This weekend marked the final new episode of Saturday Night Live before Election Day, and the show made it count from the very beginning, with a political cold open that was anything but cold.
Sure, it started out with a typically snarky tone, as Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) and Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) spoke with Erin Burnett (Cecily Strong) "to make their case to voters one last time." Plenty of jokes were made about the candidates' rivalry, but it didn't last long. Eventually, the actors broke character to share how disheartened they've become about this "mean" and "gross" election.
So they decided to get positive for once, running outside and clasping hands.
What followed was an optimistic and often hilarious show of unity on the streets of New York, with plenty of hugs and soft pretzels. And when they got back to the studio, they had one very important message for those of us watching at home.
"Now it's time to get out there and vote. None of this will have mattered if you don't vote," Baldwin said.
"And we can't tell you who to vote for," McKinnon added, "but on Tuesday, we all get a chance to choose what kind of country we want to live in."