Eddie Murphy returns to Saturday Night Live — and Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood

Last night Eddie Murphy reprised one of his most familiar Saturday Night Live roles — the cheerful, pedantic and shifty Mr. Robinson — in a fan-service-filled sendup that is timely in light of the Fred Rogers biopic, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, in theaters now.

Robinson slips on his cardigan, red sneakers (and this time, a graying afro wig) to explain to children the phenomenon of gentrification, which has significantly upgraded Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood but not his own home. He maintains that by the adverse possession of real property, commonly called squatter’s rights.

As for that, the set looks like a virtuoso recreation of the apartment from the original skits, (including the black-light tiger poster
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