A triumphant President Barack Obama (Jay Pharoah) make his return to "Saturday Night Live" this week as the show opened with an emotional exit by Mitt Romney (Jason Sudeikis).
A wistful, somber and despondent Romney - "darn it all to heck" - drowned his sorrows on election night by chugging an endless supply of milk while being consoled by his wife Ann (played again brilliantly by Kate McKinnon). Three of his sons, all played by Taran Killam, tried to help him feel better. Tagg threatened to "punch America in the face." The boys tired to encourage dad to join the party by informing him that Paul Ryan is performing "amazing feats of strength" and that Donald Trump is being "racist." Karl Rove (Bobby Moynihan) got tossed over the balcony just for good measure after asking Romney if he could borrow "$300 million."
The sketch closed with the long-time-married couple embracing and a feeling that the former Massachusetts governor will be just fine, once he figures out how they make mayonnaise.
Pharoah was dead-on by channeling his inner-smug Obama during Seth Meyers' Weekend Update to celebrate his victory, which was capped off when he was officially awarded Florida's 29 electoral votes on Saturday. The President plans to lay out an aggressive legislative agenda since Republicans beat him despite eight-percent unemployment, $5 gas, a "one debate head start" and "on top of that, I'm black.” Obama offered no olive branches, warning Republicans that there are fewer old white men and that there's “a Hispanic, gay woman is born every eight seconds” before later adding "in the words of Wesley Snipes: Always bet on black."
As far as what he learned during his first term, the president said: "This is a terrible job and I hate it."
Host Anne Hathaway opened the show with a cast-wide chorus playing off her upcoming film role in "Les Misérables" - during which the cast sang about the joys of having Sundays off to the tune of “I Dreamed a Dream.” The opening demonstrated again the versatility of the cast, several of whom showed off some impressive pipes. The former Catwoman also appeared as Katie Holmes during a stop on "Ellen" and as Claire Danes (who plays CIA agent Carrie Mathison) in a wild send-up of Showtime's "Homeland."
She also played a frustrated McDonald's manager who had to break some bad news to her staff and appeared with Killam in truly off-beat musical pre-recorded sketch doing the "Mokiki" sloppy swish dance. You'll either love it or hate it:
Rihanna was the musical guest - appearing on the show for the fourth time - just days after posting topless photos of herself on Twitter backstage at the Victoria Secret fashion show in New York. Her latest album "Unapologetic" drops on Nov. 19. Jeremy Renner hosts next week with musical guest Maroon 5.
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