Amanda Malamut
November 20, 2016 11:01 am
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Going home for Thanksgiving dinner is tough on anyone. Going home after this election cycle might be downright frightful. Thankfully, Saturday Night Live understands all of our feels about being home for the holidays. The SNL Target parking lot sketch from Saturday’s show was just perfect if you’ve ever tried to escape your house for just a minute.

The sketch features Cecily Strong in her car while a narrator walks you through escape. The fake ad says really sells the Target parking lot when it comes to space and activities, like watching your breath on the window or moving your seat around. Either way, Target’s parking lot gives you the space to be away from your family. Once inside, Target offers Strong a place to wander around aimlessly. She lays down and finds a flask in can of Playdoh. Wait, have the SNL writers been reading my diary?

The only missed opportunity here was not having Kristen Wiig, who hosted on Saturday night, in the sketch and reprise her old “Target lady” character. But really, it was just fine on its own.

Sometimes the truth is funnier than any exaggerated reality. What’s great about this sketch is how it hits so close to home. Dealing with our family’s political agenda, or even just your little cousins, during the holiday season is stressful. Who doesn’t  often dream of a place where we can escape, regroup, and hopefully return to dinner with more resolve. And what better place to do that than Target. Seriously, who hasn’t overcome some seriously bad times by wandering around the makeup aisles of the superstore?

It definitely seems like a viable options. There are toys, clothes, and decorations that will cure our anxiety with some nice, wholesome retail therapy. And if your family asks what took so long, you can blame crazy early Black Friday shoppers. SNL and Target parking lots are our new holiday heroes.

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