This was a pretty rough week for Sean Spicer, even by Washington standards.
The White House press secretary was dogged earlier in the week by questions about former national security adviser Michael Flynn, then was forced to hide in or behind the bushes as reporters sought answers about the firing of FBI director James Comey. By the end of the week, there was open speculation about Spicer being replaced, possibly by Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle.
So when Spicer, like everyone else, saw clips surfacing Friday morning of Melissa McCarthy dressed as him driving around New York City on a motorized podium (made by a Montgomery county company), he probably knew to avoid watching Saturday Night Live this week.
As everyone in the universe expected, McCarthy, who joined the coveted Five-Timers Club with her hosting spot last night, reprised her role playing the embattled press secretary, who starts the sketch hiding behind the bushes as deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (played by cast member Aidy Bryant) is filling in.
“Spicey’s back, Sarah’s out!” McCarthy’s angry Spicer announces after storming into the room following the suggestion that Sanders simply replace him.
“Trump is innocent,” McCarthy’s Spicer proclaims about the president's connection to Russia. “How do we know? Because he told us so. Period. Then he hired lawyers to agree with him. And they’re going to prove it with a certified letter, which you know is the truth, because it costs an extra $2 to have it certified.”
After deflecting more questions about the possibility of being replaced, McCarthy’s Spicer drives her podium out of the White House press room all the way to New York City, where Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Only Living Boy in New York” plays as he angrily sobs and promises to “talk better.”
Unlike previous skits involving Spicer, the show manages to show some empathy towards the embattled press secretary, who at one point is so depressed at the thought of being replaced he plucks a piece of used chewing gum off the ground and shoves it into his mouth.
McCarthy’s Spicer search for Trump (played by Alec Baldwin) finally ends at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., where he asks the president if he’s ever lied to him.
“Only since you started working here,” Trump’s Baldwin responds before playfully tickling McCarthy’s Spicer and asking for a kiss.
“Is this like ‘The Godfather’ when you kiss me an no one sees me again?” McCarthy’s Spicer asks?
“Yes,” Baldwin’s Trump responds before locking lips.
Baldwin’s Trump also appeared in the show’s cold open, which mocked the president’s interview earlier this week with NBC News host Lester Holt, played by cast member Michael Che.
After asking for Holt’s undying loyalty, Baldwin’s Trump plainly admits he fired Comey over his investigation into possible collusion between the administration and Russia.
“I thought, he’s investigating Russia. I don’t like that. I should fire him,” Baldwin’s Trump says.
“But that’s obstruction of justice,” Che’s Holt, surprised by the admission, responds.
“Sure, O.K.,” Baldwin’s Trump shrugs, knowing that without Republicans willing to stand up to him, he can get away with just about anything.
“Nothing’s going to stop me because I’ve got the Republicans in the palm of my hand,” Baldwin’s Trump says before bringing out House speaker Paul Ryan (played by cast member Mikey Day), who offered him two scoops of ice cream, a play on a bizarre fact revealed while dining with reporters from Time magazine earlier this week.