“Saturday Night Live” pulled out all the stops in the final new episode before the 2018 Winter Games, kicking things off with the return of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump. In this week’s cold open, Trump — in bed eating fast food — called into “Fox & Friends” to brag about his many presidential accomplishments.
“I’m saving the economy, destroying ISIS, and right now I’m getting my daily intelligence briefing,” declared Baldwin-as-Trump, prompting “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy (Alex Moffat) to ask, “From who?”
“From you guys,” the president responded before talking about “the memo” (which he calls “the greatest memo since the Declaration of Independence”), ratings for his State of the Union speech (“which was watched by 10 billion people, including all of China”) and his SOTU speech itself, claiming Paul Ryan said it was “better than Martin Luther King’s ‘I Dream of Jeannie‘ speech.”
Natalie Portman, marking her second time as “SNL” host, found her monologue critiqued live on the air by cast member Leslie Jones, who’ll be heading to Pyeongchang as part of NBC’s Winter Games coverage.
“SNL” alums Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch returned for a Super Bowl-themed sketch goofing on the longtime rivalry between Philadelphia and New England, set in 1775 during the Revolutionary War.
The sketch opened with news that New England fought back the British at the Battle of Bunker Hill — which led to moaning in Philadelphia, because “now we would have to hear the boasting from the Patriots of New England.”
Representing their real-life hometowns, Philly native Fey and Boston-born Dratch proceeded to trash-talk their cities, old school. “Like eagles, we Philadelphians are swift, we are deadly and our eyes are a little too close together,” Fey said. “Can I tell you something about your precious captain Thomas Brady? He’s old. He’s 40, which is four years past life expectancy. Boston’s not even a real city — it’s a college town with a fishing pier.”
Portman reprised her Oscar-nominated role of Jacqueline Kennedy for a sketch in which the former First Lady offers some advice to current FLOTUS Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) — with the pair then joined by other past First Ladies, including Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon), Michelle Obama (Leslie Jones) and Martha Washington (Aidy Bryant).
The release of Devin Nunes’ controversial memo was front and centre during “Weekend Update”, with Michael Che quipping, “First of all, you know damn well Donald Trump didn’t read this memo. It’s four pages long. The only time Donald Trump reads four pages in a row is when he orders breakfast.”
In addition, this week’s “Update” guests included: Brigitte Bardot (McKinnon) Catherine Deneuve (Strong) to explain why they’re reluctant to embrace the Time’s Up movement; Pete Davidson (as himself) with an anecdote about appearing in the most-depressing Dockers commercial ever; and Michael Che’s neighbour Willie (Kenan Thompson) with some more hilarious/horrific stories from his weird life.
In a callback to Portman’s previous hosting appearance on “SNL” back in 2006 — which was highlighted by a hilarious rap parody — she performed a brand-new rap that wound up with the actress dressed like Queen Amidala defending the widely derided “Star Wars” movies in which she appeared. As a bonus, Andy Samberg — who appeared in the original rap — returned for round two.
“SNL” returns with a new episode on Saturday, Mar. 3, with former NBA great Charles Barkley as host, joined by musical guest Migos.