The first episode back after a four-week break saw the Ozark star costumed as jolly ol’ Saint Nick in not one, but two sketches — first as the real Kris Kringle in a spot-on parody of an old music video, then as a struggling actor employed as a mall Santa, opposite Cecily Strong’s Mrs. Claus.
Strong was a sight for sore eyes this week. After missing out on much of the fall season to film a new TV show for Apple, she was front and center for much of the episode, including a cold open that parodied Rudy Giuliani’s un-credible witness, Melissa Carone, and another sketch that saw her channel her inner Liza Minnelli.
The third-to-last outing of 2020 also acknowledged the circumstances that led to Morgan Wallen’s delayed turn as musical guest, and saw the return of one of Heidi Gardner’s best Weekend Update characters.
What sketches stood out this week? And what missed the mark? Grade Bateman’s episode, then scroll down for all the highlights and lowlights.