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Saturday Night Live - Season 42

The one who knocks answered the call for Saturday Night Live.

Bryan Cranston resurrected his Breaking Bad alter ego Walter White for Saturday’s cold open, a sketch about President-elect Donald Trump’s “unconventional picks for his cabinet.”

Noting how Trump has appointed Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the EPA, “even though he’s a fossil fuel advocate who doesn’t believe in climate change,” and Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s CEO Andy Puzder as Secretary of Labor, even though “Puzder” does not appoint a minimum wage, the sketch revealed White was chosen to head the DEA.

“Walter is amazing. He came highly recommended by Steve Bannon,” Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway explained. As White revealed, he and Bannon became friends after the former Brietbart CEO found White in the comments section of the website.

For Breaking Bad fans, the sketch also tweaked the show’s canon: for the purposes of SNL, White revealed he had faked his own death at the end of the series, making him “only the third person in the Trump cabinet to do that.”

“Donald Trump and I agree: It’s time to make America cook again,” White said. “We want to fill this nation with red, white, and a whole lot of blue.”

Breaking Bad ended its lauded run in September 2013. Watch the full sketch below.

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Saturday Night Live - Season 42
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