Fans of “Saturday Night Live” had been anxiously awaiting the cold open sketch on this week’s show, given that it will be the final time Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon can spoof Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton before one of the candidates will be elected president, and “SNL” did not disappoint.
The sketch began in the guise of a CNN broadcast with Erin Burnett (played by Cecily Strong) interviewing both candidates, discussing how the comfortable lead Clinton enjoyed a few weeks earlier evaporated due to the FBI reopening its investigation into her email troubles.
Meanwhile, Baldwin’s Trump was portrayed as “Teflon Don”, whose endless string of scandals, accusations and outrageous comments have zero effect on lowering his poll numbers. This was taken to outrageous heights when Trump is seen affectionately kissing a male FBI agent on the lips, followed by Trump kissing Russian leader Vladimir Putin and even a member of the Ku Klux Klan as horrified Hillary tries — and fails — to shift the focus to Trump’s insane behaviour while CNN host Burnett insists on hammering away at her emails.
Yet that whole premise was an elaborate setup for what followed, when Baldwin broke character and told McKinnon: “I’m sorry, Kate, I just hate yelling all this stuff at you like this,” with the camera pulling back and showing the two actors standing onstage.
“I just feel gross all the time,” Baldwin added, turning to the audience. “I mean, don’t you guys feel gross all the time about this?”
“You know what I think would help us?” McKinnon replied. “Let’s get out of here.”
And with that, the pair exited Studio 8H and hit the streets of Manhattan, winding up in Times Square for a pre-taped bit in which Baldwin and McKinnon (still dressed like Trump and Clinton) hugged passersby on the street — including one guy wearing a t-shirt that read “Trump That B***h.”
When they returned to the studio, they made an earnest plea to viewers. “Now it’s time to get out there and vote. None of this will have mattered if you don’t vote,” said Baldwin, addressing the camera.
McKinnon, her eyes seeming to well up with tears, added: “And we can’t tell you who to vote for but on Tuesday we all get a chance to choose what kind of country we want to live in.” Then came the traditional opening: “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!”
You can watch the entire sketch right here.
“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes online.