Scarlett Johansson’s ‘SNL’ episode was pretty good, but where’s Spicey?


Last weekend’s Saturday Night Live didn’t have any Alec Baldwin, and while they did have a few funny skits – Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions – it wasn’t as savage as I’d come to expect. Thankfully, SNL delivered something pretty good for this week’s episode. Scarlett Johansson was the host, and Alec Baldwin came back for some Trump appearances. His biggest moment was the cold-open, which featured as Independence Day-ish take on what Emperor Baby Fists would be like in, say, an alien-invasion crisis. This is basically dead-on.

Most of the heavy lifting on politics has fallen to the Weekend Update desk, to mixed results. I mean, there are some good jokes here, but it would have been interesting to see some of this stuff in skit-form. I’m still enjoying Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions.

As for ScarJo, she had some good skits. I love how whatever female host is on that week, she gets to play Ivanka Trump. Here’s Scarlett-as-Ivanka in a perfume commercial.

And this one was just funny.

I know that there’s a lot of interest in SNL these days for their political humor, but Alec Baldwin really doesn’t want to do this for much longer and I kind of think that they need to invest in a Trump impersonator who will do a Baldwin-level take for however long we need. I also wish we had gotten Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer again!! God, I need another Spicey skit.


Screencaps from SNL.

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    Kate McKinnon is having way too much fun as Sessions. She nearly lost it a few times last night.

  2. EscapedConvent says:

    “Complicit” was brilliant. This was good enough to take its place among the classic faux commercials SNL has done since the beginning. I thought there was excellent Trump-skewering in this episode. Weekend Update is also taking pointed shots at Trump which are dead-on. Trump has given shape to SNL again. Alec Baldwin’s yapping gibberish in the opening sketch was so perfect—it’s only a few short steps away from Trump’s real life gibberish.

    SNL’s skewering of Trump is the only bright spot I can think of in the midst of this tragic nightmare.

  3. robyn says:

    There was lots of new fodder for a Spicey sketch so surprised she wasn’t there. Perhaps her job is done because every time I see Spicer now I see Melissa’s take on him.

    I don’t know if Trump enabler Ivanka deserved the special attention of a beautiful popular actress even in parody. I only saw the first few minutes of SNL with Baldwin in the wrinkled military jacket. Immigrants = literal aliens … that’s how Trump and his supporters see it.

    Incidentally, Roger Stone’s recent confession that he exchanged messages with WikiLeaks makes me again wonder if the recent WikiLeaks dump about cameras in tvs and phones etc was more of a heads up to Trump enablers that they better not outright lie about their connections because they had been spied upon. But maybe I read too many spy novels.

    • Kasia says:

      As amazing as Melissa is as Spicer they kind of took a risk with having her play him because she’s such a busy person and likely can’t afford the time to be there very often. And because she’s so great it’s not like one of the cast members can take her place when she’s not there because they’d just keep getting compared unfavorably to her.

      • AppleTartin says:

        That’s the point the fact she did it is what made it so special. SNL will run a skit into the ground doing it over and over. Alec is on every other week now and it’s losing its luster.

        If Melissa pops up a few times a year it will keep it fresh. She doesn’t need to be on it every week.

  4. Shambles says:

    I agree, not as savage as I’ve come to expect. Stephen Colbert was the one with the zingers this week.

    As far as SNL, nothing will ever top the first Spicey skit. Ever.

    • Celest says:

      Apparently Colbert has had three straight weeks at number one, which is amazing when you consider that just late last year there was a rumor that James Corden was being considered for that slot. Trevor Noah has had a major ratings boost too. I havent caught up with either from last week but I have generally been finding Trevor way funnier than Colbert. I mean Colbert is hitting hard but I just dont have many LOL moments with him. Not that I’m complaining, the more Trump ridicule the better.

      • Shambles says:

        I feel you. I love both Noah and Colbert right now. In my experience, the LOLs are abundant with Stephen just as much as they are with Trevor.

        A couple days ago, Stephen was talking about how the new healthcare bill would cover so fewer people than the ACA. He said:

        “20 million less than Obama? That sounds like Trump’s inauguration.”

        To me, it was a mic drop moment.

      • minx says:

        Colbert is devastating.

  5. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    I though I read somewhere that Baldwin isn’t going to continue as Trump – sad!! I enjoyed seeing Trump get upset over him.

  6. Giddy says:

    Complicit is exactly what Ivanka is. She and Don Jr. were the faces of a crooked condo deal in Baja that ended up in a lawsuit. The Trumps had to settle. They are gold level grifters:

  7. PD says:

    If Melissa McCarthy is going to be in the Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for an Emmy award, she has a limited number of times that she can appear on the show. If she’s over that number, she would be moved into Supporting (and would have to compete against Kate M).

    • HeidiM says:

      SO Alec has been too many times for Guest Actor then? I hope he has a shot at some awards because it some of his best work.

  8. Amanda DG says:

    Pete Davidson is so cute, I hope he goes far! Melissa is brilliant as Spicer, but the 2nd skit was recycled jokes from the first sketch. If she does return, I’d like to see some new jokes. I’m wondering how long Alec will portray Trump as he has dropped hints that his schedule is busy?

  9. Persian says:

    I have downloaded SNL every week for the past 8 years all the way from Tehran and this season has been full of genius skits , Last night’s show had some great moments like the Ivanka skit and Jeff Sessions on weekend update , but I thought the cold open fell flat.
    Aside from Kate Mckinnon who everybody loves , Beck Bennet and Cecily strong are the best cast members on the show

  10. jerkface says:

    I liked the second song that Lorde did.

  11. The Original G says:

    Not savage enough? I think he’s been eviscerated by McKinnon. He can’t speak again without evoking the Keebler elves.

  12. Christin says:

    I can understand why Alec would want to quit the spot-on impersonation. It would have to be a tad depressing to portray such a personality who seems to be able to get by with anything. I’m getting to the point even the talk show / skit mockery is not as funny as it once was.

  13. minx says:

    So good to see AB as Trump.

  14. Tourmaline says:

    Complicit…….. That was brilliant and devastating. “When she watches Titanic she thinks she’s Rose… But sorry gurl, you’re Billy Zane”

    Ivanka merits the takedown. She and her little hubby are in bed with Bannon. Time to peel off the veneer and see what lies beneath.

  15. Dee says:

    The republicans have the POTUS, the House and the Senate. The Democrats have SNL.

    • Betsy says:

      The Republicans got the above by gerrymandering, suppressing the vote, and colluding with the Russians. It’s a Pyrrhic victory.

  16. Kristen says:

    Melissa McCarthy was at a wedding in Santa Fe Saturday. Hopefully she’s back as Spicey next week.