Typically, SNL hosts don't appear in the show's cold open. And while Alec Baldwin is not your typical SNL host, this week was no exception.
Instead of opening with Trump, Saturday Night Live treated us to a very welcome second dose of Melissa McCarthy as Press Secretary Sean Spicer. “First of all, I'd just like to announce I am calm now. And will remain calm now as long as you sons of—” he said, stopping himself. “I'm not going to do that, because that is the old Spicy. And this is the new Spicy.”
After struggling through some foreign leader’s names, Spicer took questions, including one about what Trump plans to do if federal judges continue to block his immigration ban. “You're testing me, big guy,” he answered. “If the appeals court won't do what's right, President Trump will see them in court. Specifically, the People's Court.”
When “extreme vetting” wasn’t enough of an explanation to appease the reporters in the room, Spicer pulled out his “dollies” to demonstrate how it would work. While Barbie can pass through TSA, he told the Moana doll to “slow her roll” before sending her to Gitmo.
Later, he read aloud the list of terrorist attacks that are being underreported by the media. “The Bowling Green Massacre — not the Kellyanne one, the real one,” he said. Then there was the “horror in Six Flags,” the “slaughter at Fraggle Rock," the “Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," and “the light terrorism this week when Nordstrom's decided to stop selling Ivanka Trump's line of clothing and accessories.” He then showed off the $39.99 bangle from her collection he was wearing on his wrist as well as the leopard-print shoes on his feet.
At that point, Spicer turned the podium over to the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, played by the ever-versatile Kate McKinnon. “I do want to say I appreciate the fierce debate around my nomination,” her Sessions said. “Elizabeth Warren came at me like a porcupine, but then my friend Mitch McConnell swooped in like an alligator and bit her head off." Before Spicer could sweep him off the stage, Sessions added, “We all know there are two kinds of crime, regular and black.”
We may not have gotten Rosie O’Donnell as Steve Bannon (or Trump), but we did get yet another woman playing a major member of Trump’s cabinet, something that apparently drives him insane.