Saturday Night Live's Season 44 finale featured none other than Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd, as host, but things got off to an, um, interesting start when the week's cold open brought back all the major political players — including guest stars Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Robert De Niro as Robert Mueller — for a 2020-themed rendition of Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now." It was a bit bizarre, and perhaps even a little grim, but it was also an understandable final installment to what has been a near-full season of Trump Administration lampoons at the outset.
That wasn't the only musical offering the show had in store for the evening, however. In addition to musical guest DJ Khaled bringing out everyone who's anyone in hip-hop right now — including Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Jeremih, J Balvin, Lil Baby, SZA, and John Legend — the show also featured a Game of Thrones tribute rap that quickly turned into a sing-song ode to Netflix's Grace and Frankie. The only letdown of this little ditty is the fact that they brought in Grey Worm actor Jacob Anderson for it but didn't let him show off any of those formidable R&B skills of his.
In other news, even though Rudd wasn't part of the cold open, he still got to suit up as one of the White House contenders on the Democratic side, appearing as 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg, aka Mayor Pete, for a The View-style segment to tout his campaign.
"I may be only 37 years old, but I do feel like I represent everyday Americans," NotButtigieg says in the skit, to answer the panel's question of whether he's ready for such a big office. "I'm just a Harvard-educated, multilingual war veteran Rhodes scholar-- I'm just like you."
Of course, no matter how many policy points he attempted to make about climate change and America's readiness to accept a gay president, all the ladies wanted to talk about was his now-celebrity husband, Chasten.
Leslie Jones also made a major mark on the season finale during her appearance on "Weekend Update."
"Blessed be the fruit, Colin," she said, while clad in the red cape and white bonnet donned by the show's oppressed female characters. "Well, basically we're all handmaids now, so my name is actually Ofjost. [...] This is how it starts. I'm out living my life, then I see on the news that a bunch of states are trying to ban abortion and then tell me what I can and can't do with my body. Next thing you know I'm at Starbucks, and they won't take my credit card because I'm a woman, instead of the regular reason which is I don't have no money on it."
Jones then went on to rail at the specific demography of the Alabama senators who voted for the ban, which doesn't include exemptions for cases of rape and/or incest, saying, "This looks like the casting call for a Lipitor commercial. This look like the mugshots of everyone arrested at a massage parlor, and if any of them had lips, I would tell them to kiss my entire ass. You can't control women because — I don't know if y'all heard — but women are the same as humans. And I'm Leslie 'Dracarys' Jones. Why do these men care what women do with their bodies anyway? I don't care what you do with your 60-year-old droopy-ass balls."
She eventually abandoned all effort to imbue humor into the situation, however, heatedly declaring, "When women have a choice, women have freedom!"
Saturday Night Live airs live at 11:30/10:30c on NBC.