Trying to get clean was at the center of “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open, as Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump ended up naked in a shower with his now-indicted former campaign manager, Paul Manafort (Alex Moffat).
They get their backs scrubbed by an eager Kate McKinnon as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Beck Bennet’s Mike Pence (wearing a suit because he’s not “married to water”). Baldwin’s Trump, meanwhile, wants to make certain Moffat’s Manafort isn’t wearing a wire.
It’s too late, the “president” concedes, to help Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein extricate himself from a burgeoning sex harassment and assault scandal. “What an idiot that Harvey Weinstein is,” Baldwin tells Moffat. “He could have gotten away with it all if only he had gotten himself elected president.”
“It’s shame you’re going to prison,” Baldwin’s Trump tells his former campaign chairman. “I was about to give you a yuge tax break.”
But the “president” has a plan. Baldwin suggests Moffat dress up like a turkey so the president can pardon him at Thanksgiving — but warns the family might bungle it and end up eating him.
McKinnon’s Sessions warns that maybe they should all get used to “wearing strips.” That’s “why I’m wearing a bathing costume that I got from my favorite place — the 1890s.”
If he gets in trouble, “Sessions” plans to “roll over and play dead like the half-possum I am.”
Although Trump is supposed to be on his way to his Asia tour, in the skit he’s replaced himself on Air Force One with a Donald doll. Cecily Strong’s Melania, sitting next to the big dummy, is delighted. She gets to talk for a change, her hubby actually seems presidential, and his bicep feels like he’s been working out.
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