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Has anyone talked to Justin Timberlake? Because he didn’t show up for his part-time job Saturday night. (Groan.) The SNL finale was fantastic! Will Ferrell was in top form, and the show copied the 30 Rock finale by getting too many guest stars to keep track of, including Tom Hanks, Norm MacDonald, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Anne Hathaway, Elisabeth Moss, and, for some reason, Artie Lange. After the jump, the five best parts, including two that NBC hasn’t put online.

5. The Cheney And Bush Cold Open:

4. The Ghost Of Harry Caray visits Weekend Update and goes off the rails:

3. Introducing Mark, from the creators of Jeff:

2. Everyone shows up for “Goodnight Saigon.” (The best part is Paul Rudd pretending to play the violin):

1. Jeopardy. Duh. Best non-Palin sketch of the season:

Tom Hanks can still do it live! The only person who felt missing was Tina Fey, but she’s probably on some much-deserved vacation and didn’t want to go to there.

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  2. I thought the ‘Funeral’ sketch was pretty funny. By the time Mya Rudolph came on singing about nachos to the tune of Amazing Grace I began to wonder if someone had secretly drugged me.

  3. Really? No funeral sketch? The Maya Rudolph rendition of Amazing Sasquatch was worth it, not to mention Kristen Wiig’s asthmatic old lady with the animal in her floorboards and reward of the flesh… C’mon!

  4. pogo  |   Posted on May 18th, 2009 +5

    haha jason sudeikis with the guitar hero guitar

  5. I MISS MARK!

  6. Tom Hanks in the dry cleaning bag pretty much had me on the floor.

  7. Lawrence Welk was better than the Mark sketch, easily.

  8. Goodnight Saigon was great despite Hathaway’s (silent) overacting.

    • TC  |   Posted on May 18th, 2009 +7

      I don’t know. After witnessing Casey Wilson’s violent overacting in that skit, I found Hathway pretty subtle by comparison.

  9. I loved the “Mark” sketch… especially when last night’s Family Guy did the same gag and it was anti-funny. 24 hours late, Seth. You’re fired.

  10. TC  |   Posted on May 18th, 2009 -5

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  11. marah  |   Posted on May 18th, 2009 +3

    If you watch a lot of the NBA on TNT, the “Mark” sketch was spot on hilarious. hilarious!

  12. i like how artie lange just stands there for goodnight saigon

  13. KW  |   Posted on May 18th, 2009 0

    Funeral was part two of a pretty funny wedding toast skit: http://www.hulu.com/watch/48721/saturday-night-live-wedding-toast

  14. mh  |   Posted on May 18th, 2009 +4

    artie lange and norm macdonald are good friends – i’m sure artie just tags along cause he’s got nothing better to do

  15. If they’d done that “Goodnight Saigon” bit 30 years ago with appropriate stars of the time, it would have been one of the all-time great SNL sketches.

    • Never question the presence of Artie Lange. I love the guy who just says “Yeah, Artie!”

      Anyone else wish Harry had called Seth “Norm” the entire time like he did to Colin Quinn?

  16. ian g  |   Posted on May 18th, 2009 +9

    tom hanks is my hero. he was fucking great in that jeopardy sketch.

  17. ian g  |   Posted on May 18th, 2009 +5

    saturday night live is entertainment foremost. despite how much humor is put in it (or as of late, how much we WANT humor to be in it), i thought goodnight saigon was appropriate. very good clip, very entertaining.

  18. eddie  |   Posted on May 18th, 2009 +2

    best show of the season by far, maybe its the variety of guests, or that Will Ferrell was involved, but almost perfect.

    Didn’t the Jeopardy sketch feel so special? everybody there… great variety TV

  19. Best part was with Norm.

  20. Singing or Spaced Cowboy  |   Posted on May 18th, 2009 -7

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  22. in jeopardy kristen wiig was painfully unfunny i thought, but it still was an instant classic. hooray for norm!

  23. 1. We can’t keep playing if you don’t let go of the pickle.
    2. After three consecutive episodes of stagnation it was great. Also the monologue was the best I’ve seen in A WHILE. And the Lawernce Welk skit. Fantastic.

    I love you too, Charles Barkley.

  24. I still can’t love SNL, but this episode was pretty good in my opinion. I’m sick of seeing Justin’s face.

    Oh, and isn’t Bill Hader’s face amazing? Like, I’m not attracted to him or anything and I don’t even know if I find him funny, but the angles and shit just blow my mind.

  25. Tom Hanks surprised me with his awesomeness.

  26. When I woke up Sunday morning, everyone was all, “Best SNL in years!” but then I watched it and wondered what the hell they were talking about…..
    Harry Caray had me in fits (as expected), Jeopardy! was just OK, and I didn’t do a whole of laughing besides that.

  27. the Hireling  |   Posted on May 18th, 2009 -9

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  28. matt  |   Posted on May 18th, 2009 -3

    Nope.

  29. yomomma  |   Posted on May 18th, 2009 +3

    Norm!

  30. Oh MY GOD!! Daryl Hammond was in more than ONE sketch in one episode?

  31. Tom Hanks smashing his head on the podium is the best thing all year

  32. 30ftsmurf  |   Posted on May 29th, 2009 0

    You must be over 50 to think Will Ferrell was better then Justin Timberlake. Will did the same ole tired sketches. I liked the Mark sketch better when Family Guy did it a week ago. Did I mention it was actually funny? What was so great about the Goodnight Saigon sketch? I forgot you like 90 years old. Go take your pills. Harry Carrey aside it was a bust. And that?s getting old. There was nothing original in the whole show. They must have wanted a break for the last week. Hate to say it but Justin Timberlake was much better. Just go to hulu to see for yourself. Do they let just anybody write on this website?. Are you even showing theses videos legally? You SUCK.

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