Almost the entire “Saturday Night Live” cast reunited in this episode to give a melodramatic rendition of the week’s public impeachment inquiry hearings against President Donald Trump.
In the House’s first public testimonies on Wednesday, State Department officials William Taylor and George Kent discussed their concerns about Trump potentially withholding aid from Ukraine to further his agenda to have Ukrainian prosecutors investigate the Bidens.
On Friday, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified about how she was ousted from her position for what she believes was backlash against her anti-corruption work in Ukraine. David Holmes, the political counsel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, also testified Friday about overhearing Trump and Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland to discuss “the investigations” during a phone call.
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The “SNL” Cold Open turned the hearings into a “Days of Our Lives” soap opera spinoff called “Days of Our Impeachment,” where, according to the narrator, “the only thing at stake is a democracy.”
"Some complained the hearings were lacking in 'pizzazz,' 'dull,' and 'not the 'Masked Singer,''" the intro says. "So to make sure people are paying attention, we now present the hearings in a way that underscores how scandalous these revelations really are."
The soap opera parody is seemingly a tribute to NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” which recently released its entire cast from their contracts and is set to go on an indefinite hiatus amidst a long-time decline in ratings. TVLine first reported the news.
Alex Moffat plays House Intelligence Committee Chairman and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Mikey Day plays Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; Cecily Strong plays Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch; and “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm makes a special guest appearance as acting Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor. Kyle Mooney plays a Sondland who claims he’s recovering from amnesia, a common soap opera trope.
The parody also mentions an actual moment from the hearings, where Schiff read a Trump tweet attacking Yovanovitch in real-time as she testified. Some have called the tweet witness intimidation, to which the White House responded: “The tweet was not witness intimidation, it was simply the President’s opinion, which he is entitled to.”
“If the president wanted to intimidate you, he’d shoot you in the face on Fifth Avenue,” Day’s Jordan says in the “SNL” parody. The comment is a double reference that’s more recently tied to an argument made by Trump’s lawyers about the limits of the presidency’s legal protections. Trump himself claimed he “could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, okay, and I wouldn't lose any voters,” at a campaign event in Iowa in January 2016.
The “SNL” version was also complete with Heidi Gardner playing a constantly fainting woman who repeats certain phrases for emphasis, a must on any soap or telenovela.
Of course, the show took some additional creative liberties by including faces that haven’t appeared at the public hearings.
Kate McKinnon reprises her role as Trump’s personal lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Beck Bennett appears as Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Pete Davidson also makes a rare Cold Open appearance as celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against the president.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., (Melissa Villaseñor) appears with cued wind blowing through her hair to start an unexpected romance with Taylor.
Kenan Thompson also participates in the skit as Myles Garrett, the Cleveland Browns player who was suspended this week after attacking a rival with helmet during a game.
Harry Styles, a former One Direction member gone artist, devoted his first “SNL” host’s monologue ever to proving that he is, in fact, a “serious musician.”
“I’m not in a boy band anymore,” Styles reminded the audience. “I’m in a man band now.”
He also teases all the former Directioners — a name for One Direction fans — in the audience by wondering how crazy it would be if his former bandmates were with him during his monologue. “But they’re not,” he said.
Although audience members could only guess if Styles was actually playing the piano — which continued playing as he took a sip of a Martini with a garnish of three olives — there’s one thing they could be sure of.
“I just want to make it clear to you all that my priority is the music.” Styles said. “It goes music, then fantastic hair, then comedy, then family, then friends.”
The “Weekend Update” segment returned to Trump’s twitter tirade against Yovanovitch Friday, with Colin Jost pointing out that even a Fox News host said the comment made the president look like “a big dumb baby.”
“And that’s what they’re saying on his favorite channel,” Jost followed.
Michael Che begrudgingly admitted he didn’t watch the hearings, but Che got even more honest about his feelings on the impeachment inquiry.
“I don’t think I care if Donald Trump is actually guilty,” Che said. “I just want something to happen to him. Hypothetically, if you found out for a fact that Donald Trump was actually innocent, but they were sending him to jail anyway, would you mind?”
Che and Jost also discussed topics less related to Trump, like the world’s largest Starbucks opening in Chicago on Friday.
Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon) shows the “Weekend Update” desk and audience his latest campaign ads for his bid for U.S. senator of Alabama. Jost and Che can’t help but notice that Sessions seems to be working a little too hard to mend his relationship with the president.
“Vote for Jeff Sessions because I will bend over backwards for you Alabama, and bend over forwards for Mr. Trump.”
President of Distribution Scooter Rineholdt, president of distribution at a dairy milk producer company, defends his love of cow’s milk and reads the latest “news” on what’s happened to people who stop drinking it.
For his first set, Styles performed “Lights Up” while wearing a black glittery bodysuit with a deep V-neck and lightly padded shoulders which contrasted with the stage’s sharp white background.
Styles then took to the stage for a second time with single, “Watermelon Sugar," while donning a watermelon-inspired outfit. He released the song just hours before his performance for the “SNL” audience.
Both songs are from Styles’ upcoming album “Fine Line,” which is expected to drop December 2019.