For its cold open this week, Saturday Night Live once again returned to its faux set of MSNBC's Morning Joe, fit with a new "Welcome to the Nut House" theme song and the return of Joe Scarborough (Alex Moffatt) and Mika Brzezinski (Kate McKinnon) to their posts as the tense, sexually-charged co-anchors.
After making a point about Scarborough's tendency to talk over guests — in this case, with Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. (Chris Redd), who doesn't get a word in edgewise in a conversation about the systematic silencing of black people — and hammering in, ahem, the point about the engaged duo's awkward exchanges around Willie Geist (Mikey Day) and the rest of America, the special guests came through.
First up was Michael Wolff (Fred Armisen), author of the explosive firsthand account of the chaos of Donald Trump's administration, Fire and Fury. In addition to asking everyone to essentially turn a blind eye to any factual inconsistencies that might be discovered in the pages, he also revealed that one unreported item of juice is Trump's fascination with baby racing... which is exactly as ridiculous as it sounds.
Since many of the quotes in Wolff's book come from ousted adviser Steve Bannon, it was as good a time as any to bring him on the show and finally show what lurked beneath the Death duds.
After much back-and-forth over who should portray the controversial far right figure, it was none other than Bill Murray who suited up in all his double-shirted ingloriousness to concede to Wolff that his quotations in the book are on point before laying out his next moves now that he's been removed from the White House and his former post at Breitbart.
"The cannon magic is still out there. The Bannon cannon. Magic, magic, magic, magic. King of kingmakers. Ozymandias. The Bannon dynasty is dawning," he claimed. According to SNL, Bannon's plans include a series for Crackle called Cucks in Cars Getting Coffee, a line of wrinkled bar jackets called Frumpers for Guys, and a "springtime skincare line [called] Blotch."
"I convinced this country to elect Donald. And I can do it again," he said. "Already auditioning candidates. I've got some prospects: Logan Paul, Martin Shkreli, the Subway guy Jared Fogle. He's back, he's electable. It's time for America to slide down the Bannon-ster."
When Mika aired her concern that all hope is lost after Bannon's rant, that's when Oprah Winfrey (Leslie Jones) arrived as the inspirational star of the show, just like she was at the Golden Globes.
As a response to the question of whether she'd make all those #Oprah2020 dreams come true with her own presidential bid, she said: "Well, I am a celebrity, so I'm qualified. But I'm different than Donald Trump because I'm actually a billionaire. So, who knows? But there's only one job more powerful than being President ... being Oprah!"
Hey, at least we know now that she wouldn't have to give up her media empire to run the country.