On SNL, Robert De Niro’s “boogeyman” Mueller is scaring Eric Trump ( www.vox.com )

It’s not clear why he came to visit Eric, or if De Niro had seen his lines in advance.

It was a huge week for special counsel Robert Mueller, so unsurprisingly he appeared on Saturday Night Live, for the third time, in the form of Robert De Niro.

This time, it was Eric Trump he was visiting, a man who the show has decided doesn’t know anything. Except of course, that he wasn’t supposed to be talking to Mueller. But he didn’t quite know why — after all, it’s just “Robert Mueller, your dad’s friend from work.”

The sketch opened with a scene-setting shot of a Christmasy Trump Tower, just a few blocks away from where it was really being shot, before transitioning to a scene of Donald Trump Jr. (played by Mikey Day) checking in on his brother Eric (Alex Moffat) in his race car bed, a portrait of a pouting Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) hanging overhead.

“Eric, what are you doing awake? It’s past your bedtime,” Don Jr. said. Eric was feeling anxious about the boogeyman — something many in Trump’s orbit might be worried about this week. He was also concerned that his big brother was going to get indicted, though “indicted” was on the long list of words he doesn’t know.

“Have you been watching the news again?” Don Jr. said. “You can’t watch that stuff, bud. It’s too grown-up.” Eric was frightened by a noise coming from his closet, but Don Jr. reassured him that it was “just the cheap steel dad uses to build his towers,” opening the closet, without looking, to reveal De Niro, who used his “I’m watching you” gesture