Alec Baldwin was back on “Saturday Night Live” May 19 for the NBC comedy’s 43rd season finale in a cold open sketch that had him meeting his friends and foes — including Kate McKinnon’s Rudy Giuliani, Ben Stiller’s Michael Cohen and Robert De Niro’s Robert Mueller — in a diner. It was a chance for the show to take on last jab at the political players in Donald Trump’s White House, and the show wasted no time hopping from person to person and topic to topic.
Reminiscent of the final season of “The Sopranos,” Baldwin was joined in the booth by his closest confidantes, set to a score of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” playing from an old-fashion jukebox. The end of the sketch even faded to black after an ominous warning from De Niro’s Mueller.
Baldwin, as Donald Trump, asked McKinnon’s Giuliani if he was went on “Fox & Friends” recently.
“Like 20 times, yeah. Don’t worry, I told them you were openly colluding with Russia, but then I ended with, ‘So what!?'” McKinnon’s Giulini said. “I even confessed to some crimes you didn’t do and then I said, ‘What are you going to do? Arrest the president? I dare ya!'”
After Baldwin’s Trump told McKinnon’s Giuliani that he appreciated everything he’s done for him, McKinnon deftly replied, “You’re the best and last client I’ll ever have.”
Stiller’s Cohen said he was “mostly just preparing to go to jail and stuff.”
“I’ve heard jail’s fun,” Baldwin’s Trump replied. “It’s just like camp. Plus, there’s a free gym. Dude, you’re going to get so jacked.”
McKinnon’s Giuliani added that he “they even have programs where you can get a real law degree.”
But Baldwin’s Trump said he didn’t plan to visit Stiller’s Cohen, as he had “golf.”
The group also discussed legal loopholes, including faking Trump’s own death, while De Niro’s Mueller sat at a table just off to the side of their own and then getting up to walk behind Baldwin’s Trump and shoot him the universal sign for “I see you.” Interestingly, this sketch comes just after the one-year anniversary of the start of Mueller’s investigation into Trump, something which Colin Jost and Michael Che later discussed during “Weekend Update.”
Mikey Day as Don Jr. and Alex Moffat as Eric also joined the cold open and “Weekend Update” for the season finale.
“I couldn’t think of three people I’d rather be with here tonight. My best son and two of my last 15 lawyers,” Baldwin’s Trump said in the cold open.
“To a great first year of the Russian investigation,” Stiller’s Cohen raised a toast.
“And many more!” McKinnon’s Giuliani replied.
Later in the episode, the show took on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” once again, featuring some flirting between McKinnon’s Mika Brzezinski and Moffat’s Joe with Scarborough while Day’s Willie Geist looked on in confusion and slight disgust. But the flirting came in between McKinnon’s Brzezinski’s exasperated inability to articulate how she felt about the news Moffat’s Scarborough was reading, and special satellite visits from Aidy Bryant’s Meghan McCain and Tina Fey as Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Bryant’s McCain was on to talk about her feelings about recent attacks on her father, but she couldn’t even get one word out as the hosts just spouted their opinions and concerns. Meanwhile, Fey’s Veselnitskaya declared that Trump did not know about a meeting she had with Don Jr. at Trump Tower, denying collusion.
“The meeting begins by handing out the customary Russian gift — my English [is] not good — the rectangle with the money — bribe. And then I say, ‘My name is Natalia, lawyer who can help Mr. Trump make lots of money from Russia.’ They say, ‘We already have one of those, his name is Michael Cohen,’ and they leave. Very easy meeting, no one was poisoned,” Fey’s Veselnitskaya said.
Watch a clip from the “Saturday Night Live” season 43 finale cold open below:
Watch “SNL’s” season finale “Morning Joe” sketch below: