The host and Republican presidential candidate opened the episode in his usual manner. He winked at the previous "greats" who had hosted before him, like himself in 2004, and set up a gag about how Aidy Bryant looks nothing like Rosie O'Donnell, but he confused them anyway.
First, Taran Killam showed up as Trump. Then former cast member Darryl Hammond showed up as Trump. Then all three of them stood together in a line of Trumps, the two impersonators making rubber-faced reactions as the real Trump, 69, shrugged them off.