After a 3-week hiatus, Saturday Night Live returned with a bang, featuring Alec Baldwin pulling double duty as both President Donald Trump and rolling out a new caricature - embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
In the show’s cold open, Baldwin’s Trump shows up in Boone County, Kentucky to address his most ardent supporters, “folks who don’t whisper, ‘Oh god, what’s happening?’ right after I leave the room.”
Baldwin’s Trump gloats about the amazing week his administration just had, highlighting meetings with several world leaders and celebrating the fact that everyone has stopped talking about any alleged ties with Russia.
“Well, what a difference just 59 Tomahawk missiles can make,” Baldwin’s Trump says.
One supporter, a coal worker, says all he wants is a good job. While admitting times are different than when he was growing up (“A lot of poverty is white now.”), Baldwin’s Trump insists he’s doing every thing he can, including removing every single regulation, to keep the man working in the coal industry.
“As president, I promise, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure you people work in coal for the rest of your lives,” Baldwin’s Trump insists. “And your kids will work in coal, and your grandkids. It’s going to be incredible.”
“In Trump’s America,” he continues, “men work in two places: coal mines and Goldman Sachs.”
One by one, Trump promises to scrap every government program his supporters count on - health care, addiction treatment and after school programs. Despite it all, they pledge to continue supporting him because he’s their president.
“That’s why I came here. You people stand behind me, no matter what,” Baldwin’s Trump says. “It’s like you found a finger in your chili, but you still eat the chili, because you told everyone how much you love chili. It’s tremendous.”
Later in the show, Baldwin makes a surprise appearance as Bill O’Reilly, stealing the show (and another character that would have ordinarily been played by a cast member) in a parody of the embattled Fox News host under fire after it was revealed he paid millions of dollars to settle multiple sexual harassment claims.
Baldwin’s O’Reilly starts the show struggling to find a female correspondent willing to appear on camera with him, only to be informed one that had been scheduled no longer works for Fox News.
“Did she get the check?” Baldwin’s O’Reilly asks his producer.
Finally, one correspondent, played by SNL cast member Cecily Strong, appears to discuss President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s strong denials that she leaked classified information. Baldwin’s O’Reilly has a hard time accepting that she simply said “no.”
“Yeah, like when she said no, did her eyes say yes?” Baldwin’s O’Reilly asks. “Sometimes they’ll do that.”
Baldwin’s O’Reilly cuts to a commercial break, but due to a boycott that has claimed over 60 sponsers, the only advertisers remaining are Dog Cocaine and Eliquis, which the advertisement describes as “Cialis for horses.”
After the break, President Trump, once again played by Baldwin, appears on the show and offers his continued support to the embattled Fox News host.
“I actually see a lot of myself in you, Bill,” Baldwin’s Trump said, admitting his strong defense of the host was only based on “a hunch, just a loose hunch.”
“I’m more familiar with this case than I am with, say, health care,” Baldwin’s Trump adds. “But I didn’t really look into it much, no.”
Baldwin’s O’Reilly also takes the opportunity to thank the president for promoting sexual assault awareness month.
"It's a subject that's near and dear to my hand," Baldwin’s Trump responds.