Saturday Night Live returned for its 41st season last night, and even with a cameo from Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democrats' presidential nomination, it fell flat for 90 minutes.
The premiere (hosted by returning guest Miley Cyrus) fit in as many Donald Trump jabs as it could — including a cold open featuring veteran performer Taran Killam as Trump and Cecily Strong as his wife Melania. Despite the array of material they had to work with, the pair failed to land any of their quips.
Other shorts and sketches also tried to capitalize on the various Republican candidates, but except for a clever one-liner here or there, they ran with the same jokes late night hosts and comedians on Twitter have been using for months.
Even the original sketches like American Voices and 50's Dance failed to connect with audiences at home and, judging by the lack of laughter heard during each skit, the one in the studio, too.
That said, there were one or two gems that came out of the premiere, mostly thanks to still recently new additions Leslie Jones and Kyle Mooney, but even they couldn't save the messy episode.
Here is our official report card for the 41st season premiere of Saturday Night Live:
Best sketch: Katz' Deli
Leslie Jones not only made an appearance in two clips last night (on top of her usual Weekend Update spot), but she also starred in them.
As the writers have gotten more comfortable working with Jones' specific brand of vulgar comedy, she's proven to be one of the show's biggest assets.
In Katz' Deli, Jones goes to lunch with three other women (Vanessa Bayer, Cecily Strong, and Miley Cyrus) at the diner where the infamous "fake orgasm" scene from When Harry Met Sally was filmed.
Jones is asked to do a rendition of her fake orgasm and the results are absurdly hilarious. It was the only time I laughed out loud during the premiere, and it's the type of sketch I'd like to see Jones do more of in the future.
Best cameo: Hillary Clinton Bar Talk
Hillary Clinton used her nearly five-minute spot on SNL to target accusations from the media that she's cold, unfriendly and wavering on important issues.
Playing a bartender named Val, Clinton helps Kate McKinnon — who's playing Hillary Clinton — try to figure out how she can make her campaign better.
The Democrats' leading nominee was surprisingly excellent in the sketch, managing not only to keep her composure the entire time, but also deliver the jokes with great, practiced deadpan expressions.
Clinton and McKinnon's chemistry was also noticeable and helped the sketch move along pretty well. Whether the spot helped Clinton within the very important 18-34 voting demographic is still up for debate.
Most honorable: The Millennials
Any sketch with Aidy Bryant and Pete Davidson is usually a guaranteed winner.
Although this wasn't the best sketch of the night, the two comedians — alongside Cyrus — managed to satirize an entire generation of selfie-taking, social media-obsessed, narcissistic teenagers and twentysomethings with a sense of genuine authority.
SNL has tried sketches like this in the past and until now haven't been able to find a working formula. While The Millennials certainly had its fair share of problems, it's an idea that should be explored further with Davidson and Bryant as returning characters.
Worst sketch: 50's Dance
Juxtaposing Cyrus' modern, twerking inspired dance moves with a traditional high school dance from the 1950s probably sounded better in theory than it did when executed.
The dancing was clunky, the lyrics were boring and considering Cyrus was supposed to be the punchline of the joke, should have been given more time on camera.
Not only was the entire sketch unfunny, but it felt lazy and thrown together to fill space on the show. Not even Killam, who usually guarantees a laugh, could save this sketch.
Worst sketch runner up: Cold Open (Donald and Melania Trump)
This was the open everyone was looking forward to.
A summer of Trump yelling outrageous statements should have led to some of the best political jokes the show's had in years. Instead, it was the same rehashed jokes about Trump on immigration we've all heard before, but far less funny than Stephen Colbert or Jimmy Kimmel's take on the candidate.
Killam pulled off a decent Trump, and although Strong struggled at first, she was able to do a mediocre impersonation of Melania. Still, considering how anticipated this sketch was, it failed to do anything original, and even worse, garnered little laughter from the audience.
Saturday Night Live returns on Oct. 10 with guest host Amy Schumer, and Canada's The Weeknd appearing as the musical guest.