After 10 seasons Saturday Night LiveKate McKinnon bid farewell to her teammates — and Earth in general — during an emotional and hilarious Cold Open for the Season 47 finale.
McKinnon reprized her role as Mrs. Rafferty, the cigarette-puffing, baggy denim-clad woman who has had numerous encounters with the Third Kind.
In the sketch, McKinnon’s Rafferty sat legs apart next to Cecily Strong and host Natasha Lyonne and shared her intimate alien interactions, like how they “climbed on top of each other like my bush was the Titanic’s last lifeboat”.
The sketch took an emotional turn when McKinnon’s character volunteered to return to space with UFOs. “Sure why not?” she says. “I always felt like an alien on this planet anyway.”
On board the craft, Rafferty turned to face her fellow sketchers and the Earthlings, as an alien head poked beside her, to give her final send-off:
“Well, Earth, I love you,” McKinnon said with glazed eyes. “Thank you for letting me stay a while… Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!”
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McKinnon joined Saturday Night Live in 2012 and quickly rose to stardom, thanks to impressions from Hillary Clinton, Justin Bieber, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and more. McKinnon’s work on the series earned her eight Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. She won the award in 2016 and 2017.