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Elaine Benes, meet Bernie Sanders.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus kicked off hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend with a mini Seinfeld reunion, reprising her role as Elaine Benes to grill Bernie Sanders (a.k.a. Seinfeld creator Larry David) about his proposed economic policies.

The episode’s cold open started as a traditional debate between Sanders and Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton, but when Beck Bennett’s Wolf Blitzer opened up the floor to voter questions, “longtime New Yorker” Elaine Benes took the opportunity to question Sanders about how exactly he plans to break up the big banks.

Sanders’ strategy? “I’ll go to the big banks, I’ll sit them down, and yada yada yada, they’ll be broken up.”

“You can’t yada yada at a debate!” Elaine replied. “Also, you yada yada’d over the best part.”

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Elaine also had a question for Clinton, asking the secretary, “Doesn’t it suck to be the only girl in a group of guys? Don’t worry, because everyone thinks you are, by far, the funniest. I mean, uh, the most qualified.”

Another New York ’90s sitcom star stopped by to ask the candidates a question, with Vanessa Bayer bringing back her Rachel Green impression, but Louis-Dreyfus soon took the stage again to continue harassing David.

“Senator Sanders, you believe that the super rich should pay more in taxes. But wouldn’t that be bad for actors how made a lot of money on a certain very successful sitcom?” she asked. “Wouldn’t it be even worse for the person who created that sitcom? I mean, wouldn’t he lose a lot of money?”

Watch Elaine and Bernie’s confrontation below, and read EW’s full recap of the episode here.

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Saturday Night Live - Season 42

Saturday Night Live

The original late-night comedy sketch show from the one and only Lorne Michaels.

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