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15th Oct '17 6:27:33 PM nombretomado
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* The pretaped sketch "Sad Mouse" on the episode hosted by BrunoMars. Mars plays a man who is depressed over his girlfriend breaking up with him and his dad leaving him for another family he had behind his mom's back, but has to go to work as a mouse, greeting tourists at Times Square. Throughout the short film, the man tries to keep a brave front, but is totally miserable, until he meets a girl in a frog costume who's also upset despite having to be all cheery for tourists and comforts her. It's the sweetest, strangest thing ''SNL'' has come up with (at least until the "Stefon's Wedding" segment of Weekend Update on the Ben Affleck/Kanye West episode).

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* The pretaped sketch "Sad Mouse" on the episode hosted by BrunoMars.Music/BrunoMars. Mars plays a man who is depressed over his girlfriend breaking up with him and his dad leaving him for another family he had behind his mom's back, but has to go to work as a mouse, greeting tourists at Times Square. Throughout the short film, the man tries to keep a brave front, but is totally miserable, until he meets a girl in a frog costume who's also upset despite having to be all cheery for tourists and comforts her. It's the sweetest, strangest thing ''SNL'' has come up with (at least until the "Stefon's Wedding" segment of Weekend Update on the Ben Affleck/Kanye West episode).
15th Oct '17 8:57:31 AM Pren
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* Season 43 The cold open of the second episode had Music/JasonAldean simultaneously paying tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting and to Music/TomPetty (who died of a heart attack that same day by) by performing Petty's classic, "Won't Back Down".

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* Season 43 The cold open of the second episode had Music/JasonAldean simultaneously paying tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting and to Music/TomPetty (who died of a heart attack that same day by) day) by performing Petty's classic, "Won't Back Down".Down".
* Kumail Nanjiani plays a customer service employee who forms an OddFriendship with Melania Trump, bonding over their shared frustrations with their lives and ultimately seeing Melania come over to tell off the people bullying Nanjiani, after her insecurities over not doing enough to help the problem back home.
11th Oct '17 1:12:21 AM TheDeadSkin
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* Season 14: Creator/SteveMartin ended up hosting the program the same day Gilda Radner passed away (May 20, 1989; S14E20). Instead of the planned monologue (where Martin discusses his good and bad sides in photography), Steve pays tribute to Gilda by flashing back to the Season 3 episode he hosted in 1978 where he and Radner did a takeoff of Creator/FredAstaire and Cyd Charisse in ''Film/TheBandwagon'' in a sketch set at a discotheque. At the end of the clip, Steve mentions how much he's going to miss Gilda and there are visible tears in his eyes.

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* Season 14: Creator/SteveMartin ended up hosting the program the same day Gilda Radner passed away (May 20, 1989; S14E20).[=S14E20=]). Instead of the planned monologue (where Martin discusses his good and bad sides in photography), Steve pays tribute to Gilda by flashing back to the Season 3 episode he hosted in 1978 where he and Radner did a takeoff of Creator/FredAstaire and Cyd Charisse in ''Film/TheBandwagon'' in a sketch set at a discotheque. At the end of the clip, Steve mentions how much he's going to miss Gilda and there are visible tears in his eyes.



* Season 14: The Schillers' Reel short film "Love is a Dream" which, while a departure from the usual comedy fare, is one of the most beautiful and heartwarming things to be shown on SNL. It involves an elderly woman (Creator/JanHooks) flashing back to her younger self while looking at her safety deposit box containing a tiara and a necklace. In the flashback we see a man played by Creator/PhilHartman in uniform and taking her by the hand as they waltz together. It's just so romantic, but the capper is when the flashback ends and we see the elderly woman again. She departs from the bank and she glances at the security guard (who had previously let her in) and it's the same gentleman from the flashback. Unfortunately, with Hartman's death in 1998, and Hooks' dying 16 years later, this now doubles as a major TearJerker. In her honor, they re-aired the sketch on the season forty episode hosted by Creator/BillHader (with Creator/KristenWiig as a special guest).

