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Sydney Sweeney Plays the Supreme Hooters Waitress on SNL

Sweeney's Hooters waitress pulls in more than 30 grand in her first night in the uniform—earning a visitation from the iconic mascot Hootie himself—in the March 2 Saturday Night Live sketch. 

By Samantha Vincenty

With hours spent on your feet working for tips, being a food server is an exhausting job—one that can also require doing it all in uniform, as is the case with the Hooters chain's iconic low-cut tops and bright orange shorts. Saturday Night Live's March 2 episode poked fun at Hooters' main marketing draw (hint: it isn't the wings) in a sketch that starred Host Sydney Sweeney as the most cosmically gifted Hooters waitress of all time.

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The sketch opens with cast members Chloe Fineman and Sarah Sherman as waitresses counting out their cash after a long Hooters shift. Shrugging at their measly takes, Sweeney's character, newbie server Tina, walks in and soon reveals that she's cleared over $30,000 in tips. 

"Is that low?" she asks, as Bowen Yang's uniform-clad character strides in to announce that, perhaps unsurprisingly, it's been "another bad day for Dennis."

"All I got in tips was 12 cents and this note that said, 'you ruined my day,'" Yang's Dennis adds, in too-true testimonial to how awful customer service can be. 

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The Hooters coworkers look on as Sweeney's Tina walks over to a table of men (Mikey Day, Andrew Dismukes, and Micheal Longfellow) and seems to hypnotize them: After they insist everything she does is perfect, Dismukes literally chokes on the beer Sweeney pours into his mouth before announcing he's downright delighted to have relapsed his sobriety this way. 

Chloe Fineman Sarah Sherman and Sydney Sweeney during a sketch on Saturday Night Live Episode 1857

Sydney Sweeney's Hooters waitress gets a visit from the Hooter the Owl himself

As the table of guys rebuff the other Hooters servers, the genetically-blessed Tina feels their resentment. 

"I always thought that this place was the one place I would feel at home," she laments. "I've tried to work at other jobs, and I can't. I worked at an airport—no planes took off. I was a crossing guard; thousands died. But if you don't think i belong at Hooters, I'll go..."

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That's when the iconic Hooters owl himself visits Tina with a special message. Watch the "'Hooters Waitress" sketch above, and watch Saturday Night Live on NBC and Peacock.