SNL's Miley Cyrus Episode: 5 Best Scenes

John Boehner gets down with Michele Bachmann, Hannah Montana is declared dead, and Miley Cyrus sings "Wrecking Ball" and "We Can't Stop."

Miley Cyrus gamely made fun of her recent antics, kept her twerking to a minimum, and played characters ranging from herself to Hillary Clinton and Michele Bachmann. In the monologue, she updated viewers on the fate of Hannah Montana. As musical guest, she turned in strong performances, singing "Wrecking Ball" and an acoustic version of "We Can't Stop."

Some highlights...

A blinged out John Boehner (Taran Killam) and a racy Michele Bachmann (Miley Cyrus) revel in their incapacitation of the federal government with a "We Can't Stop" video parody, "We Did Stop (the Government)."

Cold open—Preparing to go onstage at the 2013 VMAs, Miley Cyrus is confronted by her old self (Vanessa Bayer), with whom she sings a Hannah Montana duet. (Also features Taran Killam as Robin Thicke, Jay Pharoah as Will Smith, and Bobby Moynihan as a giant teddy bear).


 

Screen tests for Fifty Shades of Grey: pairings from Seth Rogen (Bobby Moynihan) and Emma Stone (Noël Wells) to Tracy Morgan (Jay Pharoah) and Tilda Swinton (Kate McKinnon) try out for the coveted roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. (The sketch's casting of Nasim Pedrad as Aziz Ansari serves as a reminder of the ensemble's overall homogeneity).


 

An over the top Shannon Sharpe (Jay Pharoah) talks football with Seth on Weekend Update.


 

Bar Mitzvah Boy (Vanessa Bayer) returns to Weekend Update to explain his celebration of Shabbat (and is thrown off by Seth's new co-anchor, Cecily Strong).


 

Also: NBC and CNN's Hillary Clinton biopics may have been abandoned, but versions by Fox, MTV and others are still in the works; a Connecticut mom (Kate McKinnon) drops by Weekend Update to review Grand Theft Auto 5; new SNL cast member Kyle Mooney is flustered by Miley Cyrus' advances.

 

NEXT, on October 12: Bruce Willis, with musical guest Katy Perry.
 

 

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Sage Stossel is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and draws the cartoon feature "Sage, Ink." She is author/illustrator of the graphic novel Starling, and of the children's books  On the Loose in Boston and On the Loose in Washington, DC. More

On Election Day in 1996, TheAtlantic.com launched a weekly editorial cartoon feature drawn by Sage Stossel and named (aptly enough) "Sage, Ink." Since then, Stossel's whimsical work has been featured by the New York Times Week in Review, CNN Headline News, Cartoon Arts International/The New York Times Syndicate, The Boston Globe, Nieman Reports, Editorial Humor, The Provincetown Banner (for which she received a 2009 New England Press Association Award), and elsewhere. Her work has also been included in Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, (2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010 editions) and Attack of the Political Cartoonists. Her children's book, On the Loose in Boston, was published in June 2009.

Sage Stossel grew up in a suburb of Boston and attended Harvard University, where she majored in English and American Literature and Languages and did a weekly cartoon strip about college life, called "Jody," for the Harvard Crimson. From 2004 to 2007, she served as Books Editor of the Radcliffe Quarterly

After college she took what was intended to be a temporary summer position securing electronic rights to articles from The Atlantic's archive for use online. Intrigued by The Atlantic's rich history and the creative possibilities in helping to launch a digital edition of the magazine on the Web, she soon joined The Atlantic full time. As the site's former executive editor, she was involved in everything from contributing reviews, author interviews, and illustrations, to hosting message boards and producing a digital edition of The Atlantic for the Web.

Stossel lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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