Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin reprise spoofs of President Trump, Sean Spicer

Monday, 15 May, 2017

Alec Baldwin dressed as Trump was a close second.

The biting sketch opened with a press brief led by Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), who explained that she would be covering for Spicer while he was busy serving in the Navy reserves. And upon being informed of reports that Trump might fire him, Spicer embarks on his podium to NY and then New Jersey, where he finds Trump at his golf course.

The couple was spotted backstage as guest host Melissa McCarthy was taking an audience member on a tour of the NY studio where the sketch-comedy series is taped.

Trump's decision to fire Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey made things extra hard for his communications team, particularly since Trump himself has spent the week saying things at odds with his administration's official line.

"Trump is innocent", McCarthy insisted.

Jost and Che had plenty of material to work with this week, and Jost kicked things off by declaring, "Well, I know most of us think this every week, but this week was insane".

"You invited us", Reynolds told her as Lively nodded.

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"Is this like "The Godfather" when you kiss me an no one sees me again?"

The cold open was Baldwin's next to last appearance as Trump this season - and he's implied that his last will be next week. But the White House press corps were not satisfied.

"Too bad - this show is going to run eight years", Trump vowed, hinting at more unusual plots coming up. But I get two scoops, OK?

Press Secretary Spicer knows policy, he knows policy up and down.

But then the sketch takes a sharp left turn, in which the reporters (and by extension SNL) shows Spicer a surprising amount of sympathy. "Period.Then he hired lawyers to agree with him".

"Sure, O.K.", Baldwin's Trump shrugs, knowing that without Republicans willing to stand up to him, he can get away with just about anything.

After a similar joke that implied Trump and Putin were engaging in sexual acts together, "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert came under fire from the public and from Trump himself, who told Time in an interview that Colbert is a "no-talent guy".

But if not, this was a fitting send-off for one of the more surprisingly indelible aspects of this season.

"Sean, kiss me", Trump says. Also, it might make you want pie.