By all accounts, the February 5, 2017 episode of Saturday Night Live may well go down in television history as one of the best ever of the variety show.
Between host Kristen Stewart skewering President Trump for his tweets about her then-relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson and coming out as gay, to Steve Bannon being portrayed by the Grim Reaper, to Alec Baldwin turning up again as the president, and finally, the sketch that brought the house down — Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer — the February 5 Saturday Night Live is being heavily lauded by fans throughout social media.
As Stewart described President Trump's then-2012 "concerns" about his tweets regarding her relationship with Pattinson, several on social media also chimed in:
Stewart also seemed to have fun insinuating that President Trump was, at the time, far more "preoccupied" with Pattinson than he was with her, suggestions which nicely dovetailed with what she said next. She joked that, after dropping the f-bomb, she wouldn't be invited back, but after being joined onstage by Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant, she admitted her sexuality in front of a studio audience, and by extension, the world that seems interested in her every move.
Alec Baldwin also returned as President Trump, proving his aptitude for impersonating the president once more. Baldwin has frequently been the target of raging Trump tweets but his appearances have started to garner him a great deal of notoriety, and increased ratings for #SaturdayNightLive, no doubt. The cold open February 5 saw Baldwin's Trump chatting with various world leaders and even referring to Trump's gaffe on Holocaust Remembrance Day where his statement failed to mention the six million Jews who were executed.
The statement at the time read, in part:
"In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”
It was #MelissaMcCarthy, however, who stole the show, with calls on social media to give the actress an Emmy or to make her and Baldwin permanent SNL cast members, at least throughout the current president's term.
For those who missed McCarthy as Press Secretary Sean Spicer, here it is:
Given how well-received Saturday Night Live has been since President Trump took office, this week's episode with #MelissaMcCarthy as Sean Spicer will be very tough for the long-running variety show to top.
What did you think of this week's episode?