Melissa McCarthy joined the Five-Timers Club in this week’s jam-packed “Saturday Night Live”, which kicked off with a cold open featuring Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump.
The sketch, spoofing Trump’s bizarre interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt (played by Michael Che), found Holt asking Trump point-blank if he fired FBI Director James Comey because of his ongoing investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia.
“No, I fired him because of Russia,” replies Trump. “He’s investigating Russia. I don’t like it. I should fire him.”
This admission leads Holt to speak to his crew, who relay the unfortunate truth through his earpiece: “Did I get him? Nothing matters? Oh, nothing matters anymore.”
In her monologue, Melissa McCarthy serves up a special Mother’s Day tribute, taking a random mom from the audience on a backstage tour that includes a visit to the NBC page desk, a meet-and-greet with a llama, a quick chat with musical guest HAIM and a surprise cameo from Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.
Then it was time to play America’s newest game show sensation, “Just Desserts”, which features a steady stream of dessert puns and numerous excuses to slam McCarthy’s contestant character in the face with an endless supply of pies.
The “Greatest Generation” doesn’t always have the best connection with new technology, but this commercial parody offers a solution: the Amazon Echo, which recognizes pretty much any name its elderly user wants to call it.
The centrepiece of the episode was McCarthy reviving Sean Spicer in a surprisingly empathetic sketch in which “Spicey” suspects he’s about to be replaced as White House Press Secretary, and rides his podium through the streets of NYC until making it to Trump Tower and having a heart to heart with his boss about whether he’s about to be fired.
“Have you ever told me to say things that aren’t true?” Spicer asks Trump (Baldwin). “Only since you started working here,” responds Trump, who proceeds to start making out with Spicer because, well, why not?
In this sketch, a child’s first birthday party is the perfect opportunity for a new mom (Melissa Villasenor) to be introduced into the tradition of choosing her “mom” spirit animal.
This week’s Weekend Update brought us a return visit from Cathy Anne (Cecily Strong), who weighs in on Trump’s firing of Comey, along with cast member Pete Davidson offering an update on his newfound sobriety (long story short: being sober is really boring).
Film legend Debette Goldry (Kate McKinnon) is joined by fellow veteran actress Gaye Fontaine (McCarthy) for a panel discussion that also includes Marion Cotillard (Cecily Strong) and Lupita Nyong’o (Sasheer Zamata), revealing that Hollywood has changed a lot since the days when they were forced to remove their molars “to make our faces look less Polish.”
We also got an update on the relationship between Leslie Jones and Kyle Mooney, which is going so poorly that the pair have decided to undergo couples therapy.
The final moments of the show brought a special cameo appearance from Steve Martin, who presented McCarthy with her very own Five-Timers Club jacket.
The season finale of “Saturday Night Live” features host Dwayne Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry, and will air on Saturday, May 20 at 8:30 p.m. PT, 11:30 p.m. ET on Global; you can also watch full episodes and individual sketches online.