Pete Davidson

Sasheer Zamata

Cyrus… Kenan Thompson

Janice… Octavia Spencer

[Starts with Pete telling his story to his friends]

Pete: So then, I roll up on this clown and punch down. Lights out, son! Ha-ha.

Sasheer: Ha-ha. That’s cold, bro.

Pete: Yeah, 119 is my block. That’s just how it is. Whoa!

[Cyrus is an old man sitting on a bench with a chessboard on the table]

Cyrus: Hey! Let’s go sit down over here, young blood.

[Pete walks to Cyrus and sits across the table]

You know anything about this game?

Pete: Yeah. I played a couple of times.

Cyrus: Ah! So you don’t play chess, young blood. Coz, chess ain’t no game. It’s a road map to navigating these streets.

Pete: What you talking about, old man?

Cyrus: What I mean young blood, is you out here acting like a pawn, you see? You’re running your mouth, you’re swinging your fists. Pawns is all about that battle. But you want to be the king, you got to be thinking about the war, you feel me?

Pete: Yeah. But a pawn could do some damage. [Pete starts playing chess with Cyrus]

Cyrus: Sure. Yeah. And you know, every king is going to lose a few pawns when you’re trying to win that war, right? [moving his piece] But it ain’t about what you lose, young blood. It’s actually–

Pete: [Pete uses his piece] Check mate.

Cyrus: No!

[Janice is an old lady sitting on a bench far from Cyrus.]

Janice: [laughing] He whooped your ass, didn’t he?

Cyrus: No. He didn’t, Janice. Thank you very much. You see, the thing about the king, young blood, is he’s a hard brother to kill. Look, he’s back in the game.

Sasheer: Yo! I don’t think those are the rules of the game, man!

Cyrus: They the rules of the streets! Now, the king sometimes goes on the attack, right? [moving his piece] But then sometimes–

Pete: [moving his piece] Check mate.

Cyrus: Sometimes there are two kings.

Pete: Come on, man. That’s a troll.

Cyrus: And then you know every king needs himself a castle.

[Janice walks near Cyrus]

Janice: Damn, Cyrus! That’s a bishop, fool!

Cyrus: I know that.

Janice: Oh, you do, huh? Okay, what’s this one called?

Cyrus: That’s Horse-face.

Pete: You mean the knight?

Cyrus: The knight. [to Janice] Now, go and sit your ass down somewhere, Janice.

Janice: Alright. Don’t know what you’re doing, anyway!

Cyrus: Anyway! Now, this is the castle. Now you see, your castle is your hitter, right? And if this castle sees some of them pawns coming at you. [moving his piece] He’s going to do– On, no, why did I do that?

Pete: You want a do-over on that move?

Cyrus: Hah! You just feel for that oldest trick in the book, young blood.

Janice: No, he didn’t.

Cyrus: Shut up! [to Pete] See, I got you thinking that I made a mistake. But what I’m really doing is–

Pete: [moving his piece] Check mate.

Cyrus: Yeah, yeah, but kings can jump.

Pete: What? Yo, I’m having trouble following what’s going on here.

Janice: That’s coz he’s talking a load of shit.

Cyrus: Look here, young blood, you should really learn the lessons of this exciting new game.

Sasheer: New game?

Cyrus: Because if now, man you gonna get played. [moving his piece over every pieces of Pete] Look at that. I just– I won everything. I just won everything.

Pete: Alright, old man. I guess I’ll keep that in mind.

Cyrus: Cool. $20?

Pete: Excuse me, what?

Cyrus: $20 for my time?

[Pete gives Cyrus some money]

Thank you, young blood. Thank you.

Pete: Man, let’s get out of here, guys.

[Pete and his friends walk away] [Cyrus stands and gives the money to Janice]

Cyrus: Alright, now I finally got $hundred. Can you please teach me how to play this game?

Janice: Alright, first rule is, can’t nobody jump in this game.

Cyrus: You did say that. You did say that.

Janice: I did.

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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