“Saturday Night Live” kicked off the season finale with a nod to departing cast members Pete Davidson and Kate McKinnon.
McKinnon was shown outdoors, playing her recurring character Mrs. Rafferty, who is frequently kidnapped by aliens.
Aidy Bryant and Mikey Day play NSA agents who interview Rafferty and her fellow hijackers Cecily Strong and host Natasha Lyonne about their extraterrestrial encounters.
Strong and Leon told those in charge of how they learned the world’s languages, the heavens, and the basic powers of love, while the McKinnon character had a much more dissenting experience.
“I got on board and the gray aliens, God bless them, are already standing in line waiting to be beaten on my roads,” said Mrs. Rafferty, between dragging her never-ending cigarette.
She told officials that the invasive aliens also took care of their unprepared nether regions.
“It’s woodland down there. My hair was sticking out from the sides more than a hipster beard that was stuck out from an N-95.”
When the Federals said the aliens agreed to share information with the government in exchange for a permanent resident of a human spaceship, McKinnon signed up, becoming emotional as the studio audience gave her a standing ovation.
“Earth, I love you, thanks for letting me stay for a while,” she said, before introducing a final catchphrase “Live From New York It’s Saturday Night” 10 years after the show.
Later, departing cast member Pete Davidson on “Weekend Update” to talk about his eight-year tenure.
“Hey Colin and Jay and millions of people are watching just to see if I bring Kanye,” the Staten Island native said.
Davidson, who has rarely appeared on the show in recent months, said when he started SNL, people thought he was racially vague.
“Now everyone knows I’m white because I became so successful while I hardly go to work,” Cracked said.
Davidson had a shout-out to executive producer Lorne Michaels, who took the opportunity to hire comedy when he was just 21 years old.
He led us through the COVID era, though the only time he wore a mask was at ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ parties, Davidson joked.
“Thank you for believing in me and allowing me to have a place I can call home, with memories that will last a lifetime. So thank you guys,” he said solemnly to the cast and crew.
Leon’s monologue cemented her “real New Yorker” status, directing her friends and former “SNL” cast members Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph, who made impressions of the “Orange is the New Black” star.
“SNL” combines everything I love. “New York City, show business, people who have done the same things since the ’70s and different unions fighting,” the child actress said before showing an early clip of her on “Pee-Wee Playhouse” discussing her battle with drugs.
“There is always hope in despair and there is always a reason to get back in the ring and fight another day,” she said to applause.
A fake public service advertisement appeared to vote cast members who did not have a disability but were “just idiots”.
“Just because you’re an idiot doesn’t mean you don’t have a choice, so get out there and vote,” a voiceover said.
“My stupid vote is just as important as anyone else,” Leon said.
Strong Show: “And sometimes much more than that, as in my country.”
“I watch Channel One and get pissed off,” James Austin Johnson said.
Day and Leon photographed chain-smoking radio announcers at Yankee Stadium in 1951 who were broadcast a few degrees later after Leon was prescribed methamphetamine for a common cold.
The “cold pills” led Leon’s character to misinterpret popups like contestants, rumors about player wives, and alcohol problems.
How did Joe Joe Dimaggio, the ugliest son of a bitch in baseball, hit an obstacle so much [Marylin Monroe]? She asked.
“You know it’s Italian. Italians aren’t even white.”
The broadcast was soon cut short by businessman Johnson, who was promoting “Mitchum, Scotch businessman.”
Thompson played a bandleader whose stage show was overshadowed by a personal advertisement from a harmonica player (Lyon) who also doubled as his owner and roommate.
Andrew Desmocks recounted his 20th high school encounter from the grave after it was revealed that he had been murdered by a classmate who had also had confrontations with the fentanyl inventor, Capitol troublemaker, and porn star.
On “Update,” fake anchor Colin Jost joked about Taylor Swift mining her failed relationships with celebrities for lyrical content in connection with her New York University prom speech.
“Since college is so much like breaking up with Taylor Swift, you’ll still pay for it decades later.”
Co-presenter Michael Che reviews Donald Trump’s new book on election fraud.
“It will have 8000 commas and no periods,” Che said.
In a bizarre Dallas-meets-Weekend At Bernie’s 80s sitcom, Heidi Gardner shoots and kills her misogynistic boss (Leon) before a meeting with Armisen and Day contributors.
Then Gardner’s co-workers, Strong and Ego Nodim, tried to move his limping boss so his business partners wouldn’t notice he was dead.
Featured in “Grey Adult Pigtails” commercials for women of a certain age, Kyle Mooney as a woodland sculptor who has a harem of an older hippie woman who hasn’t updated her hairstyle.
“You are unique, you love art and you want people to see you and say ‘I get it,'” the ad said.
Japanese breakfast singer Michelle Zoner led the crunchy group singing together to close the sitcom after the indie pop band performed their hits “Be Sweet” and “Paprika.”
The masked cast members hugged each other during “Goodnight/Closing Theme” with no closing references to McKinnon, Davidson, or a colleague. mentioned Departing cast members Bryant and Mooney.
“Have a great summer,” said Leon.