Plus, an Alec Baldwin audio cameo!
Kate McKinnon’s reign as the runaway MVP of Saturday Night Live continued unabated last night, as the show had its fun with the recent engagement of MSNBC talking heads Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, whose barely-even-a-secret-anymore off-air relationship had been a subject of considerable speculation well before this week’s official announcement. Alongside Alex Moffat’s Scarborough, McKinnon’s Brzezinski grew gradually more indignant when discussing the health care bill that House Speaker and unapologetic fraud Paul Ryan pushed through Congress on Thursday, but each time it seemed as if the pair might be overwhelmed by their righteous indignation, they returned to their one true north—each other.
Moffat initiated the reveal by slipping pet names into their otherwise sober political analysis—“Little Stinker” and “Mika Boo” were solid entrants, but “Mika Mouse” is the one that really made me cringe—and the increasingly passionate gazes and and more purposeful heavy petting quickly proved to be too much for their bewildered “correspondents,” who reacted with genuine confusion, utter disgust, and sheer terror. Tag yourself!
Given the, um, complicated relationship between the real-life President and the Morning Joe co-hosts—he has both publicly threatened to out their relationship and also happily offered to perform their wedding—an appearance from Alec Baldwin’s Trump seemed inevitable. As it turned out, Baldwin literally phoned it in, calling in to the show as “John Miller,” the “spokesman” that Donald Trump occasionally pretends to be when boasting of his own exploits to media outlets. (Sorry, to clarify, that’s not an SNL joke. That is something that the President of the United States has actually been known to do over the years.)
I have no idea how neither Moffat nor McKinnon managed to avoid cracking up as things escalated, given that Moffat teasingly calls her a “bad kitty” and at one point closes his eyes and delicately flicks his tongue at McKinnon in a manner that can only be described as “unsettlingly sensual,” while McKinnon ends the sketch by gently biting Moffat’s nose and then, for good measure, giving it a few tender, rapid-fire chomps.
Congratulations to the happy couple.
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