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“SNL” TOTAL RECAP: ALEC BALDWIN HOSTS WITH MUSICAL GUEST ED SHEERAN

February 12th, 2017 by Liz Brown

Alec Baldwin set the record for the most times hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend with his 17th appearance at the helm of the show. One might think that after 16 appearances, Baldwin might have run out of steam. One would be wrong.

Check out a complete recap of the episode below.

*Warning: Complete spoilers of the episode follow*

SEAN SPICER COLD OPEN

Melissa McCarthy’s impression of President Trump’s rageaholic press secretary was such a hit last week, she was back for this week’s cold open with even more ire — and a gargantuan stick of gum. In what was, no doubt, a nose thumbing at rumors that Trump was upset his press secretary was played by a woman, “SNL” also brought in Kate McKinnon to play newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

And after last week’s viral hashtag #RadicalMooseLambs, McCarthy’s Spicer busted out the dollies again to explain how threatening travelers who look like Disney’s Moana get treated by airport security. And props to the propmasters who propped up Spicer’s podium onto a hoverboard this week so McCarthy could attack the press pool in a speedier and more intimidating manner.

ALEC BALDWIN’S 17TH MONOLOGUE

How do you make your “SNL” monologue fresh when you’re hosting the show for the 17th time? You keep it simple and just make fun of yourself. For Baldwin’s record-breaking 17th monologue, he was joined on stage by 23-year-old cast member Pete Davidson who wasn’t even born the first time that Baldwin hosted. Davidson proceeded to express shock and awe as he and Baldwin looked back at photos of Baldwin’s early hosting years and Davidson pointed out how handsome Baldwin was in his younger days while he now looks like someone “who’s been soaking in water for 23 years.”

RUSSELL STOVER

This week’s amazing commercial parody featured the classic candy company supplementing their usual Valentine’s Day heart-shaped box full of candies with a super uncomfortable and entirely inappropriate Black History Month box of chocolates. The assortment of candies were molded into the faces of heroic figures from black history including the Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Cream.”

PITCH MEETING

This sketch took aim at this year’s intensely politicized Super Bowl commercials, with two advertising teams battling it out to pitch their big game campaigns for Cheetos. One team went all in by sharing an ad that was a triumphant tale of illegal immigration a la the 84 Lumber commercial. They also proposed a version with a transgender Chester the Cheetah. We gotta admit we’d like to see that.

JAKE TAPPER

Kate McKinnon returned as the CNN-spurned Kellyanne Conway in this “Fatal Attraction” parody that had Conway stalking Jake Tapper, begging to be let back on air after being banned for fabricating “The Bowling Green Massacre.” She’s not gonna be IGNORED, you guys.

DRILL SERGEANT

Alec Baldwin played a ruthless drill sergeant screaming at new recruits, except for one who just happens to be his big handsome son (played by Mikey Day). Baldwin can’t help but whisper encouraging comments to his progeny in between insults flung at the other young soldiers, and it’s as awkward as your mom waving at you from the sidelines on your first day of high school football practice.

ED SHEERAN PERFORMS “SHAPE OF YOU”

Nothing controversial about this performance of Sheeran’s new single “Shape of You.” We love a soulful ballad from the 25-year-old pop star, but it was nice to see him rocking out to something we could dance to.

WEEKEND UPDATE

Colin Jost and Michael Che sat back and kept letting the Trump administration do their work for them.

Our favorite joke from Che this week referred to Trump’s proclamation to the judges who slapped down his immigration ban, saying “I’ll see you in court!” Che joked:

“Trump’s the guy who gets his ass kicked in an alley and then screams ‘Let’s take this outside!’”

And on the confirmation of the controversial Jeff Sessions as Attorney General this week, Colin Jost said:

“The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Jeff Sessions as our new Confederate general. Sorry, Attorney General.”

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UPDATE GUEST: ELIZABETH WARREN

Apparently, there’s no member of the current political establishment that Kate McKinnon can’t imitate. This time, she took on Senator Elizabeth Warren who was silenced on the floor of the Senate this week, and yes, she persisted.

UPDATE GUEST: GUY WHO JUST BOUGHT A BOAT

This is the first update segment we’ve seen from this year’s new cast member Alex Moffat, playing a “guy who just bought a boat.” He launches into three minutes of hilariously nauseating terminology about his Totes McGotes awesome lifestyle in a segment that has us hoping his yacht ends up lost at sea.

UPDATE GUESTS: GREG AND SHELLEY DUNCAN

Mikey Day and Leslie Jones guest star as a couple who have been experimenting with “50 Shades of Grey” style lovemaking in the bedroom, and it looks like Greg has been taking on the submissive role pretty hard due to his clearly visible injuries.

TRUMP PEOPLE’S COURT

Of course, “SNL” couldn’t let Baldwin get through an episode without performing at least one sketch as Donald Trump. In this segment, he takes his battle with the 9th District Circuit Court to the lowest court in the land—The People’s Court. And yes, he loses again.

BEYONCE’S BABIES

It’s all about the guest appearances on “SNL” these days and alum Tracy Morgan popped up in this sketch as one of Beyonce’s fetal twins in the womb along with Kenan Thompson. Morgan dropped a hilarious “Destiny’s Child” diss saying that Beyonce should have no problem carrying twins since she spent 10 years carrying two grown women named Michelle and Kelly.

LESLIE WANTS TO PLAY TRUMP

In this digital short, Leslie Jones reveals that it’s been her dream to step in for Alec Baldwin in the role of our 45th president. The segment features Jones having a meltdown in creator Lorne Michaels’s office, being kicked out of 30 Rock, and then being swept away by Melania in a stretch limo. We can’t wait to see what kind of tweet this inspires.

ED SHEERAN PERFORMS “CASTLE ON THE HILL”
We loved Sheeran’s upbeat acoustic pop-rock blends this week, proving that he’s more than just a guy who writes dreamy ballads for us to slow dance to at homecoming.

GYM CLASS
“SNL” ended the night with a sketch more appropriate for a junior high school comedy show than the longest running late night comedy show on TV. It was about kids taking the annual fitness test in gym class, with one student trying to break the school record, except that when he does his sit ups, he farts. Loudly. That’s it. It’s just…a farting during sit-ups sketch. Yup. Just farting. The end.

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