The Game Of Thrones alum, 44 – who recently whipped off his trousers in a steamy promo for SNL – had the chance to show off his comedic skills by taking part in a variety of skits while musical guest, Tate McRae, also rocked the stage.
The actor displayed his sculpted abs in a humorous sketch where he played the role of Laird – a man who was invited to dinner by his ex-fiance after he was stranded on an island for five years.
His ex, Elaine – played by Chloe Fineman – was seen setting a table inside a living room as her husband Dennis, portrayed by Andrew Dismukes, voiced his disapproval about having Laird join them.
‘I still don’t understand why you had to invite your ex-fiance over for dinner. It’s kind of sus,’ he stated.
She quickly explained, ‘I thought Laird was dead because his plane exploded over the ocean, and then two days ago, a cruise ship found him floating on a piece of a porta potty. What do you want me to do?’
Suddenly, there was a knock on the front door on the rainy evening and she jumped up to answer the door.
However, she told her husband, ‘Try and be nice, okay? He was stranded on that island for five years. He’s probably all messed up and frail.’
She opened the door to see that he was far from frail, and he stepped inside as his 6’4″ frame towered over her. Fineman’s character was momentarily speechless until she uttered, ‘You look…different.’
He told her, ‘The island, it changed me.’ Chloe humorously responded, ‘I can see that,’ as she held her gaze with his.
Momoa then said, ‘Didn’t change everything,’ which caused Fineman to emotionally say, ‘I can feel that.’
Suddenly, her husband Dennis appeared in the frame while sitting on the couch and interrupted the moment by stating, ‘Uh, I’m Dennis, by the way. I’m Elaine’s husband now. Sorry if that’s weird or annoying for you.’
Jason said, ‘Not at all. I’m glad Elaine found someone in my absence. She deserves to be happy,’ with Dennis also agreeing.
Chloe guided Momoa to the living room and he plopped down next to Dennis while Fineman’s character sat in a separate chair.
Jason complimented Elaine on her home, but Andrew’s character added, ‘And Dennis. It’s both of ours…’
Chloe then poured her ex-fiance a glass of wine and he toasted his glass with Fineman’s, leaving Dennis out. ‘It’s been a long time since I’ve had wine. To old rekindling flames,’ he said in her direction.
Elaine also replied with, ‘To old rekindling flames.’ Dennis quickly cut in with a toast of his own and said, ‘But and to loyalty!’
As Chloe and Andrew took a sip, Momoa poured the wine all over his face. ‘Oh, I’m sorry. I forgot how to drink out of a cup. I must take my shirt off.’
The star then stood and removed his white button up, revealing his muscular frame. Dennis exclaimed, ‘We actually have a shirts on in the house rule,’ but Chloe quickly said, ‘No, no we don’t.’
Dennis then decided to take his shirt off, with Fineman replying with, ‘Ew.’ She then took Jason’s shirt to throw in the washer.
Towards the end of the skit, Andrew’s character attempted to make Momoa leave by saying, ‘I think you should get out of here before I kick your a**!’
Chloe said that Laird was their guest and Dennis then yelled out, ‘Then a push-up contest!’ with the winner getting Elaine and the house.
However, only after a couple seconds into the contest, Momoa won. The skit ended with Fineman jumping into Jason’s arms.
Before appearing in sketches, the Aquaman actor kicked off the episode with an opening monologue. Jason was greeted with a warm applause from the live audience as he stepped onto the stage.
The Aquaman star put on a stylish display donning a yellow, bomber jacket as well as a pair of gray trousers as he began to address the crowd.
Momoa expressed his gratitude to return to SNL and gushed, ‘It means so much to me.’
He then revealed that his mother was also in attendance to cheer on her son and humorously added, ‘If you see her, be careful, she’s still recovering from giving birth to me.’
Jason expressed, ‘But I’m so happy to be here. I love this place. I love life! I love waking up washing my luxurious hair with a full bottle of shampoo, and I love playing Aquaman, because I love the ocean.’
He opened up about his childhood, revealing that when he was younger, he had dreams of being a marine biologist.
‘The problem was that even though I was born in Hawaii, I grew up in Iowa, which is not really known for their oceans.’
The star explained that he watched a film called, In God’s Hands, and stated that he saw his cousin ‘in these 50 foot waves, so I went back to Hawaii to surf with my family, and I ended up getting on a TV show called Baywatch.’
Momoa notably portrayed the character of Jason Ioane in Baywatch: Hawaii from 1999 through 2001.
