'SNL' Cold Open Focuses on Roy Moore's Sexual Misconduct Allegations - NBC Southern California

'SNL' Cold Open Focuses on Roy Moore's Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The skit highlights an issue the GOP has grappled with this week, after four women said Moore tried to have sexual or romantic relationships with them decades ago, when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s

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    Sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore were at the forefront of "Saturday Night Live's" cold open, with members of the Trump administration urging him to drop out of the race. 

    "It's hard to convince people that you're not into young girls when you dress like Woody from 'Toy Story,'" said Vice President Mike Pence, played by Beck Bennett.

    The skit highlighted an issue the GOP has grappled with this week, after four women said Moore tried to have sexual or romantic relationships with them decades ago, when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. The Washington Post reported that one woman who said he initiated sexual contact with her was 14 years old at the time. The real Moore has denied the allegations, insisting they are an attempt to derail his bid for a Senate seat. In an interview with Sean Hannity, though, Moore did not rule out having dated teenage girls.

    "All right, if everyone thinks I did it, I'll marry her," said "SNL's" Moore, played by Mikey Day. 

    "I want you to consider stepping aside," Pence said. "Don't think of it as ending your campaign, think of it as going to conversion therapy to turn yourself into someone who's no longer a candidate."

    Moore begs Pence to figure out another solution, perhaps by calling "the boss," to which Pence says, "Sorry, I'm not going to call Vladimir Putin about this."

    Pence leaves Moore to think about dropping out, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions, played by Kate McKinnon, kicks out of a cabinet in the room.

    After telling Moore that he "checks a lot of boxes" as a candidate, Sessions kicks him out of the room for being "too Alabama" even for the state native. 

    Session then seeks advice from "papa," an opossum, on "how to be happy again," and reveals he wants to go back to the senate. 

    "There's so many men out there acting like monsters, Mr. Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, the president," McKinnon's Sessions says shakily to the opossum. "Daddy, has this been happening forever? Have I both fostered and benefited from a culture of systemic oppression? No? Well, that's a relief."

    In another sketch, "SNL" mocked the Democratic National Convention with a "We're back!" commercial following the party's election wins this week, particularly in New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races.

    "This is our time, we're back," the politicians said in an awkward, off-beat ad. 

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Cecily Strong), Sen. Tim Kaine (Mikey Day), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon) and former DNC leader Donna Brazile (Leslie Jones) starred in the commercial. 

    "We learned our lesson from the last election. We can't just focus on coastal elites," McKinnon's Pelosi said. "We need mouth breathers from Wisconsin."

    The DNC introduced "new blood" to the party, including former Vice President Joe Biden, played by Jason Sudeikis, and Bernie Sanders, played by Larry David. McKinnon also showed up in the ad as Hillary Clinton and as "not Hillary."

    "Weekend Update" kicked off with jabs at President Donald Trump, who is wrapping up a trip in Asia.

    "Well it's Veterans Day and Donald Trump celebrated by finally going to Vietnam," co-host Colin Jost quipped.

    North Korea called Trump a "lunatic old man" eariler this week, and hours before "SNL" went live, Trump tweeted a mocking response, saying he would "NEVER" call Kim Jong Un "short and fat."

    "Now, a lot of times Donald Trump goes way over the line with his tweets, but this time, that was pretty damn funny," co-host Michael Che said. "I mean look at how vain and catty he is."

    Jost noted that it was a "good weekend to stay inside" because of the cold weather but also because "everyone you've ever heard of is a sex monster," on the growing list of men accused of sexual misconduct. New allegations this week included Moore and comedian Louis C.K. 

    "I'm not saying he's guilty but his naughty little cowboy outfit screams it," he said about Moore. 

    Host Tiffany Haddish used her monologue to talk about otherwise taboo topics, from re-wearing her red carpet dress, to sexual assault allegations swarming Hollywood.

    "Listen fellas. Listen. If you got your thang-thang out and she got all her clothes on, you're WRONG. You're in the wrong," she said emphatically.

    Haddish made history as "SNL's" first black female stand-up comedian to host the show.


    Musical guest Taylor Swift performed two songs, "Ready for It?" and "Call It What You Want."