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Saturday Night Live Gets As Down and Dirty As This Election

This election is getting almost too extreme to parody but that won't stop SNL from trying.

Lily Sparks

This week Saturday Night Live featured a very game Emily Blunt as host and a dance party with musical guest Bruno Mars, but the real star of the show was the madness going down in the current election cycle. SNL opened with a painstaking recreation of the second Presidential debate that nailed the awkward physicality and unbearable tension between the two candidates as well as the unexpectedly star-making appearance of Ken Bone.

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SNL continued the show's run of high-production value, pre-taped music video segments with the gorgeously filmed "Melanianade." Cecily Strong did a striking and very sultry impression of Melania Trump, and Emily Blunt showed off some unexpectedly sweet pipes singing a few lines in character as Ivanka when the Trump women gave us their point of view on "Pussygate" in the heartbroken-yet-determinedly-empowered style of Beyoncé's Lemonade.

"Weekend Update" had plenty to chew on -- from Trump's alleged sexual misconduct to Bill Clinton's comments about Trump supporters being "basic rednecks" to new Wikileaks emails -- but the bit paused election jokes to skewer the Great British Bakeoff.

We also got a glimpse of a new plus-sized clothing line called "CHONK" and the gift of Kate McKinnon almost breaking on camera when Blunt, dressed as a Honda Robot, got literally in her face over a cheesy quesadilla.

Which of Saturday's skits was your favorite?

Tom Hanks hosts next week's Saturday Night Live with musical guest Lady Gaga.

Saturday Night Live airs Saturday Oct. 22 at 11:30 p.m. NBC.