Donald Trump and Sia both returned for their second stints on “Saturday Night Live” in an uneven episode where the “SNL” staff worked around Trump’s limited capabilities as an actor. Trump generated significant controversy in the weeks leading up to the episode, with many calling for NBC to drop Trump as host due to equal time concerns during his campaign for the Republican nomination for President.
Ultimately, Trump only appeared for roughly twelve minutes of screen time, with the brunt of the weight placed on the "Saturday Night Live" cast, along with appearances from Larry David and former cast members Martin Short and Darrell Hammond.
Here are some of the episode's highlights:
Sia performed “Bird Set Free” and “Alive.”
Sia, complete with wig and giant bow, brought along a choir and a dancer-slash-martial artist (dressed similarly to the child in the video for "Alive") for support. Sadly, her performance didn’t feature a cameo from Jim Carrey, Kate McKinnon, or Kristen Wiig, all who have previously performed parodies of the video for “Chandelier.”
The gathering of the Trumps.
Both Taran Killam and announcer/former cast member Darrell Hammond showed off their trademark Trump impressions during the episode’s opening monologue.
Larry David returns as Senator Bernie Sanders.
“Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator Larry David also returned to play Bernie Sanders, again stealing the show’s cold open in a sketch parodying MSNBC’s Democratic forum.
Larry David cashes in on the $5,000 bounty.
Riffing on the $5,000 bounty to call Trump a racist on live television, David decided he couldn’t pass up on a good deal.
Jay Pharaoh pokes fun at Drake in a parody of “Hotline Bling.”
The show’s highlight was a Jay Pharaoh-led music video parodying Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” which featured several of the SNL cast as dads and teachers (and, in Martin Short’s case, legendary “Saturday Night Live” and “SCTV” character Ed Grimley) showcasing their dorky dance moves.
The “Bad Girls” of "SNL" did bad things.
The “Bad Girls” music video featured the women of the cast being “bad” by taking elevators to the 2nd floor and not returning ice cream to the freezer at the supermarket. (However, Bad Girls still tip 20%.)
Drunk Uncle returned to Weekend Update to support his favorite 2016 presidential candidate.
Drunk Uncle is Trump’s “number one fan.” Are you surprised?