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    Updated on Oct 12, 2020. Posted on Oct 11, 2020

    "SNL" Perfectly Explained That Fly On Mike Pence's Head In Their VP Debate Sketch

    Jeff Goldblum impressions! A fly swatter! This sketch has ~everything~.

    If you've been anywhere on the internet in the past week, you've probably heard about the fly that spent a whole two minutes chillin' on Mike Pence's head during the vice presidential debate last Wednesday. And, of course, that little fly became a bit of an internet celebrity before the night was over.

    Total time a fly sat on Mike Pence's head: two minutes

    Well that fly made an appearance during SNL's VP debate cold open, where it got a whole backstory of its own. Strap in, y'all, because this is about to be a wiiiiiiild ride.

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    The first half of the sketch focuses on parodying the debate itself, but it really starts getting juicy when Biden (Jim Carey) decides he has to save Harris (Maya Rudolph) mid-debate with his very convenient, but very experimental teleportation machine.

    A scientist telling Biden the machine is not ready for use
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    Biden decides to use the machine anyway and this, naturally, leads us into this beautiful teleportation scene that's definitely not Jim Carrey's face slapped over Jeff Goldblum's in his 1986 movie, The Fly.

    Biden in the machine, a fly in the machine, and the fly on Pence's head
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    ((Actually, I lied, it's exactly that and it's beautiful.))

    And that, my friends, is how our beloved debate fly came to be. But wait, the story is far from over.

    The moderator trying to subtly tell Pence about the fly on his head and Harris looking entertained
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    The fly version of Joe Biden, which Twitter lovingly dubbed Joe Flyden, perches comfortably on Pence's head and graces us with Jeff Goldblum impressions — including a spin on this iconic Dr. Ian Malcolm line from Jurassic Park.

    Biden as a fly on Pence's head, saying, "God created dinosaurs, dinosaurs became Republicans. Republicans created Trump, Trump destroys God"
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    Flyden goes, like, ~full Goldblum~.

    Biden saying the catchphrase from Goldblum's Apartments.com commercials and quoting "Jurassic Park," saying "Because life...finds a way."
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    Then, another fly joins the party on Pence's head. It turns out to be none other than the late Herman Cain, a former Republican presidential candidate who died from the coronavirus earlier this year.

    Fly Cain saying, "I'm Herman Cain reincarnated as a damn fly. And these fools —Trump and Pence — killed me, man."
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    Cain, of course, came with a cautionary tale for the people.

    Cain saying, "If you’re watching this at home, don’t trust this white devil about that ‘rona."
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    And finally, the sketch ends the way we all wish the debate had, tbh.

    Harris hitting Pence with a flyswatter
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    You can watch the whole sketch for yourself below:

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