Saturday Night Live finally returned for its 42nd season this weekend, featuring a cold-open satirizing last week's debate, where Donald Trump bombed and Hillary Clinton soared.
Trump was played by 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin, who nailed the sleezy affectations and nonsensical garble of the Republican nominee (we particulary liked, "Ji-nah!"). Kate McKinnon -- possibly the biggest female performer currently on Saturday Night Live -- reprised her take on Hillary Clinton, portraying her as capable and smart, yet struggling to project relatibility and spontaneity (McKinnon screamed "Alicia Machado!" and described the former Miss Universe and anti-Trump surrogate as a "strong, beautiful, political prop)." Baldwin certainly captured more laughs, but let's face it, Trump is more laughable than Clinton.
McKinnon has been portraying Clinton since 2013, and it's hard to see anyone else on SNL taking her on. Here are McKinnon's best HRC moments:
This was McKinnon's first take on Hillary -- it aired three years ago -- and was quite short. It must have convinced SNL creator Lorne Michaels that McKinnon had the gravitas to take on such a formidable personality.
McKinnon got goofy here, having lots of fun putting her personal touches on the icon. Here she fine-tuned her gentle ribbing of Clinton, portraying her as a power-hungry wisecracker.
This one had McKinnon as Hillary trying to eat some humble-pie after a string of primary losses. The Game of Thrones raven was inspired and the physical comedy -- in the real NYC subway -- was a nice touch.
This wasn't live, but it was spectacular; a fake Hillary campaign ad where she slowly morphs into millennial favorite Bernie Sanders. "I'm tryin' here, guys!"
Here McKinnon got to co-star with her inspiration; HRC in the flesh. McKinnon was remarkably relaxed and on point; she even cracked up the former Secretary of State several times.