The 15-time Grammy winner managed to squeeze in four of her greatest hits — “Someone Like You,” “When We Were Young,” “Hello” and “Rolling in the Deep” — during her SNL hosting debut, playing a heightened version of herself in a parody of ABC’s The Bachelor. It was the only instance where she wasn’t truly in character… unless you count the handful of times she lost it during a late-in-show tourism sketch.
At times, SNL alum Maya Rudolph felt as much the host as Adele. After she took centerstage in this week’s cold open (this time as debate moderator Kristen Welker, not as Sen. Kamala Harris), Rudolph popped up in two more sketches — first as a quarantined nursing home resident (in “Visiting Grandma”), then as a denim-clad spokeswoman in a five-minutes-to-1 digital short (opposite Adele and Beck Bennett).
The second-to-last episode before the presidential election also touched on the Rudy Giuliani scene in Borat 2, Jeffrey Toobin’s even more embarrassing Zoom call, and the prospect of a Joe Biden presidency (and what it would do for America’s collective psyche).
What sketches stood out this week? And what missed the mark? Grade the episode, then scroll down for all the highlights (including musical guest H.E.R.) and lowlights. (Next week, John Mulaney and The Strokes!)