When it comes to President Trump's first 100 days in office, there may be no easy way to summarize. Live from New York, Saturday Night Live's cold open brought Alec Baldwin and Jimmy Fallon (along with the Grim Reaper) together for a review of the tumultuous past few months. From Mar-a-Lago to North Korea, there was plenty to talk about.
The cold open began with SNL's Trump and Mike Pence impersonators situated in the Oval Office. Trump, played by Baldwin, asks for a run-down of his accomplishments. Pence, played by Beck Bennett, names only one item: nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. As Trump begins to reminisce about the memories he has made in the Oval Office, Pence points out that most of the president's work — including meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping — has been done at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach, Florida, retreat.
Throughout the first part of the cold open, viewers can get the sense that the satirical president is saying goodbye — and he is. After listing his version of his accomplishments, Trump says, "I'm so sad that my presidency is finally coming to an end." Thanks to his tweets about North Korea, he continues, "this could all be over by Monday." Scary, but fitting.
When the conversation turns to infighting within the administration, Trump has a decision to make: Steve Bannon or Jared Kushner. To sort things out, he calls them both into the Oval Office — and in walk beloved SNL alum Jimmy Fallon, as Kushner, and the Grim Reaper, as Bannon.
"Jared, Steve, standing before me are my two top advisors, but I only have one photo in my hand," Trump says, turning the decision into an America's Next Top Model elimination ceremony. The winner gets to keep his job, while the loser has to "join Kellyanne Conway in the basement." Not surprisingly, Trump chooses his son-in-law, Kushner.
Saturday's episode was much more than its brutally honest cold open. According to NBC, SNL was broadcast live in all time zones across the U.S. and Canada for the first time. The next three new SNL episodes — airing May 6, May 13, and May 20 — will also air live from coast to coast.
Saturday was also Fallon's much-anticipated return to the SNL stage, and Melissa McCarthy brought back her unforgettable impersonation of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. While it may be hard to imagine Trump as president for 100 days — let alone another 1,300 more — it's the jokes of McCarthy, Baldwin, and the rest of the cast that will sustain SNL fans along the way.