Alec Baldwin made his return as Saturday Night Live‘s Donald Trump tonight, with the President-elect more confused than belligerent, and joined in a surprise appearance by Jason Sudeikis as Mitt Romney. “This isn’t going to work, is it?,” a stiff and awkward Romney said after an uncomfortable few seconds with the Donald.
The show’s writers clearly worked fast today, referencing this afternoon’s meeting between Trump and Romney, as well as Mike Pence’s boo-filled visit to Broadway.
“I heard you went to see Hamilton,” Baldwin’s Trump said to Beck Bennett’s Pence. “How was it?”
“It was good,” Pence replied. “I got a free lecture.”
The gist of Baldwin’s brief cold open as Trump – no Hillary this week, with Kate McKinnon instead playing an exhausted and exasperated KellyAnne Conway – was Trump’s slowly dawning realization of what he’s gotten himself into.
“Siri, how do I kill ISIS?,” Baldwin’s Trump asked. After a general (Mikey Day) was ushered by Conway into Trump’s office and asked the President-elect about his infamous “secret plan” to take out the terrorists, Baldwin muttered to himself, “Ok, right, here we go. Big plan. Big plan. Google What is Isis?“
When told by the visiting Pence that jailing Hillary Clinton would be difficult, Trump replied, “Scrap it. She didn’t do anything. Scrapped.”
Baldwin, missing in SNL action since Trump’s election, leaked word of his return to the role at a New York museum fundraiser earlier this week. He’d agreed to the role on a temporary basis, and was no doubt expecting a Clinton victory to bring an end to the gig.
It’s unclear whether he’ll continue with the role, or whether SNL will recast or, if tonight’s episode was any indication, will return for the occasional quick and easy appearance.
Tonight’s episode is hosted by Kristen Wiig, who was joined in her Thanksgiving-themed musical monologue by Steve Martin and Will Forte. The xx is musical guest.