Saturday Night Live closed out its 39th season with the return of some of its most beloved recent alumni, along with a bevy of surprise star cameos from the likes of Pharrell, Paul Rudd and 2 Chainz.
The cold open delivered a message from Solange (Sasheer Zamata) and Jay Z (Jay Pharoah) in an attempt to clear up the rumors surrounding their recent elevator altercation. “Let me tell you once and for all what I think of this man,” Solange declared as bodyguard Kenan Thompson grew increasingly edgy in the background. “I love him.” The two then proceeded to resolve the whole Met Gala mystery by showing the elevator security footage with the sound included. It turns out Jay Z had a spider on him and Solange was just trying to kick it off. At the end of the sketch, Maya Rudolph made a glorious appearance as the Queen Bey coming in to lay down some truth.
The always-affable former castmember Andy Samberg returned to Saturday Night Live as host of the season finale, and his monologue established the episode’s family-reunion vibe early on. Seth Meyers appeared to assist in Samberg in a dramatic attempt at breaking Bill Hader’s impression record, but Samberg was thwarted in the end by a last-minute entry from Hader himself. And then for some reason, Martin Short appeared to salute the winner.
A visit with the unsettlingly demonstrative Vogelcheck family brought in appearances from even more former castmembers, with Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen joining Rudolph and Hader, along with friend-of-the-show Paul Rudd. Sadly, despite all that family affection, the Vogelchecks weren’t prepared to accept Michael Sam’s NFL draft celebration.
A sketch about a legendary rap genius starred 2 Chainz in a guest spot, talking up Samberg’s Blizzard Man as having “the same exact swag as A$AP Rocky and the street cred of Katherine Heigl.” Samberg’s feature includes some tight rhymes about country hams.
The pop culture theme continued with a special pre-wedding installment of “Waking Up With Kimye.” Taran Killam joined Pharoah’s Kanye West and Nasim Pedrad’s Kim Kardashian as the surgically enhanced Bruce Jenner, and many secret details of the upcoming nuptials were revealed.
A new digital short saw the return of Samberg’s fellow Lonely Islander Jorma Taccone on a boastful rap about hugs, giving the SNL treatment to one of the tracks from the Lonely Island’s The Wack Album. Pharrell even put in an appearance to sing his hook on the song.
Another digital short featured Samberg as a DJ working his audience into a frenzy while he attends to various other hobbies in the EDM-skewering “When Will the Bass Drop?” “This is the best day of my life,” audience members assure each other during Davvincii’s set. “This is music.” Lil Jon appears just in time to see heads explode with the power of the bass.