders?), so even though it's easy to tell where the sketch is going from the beginning, it's still fun to watch it happen.
The hopeful bachelors are still crafting crappy puns in an attempt to woo Michelle, who is no longer even listening, when eventually the dejected guys start to comfort each other. Of course, what happens in a world where people seem to be falling rapidly in love within the first hint of vulnerability? They fall in love too.
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