[SNL's post-Wiig/Samberg-era got off to a solid start, with strong election-themed fodder, and Seth MacFarlane as a game and versatile host. The monologue featured MacFarlane running through an assortment of Family Guy voices and bursting into song, while the cold open featured a spot-on Jay Pharoah taking over as Obama from Fred Armisen (who introduced him). Taran Killam appeared as Paul Ryan, and Jason Sudeikis returned as an out-of-touch Romney ("I know hardship: one of my horses failed to medal at the Olympics..."). New featured players Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, and Cecily Strong all got some air time, while Abby Elliott, whose departure was unexpectedly announced last month was conspicuously absent. Musical guest Frank Ocean performed "Thinking About You" and "Pyramids," accompanied by John Mayer.]

Some highlights...

Did Mitt Romey give laid-off worker Bill Hader's wife Herpes? Did he outsource Kenan Thompson's shoeshine stand to China? (Barack Obama may have approved this ad, but he's not proud of it...)

Clint Eastwood and Chair: The comedy duo that rocked the Republican National Convention takes their act on the road...

A dimwitted Ryan Lochte (Seth MacFarlane) drops by Weekend Update to discuss the upcoming TV season. ("It feels so weird to be dry...")

The local mall goes Gangnam style when "Lids" hat store employees Seth MacFarlane, Jason Sudeikis, and Kenan Thompson get a visit from Korean rap sensation PSY (accompanied by backup dancers Bobby Moynihan, Taran Killam, Bill Hader, Nasim Pedrad, Kate McKinnon, and two horses).

Creepy military vet Bill Hader joins Seth MacFarlane's "Introduction to Puppetry" class...

Also: Steve Harvey (Kenan Thompson) gives Seth MacFarlane a makeover (and sends him to see Earth, Wind & Fire cover band, Dirt, Water & Heat).

NEXT, on September 22: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with musical guest Mumford & Sons.

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