The first appearance of Special Counsel Robert Mueller (as played by Kate McKinnon in heavy makeup) on Saturday Night Live came in the form of one very funny joke. McKinnon-as-Mueller had appeared as a guest on Weekend Update in January and chatted with host Colin Jost about the ongoing investigation into the 2016 election and the Trump campaign. “Obviously, I can’t discuss particulars of an ongoing investigation, but uh … yeah, we good,” Mueller said, flashing a wry grin and popping a toothpick into his mouth triumphantly. “Just wait, you’ll see.” The whole sketch revolved around the simple premise of Mueller exuding confidence without being able to say anything; McKinnon, easily the most talented performer in the cast, stretched it out for a hilarious four minutes.
Last weekend, McKinnon’s Mueller impression made a less than triumphant return to SNL in the opening sketch, which is always reserved for the hot political news of the week. This time, he was mixed into a re-creation of the shocking finale of ABC’s reality show The Bachelor, spoofing Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s widely condemned, on-camera jilting of his fiancée Becca Kufrin. Here, Mueller was sharing the news with a woman played by Cecily Strong that he couldn’t prove collusion between Trump and Russia; she reacted like a scorned lover as he said things like, “I’m just trying to be honest with you and tell you that I can’t commit to collusion right now.” It was an excruciating six minutes.