The penultimate episode of 2021 for “Saturday Night Live” left quite an impression by touching on some of the week’s breaking news.

The episode was hosted by musician Billie Eilish, who also pulled double duty by being the musical guest. Aside from addressing the latest COVID-19 guidelines, the series also took aim at the Jussie Smollett case. 

Check out some of the notable sketches from the eighth episode of “Saturday Night Live” Season 47.

Cold Open

The night kicked off with the return of cast member Kate McKinnon as White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, who shared a holiday message that included different pandemic scenarios and touched on some of the concerns Americans may have.

One of the scenarios included a person who wanted to eat Christmas dinner at a restaurant but lost their vaccination card. 

A restaurant worker, played by cast member Heidi Gardner, let the individual know that they were not welcomed at the establishment. “You are banished from society. Have fun living in the woods,” Gardner said.

However, Fauci attempted to give some clarity to individuals who lost their vaccination cards. “That’s not right. You can get a replacement card. I think,” Mckinnon said.

The segment also included an appearance from Andrew and Chris Cuomo, both of whom have been accused of misconduct in the workplace. However, the brothers, played by Pete Davidson and Andrew Dismukes, blamed the pandemic for their unemployment.

“Hello, I am disgraced Governor Andrew Cuomo. I’m disgraced former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, and we both lost our jobs because of COVID,” the two said.

Weekend Update

The “SNL” fake news segment took aim at the “Empire” actor, who was found guilty of staging his 2019 assault with two associates.

“Smollett was found guilty of charges of staging a hate crime; it was the worst staged hate crime since my all-Christian production of 'Fiddler on the Roof,'” “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost joked.

The segment also touched on the burning of the Fox News Christmas tree. “After a tree outside Fox News Channel was set on fire by a homeless man, Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt said ‘This scrooge is not going to get a way with it!’” said co-anchor Michael Che.

He added, “And nothing has ever explained Fox News Channel better than a rich white lady calling a homeless man ‘scrooge.’”

Opening Monologue

As a first-time host, Eilish touched on a variety of topics, including the effects of fame, growing up in the spotlight, and her signature baggy attire.

“Some people wonder why I started wearing baggy clothes. There was actually a good reason,” she said. 

“So it wasn’t just for comfort, or for style. This is hard to say for me, but the real reason I wore big oversized clothes back then is, I was actually two kids stacked on top of each other trying to sneak into an R-rated movie.”

Eilish also made fun of Jost as she reflected on the importance of growing up. “Not only do I love Christmas, but my birthday is one week from today. I’m turning 20, or as the internet calls that middle-aged. But I’m actually really excited to get older because I am now just starting to understand who I actually am as a person,” she said. 

“And the scary thing about growing up in the public eye is people just decide that everything you say and do and look like is who you are forever. It’s not fair. Would you want to be judged by the way you presented yourself when you were 16? Uh, no!”

Eilish then shared a photo of 16-year-old Jost. “Imagine being current-day Colin Jost, and the first thing that comes up when you Google yourself is 16-year-old Colin Jost,” she said. "Yikes! Seen here watching other people go to prom."

Actor Paul Rudd will host the next episode of “Saturday Night Live,” with Charli XCX as the musical guest.

Saturday Night Live Pictured [L-R]: Cecily Strong as Marjorie Taylor Greene, Aidy Bryant as Ted Cruz, Pete Davidson as Andrew Cuomo, Kate McKinnon as Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Andrew Dismukes as Chris Cuomo during the Cold Open on “Saturday Night Live.” Photo: Will Heath/NBC