In a very special Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live, Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) and Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro) finally meet.
The Matt Damon-hosted episode opened with a Donald Trump Christmas miracle: Trump was taken to visit a world where he was never President, à la the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. Boy, were things grand: Brett Kavanaugh (episode host Matt Damon) never got the supreme court nomination, Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) is still a free man, Melania Trump is divorced and a successful New York real estate tycoon, and Mike Pence was able to be himself, and come out and change careers to full time DJ. And, in this reality, Trump actually talks to Robert Mueller! Everyone is better off – but before it could truly become reality, Donald Trump has one realization that ruins it all.
Saturday Night Live called in all their cameos this episode: Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro have appeared as Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller once already this season, and once last, too. Then there’s Matt Damon reprising his role as Brett Kavanaugh (he just happened to be there hosting the show, as well). And of course you couldn’t have any of this without the 17th Beatle, Alec Baldwin.
SNL is known for its recurring sketches – and though there aren’t a lot of recurring characters on the show lately, revisiting sketch concepts is bread and butter. Like the classic “celebrity auditions” format. This time, instead of film auditions, it was to host the upcoming 91st Academy Awards (Kevin Hart having dropped out over recent uncovering of homophobic tweets).
Matt Damon is an incredible mimic! Who knew?
It was a delightful Christmas episode, but old sour-puss Scrooge in the White House didn’t think it had any holly jolly cheer. Early Sunday morning, Trump tweeted “A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?”.
So he hates the show but continues to watch it – maybe he’s hoping for a rerun of one of the two episodes he hosted? Not likely. But does he watch Weekend Update and think it’s a news segment of the show? He seems to think that Saturday Night Live provides news coverage. Sad.
It’s going to be a long month without new SNL episodes, but the cheer and warmth of the holidays should get everyone through.
Saturday Night Live returns live next month for the mid-season premier! Be sure to catch Saturday Night Live airing Saturdays at 11.30 et/8.30 pt on Global, and watch the latest episodes online here on GlobalTV.com/SaturdayNightLive!