[A confident, high-energy Joseph Gordon-Levitt presided over a strong episode (featuring an unusually high quotient of male nudity—with Gordon-Levitt going shirtless and leading Jay Pharoah, Taran Killam, and Bobby Moynihan in a Magic Mike reenactment during the monologue, and Taran Killam baring almost all in a later sketch). Jay Pharoah, infrequently seen during his first year on the show, continued his emergence as a breakout performer, with spot-on impressions of Michael Strahan and Stephen A. Smith, and a goofy turn as a fashion-conscious rapper. The Romney 47% percent spoof that might have been expected as the evening's opener instead appeared Thursday as the cold open for SNL's prime-time election special. Musical guest Mumford & Sons perfomed "I Will Wait" and "Below My Feet."]
Tres Equis: The beer brought to you by the son of the World's Most Interesting Man. ("He can make a woman cringe just by entering a room... He can almost do a 180 on his Razor scooter... When he tips, he puts a negative amount and says it's 'cash back'...")
Also: Tres Equis, Part Two...
A fired-up Ann Romney (Kate McKinnon) drops by Weekend Update to discuss Mitt's campaign struggles and pay tribute to "the great Beyoncé." ("Everyone says I'm unrelatable because I had a horse in the Olympics. Well, let me tell you... I would kill that horse if I could meet Beyoncé...")
The G.O.B. Tampon...designed by the people who know a woman's body best: the gentlemen of the Republican Party.
ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith drops by Weekend Update to discuss Tim Tebow's performance with the Jets. ("Tim Tebow's throwing arm is proof that there is no God...")
America's undecided voters have questions...like: "When is the election?"
Also: What Are You Doing?!—Seth Meyers has some advice for President Obama. ("Take a cue from Queen Elizabeth: she's still in power because she's said all of eleven words since 1940..."); The Finer Things—Rappers Jay Pharoah, Kenan Thompson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Bobby Moynihan go crazy for wineglass charms, Hermès handbags, and Helmut Lang "scardigans"; Taran Killam, unclothed and portraying a lovesick dinosaur, may or may not be under the sway of a hypnotist; Kelly Ripa (Nasim Pedrad) and Michael Strahan (Jay Pharoah) welcome a brooding Robert Pattinson (Bill Hader) on Live! With Kelly and Michael.
NEXT, on October 6: Daniel Craig, with musical guest Muse.