The material for the cold open, which covered the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, couldn’t have been easier to mine. They hit all the expected beats: Jhina, Trump’s sniffing, Hillary’s stiffness, Sean Hannity, Alicia Machado, etc. and the writing was really solid throughout. Mckinnon was wonderful as Hillary as usual, but Baldwin’s Trump stole the show—it’s pitch-perfect. Vocally he’s spot on, and he absolutely nails the mannerisms, squinty scowl, and overall essence. It was the perfect way to open the 42nd season.