10 Best 'SNL' Sketches of Season 43, From Natalie Rap 2.0 to 'Black Panther'

From a priceless Will Ferrell/Kate McKinnon team-up to a Migos-like rap group in therapy – the best of 'Saturday Night Live's past season

10. 'Donald Trump Baltic States Cold Open'

It wasn't surprising that SNL continued to lean hard on Alec Baldwin's Trump impersonation for this season – nor was it surprising that these sketches felt painfully useless and completely unamusing as time went on, especially when our President's proclamations, antics and overall release-the-Kraken method of "governing" have only become more worrisome. There's an increasingly fiddling-while-Rome-burns vibe to these bits now, no matter how many cabinet members/peripheral political actors Kate McKinnon impersonates. "Weekend Update" provides the cutting political commentary; these POTUS vignettes are now just an excuse for celebrity cameos and Baldwinian schtick. To quote a slightly less problematic figure: That joke isn't funny anymore.

In terms of humor-as-catharsis, however, there was one big Trump-sketch exception. Go directly to the 6:30 mark in this clip, where the commander-in-chief answers a question from the press corps about whether his immigration policies have threatened the nation's standing in the world. "Here's the thing ... I don't care about America. This whole presidency is a four-year cash grab ... but I. Do. Not. Care. About. Any. Of. You." Even the way Baldwin's Broadway-style hand movements give the phrasing a musicality doesn't lessen the impact. It's somehow both a gag and not a gag at all – more like a cold, hard slap of truth embedded in an otherwise limp skit about Trump insulting his Baltic counterparts. We all know this is really what's happening, the show says. You can hear a tinge of temporary shock in the audience's laughter when he says it. And for a split second, in a season full of weak pokes at a morally bankrupt administration, you can feel SNL land a blow.

(In terms of non-"Update" administration jabs, judges would have also accepted the "What Even Matters Anymore?" game show, which was also worth its weight in righteous anger and Jessica-Chastain-guzziling-wine GIFs.)