‘Saturday Night Live’: Trump Calls In to ‘Fox & Friends’

Gardner congratulated Baldwin on the recent State of the Union address, gushing, “Your speech was maybe the best speech in the history of this country.”

Baldwin replied, “You know a lot of people are saying, including Paul Ryan, that it was better than Martin Luther King’s ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ speech.”

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In other memorable moments from this episode:

Historical Rivalry of the Week

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“Saturday Night Live” delved more deeply into history — America’s and its own — in a pre-Super Bowl sketch set at the Second Continental Congress in 1775 and featuring the former “S.N.L.” cast members Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey.

Informed that the colonists have just won the Battle of Bunker Hill, a delegate played by Beck Bennett sighed, “Now we have to hear the boasting of the Patriots of New England.” Enter a rowdy contingent of braggadocious colonial types, including Portman, Dratch and Moffat, who recounted the victory. “We get pushed back way behind our line, like 40 yards,” he said in a thick New England accent. “But our guy, Captain Thomas Brady, he’s got like the best cannon and we come back like we always do.”

Not to be outdone, Fey and the cast members Kenan Thompson and Mikey Day strode into the room as the Philadelphia delegation, vowing that they too had victory in their sights. “So grease up them poles ’cause Philly’s gonna win and then one of these guys is going to punch a police horse,” Fey said.

Explaining why they identified themselves with Eagles — the team that will face the New England Patriots at the Super Bowl on Sunday — Fey said, “We Philadelphians are swift, we are deadly, and our eyes are all a little too close together.”

‘Weekend Update’ Riffs of the Week

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Recapping the controversy surrounding a partisan memo released by House Republicans, the “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost said:

This memo came from 40-year-old virgin Devin Nunes, who is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. I’ve got to say, I don’t really trust this guy to untangle a vast conspiracy. I wouldn’t really trust him to untangle a pair of headphones. Now I’m trying to put myself in his shoes, and it’s pretty easy because his shoes are Velcro. But I don’t really understand how any of this is important, so I’m just going to treat this memo like every other memo I’ve received at work and completely ignore it. At this point, if you actually want to get my attention, the bar is set at ‘Porn star spanks president with magazine.’ Also, this is a four-page memo that just cherry-picks information from a FISA document that’s like 50 or 60 pages long. It’s like when you see a blurb for ‘Transformers 5,’ and it says, ‘It blew my mind,’ when the full quote is, ‘It blew my mind that God allowed this.’”

Mr. Jost’s co-anchor, Michael Che, continued: “First of all, you know damn well Donald Trump didn’t read this memo. It’s four pages long. And the only time Donald Trump reads four pages in a row is when he’s ordering breakfast.”

First Ladies Gathering of the Week

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Portman reprised her role as Jacqueline Kennedy (as seen in Pablo Larraín’s 2016 film “Jackie”) in a sketch where she offers advice to Melania Trump (Cecily Strong), who is hesitating about attending the State of the Union. Speaking in broken English, Strong asked, “How can I be good first lady when Donald make it so hard?”

Portman replied, “All first ladies have a platform. Yours is bullying, mine was little hats. Your approval rating is through the roof.”

Strong answered, “Yes, yes, people like me because they’re like, ‘That lady look how I feel.’”

Stick around for additional appearances from the former first ladies Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon), Michelle Obama (Leslie Jones) and, for some reason, an ax-wielding Martha Washington (Aidy Bryant).

Unlikely Double Act of the Week

In a deskside segment on “Weekend Update,” Strong and McKinnon played the French actresses Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot, trying to apologize for any misunderstandings after their denunciation of the #MeToo movement. At least, Strong was trying to explain herself, while the more eccentric McKinnon dug herself into deeper and deeper holes.

Strong explained, “It’s important in France to question, to debate, to challenge popular opinion. Me, I don’t want romance to die. But me, if I went too far or hurt any woman, that was absolutely not my intention.”

McKinnon added, “And me, I stand by everything I have said. And I will double down. Free Harvey Weinstein!”

Callback to 2006 of the Week

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Revisiting a viral segment she starred in during her last “S.N.L.” appearance 12 years ago, Portman once again cast stereotypes aside and played herself as a foul-mouthed and violent rapper. There’s very little we can safely reproduce here from her 2018 update on this routine, but we will tell you it features her as a gun-wielding Queen Amidala from “Star Wars,” and there’s a cameo from the “S.N.L.” alum Andy Samberg. (He and his collaborators in the Lonely Island helped make the original video.)

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