Chris Pine was up for anything last night when he hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time, and that included singing — lots of it. Pine got started during the monologue with a song-and-dance number explaining that he’s not Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, or Chris Pratt, hoping the show’s cast members would know his movies from the work of the others. They didn’t. Pine also showed off some dance moves in an amusing sketch where auto-shop employees begrudgingly admit how much they all love “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” culminating in a fierce lip-synch between him and Bobby Moynihan to Erika Jayne’s “XXPEN$IVE.”
Of course, politics played a prominent role in the show’s penultimate episode of the season. Weekend Update wasted no time skewering the Trump administration, starting with the House’s passing of the measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. A pair of gumshoes decided that they didn’t want to find Kellyanne Conway in a spoof of “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?,” with Kate McKinnon donning the character’s red trench and hat. And Alec Baldwin as Trump got in a sneaky cameo by calling into “Morning Joe” (McKinnon and Alex Moffat portray newly public couple Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough) pretending to be a publicist named “John Miller” who says that he’s with the president every single day.
But the sketch that hit the closest to home was a parody of Hulu’s adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” where four handmaids (Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, and Sasheer Zamata) who have all had their rights taken away under the new Republic cross paths with two old friends (Pine and Mikey Day). When Bryant explains that they’ve had their children, jobs, and money taken away after the men ask what’s happened to them, Pine says, “I think I read something about that…but I’ve been super busy with work lately.” It’s a good thing this was funny, because otherwise someday it could just be true.