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* Season 14: The Schillers' Reel short film "Love is a Dream" which, while a departure from the usual comedy fare, is one of the most beautiful and heartwarming things to be shown on SNL. It involves an elderly woman (Creator/JanHooks) (Jan Hooks) flashing back to her younger self while looking at her safety deposit box containing a tiara and a necklace. In the flashback we see a man played by Creator/PhilHartman in uniform and taking her by the hand as they waltz together. It's just so romantic, but the capper is when the flashback ends and we see the elderly woman again. She departs from the bank and she glances at the security guard (who had previously let her in) and it's the same gentleman from the flashback. Unfortunately, with Hartman's death in 1998, and Hooks' dying 16 years later, this now doubles as a major TearJerker. In her honor, they re-aired the sketch on the season forty episode hosted by Creator/BillHader (with Creator/KristenWiig as a special guest).



* Season 28: The end of the Music/QueenLatifah episode, where Creator/HoratioSanz does a tribute to Creator/MrRogers (the episode first aired around the time that Mr. Rogers died).
* Season 30: Similarly, an episode had Creator/DarrellHammond as Creator/RodneyDangerfield (who had recently passed away at the time of the episode's premiere) doing his "I don't get no respect" schtick for St. Peter (Horatio Sanz). Rodney thinks he has to do it to get into Heaven, but really St. Peter just wanted to hear Dangerfield's jokes just because. Oddly enough, that episode was ''also'' hosted by Queen Latifah (this time as host and musical guest; the first time she was on, she just hosted)...

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* Season 28: The end of the Music/QueenLatifah episode, where Creator/HoratioSanz Horatio Sanz does a tribute to Creator/MrRogers [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]] (the episode first aired around the time that Mr. Rogers died).
* Season 30: Similarly, an episode had Creator/DarrellHammond Darrell Hammond as Creator/RodneyDangerfield (who had recently passed away at the time of the episode's premiere) doing his "I don't get no respect" schtick for St. Peter (Horatio Sanz). Rodney thinks he has to do it to get into Heaven, but really St. Peter just wanted to hear Dangerfield's jokes just because. Oddly enough, that episode was ''also'' hosted by Queen Latifah (this time as host and musical guest; the first time she was on, she just hosted)...



* During the 25th anniversary special, some screentime is devoted to honoring cast members that have passed on. A couple involve some good natured ribbing of the departed, of course, but there's no doubt they're honoring the departed. Appropriately, Creator/DanAykroyd and Creator/LaraineNewman do a segment about John Belushi; Steve Martin again about Gilda Radner; Creator/DavidSpade about Chris Farley; and Creator/JonLovitz (backed up by the 80s cast) about "[his] big brother, Phil Hartman."

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* During the 25th anniversary special, some screentime is devoted to honoring cast members that have passed on. A couple involve some good natured ribbing of the departed, of course, but there's no doubt they're honoring the departed. Appropriately, Creator/DanAykroyd and Creator/LaraineNewman Laraine Newman do a segment about John Belushi; Steve Martin again about Gilda Radner; Creator/DavidSpade about Chris Farley; and Creator/JonLovitz (backed up by the 80s cast) about "[his] big brother, Phil Hartman."
8th Oct '17 1:43:44 PM nombretomado
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* Also Season 30, back in the late nineties, Horatio Sanz, Music/JimmyFallon, [[ThirtyRock Tracy Morgan]], and [[TheMiddle Chris Kattan]] used to do an annul Christmas song. When Fallon, Morgan, and Kattan left, Franchise/TheMuppets [[MuppetCameo came in to cheer up Horatio!]]

