Jessica Chastain Tapped In To All Our Anxieties On SNL

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Jessica Chastain hosted this week's Saturday Night Live and managed to prove that (nearly) every sketch can make a statement. Throughout most of the episode, Chastain plays strong women, which frankly doesn't happen often enough on SNL, and challenges stereotypes while still enjoying The Bachelor. So, some aspects of all of us.
In her opening monologue, the first-time host gets ironic when she says that she "never gets to do things like this because I am always cast the 'strong, independent woman.'" She wishes for the day she can play the "naggy girlfriend." Then, Chastain commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Women's March. Bringing out Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong stand on either side of the host wearing shirts emblazoned with the words "Time's Up" and "Me Too" while singing the old Leslie Gore track, "You Don't Own Me."
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In one of the most political Saturday Night Live episodes to date, several sketchs take aim at topics that have been at the forefront of our cultural discourse like equal pay, President Donald Trump's unending yet unchallenged barrage of scandals, online bullying, and gender stereotypes.
Weekend Update, which received criticism in the past for shelving jokes about Harvey Weinstein, held nothing back as nearly the entire segment centered around Donald Trump and the government shutdown. Colin Jost advises the government to act more like its fictional House of Cards counterpart because they "got rid of the sexual predator president, and got a female president instead."
With Chastain as host, Saturday Night Live proved that sometimes the best way to address a litany of complicated issues is with unflinching honesty and just the right amount of humor.
Click through to see some of the highlights from last night's episode.
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Opening Monologue

Every female cast member gets a moment on camera in this segment, how often does that happen?
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Trump Doctor Press Conference Cold Open

Aidy Bryant returns as Sarah Huckabee Sanders to hold a press conference reporting on the government shutdown and take credit for the Women's March before turning it over to the White House physician for a...erm, generous update on Trump's health.
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What Even Matters Anymore?

Chastain acts as host on "the show where I tell you something be president did and you tell me 'does it even matter anymore?'" The game show takes an unexpected turn when it reveals that it is not a game show at all.
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Car Hunk

SNL's Bachelor send ups are always perfect and this one nails the unease about Arie, the weirdness of the age differences this season, and gives a nod to our fave, Bekkah with the short hair.
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Google Talk

Playing the nerdy-yet-beautiful host of a tech talk, Chastain and the cast address the important topic of online bullying. She starts off the sit-down by reading the results of a survey they gave the audience asking them to share something they have been bullied for. Each of the answers strikes a chord, well, except for one.
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Taco Math

Two women go out to dinner at a Mexican restaurant. While they attempt to order, things go from funny to infuriating as they portray the inaccurate stereotype that women are not good at math. Things take a surprise turn at the end, but it misses the mark.
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Amazon’s New Headquarters

Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos, takes meetings with representatives of cities being considered as the possible location for the company's new headquarters. As they each compete to impress Bezos, they prove that with each pro comes a problematic con.
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Movie Set with Jessica Chastain

Leslie Jones and Jessica Chastain act opposite each other as lawyers on a fictional film set. The scene begins with Jones telling Chastain that she is leaving after finding out that they both are paid considerably less than their male counterparts. Keenan Thompson steps in to offer some less than orthodox director's notes.
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Weekend Update

The major theme for this week's update is, unsurprisingly, Donald Trump and, perhaps surprisingly, full of impressions (yes, more than usual). Kate McKinnon unleashes her inner Robert Mueller to talk about the ongoing investigation. Cecily Strong comes on as Stormy Daniels to suggest that Daniels might not be the figure we need but the one we deserve. Colin Jost makes a strong point about how our government should behave more like the fictional government from House of Cards.
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