For anyone who's happy that there are no more presidential debates, consider the down side. We likely just got our last Saturday Night Live debate parody featuring Alec Baldwin as "the best-ever Donald Trump" and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton.
The comedic combatants welcomed an A-lister for Saturday's take on Wednesday's third-and-final debate, nine-time host Tom Hanks as Fox News moderator Chris Wallace.
As with earlier SNL debate satires, the comedians worked with what the candidates gave them — and that's a lot. Baldwin's Trump opened by announcing he would "start this debate in the quietest voice possible. In the past, I have been big and loud, but tonight, I am a sweet little baby Trump."
That didn't last long, as Wallace's first question about reproductive rights yielded an intense Trump response: "They're ripping babies out of vaginas!"
That led McKinnon's Hillary to conclude: "What two better people are there to talk about women's issues? Me, a woman who has had a child and has taken birth control, and him, a man who is a child and whose face is birth control."
The real debate's most talked about moment, when Trump wouldn't commit to accepting the election results, got big play on SNL, too, although Hanks' Wallace engaged in a bit of speculation.
Wallace: "Mr. Trump, it has become very clear that you're probably going to lose."
Baldwin's open-mouthed Trump pauses. "Correct."
Wallace: "Now, when you do, will you accept the results of the election?"
Trump: "I will look at it at the time because, frankly, this whole thing is rigged. Even the media. Every day, I turn on the news and all of the newscasters are making me look so bad."
Wallace: "And how are we doing that?"
Trump: "By taking all of the things I say and all of the things I do and putting them on TV."
We're guessing one critic who panned last week's debate won't like this one, either. Trump tweeted this after last week's SNL.
Hanks gets by with a little help from mocking his friends.
In a top-flight episode of the late-night comedy institution, Hanks, who starred in the recent film, Sully, reprised his role as heroic pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger for a sketch that found the captain a little too enamored of his celebrity status.
When another captain, Baldwin's Doug Hubbard, says he is assigned to pilot a flight, a put-upon Sully calls air traffic control and tries unsuccessfully to switch from co-pilot to pilot. "Tower, this is American 809. I'm Sully. Sully Sullenberger. Miracle on the Hudson."
Hanks, a versatile host who was in just about every sketch, also played his friend, director Ron Howard, going all earnest as the folksy host of a silly clip show, America's Funniest Pets.
Hanks' Howard loves puns, showing a cat in a sink and saying, "If I fall in the water, call a purr-amedic."
Wonder if Sully and Howard will be tweeting about these sketches?
Lady Gaga sings.
Musical guest Lady Gaga performed two songs from her album, Joanne — both times wearing her signature pink hat.
First, she rocked with A-Yo, wearing a shimmery, silver two-piece outfit. Later, she sat at a piano, wearing a white suit with cape, for an impassioned performance of Million Reasons.
David S. Pumpkins "is a thing."
In addition to playing a number of famous real people, Hanks veered into crazy-town as David S. Pumpkins, a fictional person that apparently nobody knows. Pumpkins, wearing a pumpkin-patterned suit and accompanied by two skeleton characters, encountered a couple (McKinnon and Beck Bennett) in an amusement-park-style elevator ride, 100 Floors of Fright.
After the standard dead bride and head-on-a-platter scares, the elevator door frequently opened on Hanks, who sounded like PeeWee Herman's psychotic uncle as he said: "I'm David Pumpkins."
Man: "I know, but, like, who are you?"
Pumpkins: "I'm David Pumpkins, man."
Woman:: "OK. And David Pumpkins is?"
Pumpkins: "His own thing."
One of Pumpkins' things appears to be spanking skeletons, which he did as they performed a dance that was its own Halloween scare.