Robert De Niro returned to Saturday Night Live over the weekend to play special counsel Robert Mueller. 

The “cold open” sketch began with Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day) tucking his younger brother Eric (Alex Moffat) into bed at Trump Tower. The elder Trump brother urges Eric to go to bed, but the younger brother says, “Don, I’m scared. I think there’s a boogeyman in my closet.”

Don Jr. assures his brother he’s just imagining things. “Have you been watching the news again?” he asks Eric. “You can’t watch that stuff, bud. It’s too grown up.”

Eric then tells his brother he is afraid because of the rumors that Don Jr. may get indicted, to which the latter replies: “Don’t worry about that, pal. But hey, I am impressed that you know what ‘indict’ means!” as the audience roars with laughter at yet another swipe from SNL at Eric Trump’s intelligence.

Moffat’s Eric then proudly replies, “‘Indict:’ there’s no sugar in-Diet Coke.” Day’s Don Jr. then looks puzzled and responds, “almost, but you’ll get it.”

Don Jr. then proceeds to read Eric a bedtime story to calm him down, and chooses T’was the Night Before Christmas. Before starting, Don Jr. tells his brother to stop him if there’s any words he doesn’t understand. Right from the start, Eric interrupts his brother to ask the meaning of simple words like “t’was.”

After Don Jr. reads the “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse” line from the classic Christmas tale, the closet door is heard creaking and Eric gets scared. Don Jr. then replies, “look buddy, nothing in the closet” and goes to open the door, behind which De Niro’s Mueller is standing as dramatic music plays and Don Jr. stands there obliviously.


The 75-year-old Oscar winner initially doesn’t say anything, and instead only mimics his famous “I am watching you” hand gesture from Meet the Parents. 

“Robert Mueller’s in there!” says Eric as he clutches his plush shark.

“Eric, nobody likes a fibber!” replies Don Jr. as his phone rings and he answers a call from his lawyer. “How bad is it? Oh god. But can I flip on him?!” the elder Trump brother says before leaving the room.

We then pan again to Eric, who turns his head to see De Niro’s Mueller sitting beside his bed and yells in fear.

“Hi Eric. Don’t be scared, it’s just me, Robert Mueller. Your dad’s friend from work,” says De Niro.

“I’m not allowed to talk to you,” replies Eric, to which Mueller says he isn’t worried because it was clear from very early on that Eric doesn’t “know anything.”

“I wish I could say the same for some of your dad’s friends,” De Niro’s Mueller continues, and Moffat’s Eric proceeds to incorrectly name Trump’s associates who have been charged and indicted as part of Mueller’s Russia investigation: Paul Manafortwhom Eric calls “Mr. Pillow-fort” and George Papadopouloswhom he calls “Mr. Papa John’s Pizza.”

Eric then correctly names and asks about Trump’s now-sentenced former personal attorney Michael Cohenwhom De Niro’ Mueller advises he refer to as “federal inmate 10358.”

Moffat’s Eric then says, “Mr. Mueller, people say you’re the worst thing to ever happen to my dad.”

De Niro’s Mueller then replies, “No Eric, getting elected president was the worst thing that ever happened to your dad,” a line that also drew laughs and raucous cheers and applause.

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