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The Miley Cyrus Show, 2011
When Miley first appeared on SNL she had just started to get a little wild. In December 2010, Cyrus was caught smoking salvia, a sign of drug-related exploits to come. That indiscretion was mentioned when she played Justin Bieber opposite Vanessa Bayer's (excellent) Miley on this incarnation of "The Miley Cyrus Talk Show" sketch. SNL relishes these moments — when a real celebrity comes into contact with his or her impersonator — so naturally this would occur when Miley came to host. Though Miley's Bieber isn't as good as, say, Kate McKinnon's, it's an admirable effort.
Disney Channel Acting School, 2011
Was she/were we ever so young? Sure, at this point Cyrus was far enough away from Disney to riff on the fact that she got her start playing the perky Hannah Montana. Still, she was close enough to those days that this sketch, making fun of the Disney Channel's penchant for hyperbole, was seamless. Plus it stars former Nickelodeon star Kenan Thompson as Raven-Symoné.
Cyrus doesn't have a big role in this sketch. We're mostly including it because we want you to remember when the Vanessa Hudgens movie Beastly was a thing to be mocked.
Cold Open: VMAs Backstage, 2013
The next time Cyrus showed up on SNL, a lot had changed. It was near the beginning of the show's 2013 season, shortly after her infamous VMAs act. The show dedicated its cold open to that performance, which, in SNL's version of events, caused the apocalypse. A flashback to the night of the VMAs had Bayer returning as old Miley to issue a warning to new Miley and give her an American Girl doll. Trust us, it makes sense.