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Last night on Saturday Night Live, Kumail Nanjiani and Melania Trump had an affair. Kind of. In "Customer service," host Nanjiani played a customer service rep for Gucci online orders, and Cecily Strong played the first lady who kept calling and calling, desperate for someone, anyone, to talk to. Melania is filled with "a longing" that she's been trying to "satisfy with compulsive online shopping, but ultimately just needed to be heard." When Melania calls Kumail (using a gilded rotary phone, for Melania reasons), there's an undeniable connection.
The two have more in common than meets the eye. Both foreigners are sick of Americans and their complaints, both stuck in jobs they don't like but can't leave because they'd lose money, and both wondering whether they are helping or hurting when it comes to bullying. Melania, of course, is married to the country's #1 meanie, whereas Kumail's customer service rep is putting up with more than his share of shoving in the office hallway. We all have our burdens.
Eventually, Melania flies across the globe to meet her new friend, though it's the last time they see each other. He's the spider she rescued and kept in a box. Or maybe...she's the spider in his box? Watch and decide for yourself:
"She said she dreamt of a blue-eyed panther by a river, looking up at her and calmly saying, 'be careful what you wish for.'"
This sketch, by writer Julio Torres, is a continuation of the Fantasy Melania take from his sketches like "Melania Moments," speculating on the first lady's inner life and finding it vacant but not shallow. She's a dreamer, that Mrs. Trump.
Earlier in the episode, Cecily appeared on Weekend Update as Ivana Trump, declaring herself First lady because she was the first lady that Donald married. Is there any way to get an all-Mrs. Trump, all-Cecily segment next week? They've already had Gal Gadot play opposite herself. It could happen.