It was debate night in America — again — on "Saturday Night Live," as the show’s cold open this week spoofed last Sunday’s town hall-style presidential face-off.
Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton started by circling one another like cage fighters before faking-out a handshake. The questions posed by the undecided voters in the sketch were nearly the same as those in the real-life debate, kicking off with one about whether the candidates think they are acting as good role models for children.
“No,” Baldwin said. “Next question.”
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He backed off his initial response, reminding voters that he had helped a child once. “I helped a kid named Kevin McCallister…if you remember the documentary 'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York?'” The real Trump had a brief cameo in the 1992 John Hughes film.
Trump lashed out at the unflattering spoof on Twitter Sunday morning, writing it was a "hit job" and Alec Baldwin's portrayal "stinks."
And Ken Bone, America’s latest embrace-him-and-disgrace-him 15-minute celebrity phenomenon, was played by Bobby Moynihan and a red sweater. Debate moderator Martha Raddatz, played by Cecily Strong, remarked that Bone was “so cute.”
“You’re not going to turn out to be a weird little creep or anything, are you?” she asked Bone.
“Maaaaaybe,” he said sheepishly.
Real-life Bone became a sensation following his debate appearance, but after some light internet sleuthing, America backed away slowly. Once people discovered his questionable past online activity, there seemed to be a general consensus that Bone wasn’t the point of light in this dark election season that everyone wanted him to be.
Since Bone couldn’t make Americans happy again, "SNL" tried to do it in the show’s opening monologue — with puppies, a surprise face-cake for an audience member and host Emily Blunt ("The Girl on the Train") leading a performance of the song, “Get Happy.” Blunt next appeared alongside Leslie Jones in a sketch about high-end escorts with extremely specific specialties.
And after a week in which multiple women came out with accusations that Donald Trump had touched or treated them inappropriately in the past, some to the point of assault, many may have wondered why the women closest to him — including his wife Melania, his daughters Ivanka and Tiffany, his spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway and former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault — continue to stand by him.
"SNL" addressed the question in “Melanianade,” a take on Beyonce’s song "Sorry" off her album “Lemonade.” The spoof video featured the five women, played by Strong, Blunt, Vanessa Bayer, McKinnon and Sasheer Zamata, singing sendoff lines like “Fix your bald spot / I’ve had enough,” telling an absent Trump that after they all leave him, “you’ll just be that guy with the weird hair.”
And on the Weekend Update segment, hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost took on the allegations against Trump, and in particular his response to the accusation from a woman who said Trump made inappropriate advances toward her on an airplane.
“When you looked at that horrible woman last night, you said, 'I don't think so,'” the real Donald Trump said to a crowd at a North Carolina rally on Friday in an attempt to discredit the woman’s claims by degrading her looks. “Believe me," he continued. "She would not be my first choice, that I can tell you.”
“The problem is,” Jost remarked, “you weren’t her choice, period.”
“Update” guest “Laura Parsons,” a child actress and aspiring newscaster played by Bayer, brought a child’s perspective to some dark current events, like the recent threats of clown violence and the presidential election.
The show also took on the popular program “The Great British Bake Off,” Columbus Day, former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush, Trump running mate Mike Pence, independent filmmakers, clothing retailers who market to “plus-sized” women, robots and hamsters.
Musical guest Bruno Mars brought out an entourage of at least a dozen to perform his latest single, “24K Magic.” The singer also made a cameo in a sketch about an absurd stretch limo driving through at Burger King, and then performed "Chunky," a song off his new album, also called “24K Magic,” which is set for a November release.
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