Woody Harrelson and Kendrick Lamar Do SNL

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This week’s Saturday Night Live — the sixth episode of the program’s landmark 40th season — featured guest host Woody Harrelson, and musical guest Kendrick Lamar.

It was also the best show of the season so far.

With an opening monologue and song which paid tribute to Taylor Swift‘s 1989, featuring Harrelson’s hazy recollection of the year in question, and cameos from Harrelson’s Hunger Games co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence, the show moved along quickly with the cast finally finding its footing after a bumpy start during the season’s previous five outings.

Highlights included Taran Killam’s unhinged Matthew McCounaughey, portrayed as joining his True Detective co-star, Harrelson, for a Weekend Update editorial, and an inspired bit of oddness regarding a campfire song about apples. The show’s end also saw the always welcome return of Kate McKinnon‘s bottom-scraping barfly character, Sheila Sauvage, who became stomach-churningly acquainted with the host, as you’d expect.

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