Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Talk about double trouble.
"Saturday Night Live" returned this week with host Louis C.K., but actor Alec Baldwin once again stole the show when he played both President Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly in a sketch about sexual harassment allegations against the Fox News host.
The bit opened with Baldwin's O'Reilly asking an apprehensive reporter (Cecily Strong) how Susan Rice, national security adviser to former President Barack Obama, responded to allegations of misconduct.
"So you asked her, point blank, and she said ...?" Baldwin-as-O'Reilly asked.
"No," Strong replied.
"OK, but when she said no, what was her vibe?" he asked, later adding, "Yeah, like when she said no, did her eyes say yes? Sometimes they'll do that."
After a "commercial break" poking fun at O'Reilly's lack of advertisers (in the sketch, his only sponsors were "dog cocaine" and "Cialis for horses"), Baldwin played both O'Reilly and Trump in a partly prerecorded split-screen interview.
"Thank you for coming to my defense last week even though no one asked you to," Baldwin-as-O'Reilly said, referring to Trump's real-life comments defending O'Reilly. "And you even went as far as saying, quote, 'Bill O'Reilly did nothing wrong.'"
"That's correct," Baldwin's Trump replied.
"That's based upon ...?" "O'Reilly" asked.
"A hunch, just a loose hunch," "Trump" said.
Baldwin-as-O'Reilly went on to thank his guest for "promoting sexual assault awareness month," to which Baldwin's Trump replied, "It's a subject that's near and dear to my hand."
The show's cold open also featured Baldwin's Trump speaking to supporters from Kentucky.
"As president, I promise I'm going to do everything I can to make sure you people work in coal for the rest of your lives, and your kids will work in coal, and your grandkids," he told one cast member. "It's going to be incredible."
He added, "In Trump's America, men work in two places – coal mines and Goldman Sachs."