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* Also Season 30, back in the late nineties, Horatio Sanz, Music/JimmyFallon, [[ThirtyRock [[Series/ThirtyRock Tracy Morgan]], and [[TheMiddle [[Series/TheMiddle Chris Kattan]] used to do an annul Christmas song. When Fallon, Morgan, and Kattan left, Franchise/TheMuppets [[MuppetCameo came in to cheer up Horatio!]]
7th Oct '17 8:37:28 PM DrOO7
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* Season 43 The cold open of the second episode had Music/JasonAldean simultaneously paying tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting and to Music/TomPetty (who died of a heart attack that same day by) by performing Petty's classic, "Won't Back Down".
2nd Sep '17 4:16:18 PM ThePantherMan
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* After one more sketch playing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Alec Baldwin and Kate [=McKinnon=] get tired of all this bile and hatred throughout the election, break character, go out into Times Square together and hug people at random, just to show that the world needs this kind of love before things turn ugly.

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* After one more sketch playing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Alec Baldwin and Kate [=McKinnon=] get tired of all this the bile and hatred that ran throughout the election, election. So they break character, go out into Times Square together and hug people at random, just to show that the world needs this kind of love before things turn ugly.
2nd Sep '17 11:04:40 AM nombretomado
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* The first time SarahMichelleGellar appeared on SNL, after she thanked the cast, crew and musical guests, she held up a sign reading "I Miss You, [[AlysonHannigan Aly]]! [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Willow]] Rules!" Later that week, when Alyson appeared on a talk show, she held up a sign reading, "Hi, Sarah! I Miss You, Buffy Rules!"

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* The first time SarahMichelleGellar Creator/SarahMichelleGellar appeared on SNL, after she thanked the cast, crew and musical guests, she held up a sign reading "I Miss You, [[AlysonHannigan [[Creator/AlysonHannigan Aly]]! [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Willow]] Rules!" Later that week, when Alyson appeared on a talk show, she held up a sign reading, "Hi, Sarah! I Miss You, Buffy Rules!"
14th Aug '17 4:39:29 AM ClintEastwood
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* Season 7: On the rerun of the episode hosted by Robert Urich with musical guest Mink [=DeVille=], Bryan Doyle-Murray appears in a memorial piece about Creator/JohnBelushi (who had recently died, becoming the first ''SNL'' cast member to do so) and tells the story of how John Belushi looked after him when he came to New York and saved him from getting hit by a ten-ton truck (also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, as Belushi pushed Bryan out of the way and Belushi got hit, only to reveal during a hospital visit that ''he wasn't hurt'' -- no broken bones, no bruises, no head injuries, nothing).
* Season 14: Steve Martin ended up hosting the program the same day Gilda Radner passed away (May 20, 1989; S14E20). Instead of the planned monologue (where Martin discusses his good and bad sides in photography), Steve pays tribute to Gilda by flashing back to the Season 3 episode he hosted in 1978 where he and Radner did a takeoff of Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in ''Film/TheBandwagon'' in a sketch set at a discotheque. At the end of the clip, Steve mentions how much he's going to miss Gilda and there are visible tears in his eyes.
** Years later, on the season 37 episode hosted by Emma Stone, one of the bumpers showed episode host Emma Stone as Gilda Radner's Roseanne Roseannadanna. That they did this (and the fact that Emma Stone looked so much like Gilda) showed that, despite all of ''SNL'''s changes and peaks and valleys, they still remember the people who made the show great (be they living or dead).
* Season 14: The Schillers' Reel short film "Love is a Dream" which, while a departure from the usual comedy fare, is one of the most beautiful and heartwarming things to be shown on SNL. It involves an elderly woman (Jan Hooks) flashing back to her younger self while looking at her safety deposit box containing a tiara and a necklace. In the flashback we see a man played by Phil Hartman in uniform and taking her by the hand as they waltz together. It's just so romantic, but the capper is when the flashback ends and we see the elderly woman again. She departs from the bank and she glances at the security guard (who had previously let her in) and it's the same gentleman from the flashback. Unfortunately, with Hartman's death in 1998, and Hooks' dying 16 years later, this now doubles as a major TearJerker. In her honor, they re-aired the sketch on the season forty episode hosted by Bill Hader (with Kristen Wiig as a special guest).
* Season 19: The last sketch on the season finale with Phil Hartman (his last episode as a castmember) and Chris Farley singing "So Long, Farewell" from ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', now a HarsherInHindsight moment as both Farley and Hartman died within six months of each other in the late 90s.
* Season 28: The end of the Queen Latifah episode, where Horatio Sanz does a tribute to Mr. Rogers (the episode first aired around the time that Mr. Rogers died).
* Season 30: Similarly, an episode had Darrell Hammond as Rodney Dangerfield (who had recently passed away at the time of the episode's premiere) doing his "I don't get no respect" schtick for St. Peter (Horatio Sanz). Rodney thinks he has to do it to get into Heaven, but really St. Peter just wanted to hear Dangerfield's jokes just because. Oddly enough, that episode was ''also'' hosted by Queen Latifah (this time as host and musical guest; the first time she was on, she just hosted)...
* Also Season 30, back in the late nineties, Horatio Sanz, JimmyFallon, [[ThirtyRock Tracy Morgan]], and [[TheMiddle Chris Kattan]] used to do an annul Christmas song. When Fallon, Morgan, and Kattan left, Franchise/TheMuppets [[MuppetCameo came in to cheer up Horatio!]]
* Season 33: On the episode hosted by Ellen Page, there was a final sketch where a girl (Page) tells her boyfriend (played by Andy Samberg) about the fun time she had at a Melissa Etheridge concert, and her boyfriend keeps accusing her of being a lesbian because of how much she enjoyed it. You would expect [[spoiler:the boyfriend to dump her or only keep her around so he can [[GirlOnGirlIsHot watch her make out with other girls]]]], right? Wrong. [[spoiler:The boyfriend told his ex that if she's going to go gay, then he'll go gay too so they can share the apartment they live in and still be friends.]] It's now more HeartwarmingInHindsight and based in RealitySubtext now that Ellen Page has come out as a lesbian.

