Saturday Night Live‘s last new episode of 2017 aired Saturday, December 16, with host Kevin Hart and musical guest Foo Fighters at the helm. If you missed it, here’s what you need to know.
Trump’s ‘Tree of Shame’ Cold Open
The cold open featured a who’s who of Donald Trump surrogates placing ornaments on the president’s “tree of shame.” Long-gone members of Trump’s team — including Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci and Michael Flynn — graced the ornaments so that Alec Baldwin‘s Trump could “remember all the haters and losers [he] destroyed this year.”
There were references to Omarosa Manigault-Newman‘s recent dismissal (with Leslie Jones), and Alex Moffat and Mikey Day‘s beloved Eric and Donald Trump Jr. stopped by. But what really topped this sketch off was a surprise cameo by Scarlett Johansson — remember, she’s dating Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost — playing Ivanka Trump. (The Avengers star previously played Ivanka on SNL in March.) This line, in particular, made the brief appearance worth it: “Well, as I said, there’s a special place in hell, and we’re all there.”
Foo Fighters’ Christmas Medley
In their second performance of the night, Foo Fighters gave us a fitting medley of “Everlong,” “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and “Linus and Lucy” — and they did it in Christmas sweaters.
Pandora (Don’t Do It)
We’ve all been there. You’re in the mall at Christmastime. You pass by a Pandora store, and you can’t help but internally scream at every man in there, “Don’t do it! She doesn’t want that.” SNL must’ve read our minds because their faux Pandora commercial hit the nail on the head. “At Pandora charms, we take one little fact about your wife and turn it into jewelry.” Yeah, she doesn’t want that.
Kevin Hart’s Baby-Centric Monologue
Hart just welcomed his third child in November, so his monologue was all about babies, naturally. While many viewers expressed their disdain for Hart on social media, anyone who’s ever been around children can relate to parts of this abbreviated stand-up comedy routine.
Ice Skating Goodnight
Watching the cast of SNL ice skate after closing out the last show of 2017 was the little piece of carefree joy we needed.
Saturday Night Live returns to NBC Saturday, January 13, at 11:30 p.m. ET.
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