‘I call it the B word. But I fell in love with acting, and I only stayed for a few seasons because you really don’t want to get stuck in the B hole,’ he joked.
‘And now I feel like my life has come full circle,’ he expressed to the audience.
‘I do a lot of work protecting our oceans and small island nations. I even started my own water company to eliminate single use plastic water bottles,’ Jason stated, referencing to Mananalu Pure Water that he launched in 2019.
‘This work really means a lot to me. I’m serious. We’re going to save the whales, the coral reef, the spongebobs because Jason Momoa loves life.’
To conclude his opening monologue, the actor said a Hawaiian saying, which he revealed translated to: ‘Take care of the Earth, take care of each other.’
He then starred in another sketch that was a PBS show called Masters Of The Pen, which is a series that takes a look back at iconic authors.
The show was hosted by Heidi Gardener and Bowen Yang, who revealed that he had discovered found footage of Wizard Of Oz author, L. Frank Baum, from the early 1900s.
Yang’s character explained, ‘This is footage shot outside a store in New York. The date’s unknown, but it’s the early 1900s. That man on the bench there is L. Frank Baum.’
The skit then turned into black and white as the hosts watched the video. Baum – played by Michael Longfellow – was seen scribbling in a notebook.
Suddenly, someone quickly walked by and looked at the camera, which Gardener pointed out. Bowen explained, ‘Back then, film was shot at a lower frame rate, so everything looked sped up.’
The hosts tried to figure out if Baum was penning The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, but a businessman suddenly appeared in the frame directly in front of the author.
He excitedly looked and waved at the camera but then walked away. The hosts began to once again examine the footage but the businessman came back, and brought along a friend – played by Jason.
‘The business gentleman has brought his large friend to see the camera,’ Bowen explained, with Heidi adding, ‘The large friend seems very happy to see the camera.’
The two pals left, and the hosts then tried to decipher what Baum was saying.
Yang stated, ‘Well, there is AI software to decipher what he’s saying, but we weren’t able to use it because the business gentleman and his friend got ahold of a woman’s hat and blocked the background.’
Throughout the skit, Baum continued to be blocked by other people, but mostly by the businessman and Momoa.
At the end, the author left and Heidi sadly expressed, ‘I wish we had more to show our viewers.’ Bowen then revealed, ‘There is a lot more of the businessman and his friend if you want to show that.’
Gardener replied with, ‘Why not. This is PBS so only about ten people are watching. Let’s do it.’
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Jason also took part in a skit that took place at Newark Airport – which held the Thanksgiving Airport Parade.
But instead of floats like the iconic Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, two airport employees – played by Bowen Yang and Ego Nwodim – commented on airport passengers instead, such as a couple on their ‘last Thanksgiving trip together.’
They soon cut to Captain Gary, played by Jason, who was the parade correspondent sitting in a Chili’s restaurant.
Both he and Ego’s character exchanged a flirtation, and Yang then introduced a TSA agent who would yell out ‘the same thing 12 different ways.’
Kenan Thompson portrayed the TSA Agent and continuously shouted, ‘Laptop out the bag. Laptop out the bag. If you got a laptop in the bag with you take it out.’
Bowen and Ego then cut back to Momoa, with Yang asking, ‘Gary, what are your Thanksgiving plans?’
He replied, ‘Spending it at home in my apartment with 14 other pilots.’ Ego continued the flirtation by stating, ‘A man with roommates. That’s my type. That’s my type.’
The skit then cut back to the airport parade, and towards the end, introduced the ‘grand finale’ which was a ‘woman who’s about to go viral.’
Suddenly, the ‘not real’ passenger – played by Sarah Sherman – appeared on the screen, referencing to the woman who went viral earlier this year after calling out something that was ‘not real’ at the back of a plane.
Sarah could be seen calling out, ‘I am telling you right now, that is not real!’ as someone else filmed her.
Towards the end of sketch, Ego suddenly disappeared during some of the parade, but she soon returned with Momoa as they both quickly adjusted their clothing.
In conclusion, the trio then started singing to officially end the airport parade as well as the skit. ‘Be sure to remember, we’re back in December for the Christmas week airport parade!’
The musical guest during the episode, Canadian-born singer, Tate McRae, showed off her vocal skills by performing two songs during the night.
The first track that she sang was her hit, Greedy, and the beauty donned a pair of shorts as well as a cropped shirt as she was joined by backup dancers.
Later in the episode, Tate opted for a slower tune and performed a ballad in what appeared to be an unleased song, per Entertainment Weekly.
The star also had a quick outfit change, and donned a sheer, black dress for the emotional performance.