After Jeff Sessions tendered his resignation as attorney general earlier this week, Kate McKinnon portrayed him for presumably the last time on the Nov. 10 episode of “Saturday Night Live.” While post-arrest Alec Baldwin was still absent as Donald Trump, Robert De Niro returned as Robert Mueller to send off the former Depart of Justice employee.
In a cold open sketch for the episode that featured “Ray Donovan” star Liev Schreiber as host and Lil Wayne as the musical guest, McKinnon, decked out in her combover wig, prosthetic ears and suit with red tie, popped out from underneath the desk in a set designed to look like Sessions’ former office. Aidy Bryant as Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed out that it was Matthew Whitaker’s office now, to which McKinnon as Sessions replied that it was hard to fathom why the president would hire such a man.
“He’s a shady businessman with no experience who’s blindly loyal to Donald Trump,” McKinnon as Sessions said. “OK hearing it out loud, it makes sense.”
Packing up “the box I was born in,” McKinnon as Sessions gathered up important personal items in saying goodbye to the office. This started with a “trusty Bible” with which “I justified a lot of bad things with this book,” a picture of a literal family tree, a copy of Bob Woodward’s book and “the NAACP’s first ironic award.”
Beck Bennett as vice president Mike Pence also stopped by to check on Sessions, who showed him his “cute mug” with a confederate flag on it.
“I don’t understand what I did wrong,” McKinnon as Sessions said. Recounting the 16 months of office, she continued, “I put kids in cages. I said no to gays. What more did y’all want?”
Mikey Day and Alex Moffat as Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, respectively, also visited with Sessions. “You should have stopped this Mueller investigation a long time ago. I mean, there’s even a chance they could come after me and Eric,” Day as Trump Jr. said.
“Are we going to get some penis?” Moffat as Trump responded.
“No, bud, I told you it’s subpoenas, not some penis, which means you could go to jail,” Day as Trump Jr. said.
“Where you could get some penis,” Moffat as Trump pointed out before showing a drawing he did of a hand turkey — and since his father helped him with it, the middle finger feather was pointing straight up.
McKinnon sat down and gazed at a photo of Baldwin as Donald Trump in the end, noting that, “After all we’ve been through, I thought you’d at least say goodbye” before launching into Adele’s “Someone Like You,” which was sung as clips of McKinnon and Baldwin played in the background.
But before McKinnon could launch into the infamous “Live from New York” closer, De Niro as Mueller walked into the office.
“You can’t arrest me, I quit, sir,” McKinnon as Sessions said.
But instead Mueller just came to say thanks for all he did for the investigation, confirming Sessions did “more than you’ll ever know” for it and that he was in the report “a little bit,” while Trump was in the report “a lot of bit.”
“Well I guess I’m leaving just in time,” McKinnon as Sessions said.
Watch the Nov. 10 cold open below:
“Saturday Night Live” airs live coast-to-coast Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. PT on NBC.