If it were any Saturday Night Live episode other than the season finale, during which we would say goodbye to Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and possibly Jason Sudeikis, the fact that Ben Affleck seemed way-way nervous and way-way bad at reading cue cards, especially for a fifth-timer, would have been much more distracting. But who cares! GOODBYE, STEFON! HELLO, AMY POEHLER! WHY SO SERIOUS, KANYE, JUST KIDDING, PRETEND I DIDN’T ASK, YOU DO YOU! GOODBYE, IAN RUBBISH, I FEEL LIKE WE JUST MET! MUMBLE MUMBLE JASON SUDEIKIS MUMBLE! The evening was packed with ways to distract us from Affleck’s mediocre performance and sprinkled with sketches that would have been enjoyable even if it weren’t such a big night. Hader and Armisen’s sendoffs weren’t quite as plainly emotional as Kristen Wiig’s at the end of last season, but each were better for it — Hader’s seeing Stefon end up with his one true love, and Armisen’s seeing Armisen continue to half-live out his dream of being a musician through sketches. (Hello, J Mascis, Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, Aimee Mann, and Steve Jones!) It was a good episode! Let’s look at some highlights.

Ben Affleck’s cold open, featuring Jennifer “Hi Bay-Bee” Garner, focused on his Oscar speech wife-flub and felt a little irrelevant. THAT HAPPENED 149 INTERNET YEARS AGO! Though it was in the same vein, the “Iranian Film” sketch — including an appearance from Ben as the sound guy — worked, largely — for me, at least — due to Fred Armisen’s Boston accent.

The idea that you can stereotype and generalize something and get away with it because you are stereotyping and generalizing in a way that is positive is something that often makes me a little uncomfortable, but maybe I’m just exhausting? That is 100% a possibility. PLZ TELL ME IF I’M EXHAUSTING JUST KIDDING DON’T, I CAN’T HANDLE IT! The “New Xanax” ad was well done, otherwise!

“Greg’s Funeral” was dumb and silly and I liked it a lot. If I hadn’t been enjoying it I would have been complaining about how it should’ve ended far sooner than it did, but that wasn’t the case, so why bother complaining?! Did you like it?

Amy Poehler was back at the Weekend Update desk for a perfectly timed “Really?!” about the IRS scandal. BUT–

BUT the most notable moment of “Weekend Update” was, of course, the Stefon sendoff. It was perfect! Goodbye, Stefon! WE’LL MISS YOU, GOODBYE!

Our favorite gals were back in an ad for Hermes this week, and they were beautiful and talented as ever. They’ve used these girls a few times recently in what might look, on paper, to be a pace that would wear out their welcome, but I don’t think that has happened yet. Do you? What do you think? Tell meeeeee.

Goodbye, Ian Rubbish! Hello, wonderful musicians! Armisen’s goodbye was sweet and perfect and definitely boring and confusing for those out there who had no idea who all the scruffy weirdos were.

Finally, Kanye West performed two new songs from his upcoming album, Yeezus, and each performance was quite aggressive. And great! Remember how he is going to be in Anchorman 2?

SEE YOU NEXT SEASON!

Comments (16)
  1. Is it an A-Shirt?

  2. The porn girls will never wear out to me, because the way they have it set up they get to have completely new one-liners every time and I feel like a lengthy porn career is a goldmine for that. “Your whole hand in.” Classic stuff.

    I loved the Stefon send off, and I really hope that when Meyers takes over late night, Stefon occasionally shows up as his husband to complain he works to much and they never go out. That would be fantastic.

  3. I said this a couple of weeks ago on VG and am holding to my word. Bill Hader’s gone, and now I’m no longer watching SNL.

    I have many spirit animals. Bill Hader is one of them.

    • He said in the NYT interview about him leaving that he didn’t plan on doing anything special, just a wave goodbye at the end. What a guy (unless you count he Stefon send off as something special)!

    • The beauty of SNL is that you can walk away from it and they have every opportunity to get you back. All it takes is one or two segments to go viral. I actually think it’s great that so many veterans are gone. The show’s survived changes like this throughout its history. SNL is never a constant. The only sure thing is that it will be a mixed bag of great things interspersed with middling and awful segments. Watch any early season and you’ll be amazed how much stuff really didn’t work.

    • I’m on the same boat :( him and Seth Meyers were my only reasons for watching the show. I hope Hader does a ton of awesome things now!

  4. Was this the first SNL season finale that kind of had…closure? It seemed weird, but I liked it.

    • Also, musically…what a beast of an episode!!

      Add the FCC to a list of things Kanye doesn’t care about…his half-assed attempts to censor himself was great/kinda distracting.

  5. One of my favorite moments was during the credits/everyone hugging part at the end. Kanye has this big ole smile on his face, then he notices the camera and immediately gets SUPER SERIOUS. I forreal loled. If anyone can find and gif that I would love you forever.

  6. Also, agreed about the pornstars ladies. I should be sick of them but I’m not! I want more!

    Also, did anyone catch all the weirdos in Stefon’s entourage? I assume they were all references to earlier bits (Urkel, human traffic cones, smurfs, DJ baby bok choy). Did some enterprising internetter catalogue all of them?

  7. Kanye definitely starred Ministry and Front 242 on Spotify. Holy cow, how many fans are going to follow him into his Wax Trax phase?

  8. Can I just say that the picture above is stopped at JUST the right time to capture so many potential-captions over everyone’s head? Who did that? Wes Anderson? It looks like Wes Anderson did it.

    What is everyone thinking in the photo above? I’ll go first:

    Jennifer Garner – wow, I approve of that performance, Ben!
    Bill Hader – So…now what do I do?

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