Following a brief college football induced delay, Miley Cyrus was finally able to twerk all over Studio 8H last night. The singer's second Saturday Night Live hosting stint repeatedly looked for new ways to incorporate her favorite dance move.
They did not, in fact, play on her feud with Sinead O'Connor at any point during last night's episode. They probably could have used the extra material, because otherwise it was a series of jokes about the VMAs and her tongue. The most talked about sketch Sunday morning was easily the government shutdown-inspired digital short, "We Did Stop." Are you ready to see Taran Killam's John Boehner put on a set of grills? How about Cyrus as Michele Bachman, writhing around on a bed, clutching and grabbing herself and sticking her tongue out? Hope so!
Jay Pharoah's cameo as Obama, left out of the party, was easily the sketch's scene stealer.
The cold open blamed Cyrus's VMA performance for the eventual decline of America, which is pretty believable:
This was kind of a mess, and a good forecast for the rest of the show, but Cyrus' "tiny strokes" line killed. Pharaoh also nailed his Will Smith impression and it's always nice to see him get as much screen time as possible. Otherwise this was an oft-targeted celebrity confronting her usual SNL impression. May we all mourn America while praising our new, generous overlord: long live Prime Minister Bieber.