Two weeks ago, Saturday Night Live returned from coronavirus-induced hiatus with their first extremely strange, extremely sincere lo-fi SNL At Home episode. Upon reflection, it felt like a bunch of depressed people trying to will themselves into making a comedy program on a shoestring budget—which was, to be fair, completely understandable given the circumstances. Overall, it didn't really work as either an episode of SNL or as an assemblage of sketches about the pandemic, but there was something undeniably comforting about having SNL, this institution of the Before Times, back on air. When it was announced they'd return with another installment this weekend, I was not exactly looking forward to sifting through another week's worth of isolated comedy bits.

But what a difference two weeks makes: the production took a total 180, more than half the sketches were ensemble pieces involving multiple cast members, beloved old sketches were brought back with quarantine twists, and funny guest stars popped up for individual sketches. Weekend Update ditched the laugh track. Green screens were in abundance. The sketches really took advantage of the limitations of having a cast isolated from each other this time, utilizing tons of incredibly silly and hilarious onscreen graphics. And best of all, everyone seemed to have some spark back that was missing last time. SNL didn't just settle for being comforting this week: it was a reflection of our current moment that was also regularly hilarious.

You've probably already seen the Dr. Anthony Fauci Cold Open, starring a gravelly-voiced Brad Pitt as the nation's leading health expert. It wasn't my favorite sketch of the night, but it was an undeniable burst of star power to start things off (and had the added benefit of the backstory in which the real Fauci had jokingly requested Pitt play him on SNL).

It was the next sketch that made me realize we were in for a treat: for the first time since 2012, SNL brought back Diondre Cole and his insane crew for What Up With That: At Home. This is one of my most beloved Kenan Thompson sketches, the absolute platonic ideal of a Thompson performance, and the layering of bizarre and hilarious graphics (the dancing dog!) only added to the sketch's typical insanity. Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen both revived their characters (though I don't think Bill Hader was actually there as perpetually-snubbed Lindsey Buckingham, which honestly just makes the joke work even more), Charles Barkley and DJ Khaled were on the line, and Cecily Strong basically stole the show as Quarantina. It added up to one of the most delightful things I've seen on SNL in a long time.

Snapchat Filter Reporter, featuring Mikey Day as a reporter trying to earnestly talk about his experience with COVID-19 despite some wacky facial filters, was another good use of the added production value this week. Make sure you watch til the end: Thompson steals the sketch in the last moments.

I admit I really didn't enjoy Pete Davidson's two song parodies last episode, and let out a groan when I saw he had made another one this week. But halfway through Stuck in the House, Adam Sandler shows up with underwear over his face and Rob Schneider at his door, and I just about lost it. For Sandler's contributions alone, this was absolutely one of the best of the night.

And who could forget about Grocery Store Ad, which may have been the single funniest thing of the entire broadcast! I told you there were a lot of winners this week! Everything about it was great, especially Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon trying and failing to high five; the constant Dasani insults; and the line, "You asked for toilet paper. Do you want a DVD of Van Helsing?"

Thompson was barely in the first At Home episode, so it was a huge relief to see him dominate this one with funny appearance after funny appearance. The man is the show's anchor and heart for a reason! Big Papi Cooking Show was another pretty funny Big Papi appearance, with a guest turn from Bad Bunny, who wants to sell you some sweatpants.

Chloe Fineman is a master impressionist, but her solo sketch Airbnb Commericial was a chance for her to show off some of her original character work through the prism of an incredibly unwanted Swedish houseguest.

Chris Redd took center stage as an inmate who was Released Early because of the virus. All he wants to do is hookup with a lady, leading to some funny interactions with Bryant, Ego Nwodim and Cecily Strong.

SNL already did a SoulCycle parody earlier this season, but I much preferred this week's SoulCycle at Home, in which the wordplay and increasingly unhinged personalities of the trainers truly flourished. Everyone was a standout here (Bowen Yang, Nwodim, Strong, Heidi Gardener, Redd), but special props to Beck Bennett for his introduction: “I am Robert, like Julia Robert! And I am good vibes only. Who do I stay home for? Me! Cuz I’m quarantined, and on house arrest! Two birds. Let's Go!”

Thompson completely owned this episode (which maybe is why... it was so good?), starring yet again in OJ Address, which featured OJ Simpson updating his followers on how he's handling the pandemic. "Just the other day I took my mask off in the grocery store for two seconds, and you woulda thought I had killed somebody!"

Paul Rudd popped up for FaceTime with Rudd, which was a starring turn for Gardener as the incredibly strange, and oddly hilarious Mandy.

The Reveal was a great ensemble Zoom sketch, a vague Law & Order parody, and a showpiece for the incredible song "Rare Steak." And yet, my absolutely favorite thing was Gardener's character Debbie, maybe the most unforgettable weirdo character of the entire episode.

This Pornhub ad is pretty straight forward comedically, relatively speaking, but for a minute and twenty seconds, it does the trick.

There was seemingly not as much Kate McKinnon this week as the previous episode, but she got to have a lot of fun with her cat and tons of goofy props in Whiskers R We, probably the most lofi sketch of the week.

About two-thirds of the way through the episode, I started to get worried Kyle Mooney wasn't going to show up at all this week. But he came through with What's My Name?, which was basically his musical take on Being John Malkovich (though, in this case, I guess it's Being Kyle Mooney).

Melissa Villaseñor wasn't on much during the first quarantine episode, so I was very happy to see her play out a one-night stand with an invisible friend in Melissa Seals the Deal. For what it's worth, I think this qualifies as Normplay.

It was the last sketch of the night, but you do NOT want to miss out on Aidy Bryant's Childhood Journal, which truly captured the fevered insanity of isolation through Bryant's actual childhood journals. Bryant has become one of my favorite castmembers because of sketches like this, which so deftly balance autobiographical material and comedy gold.

Weekend Update thankfully looked more like itself this week, and even included a guest: Pete Davidson, who talked about the NYC guidelines about sex during the pandemic. Overall, I don't think Weekend Update worked as well as it normally does in the studio, but that may just be because the number of groaners to winners among the jokes was more apparently slanted to the former without the audience backdrop.

Miley Cyrus was the musical guest star, performing a cover of Pink Floyd's classic "Wish You Were Here." Her guitarist, Andrew Watt, tested positive for COVID-19 in March, so it was nice to see him up and about. I do wish Cyrus didn't use such a vocal affectation to sing it though.

And there was one cut-for-time sketch: Message from Gov. Whitmer, in which Strong played Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.