The Christmas show largely avoided Trump, but set aside a couple of minutes to run through some of POTUS’ “greatest moments” during Weekend Update. (Colin Jost confirmed this is the last episode before Trump leaves office, so SNL is looking at a five-week break.) Beck Bennett’s Mike Pence made an appearance in the cold open (alongside fellow Trump cronies Rudy Giuliani and Ben Carson), but the sketch was used to introduce Alex Moffat as incoming president Joe Biden. (The skit aired just hours after former portrayer Jim Carrey tweeted his formal resignation.)
After the cold open, Wiig kicked off her third hosting stint (her fourth if you count last spring’s SNL at Home finale) with the help of Kate McKinnon and Kamala Harris impersonator Maya Rudolph, all of whom shared some of their “Favorite Things” during a reworked version of a Sound of Music classic. What followed was a parody of a certain critically derided limited series (featuring some of Ego Nwodim’s best sketch work of the season), a plethora of holiday-themed sketches (including a “deleted scene” from Home Alone 2 and yet another bad take on Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch), and the return of not one, but two of Wiig’s most well-known characters — neither of which would have surprised Aunt Sue.
What sketches stood out this week? And what missed the mark? Grade Wiig’s episode, then scroll down for all the highlights and lowlights.