Well, we could have called this one. Saturday night’s episode of Saturday Night Live took on the one issue that’s been blowing up headlines since Friday: the leaked 2005 tape that features Donald Trump making lewd, sexist comments and boasting about groping women. But even though we weren’t quite surprised that SNL chose to tackle this revelation about the Republican nominee for president, the resulting skit was still completely on point.
The cold opener began with the vice presidential debate between Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence. Just as Pence “dares” Kaine to show him a single shred of evidence that Donald Trump has been disrespectful to women, a well-timed CNN breaking news update interrupts them.
The breaking news is, of course, the tapes, and appearing on CNN to explain himself in an interview is Trump, played by Alec Baldwin. Trump says he’s like to take this opportunity to “formally apple-ogize” to those who were offended. The news anchor interviewing him, played by Cecily Strong, asked him if he was apologizing. Baldwin’s Trump responded that that was something he would “never do”—skewering Trump’s first post-leak statement where he apologized if he offended anyone.
“This was way back in 2005,” he tries to explain. “It was 11 years ago, back when I was just a young, childish 59-year-old man.”
Trump then goes on to call anyone who no longer supports him “losers,” and addressing the women voters, Trump promises that he “could do a whole lot more than just grab it. I can also bop it, twist it and pull it.”
As news of the tape leak breaks in the skit, debate prep for Hillary Clinton, played by Kate McKinnon, morphs into a full-on celebration. She can barely stifle a smile while discussing how bad the comments are—and to the women out there who still support Trump, she says, “My babies, your brain broke.”
And, naturally, at two separate points in the broadcast, Trump is caught making some questionable comments over his hot mic.
Catch the skit below:
With the next presidential debate airing tonight, we can only (eagerly) await how next week’s episode will pan out.