“Saturday Night Live” kicked off its season finale with a nod to outgoing cast members Pete Davidson and Kate McKinnon.
McKinnon put herself on display outdoors, playing her recurring character, Mrs. Rafferty, who is frequently abducted by aliens.
Aidy Bryant and Mikey Day starred as NSA agents who interviewed Rafferty and her fellow kidnapped friends 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 get on board and the gray aliens, God bless them, are already standing in a line waiting to hit my knockers,” Mrs. Rafferty said, between puffs on her endless cigarette.
The invading aliens also took an interest in their unfixed nether regions, he told officials.
“It’s a jungle down there. I have more hair sticking out the sides than a hipster beard sticking out of an N-95.”
When the feds said the aliens agreed to share information with the government in exchange for a permanent resident of the human spacecraft, McKinnon signed on and was thrilled when the studio audience gave him a standing ovation.
“Earth, I love you, thanks for letting me hang around for a while,” he said, before delivering one last catchphrase “live from New York, it’s Saturday night” after 10 years on the show.
Later, outgoing cast member Pete Davidson stopped by “Weekend Update” to discuss his eight-year tenure.
“Hey Colin and Jay and millions of people are just watching to see if I mention Kanye,” the Staten Island native said.
Davidson, who has rarely appeared on the show in recent months, said that when he started on “SNL,” people thought he was racially ambiguous.
“Now the whole world knows I’m white because I had a huge success with hardly any work,” he joked.
Davidson thanked executive producer Lorne Michaels, who took the risk of hiring the comedian when he was just 21 years old.
“He walked us through the COVID era, 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,” she said earnestly to the cast and crew.
Lyonne’s monologue highlighted her status as a “true New Yorker” and brought out her friends and former “SNL” cast members, Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph, who imitated the “Orange is the New Black” star.
“’SNL’ combines everything I like. New York City, show business, people doing the same thing since the ’70s, and fighting from different unions,” the child actress said before showing a clip of her on “Pee-wee Playhouse” and talking about her battle against drugs.
“There is always hope in despair and there is always a reason to get back in the ring and fight another day,” he said to applause.
A fake voting public service announcement featured cast members who did not 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,” said a voiceover.
“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 I get very angry,” said James Austin Johnson.
Day and Lyonne portrayed chain-smoking radio announcers at Yankee Stadium in 1951, whose broadcast was picked up a few notches after Lyonne was prescribed methamphetamine for his cold.
The “cold pills” led to Lyonne’s character mistakenly calling infield pop-ups home runs and gossiping about players’ wives and their drinking problems.
“How the hell did Joe Joe DiMaggio, the ugliest son of a bitch in baseball, hook that wide [Marylin Monroe]?” she asked.
You know it’s Italian. Italians aren’t even white.
The broadcast quickly moved on to Johnson’s publicist, who was promoting “Mitchum, the businessman’s Scotch whisky”.
Thompson played a bandleader whose stage act was overshadowed by a personal revelation from his harmonica player (Lyonne), who also served as his landlord and roommate.
Andrew Dismukes chronicled his 20th high school reunion from the grave after revealing he was murdered by a classmate who also had run-ins with the inventor of fentanyl, a Capitol troublemaker and a porn star.
On “Update,” fake host Colin Jost joked about Taylor Swift mining her failed celebrity relationships for lyrical content in connection with her NYU commencement speech.
“Because college is a lot like breaking up with Taylor Swift, you’ll still have 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,” said Che.
In a bizarre ’80s skit between “Dallas” and “Weekend At Bernie’s,” Heidi Gardner shot and killed her misogynistic boss (Lyonne) before a meeting with shareholders Armisen and Day.
Gardner’s co-workers Strong and Ego Nwodim tried to manipulate the inert boss so his business associates wouldn’t realize he was dead.
A commercial promoting “grown-up gray pigtails” for women of a certain age featured Kyle Mooney as a sculptor who lived in the woods and had a harem of older hippie women who hadn’t updated their hairstyle.
“You’re unique, you love art and you want people to see you and say ‘I got it,'” the commercial said.
Japanese Breakfast singer Michelle Zauner led the crunchy group 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 “Closing Theme/Good Night” with no final references to McKinnon, Davidson, or departing cast members Bryant and Mooney.
“Have a great summer,” Lyonne said.