Alec Baldwin & Kate McKinnon Break Character for Inspiring Message of Hope in Emotional 'SNL' Cold Open
By Zach Seemayer
After weeks of mocking the race to the White House, Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon shared a heartwarming, emotional moment during the cold open on Saturday Night Live.
The opening sketch on Saturday started off as a straightforward lambasting of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton -- specifically the amount of attention being paid to Clinton's email scandals -- but quickly turned into something almost magical.
Baldwin, who has been guest-starring as Trump, has faced off against McKinnon's Clinton during every opening sketch this season, but for SNL's last episode before the general election on Tuesday, it was clear they wanted to do something a little different.
The two appeared in split-screen, as they usually did during the debates, and after mocking Trump's connections to the FBI, Vladimir Putin, and the KKK (with some genial lip-locking between Trump and the Russian president), Clinton made a clear and concise list of all the things Trump's campaign has ruined for America.
"What is happening? Is the whole world insane?" she asked. "Donald Trump has ruined so much of what we, as Americans, hold dear: kindness, decency, Tic Tacs, Skittles, taco bowls, father-daughter dances, buses, bright red hats, the word 'great,' the color orange, [and] men."
In his response, Trump began by calling Clinton "the most corrupt person to ever run," and then slung his usual bevy of insults and accusations before stopping mid-sentence as Baldwin dropped the whole impression to deliver an apology.
"I'm sorry, Kate. I just hate yelling all this stuff at you like this," Baldwin said, breaking character as the cameras cut to a wide shot showing that the two were actually standing just feet apart.
"Yeah, I know, right? This whole election has been so mean," McKinnon said, walking over to join Baldwin.
"I just feel gross all the time," he replied, before turning to the SNL audience. "I mean, don't you guys feel gross all the time about this?" The question was met with a resounding cheer of agreement.
"You know what I think would help us?" McKinnon said, taking Baldwin's hand. "Let's get out of here."
The show then cut to a pre-taped segment -- set to Arcade Fire's inspiring anthem, "Wake Up" -- showing Baldwin and McKinnon, still decked out as their political caricatures, running through Times Square and hugging each other's supporters and making peace between random people on the street.
The two returned to the SNL stage, put their arms around each other, and a visibly emotional Baldwin spoke directly to the camera. "Now it's time to get out there and vote,"
he implored viewers. "None of this will have mattered if you don't vote."
"And we can't tell you who to vote for, but on Tuesday, we all get a chance to choose what kind of country we want to live in," a smiling McKinnon added.
Together, in unison, the pair yelled the show's traditional opening line, "And live, from New York, it's Saturday Night!"
The episode, hosted by Benedict Cumberbatch with musical guest Solange, wrapped up the show's pre-election coverage. Depending on how the general election shapes up, however, it's possible that Baldwin hasn't put on the Trump wig for the last time.