'Saturday Night Live' Hops Into the Shower With Trump and Manafort

In this image taken from video, Alec Baldwin and Alex Moffat appear on "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 4, 2017.
In this image taken from video, Alec Baldwin and Alex Moffat appear on "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 4, 2017.NBC

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By Daniel Arkin and Yuliya Talmazan

The Russia investigation is heating up, so the folks at "Saturday Night Live" decided to take a cold shower.

In the opening sketch this week, Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump paid a visit to his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, played by Alex Moffat. The real-life Manafort was indicted this week.

"I brought you into the shower to make sure you weren't wearing a wire, Paul," Baldwin's Trump told Moffat's Manafort.

They were soon joined by Vice President Mike Pence, played by Beck Bennett, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, played by Kate McKinnon.

"I'm wearing a bathing costume that I got from my favorite place: the 1890s," McKinnon's Sessions said. "I thought we should all get used to wearing stripes."

The sketch also alluded to the wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations in Hollywood.

"What an idiot that Harvey Weinstein is," said Baldwin's Trump. "He could have gotten away with all of it, if only he was elected president."

The episode was hosted by Larry David, whose monologue stirred up some controversy of its own on social media. The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star said he had noticed a "disturbing pattern" in the sexual misconduct scandals engulfing the film industry.

"I don't like it when Jews are in the headlines for notorious reasons," he said. "I want 'Einstein discovers the theory of relativity,' 'Salk cures polio' ... What I don't want? 'Weinstein took it out.'"

David went on to muse on his own interest in women, with an off-color twist.

"I've often wondered — if I had grown up in Poland when Hitler came to power and was sent to a concentration camp, would I still be checking out women in the camp? I think I would," he said. "Of course, the problem is there are no good opening lines in a concentration camp."

"SNL" later took aim at White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, riffing on her sometimes testy relationship with reporters.

In a music video parody of Demi Lovato's hit song "Confident," Aidy Bryant played an alternate-reality version of the spokeswoman who struts around in a leather jacket labeled "The Huck."