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Highlights from the seventh episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season:

The cold open: Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) gets an update about the Robert Mueller probe from Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon) and Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller), and he confronts Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) about his handshake with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (Fred Armisen) at the G20 Summit in Argentina.

Contender for best sketch: Mika Brzezinski (Kate McKinnon) and Joe Scarborough (Alex Moffat) recap their wedding day and political news with Willie Geist (Mikey Day), BBC World News’ Katty Kay (Claire Foy), Rep. Elijah Cummings (Kenan Thompson) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Melissa Villaseñor).

The monologue: Host Claire Foy talks about playing Queen Elizabeth on Netflix’s The Crown and the first time she met the real Queen of England.

This week’s fake commercial: Netflix introduces its new shows for 2019, including Saved by The Crown, a spin-off featuring Claire Foy.

A PBS World War I documentary reveals letters written by a separated military couple, James (Mikey Day) and Margaret (Claire Foy), that take an unexpected turn.

Browse all sketches and performances uploaded from this week’s episode.