Saturday Night Live

Season 29 Episode 16

Donald Trump/Toots and the Maytals

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Apr 03, 2004 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In the "Fear Factor Jr." fake promo, when Joe Rogan (Fred Armisen) challenges a child to eat maggots from the Eggs Benedict before his parents divorce, the dad shown in bed is future cast member Rob Riggle.

    • Donald Trump fails to thank his assistants, guest stars Carolyn Kepcher and George Ross, during the goodnights. In his defense, he did have to name five musical guests.

    • Following the Regis and Kelly sketch, you can see Donald Trump waiting for his cue to begin the next sketch ("Backstage").

    • Although stated by Mr. Trump numerous times during the episode (particularly during his monologue) that The Apprentice was the #1 rated show, The Apprentice was the #7 rated show of the 2003-2004 primetime seasons at the time this episode aired. CSI and American Idol held the top spots.

  • Quotes

    • Jimmy Fallon: Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown have announced plants to shoot a reality show. The show will begin production as soon as the couple figures out what reality is.

    • Jimmy Fallon: On Monday, a judge tossed out a lawsuit charging that the Walt Disney corporation had cheated that the owner to the rights of Winnie the Pooh out of royalties. Sadly, Winnie the Pooh himself, died penniless, suffering from a honey-induced diabetes.

    • Tina Fey: Police in Illinois are looking for a 75 year-old woman, who gets around with a cane and a portable oxygen cart, because she's accused of scamming car dealers by bouncing checks. Officials say that by now, the old lady could be anywhere within an 8-foot radius.

    • Jimmy Fallon: Asian-American groups are upset with the newest issue of Details magazine which features an article asking readers to determine whether the man pictured is gay or Asian. Worse, it's a picture of Angelica Huston.

    • Jimmy Fallon: Singer Norah Jones turned 25 on Tuesday, and her fans turned 50.

    • Jeff Zucker: We've got the Will & Grace to run this network! Right, Friends?

  • Notes

    • Sketches/segments cut from the 60-minute version: "Backstage" (with Star Jones and Donald), "9/11 Hearings," "The Apprentice Band," "Fathers and Sons," and Toots and the Maytals' performance of "Funky Kingston."

    • A "TV Funhouse" cartoon centered around Donald Trump was scheduled to air, but didn't make it. This might explain why when this first aired, there was a "Cartoon By Robert Smigel" credit, but no actual cartoon. The NBC rerun of this episode edited out the credit since no cartoon aired at all.

    • Segments cut from Weekend Update included Chris Parnell as a movie critic and Seth Meyers as a Boston Red Sox commentator. Strangely enough, neither Parnell nor Meyers end up appearing on Update this season (for the live show).

    • Dan Aykroyd was in the audience for the live show but did not participate in any sketches.

    • Tina Fey wrote the cold opening featuring the SNL version of The Apprentice. She later said that Donald Trump really wanted to say "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night," but she decided to give it to his assistant "since he's already a billionaire."

    • Maya Rudolph breaks character a few times during the Omarosa segment during "Weekend Update."

    • This is Darrell Hammond's favorite episode (since he appeared throughout the entire show).

    • Lindsay Lohan was originally scheduled to host this episode, but she was pushed to the May 1st broadcast since Mean Girls' release was delayed by a month.

    • Donald Trump attempted and failed to trademark "You're fired!" shortly after he appeared on SNL.

    • Rachel Dratch replaces former cast member Chris Kattan playing Gelman in the Regis and Kelly sketch.

    • Will Forte does not appear in this episode.

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