Alec Baldwin is no stranger when it comes to hosting or guest appearing on "Saturday Night Live." As season 42 began, the actor was tapped to play the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Now with Trump as president, Baldwin has become a regular as the show continues to lampoon the goings-on in Washington. However, this past Saturday, Baldwin came back as host of the show, for a record-breaking seventeenth time to help promote his latest role, providing his voice to the main character in "The Boss Baby." The episode brought in its highest ratings in six years.

The return of Spicey

With the week prior being a huge comedic and surprising success, Melissa McCarthy returned as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in the show’s cold open. An annoyed and irritated Spicer once again used props to illustrate immigrants coming into the country and brandished a leaf blower on a reporter. The actress’ impression also innocently pulled a Kellyanne Conway when a home-shopping chyron appeared on the screen selling Ivanka Trump jewelry. This all happened before plunging toward the seated reporters as the Press Secretary’s podium became mobile.

Kate McKinnon also flexed her impression muscles by appearing as the newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and later appeared during the Weekend Update segment as Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren.

A night of topical sketches

As the night progressed, the sketches had an indirect connection to the current state of politics. In a sketch about nepotism, Alec Baldwin played Colonel Larson, who comes by to conduct inspections on the base. Larson yelled at the other soldiers, but took it easy on his son by praising him as if he was a child.

A digital short, “Jake Tapper” found Beck Bennett’s Jake Tapper and McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway in a scene that was taken straight out of "Fatal Attraction."

Leslie Wants to Play Trump,” a second digital short of the night had humorous moments. With a nod back to an earlier short about Leslie Jones’ and Kyle Mooney’s “Love,” Jones showed her determination to play Trump.

She faced a two-faced Vanessa Bayer, who supported her idea, but later showed up to audition her own version of Trump. We also saw Jones donning the hairstyle and eyebrows while she screamed at Lorne Michaels to give her a chance.

Weekend Update unveiled a new character that would make a perfect date for the “Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With At a Party.” Featured player Alex Moffat introduced his new original character, “Guy Who Just Bought a Boat.” He is weird, random, and self-absorbed, and wants you to know that he just bought a boat. He may be another face that can be rotated into the 12-minute news delivery at the Update desk.

Ed Sheeran’s latest singles and surprise cameo

The musical guest of the night was Ed Sheeran. The “Thinking Out Loud” singer played new songs, “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill.”

In a sketch that featured Sasheer Zamata as Beyoncé at the obstetician’s office for an ultrasound. The “Formation” singer has been in the news lately for announcing that she is carrying twins. As the ultrasound commenced, we saw exactly what was inside her womb, and it was speculated to be twin boys -- performed by Kenan Thompson and Tracy Morgan. Morgan’s cameo was a welcome surprise to the audience. The sketch went on, as the two in-utero twins wondered what life would be like having Beyoncé as a mother.

It was expected that Baldwin would portray Donald Trump at some point in the episode, and that came in a People’s Court sketch where Trump takes the 9th Circuit judges to court to appeal their travel ban ruling.

In the finale of the sketch, Trump asked to settle, to which the judge replied:

“No, I won’t, and let me just say, you are doing too much, okay? I want one day without a CNN alert that scares the hell out of me.”

"Saturday Night Live" returns March 4th with Octavia Spencer set to host.