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* Season 7: On the rerun of the episode hosted by Robert Urich with musical guest Mink [=DeVille=], Bryan Doyle-Murray Creator/BrianDoyleMurray appears in a memorial piece about Creator/JohnBelushi (who had recently died, becoming the first ''SNL'' cast member to do so) and tells the story of how John Belushi looked after him when he came to New York and saved him from getting hit by a ten-ton truck (also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, as Belushi pushed Bryan Brian out of the way and Belushi got hit, only to reveal during a hospital visit that ''he wasn't hurt'' -- no broken bones, no bruises, no head injuries, nothing).
* Season 14: Steve Martin Creator/SteveMartin ended up hosting the program the same day Gilda Radner passed away (May 20, 1989; S14E20). Instead of the planned monologue (where Martin discusses his good and bad sides in photography), Steve pays tribute to Gilda by flashing back to the Season 3 episode he hosted in 1978 where he and Radner did a takeoff of Fred Astaire Creator/FredAstaire and Cyd Charisse in ''Film/TheBandwagon'' in a sketch set at a discotheque. At the end of the clip, Steve mentions how much he's going to miss Gilda and there are visible tears in his eyes.
** Years later, on the season 37 episode hosted by Emma Stone, Creator/EmmaStone, one of the bumpers showed episode host Emma Stone as Gilda Radner's Roseanne Roseannadanna. That they did this (and the fact that Emma Stone looked so much like Gilda) showed that, despite all of ''SNL'''s changes and peaks and valleys, they still remember the people who made the show great (be they living or dead).
* Season 14: The Schillers' Reel short film "Love is a Dream" which, while a departure from the usual comedy fare, is one of the most beautiful and heartwarming things to be shown on SNL. It involves an elderly woman (Jan Hooks) (Creator/JanHooks) flashing back to her younger self while looking at her safety deposit box containing a tiara and a necklace. In the flashback we see a man played by Phil Hartman Creator/PhilHartman in uniform and taking her by the hand as they waltz together. It's just so romantic, but the capper is when the flashback ends and we see the elderly woman again. She departs from the bank and she glances at the security guard (who had previously let her in) and it's the same gentleman from the flashback. Unfortunately, with Hartman's death in 1998, and Hooks' dying 16 years later, this now doubles as a major TearJerker. In her honor, they re-aired the sketch on the season forty episode hosted by Bill Hader Creator/BillHader (with Kristen Wiig Creator/KristenWiig as a special guest).
* Season 19: The last sketch on the season finale with Phil Hartman (his last episode as a castmember) and Chris Farley Creator/ChrisFarley singing "So Long, Farewell" from ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', now a HarsherInHindsight moment as both Farley and Hartman died within six months of each other in the late 90s.
* Season 28: The end of the Queen Latifah Music/QueenLatifah episode, where Horatio Sanz Creator/HoratioSanz does a tribute to Mr. Rogers Creator/MrRogers (the episode first aired around the time that Mr. Rogers died).
* Season 30: Similarly, an episode had Darrell Hammond Creator/DarrellHammond as Rodney Dangerfield Creator/RodneyDangerfield (who had recently passed away at the time of the episode's premiere) doing his "I don't get no respect" schtick for St. Peter (Horatio Sanz). Rodney thinks he has to do it to get into Heaven, but really St. Peter just wanted to hear Dangerfield's jokes just because. Oddly enough, that episode was ''also'' hosted by Queen Latifah (this time as host and musical guest; the first time she was on, she just hosted)...
* Also Season 30, back in the late nineties, Horatio Sanz, JimmyFallon, Music/JimmyFallon, [[ThirtyRock Tracy Morgan]], and [[TheMiddle Chris Kattan]] used to do an annul Christmas song. When Fallon, Morgan, and Kattan left, Franchise/TheMuppets [[MuppetCameo came in to cheer up Horatio!]]
* Season 33: On the episode hosted by Ellen Page, Creator/EllenPage, there was a final sketch where a girl (Page) tells her boyfriend (played by Andy Samberg) about the fun time she had at a Melissa Etheridge concert, and her boyfriend keeps accusing her of being a lesbian because of how much she enjoyed it. You would expect [[spoiler:the boyfriend to dump her or only keep her around so he can [[GirlOnGirlIsHot watch her make out with other girls]]]], right? Wrong. [[spoiler:The boyfriend told his ex that if she's going to go gay, then he'll go gay too so they can share the apartment they live in and still be friends.]] It's now more HeartwarmingInHindsight and based in RealitySubtext now that Ellen Page has come out as a lesbian.



