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It was the fly that started 1,000 tweets. Well, probably much more than that.

“Saturday Night Live” predictably falsified this week’s Vice President debate after mocking the first debate in the episode’s season premiere.

Maya Rudolph repeated her role as Senator Kamala Harris and entered the debate phase by spraying Lysol. Beck Bennett played Vice President Mike Pence – who had not one but two flies on his head during the sketch, a tribute to the fly on his head that caught everyone’s attention on Wednesday.

Kate McKinnon played USA TODAY’s own Susan Page, who hosted the debate on Wednesday. “I’m Susan Page and I missed the book club for it,” McKinnon joked.

“The issue is coronavirus,” McKinnon began to question as a page. “Damn it,” Bennett said back in pence.

Elsewhere in the night: “I had to change channels”: “SNL” host Bill Burr tells fans after the controversial opening monologue

And again: “Rest in Peace, Sir”: Jack White pays tribute to Eddie Van Halen at “SNL” by playing a special guitar

Rudolph predictably delivered Harris’ viral “I speak” line several times, as well as ripping off at other moments: “How calm were you when you didn’t know where to get your next roll of toilet paper? Hmm? How calm were you when you came on stared at that cardboard tube when you finished the roll thinking, ‘Well, it’s technically paper?’ ”

She further revealed the types of facial expressions she made in response to Pence’s statements during the debate, and basically said what Twitter thought during Wednesday’s debate.

The real star of the sketch came later, however: Jim Carrey repeated his role as Joe Biden and – as an obvious reference to the film “The Fly” with Jeff Goldblum – came onto the debate stage like a fly via a teleportation device. He sat on Pence’s head and which side in the sketch is calling. Harris no Page made no mention of the fly during Wednesday’s debate, and Pence seemed unaware of its presence.

A second fly also appeared: Herman Cain, played by Kenan Thompson. Cain died earlier this year after attending President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cain wasn’t wearing a mask.

The fly had already inspired the launch of Biden / Harris-Swattern, a slew of new Twitter accounts and endless jokes earlier this week – as well as a campaign to get Goldblum on Saturday Night Live. In fact, the actor’s name was trending on Twitter, along with the term “The Fly,” immediately after the debate ended on Wednesday.

Goldblum stars in David Cronenberg’s 1986 sci-fi / horror remake, The Fly, in which he plays a fit, eccentric scientist who transforms himself into a fly with the help of some creepy special effects.

USA TODAY asked Goldblum representatives to comment earlier this week.

Contributor: Carly Mallenbaum

In case you missed last week’s episode: Jim Carrey makes shaky Joe Biden debut on “SNL”, Maya Rudolph’s Kamala Harris makes a “WAP” joke

A must to see: Megan Thee Stallion sends strong Breonna Taylor message on ‘SNL’: ‘Protect Black women’

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