“Saturday Night Live” kicked off the night by tackling some of the biggest stories of the week, including the contentious Kyle Rittenhouse verdict and climate change.

The episode was hosted by actor Simu Liu and featured musical guest Saweetie. Aside from the big headlines, the series took time to remember a late “SNL” star.

Check out some of the notable sketches from the seventh episode of “Saturday Night Live” Season 47.

Cold Open

The NBC comedy sketch series opened up the night by taking on several of last week’s biggest headlines, including the Rittenhouse verdict, Kevin McCarthy, and Trump’s rants.

In a parody of a Fox News program, anchor Jeanine Pirro, played by Cecily Strong, began the show by defending the verdict and Rittenhouse’s actions.

“That lovable scamp was put through a nightmare of a trial just for doing the bravest thing any American can do — protecting a used car lot in someone else’s town,” she said.

She was also joined by Judge Bruce Schroeder, played by Mikey Day, who had a minor slip about his favoritism toward Rittenhouse. “It was all standard procedure,” he said.

“That’s why I ordered that the prosecution not use the word ‘victims,’ they were rioters, and they were not shot, they were ge-doinked. That did not give my client an unfair advantage in any way.” 

Strong interjected and pointed out his mistake. “You said, ‘my client.’ Do you mean the defendant?” she asked. 

“Oooh, yeah, sure. I keep doing that,” Day replied.

Pirro also praised McCarthy, who made an eight-hour and 32-minute long floor speech on Thursday night into Friday morning that briefly delayed the $1.9 trillion Build Back Better Act from being passed.

She then brought on former President Trump who went on a rant jumping from various topics, including the border wall, Chris Christie, Dua Lipa, and Bill Maher.

Weekend Update

The “SNL” Weekend Update segment got a visit from Mother Earth, played by Aidy Bryant, who discussed the alarming rise in global temperatures.

When Jost suggested perhaps new technology could help combat climate change, Mother Earth didn’t appear hopeful.

“I feel like all I see is divorced nerds trying to colonize Mars. Honestly, I know Mars. She’s a hot, dry, windy whore,” Bryant continued.

Jost attempted to remain optimistic about making climate change better, which Bryant appreciated and noted she was going to miss humans “after you burn.”

Before the segment wrapped, Mother Earth shared a few things she wanted humans to know. “I’m your mother. I care about you. I love you, and this can go one of two ways: You help me, or I’m gonna kill you. Momma gonna kill you dead. Nah, I’m kidding. I love you, guys,” she shared.

Bryant sarcastically added, “I think the corporations are really gonna help you.”

Tribute To Peter Aykroyd

The series took a special moment to pay tribute to Peter Aykroyd, a former “SNL” featured player and writer. The tribute featured an image of Aykroyd, who died on Saturday, along with the years of his birth, Nov. 19, 1955, and death. He joined the NBC comedy sketch show in 1979 and was the younger brother of comedian Dan Aykroyd.

Peter Ackroyd played Joe in the short film “Java Junkie” and made appearances in films and TV shows, including “Coneheads,” “The Blues Brothers,” and “PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal.”

On Twitter, “SNL” shared “Java Junkie” short of Peter Aykroyd on their official Twitter account.

Following the latest episode, “Saturday Night Live” will go on a three-week hiatus. When it returns on Dec. 11, Billie Eilish will be doing double duty as the host and musical guest.

Saturday Night Live Pictured [L-R]: Aidy Bryant as Mother Earth and anchor Colin Jost during “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live.” Photo: Will Heath/NBC