Alec Baldwin as President Trump. Photo: Will Heath/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images
The big picture: The cold open featured Fred Armisen as Mike Bloomberg (despite the candidate not qualifying for the debate); Rachel Dratch as Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Jason Sudeikis as former Vice President Joe Biden; and Larry David as Sen. Bernie Sanders. Maya Rudolph took on the role of Sen. Kamala Harris, who dropped out of the presidential race.
- "SNL" regular Kate McKinnon took on two roles, playing Sen. Elizabeth Warren and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the cold open.
- The starry night continued with the return of comedy great Eddie Murphy as host, after a 35-year absence from the show, per NBC. He was reunited with former "SNL" stars Tracy Morgan and Chris Rock.