This week Miley Cyrus capably handled double-duty as musical guest and host of Saturday Night Live's second episode of the season, following last week's turn by SNL-favorite aunt, Tina Fey.
We expected Cyrus' monologue to address her VMA performance, which she did with humor, confidence, and winking sass. She noted happily that she was comfortable with her own actions and "if I owe anybody an apology, it's the people that make the bottom half of shirts." This is a good move for Cyrus, who can use SNL as a perfect bully pulpit to defend and explain her position. She maintained a lighthearted, even modest tone, but tucked in a few serious remarks, like noting, "I need some freedom to grow up and make mistakes."
Even with well-placed self-deprecating humor, this week's episode overly relied on Cyrus' antics and star persona as a running joke. "Miley"-humor contributed to four sketches, including the rare host appearance in the cold open (the apocalypse dawned because of Cyrus's booty-shaking at the VMAs). The writers also managed to launch a Cyrus-Government-Shutdown criticism in one fell swoop. This sketch featured John Boehner (Taran Killam) in belly-baring shirts and teeny underwear with a gyrating Michelle Bachmann (Miley Cyrus) and other GOPs celebrating the shutdown in "We Did Stop."
So what factored in besides Cyrus-silliness? The "50 Shades of Grey" cast auditions was an easy though consummately-executed way to let the cast members to show off some choice impressions (Christoph Waltz, Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Jane Lynch).
This week featured a great episode of "Girlfriends," a simple but keen sketch about jaded anchors in "Morin' Miami." Piers Morgan reviewed new series about Hillary Clinton including "Running Rodham" for AMC (with Heisenhower) and "Say Yes to the Pantsuit" for TLC. We also saw the introduction of Pat Lynhart (Kate McKinnon), a polished, preppy Connecticut mother who has embraced her personality from Grand Auto Theft V. Watch these and more below.