The government shutdown got the game show treatment as "Saturday Night Live" returned to TV screens this weekend.
Saturday's episode, hosted by actress Rachel Brosnahan, didn't waste any time tackling the issue, pitting Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump against parodies of Democratic leaders in a "Deal or No Deal" spoof.
"We decided to do this in the only format you can understand – a TV game show with women holding briefcases," Kenan Thompson, playing Steve Harvey, told Baldwin's Trump as the game began.
The fake Trump opened with an offer to extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and "release the kids from cages so they can be free-range kids" in exchange for $5 billion toward a border wall. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon) wasn't having it.
"OK, $1 billion and you say, 'Nancy's my mommy,'" she countered, opening a briefcase bearing the same words.
Baldwin's Trump refused, then called on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat).
"My offer is whatever you want," Moffat's Schumer said before changing his offer to, "$15 and a pastrami on rye."
Baldwin's Trump also turned to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Beck Bennett) and Democratic U.S. Reps. Maxine Waters (Leslie Jones) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Melissa Villaseñor) before accepting a deal from a Clemson football player (Pete Davidson) with a box of fast food.
"Hamberders," it read – a reference to a spelling mistake in one of Trump's tweets.
𝘏𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴. #SNL pic.twitter.com/AikBYUzL29— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) January 20, 2019
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