After two weeks on hiatus, “Saturday Night Live” returned with a new episode that once again started with Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump taking on the latest in political news — and throwing a jab in at Harvey Weinstein for good measure.
“What an idiot that Harvey Weinstein is. He could have gotten away with all of it, if only he was elected president,” Baldwin’s Trump said while in the shower with Alex Moffat’s Paul Manafort.
(They were in the shower because Baldwin’s Trump had to “make sure [Manafort wasn’t] wearing a wire.”)
Additionally, the cold open sketch took on Manafort going to prison but asking Trump to be pardoned, Trump’s recent trips to Hawaii and Asia (though in “SNL’s” version only Cecily Strong’s Melania actually went, bringing along an inflated Trump “look-alike”), and the new tax plan, which he said was named while he was having a small stroke.
In addition to Baldwin and Moffat, Beck Bennett appeared in the cold open as Mike Pence, walking into the shower with Trump and Manafort in a full suit because he’s “not married to the water.” And Kate McKinnon popped in as Jeff Sessions, who noted at least he won’t go to prison because he’s a “sneaky, lying little villain” who will just “roll over and play dead like the half-possum” he is.
Later in the episode Moffat and Mikey Day visited the “Weekend Update” news desk as Eric and Donald Trump Jr., respectively. Their appearance came after Michael Che called out Trump for Tweeting about fake news and “crooked” Hillary Clinton yet again (though he did not mention the 11 minutes Trump’s account was deactivated earlier in the week).
“I’m tired of watching the president of the United States have an emotional breakdown on Twitter like he’s Tyrese,” Che said. “If you want to live-Tweet ‘Morning Joe’ or ‘Cupcake Wars’ or whatever you watch, fine, but indictments are important and you work for us. So go put on your baggy suit, fold your hair nice, and answer all of our questions face-to-face like the public servant that you are.”
Watch the cold open below:
“Saturday Night Live” is on Saturdays at 11:30 pm ET / 8:30 pm PT on NBC.