11:19pm PT by Aaron Couch
'SNL' Recap: Miley Cyrus Mocks Government Shutdown With 'We Can't Stop' Parody (Video)
[Note: We will post video of the Miley Cyrus-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live as soon as it is made available online.
There was no twerking when Miley Cyrus took over Saturday Night Live as host and musical guest.
Her episode outdid last week's Tina Fey-hosted season opener, with Cyrus' best moment coming during a digital short that took on the government shutdown to the tune of her hit "We Can't Stop." Cyrus took on the role of a sexy Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, singing "We Did Stop (The Government)."
The singer was the center of the show's cold open – a rarity for a host – which saw a man (Kenan Thompson) living in an apocalyptic future reflect on Cyrus' controversial Video Music Awards performance. He blamed it for ushering in the demise of America.
We then flashed back to Cyrus' dressing room right before the performance. There she was joined by a future version of herself (Vanessa Bayer), who had traveled back in time to warn Cyrus about the performance.
Later, during her opening monologue, Cyrus said she wouldn't apologize for her VMAs performance.
"I don't apologize for my VMA performance. If I owe anyone apology, it's the people who make the bottom half of shirts," Cyrus said. She added that wouldn't be twerking or playing Hannah Montana during the episode.
"But I can give you an update of what she's up to," Cyrus said. "She was murdered."
On the musical performances front, there was no repeat of the VMAs. Her "Wrecking Ball" was relatively tame, and she remained seated while singing an acoustic version of "We Can't Stop."
That's not to say SNL didn't play with Cyrus' post VMAs sex kitten image. The final sketch of the night centered on the friends of a college student (Kyle Mooney) becoming increasingly frustrated because their friend balked at having sex with Cyrus.
SNL also tackled last month's Fifty Shades of Grey casting by revealing the lost audition tapes for the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. What followed was a pairing of some of celebrities with the least chemistry, including Steve Harvey and Rebel Wilson; Seth Rogen and Emma Stone; and Marie-Louise Parker and Aziz Ansari (all played by SNL castmembers).
The show also got into the Hillary Clinton TV biopic game, with Piers Morgan (Taran Killam) speaking with Arianna Huffington (Nasim Pedrad) about a number of projects still in development, including one from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.
SNL cut to a clip of the show, which had President Barack Obama (Jay Pharoah) sitting in the oval office, with Clinton (Kate McKinnon) lurking in the shadows a la Walter White in the Breaking Bad series finale. Without spoiling it for those who have yet to see the finale, SNL's sketch took lines verbatim from Bad, with Clinton announcing a presidential run for 2016 and declaring she was now Heisenhower, before putting on a Heisenberg hat.
SNL returns next week with host Bruce Willis and musical guest Katy Perry.