“Saturday Night Live” kicked off its season finale with a nod to departing cast members Pete Davidson and Kate McKinnon.
McKinnon was featured in the open, playing her recurring character, Mrs. Rafferty, who is frequently abducted by aliens.
Aidy Bryant and Mikey Day played NSA agents who interviewed Rafferty and his equally abducted pals Cecily Strong and host Natasha Lyonne about their alien encounters.
Strong and Lyonne told officials how they learned about universal languages, heaven, and the elemental forces of love, while McKinnon’s character had a much more violent experience.
“I’m boarding and the gray aliens, God bless them, are already lining up waiting to beat my knockers,” Ms. Rafferty said, between puffs of her endless cigarette.
The invading aliens also took an interest in her unhealed nether regions, she told officials.
“It’s a jungle out there. I have more hair sticking out the sides than a hipster’s beard sticking out of an N-95.
When federal authorities said the aliens had agreed to share information with the government in exchange for a permanent resident of the human spacecraft, McKinnon signed up and became emotional when the studio audience gave her an enthusiastic ovation. .
“Earth, I love you, please let me stay a while,” she said, before delivering a final “live from New York, it’s Saturday night” tagline after 10 years on the show. .
Later, outgoing actor Pete Davidson dropped by “Weekend Update” to talk about his eight-year tenure.
“Hello Colin and Jay and millions of people just watching to see if I bring up Kanye,” the Staten Island native said.
Davidson, who has rarely appeared on the show in recent months, said when he started on “SNL”, people thought he was racially ambiguous.
“Now everyone knows I’m white because I’ve had huge success while barely showing up for work,” he cracked.
Davidson paid tribute to executive producer Lorne Michaels, who took a chance on hiring the comic when he was just 21.
“He’s walked us through the COVID era, even though the only time he wears a mask is at his ‘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 fervently told the cast and crew.
Lyonne’s monologue showcased her status as a “true New Yorker” and brought out her friends and former “SNL” cast members Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph, who gave impressions of the “Orange is the New Black”.
“’SNL’ combines everything I love. New York, show business, people who have been doing the same things since the 70s and different unions fighting each other,” the child actress said before showing an early clip of her on “Pee-wee Playhouse” and de discuss his battle with drugs.
“There’s always hope in despair and there’s always a reason to get back in the ring and fight another day,” she said to applause.
A fake voting public service announcement featured cast members who didn’t have a disability but were “just plain stupid”.
“Just because you’re a stupid person doesn’t mean you don’t have a choice, so get out there and vote,” a voiceover said.
“My stupid vote counts as much as anyone else’s,” Lyonne said.
“And sometimes a lot more, like in my county,” Strong offered.
“I watch a channel and get so mad,” James Austin Johnson said.
Day and Lyonne portrayed chain-smoking radio announcers at Yankee Stadium in 1951, the broadcast of which was resumed a few notches after Lyonne was prescribed methamphetamine for his cold.
The “cold pills” led to Lyonne’s character mislabeling pitch pop-ups as homeruns and gossip about the player’s wives and his drinking problems.
“How the hell did Joe Joe DiMaggio, ugliest son of a bitch in baseball, catch that wide [Marylin Monroe]?” she asked.
“You know he’s Italian. Italians aren’t even white.
The show quickly cut to Johnson’s commercial, which was promoting “Mitchum, the businessman’s scotch.”
Thompson played a bandleader whose stage act was overshadowed by a personal revelation from his harmonica player (Lyonne) who was also his landlord and roommate.
Andrew Dismukes recounted his 20th high school reunion from the grave after revealing he was killed by a classmate who also had a run-in with the inventor of fentanyl, a Capitol rioter and a porn star.
On “Update,” fake anchor Colin Jost joked that Taylor Swift exploited her failed celebrity relationships for lyrical content in connection with her New York University commencement speech.
“Because college is kind of like breaking up with Taylor Swift, you’re still going to pay for it decades later.”
Co-host Michael Che previewed Donald Trump’s new book on voter fraud.
“It will contain 8,000 commas and no periods,” Che said.
In a bizarre ’80s skit “Dallas” meets “Weekend At Bernie’s,” Heidi Gardner shot and killed her misogynistic boss (Lyonne) before a meeting with shareholders Armisen and Day.
Gardner’s colleagues Strong and Ego Nwodim then tried to puppet the lame boss so his business associates wouldn’t notice he was dead.
An ad touting “adult gray braids” for older women featured Kyle Mooney as a sculptor who lived in the woods and had a harem of older hippie women who hadn’t updated their hairdressing.
“You are unique, you love art, and you want people to see you and say ‘got it,'” the ad said.
Japanese Breakfast singer Michelle Zauner led the crisp band in a chant to close the skit after the indie pop band performed their songs “Be Sweet” and “Paprika.”
The masked cast members hugged during the “Goodnights/Closing Theme” with no final reference to McKinnon, Davidson or other departing cast members Bryant and Mooney.
“Have a great summer,” Lyonne said.