“Saturday Night Live’s” final cold open of its 47th season was a wacky homage to its years of alien abduction tales and the bold creativity of the cast.
It ended with Kate McKinnon climbing aboard a space ship a la “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and bidding an emotional farewell.
“Earth, I love ya. Thanks for letting me stay a while,” she added, growing teary.
The program was the final episode for McKinnon, along with popular long-time cast members Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney, who all signed off by the end of the finale.
The sketch started in a Pentagon meeting room as investigators Bryant — who drew a huge farewell applause — and Mikey Day quizzed alien abductees Cecily Strong, host Natasha Lyonne, and McKinnon, reprising beloved character down-and-dirty Colleen Rafferty.
Rafferty, as usual, spilled all the raunchy, rough-and-tumble details of the “gray” aliens’ intimate encounter with her “hairy squatter” — the “yeasty and the beasty.” It “was bedlam,” she recalled.
Bryant and Day revealed they had made a deal to send an Earthling to outer space — permanently — in exchange for advanced technology.
“I can read the room. It’s me, right?” Colleen asks. “Sure. Why not? I always kind of felt like an alien on this planet anyway.”
Then it was her last time saying: “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”
Check it out in the video up top.
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