The last time we saw Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” was when Alec Baldwin hosted back in February, but he returned for this week’s episode in the show’s cold open to spoof the president’s visit to an aircraft carrier with an “Independence Day” sketch that saw Trump faced with an alien invasion — until it’s revealed he may have extensive business ties with the ETs of invading planet Zorblatt 9.
Scarlett Johansson marked her fifth time as SNL host by showing a clip package of her past appearances during her monologue, which unfortunately served as a showcase for cast member Kenan Thompson instead (guess who put together the clips?). As a bonus, she also received a snazzy Five Timers’ Club jacket and got to sing the Five-Timers’ song (which is apparently the jingle from a Subway commercial).
A groundbreaking scientific breakthrough reveals what a dog is thinking — and this dog is thinking about all the reasons why he supports Donald Trump:
ScarJo played Ivanka Trump in a faux commercial for the First Daughter’s new fragrance, “Complicit”, which the voiceover tells us is “the fragrance for the woman who could stop all this — but won’t.”
A local news segment about an employee at a zoo who enjoys shooting photos of the animals takes an unfortunate turn when the onscreen graphics are mixed up with the word “pornographer” substituted for “photographer,” which lends an unexpected creepiness to the interview.
In this sketch, a group of actors are put through the paces by the director of an Olive Garden commercial.
Leslie Jones returns as Shanice Goodwin, Ninja, and this time she’s teaming up with a fellow ninja played by Scarlett Johansson.
“Weekend Update” brought us a visit from newly sober cast member Pete Davidson, who shared his impressions of the Trump administration’s first few months, ruthlessly mocking everyone from White House deputy press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders (“one of those sweet Southern girls that you marry if you’re gay”) to White House adviser Stephen Miller (“He tries to project strength,” quipped Davidson, “but he looks like Fredo Corleone had been even sicker as a child”). Also dropping by were Senator Al Franken (Alex Moffat) and recused Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon, reprising the impression from last week’s “Forrest Gump” cold open).
Dan and Didi (Kenan Thompson and Scarlett Johansson) attend the funeral of a friend to perform a musical tribute, in the process revealing to the mourners that the deceased had a gift for writing really suggestive dance music.
After being stranded on an island, a pilot is given the choice of marrying one of three mermaids — including Shud (Kate McKinnon), who reveals she’s 35 per cent woman and 65 per cent blobfish before introducing her obnoxious pal, played by Scarlett Johansson.
“Saturday Night Live” will return with a new episode on Saturday, Apr. 8, with Louis C.K. returning as host, joined by musical guest “The Chainsmokers”.
“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes and individual sketches online.