As Putin showered Trump with praise -- and gave him a very special Elf on the Shelf with a camera lens for an eye -- the cold open felt like standard SNL fare until a surprise appearance from John Goodman as Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil and Trump's choice for Secretary of State.
Tillerson lumbered into Trump's office unannounced and quickly began catching up with the Russian leader -- whom he affectionately called "Pootie" -- as Trump stood sideline, utterly baffled while the two seasoned schemers plot their future involvement in Russian oil trade routes.
Goodman and Baldwin also joined Affleck during his scattershot monologue, where they tried to ease his nerves about hosting for the first time during SNL's Christmas spectacular.
"Between the three of us, we've hosted SNL 31 times," Goodman assured Affleck.
Former castmember Fred Armison also got in on the fun, coming back to star in a sketch about Microsoft's first fully functioning robot (who is also really open about being gay) and later teaming up with Vanessa Bayer during Weekend Update, where the pair reprised their roles as Vladimir Putin's Best Friends From Growing Up.