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Weekend Update

I gotta say, Michael Che and Colin Jost are on a roll this season, and I hope they don’t slow down. It’s almost as if they were invigorated by having a bad episode with Donald Trump and never want to hit that bottom again. Plus, Jost and Che continue to show off their banter and chemistry, this time with a great back and forth about racial commentary. I think they need some more two shots instead of talking to each other by looking into the camera, but that’s just me.

Pete Davidson on Transgender Rights – If we can go an episode without getting a segment like this from Leslie Jones or Pete Davidson, I think that might make their segments a little more special. It’s like if you could have your favorite meal every day, it just wouldn’t be as good after awhile. This was a short bit, which is all the more reason for me to think it could have been saved, but maybe they needed to fill some time. As much as I love Pete Davidson, it was amusing, but not hilarious.

Bruce Chandling on Women – If there was a mockumentary movie done on Bruce Chandling along the lines of This is Spinal Tap, I would throw so much money at it. This character is one of Kyle Mooney’s underrated gems. A pitch perfect rendition of a chauvinistic 80s comedian dealing with his own problems and putting on a tough guy front, Bruce Chandling is just a great character all around. Whenever Mooney leaves SNL, he’ll have a bright future as a character actor.

Olya Povlatsky On Russia’s Track Team – Bless you, Kate McKinnon. Olya Povlatsky is the most depressing, hilarious recurring character besides Michael Che’s neighbor Willie. I feel like someone needs to get these two together. Kudos to whoever wrote that line about Olya’s babies in heaven because that was dark as hell, but one of the best lines of the night.

The Host

Elizabeth Banks made a solid hosting debut, mostly because she fit in well with the cast and wasn’t made to stand out in any of the sketches beyond the monologue, which is exactly how it should be with any good host. While her monologue was more cute than funny, it was nice to see something more original done in the opening than we’re used to seeing in the monologues. The dress didn’t seem to function as well as it was supposed to and some other timing issues made it a little awkward, but it was fun nonetheless. The quality of the rest of the show made up for any flubs that might have happened.

The MVP

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Kate McKinnon – Between Olya Povlatsky and her segment in the First Got Horny 2 U music video, McKinnon was top notch this week. Her making out with Taylor Hanson and the below the poster action was so passionate and awkward, and that Russian woman is just the saddest. Honestly though, Vanessa Bayer and Aidy Bryant were both fantastic in this show too, and they’re not too far behind McKinnon as far as being to players in this episode.

The Final Word

As a whole, this episode might be better than the Tracy Morgan episode with only a couple sketches that weren’t that funny. Otherwise, even the average sketches delivered some great laughs, and the best sketches of the night were some of the best of the season. It was wonderful to see everyone come back with a vengeance after last week’s episode that shall not be named, but the trick will be if they can hold this momentum for the third episode of November with host Matthew McConaughey.

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