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Trump, Manafort, Sessions, and Pence Talk Prison in the Shower on SNL 

Trump, Manafort, Sessions, and Pence Talk Prison in the Shower on SNL 

Saturday Night Live

Alec Baldwin returns as Trump to offer Manafort advice on doing time. 

Saturday Night Live returned this week with timely cold open that skewered the Trump Administration's scrambling after special counsel Robert Mueller handed down the first indictments in his investigation into the Russia probe. The sketch begins with Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump counseling his former campaign manager Paul Manafort (Alex Moffat), who was indicted last week.

"Do you have a good shiv?" Baldwin's Trump says about the possibility of Manafort doing prison time. "After the stuff I've said about certain ethnic groups they are really gonna go to town on you."

The next shot shows the two shirtless in Trump's shower. "I brought you into the shower to make sure you weren't wearing a wire, Paul," Baldwin's Trump says. "That's why we're going to do this "Gone Girl style," referring to the denouement of the David Fincher movie based on Gillian Flynn's novel.

But that's not all. Beck Bennett as Mike Pence jumps in at Trump's behest so that if Trump goes down he can take Pence with him.

Finally, Kate McKinnon steals the sketch as Jeff Sessions who, despite revelations this week that he lied under oath before the Senate, continues to be slippery. When Trump assures McKinnon's Sessions that he won't go to prison he says, "Oh, I know, because I'm a sneaky lyin' little villain. If mean old Mr. Mueller comes after me I'm just going to roll over and play dead like the half-possum that I am."

A secondary plot-line features Cecily Strong's Melania having the time of her life with a dummy Trump who doesn't speak. And if that's not enough, SNL's writers also got a good Weinstein/Trump jab in.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.