Despite having Donald Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin for an entire episode, Saturday Night Live opened last night’s show with Melissa McCarthy reprising her much-talked-about turn as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
“I’m calm now,” McCarthy’s Spicer announced to the press corps before holding back from swearing because, “That’s the old Spicey, and this is the new Spicey.”
The “Bridemaids” actress’ surprising turn as the president’s chief spokesman last week was not well received in the White House, with Politico reporting President Trump was upset that a woman portrayed his male press secretary, making him look weak.
So last night, SNL decided to hit Trump where it hurt, with McCarthy’s Spicer lifting her leg up to showcase the Ivanka Trump high heel she was wearing, a send-up of Kellyanne Conway’s “free commercial” for Ivanka’s products on Fox News earlier in the week.
“These babies are real head-turners,” McCarthy’s Spicer said of Ivanka's heels.
The skit hit a lot of the same notes as last week: Spicer’s very real addiction to chewing gum, the use of props to explain extreme vetting, a mobile lectern used to frighten the press corps. Even New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush (played by cast member Bobby Moynihan) made a return, this time wearing his signature fedora.
But knowing the president’s soft spot about women playing men in his administration, SNL rolled out cast member Kate McKinnon as new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was once denied a judgeship over accusations of racism. Taking the podium, McKinnon’s Sessions said, “We all know there are two kinds of crime: regular and black” before McCarthy’s Spicer pushed him away from the microphone and quickly shoved him off stage.
Speaking of women playing men in the White House, SNL let Leslie Jones try on the Trump wig in a pre-filmed segment following the cast member’s desire to play the commander-in-chief.
“I never dreamed that I could play the president,” Jones said. “But then Melissa played Spicer and I was like, yo, why can’t I play Trump?”
Jones assures her cast mates it’s not a jab at Trump’s “fragile masculinity,” nor is it a "Hamilton" like commentary on race and politics.
“It’s about giving America what it wants,” Jones says, before having the idea quickly rejected by producer Lorne Michaels.
Despite hosting the show for a record 17th time, it took nearly an hour for Baldwin to make an appearance as Trump, taking his beef with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals over his controversial travel ban to the People’s Court.
“Mr Trump, you understand this is a TV court, right,” the judge, played by Cecily Strong, asked.
“That’s okay, I’m a TV president,” Baldwin’s Trump responds.
Baldwin’s Trump called in Russian president Vladimir Putin (once again played by cast member Beck Bennett) as a character witness, where he testified, “Lay off President Trump, okay? This man is a great friend. He’s my little American happy meal. He’d do anything for you. Go against his own country, just to make you happy.”
Strong’s judge told Trump she read the ban, and it seemed rushed, “and I decide three court cases in an hour.”
“You’re doing too much,” the judge shouted at Baldwin’s Trump while delivering her ruling. “I want one day without a CNN alert that scares the hell out of me! I just want to relax and watch the Grammy’s, and no one has ever said that!”
As of Sunday morning, neither Trump nor Spicer have weighed in on the show. In the past, Trump has blasted the show as “unwatchable” and “totally biased,” and last week Spicer said SNL has gone “from funny to mean.”