After a summer replete with the-country-is-going-up-in-flames moments, Saturday Night Live returned Saturday night in top form, opening with Alec Baldwin as President Trump addressing the crisis in Puerto Rico.
In the sketch "The Chaos President," trump (Baldwin) returns to the Oval Office, talks to Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant) and calls Mayor Cruz of San Juan (Melissa Villaseñor) nasty. Sanders sums herself up as "no-nonsense, but all nonsense," which, yep. Then Trump reveals his devious plan: To cause so much chaos that it actually bends the laws of time and space. While it may seem like the North Korea crisis was months ago because there's been so many crises since then...it was actually last week.
Kate McKinnon reprised her role as an elfin Jeff Sessions, an impish rascal who perches on Trump's lap until they are interrupted by Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat), who like any good New Yorker, just wants to grab a slice.
During the Weekend Update segment, hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che turned to the topic of the president's tweets, calling out his hypocrisy (Puerto Ricans are lazy while Trump is golfing?) and noting that even though Puerto Rico is, as Trump mentioned, an island surrounded by water, even people like Pitbull can send a plane to pick people up. At one point Che called trump a bitch and it was pretty great.
Last season, Saturday Night Live went hard on the election mishegoss to great effect, bringing in special guests—Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer, etc.—to fill in as out the ever-expanding cast of political characters dominating the news cycle. But the anchors were Kate McKinnon as Hillary versus Baldwin as Trump. McKinnon's won two Emmys for her work on the show and there's no end in sight to the characters she can embody...nor does it look like we'll get a respite from Trump-related drama in the near future. So, will Season 43 be more of the same? We can only hope.
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