Scarlett Johansson Hosts SNL: Ivanka Perfume Ad, Trump vs. Aliens and More

Scarlett Johansson was officially inducted into Saturday Night Live‘s coveted Five-Timers Club this weekend, earning her membership card with an episode that started out rough, but quickly turned itself around.

The Avengers actress was front and center as Ivanka Trump in the best political sketch of the evening — a perfume ad for a woman “who knows what she wants, and knows what she’s doing” by having continued to support her father’s run for president even after the Access Hollywood bus tape scandal. In the commercial, Trump’s daughter was described as a feminist, an advocate, and a champion for women, but even the narrator couldn’t figure out why.

Among the episode’s other most notable sketches…

TRANSLATOR
What at first seemed like an immediate bomb turned out to be one of the funniest sketches of the night, with ScarJo playing the inventor of a technology that translates household pets’ thoughts into words. Using her dog Max to showcase the contraption, she soon learned that her pooch was — gulp! — a Trump supporter.

A SKETCH FOR THE WOMEN
The premise of this gem: In response to A Day Without a Woman, Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney wrote a sketch that touches upon the importance of women’s issues. It seemed well-intentioned, and featured the entire female cast, but it quickly became clear that the bit was simply a showcase for the two men.

ALIEN ATTACK COLD OPEN
Alec Baldwin’s Trump impersonation just couldn’t save this underwhelming sketch, which found Earth under attack by aliens in the not-too-distant future. POTUS, of course, had no solution for the invasion, and was more concerned with whether the extraterrestrials had decimated California, and in turn, killed Arnold Schwarzenegger.

WEEKEND UPDATE
Easily one of Colin Jost and Michael Che’s strongest Updates ever, with terrific character work by Alex Moffat and Kate McKinnon as Senator Al Franken and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Best of all was Pete Davidson, who threw shade at Trump apologists such as “spokesperson and James Bond villain” Stephen Miller, and guy “who got to be the House Speaker after someone waved a magic wand over a ventriloquist dummy” Paul Ryan.

OLIVE GARDEN 
Bennett portrayed the somewhat racist director of an ad for the restaurant chain who had some weird requests for his actors. These included sticking their faces directly in the pasta and reacting as if they’d just had a “big ol’ orgasm.”

ZOO PORNOGRAPHER
This local news sketch found animal photographer Danny Bangs mistaken for an animal pornographer, which resulted in a series of chyron gaffes and unintended innuendos. The bit was funny at first, but the sketch dragged on for what felt like an eternity.

What were your favorite sketches of the night? And what missed the mark? Grade the episode via our poll, then hit the comments and make your picks.

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24 Comments
  1. Douglas from Brazil says:

    I’m out of the country and I can’t watch the videos.

  2. JennaG says:

    I miss the best/worst skit format…

  3. Kim R says:

    I actually thought the cold open was meant to be more of an allegory with comedic edges for #resist . I thought it was smart.

    • Sam says:

      And I give them credit for at least trying something other than a press conference or Oval Office meeting. It may not have been side-splitting, but it was new.

  4. EJ says:

    What, no Lexie?

  5. Daya says:

    Next time, get a cat?

  6. HEYScott says:

    Oh look more unfunny liberal idiots on tv . Doing the same old routine . Hey libtards your not funny anymore just pathetic.

  7. Kevin Tran says:

    Lorde’s musical performance was amazing.

  8. peterwdawson says:

    Wasn’t Ivanka’s whole thing when she got her own brand of clothing or whatever that she’s a feminist? So it was basically marketing that stuck, whether people agreed or not (and obviously some do not).

  9. Temperance says:

    They did a great job the other day with the douchey Beavis and Butthead Trump brothers… vicious, but not vicious enough, really.

  10. tjchurch2001 says:

    Liked the cold open & the zoo bit (LOVE seeing them use Mikey Day more, something they seemed to slowly stop doing before dropping his “Wild & Out” costar Taran). However, too many sound effects to understand much of the cold open over, didn’t get that Ivanka was being referenced in the fake ad, & wished ANYONE would have referenced when the dog completely removed the helmet in the “translator” sketch. (Reminded me, someone younger than the show, of the old Fields line regarding working with kids or animals.)

    Lastly, only part of Lorde I liked was her brief, non-audio appearance in the “Women’s Sketch”, & disappointed neither of the former members showed-up to reprise their “chandelier” roles.

  11. Scar-Lett looked nervous, so insecure in this skit because she is keenly aware that she will never be as beautiful, classy or as smart as Ivanka Trump. Perhaps that is why SNL didn’t let her speak in the commercial.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      Reason she didn’t speak is either because:

      1] Like her father in his current position, Ivanka is not fit to be on TV at all, whereas Scarlett is worthy of Oscars, “Avenger” roles, & other things on the bigger screen.