* During the 25th anniversary special, some screentime is devoted to honoring cast members that have passed on. A couple involve some good natured ribbing of the departed, of course, but there's no doubt they're honoring the departed. Appropriately, Dan Aykroyd and Laraine Newman do a segment about John Belushi; Steve Martin again about Gilda Radner; David Spade about Chris Farley; and Jon Lovitz (backed up by the 80s cast) about "[his] big brother, Phil Hartman."
* The Zooey Deschanel episode, in which a brief still of Whitney Houston on a Mary Katherine Gallagher sketch was shown before commercial break in complete silence (the episode aired within minutes of Whitney Houston's death being announced on the 11PM news.).
* The Catherine Zeta-Jones episode from season 31 had a brief still shot of Charles Rocket (with the caption: "Charles Rocket: 1949 - 2005") that appeared after Weekend Update (Rocket had committed suicide two weeks before this episode premiered). It's just nice that ''SNL'' acknowledged him, even though he was part of a cast that most -- of not all -- fans have branded the worst season ever and most people these days wouldn't know him from ''SNL'' (Charles Rocket, in his post-''SNL'' years, has been on such shows as ''Max Headroom'' and ''Normal, OH'' and had supporting roles in movies like ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' and ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', but sadly couldn't find any lasting fame, which depressed him immensely)
* When George Carlin died in 2008, rather than rerun the season 33 episode hosted by Creator/EllenPage, the network decided to air the very first episode (which Carlin hosted) in his memory.
* After seven years on the show, Kristen Wiig got a sendoff at the end of the 2011-2012 season finale hosted by Mick Jagger in a sketch where she "graduates" from "high school" and dances with all the cast members [[note]]the most tear-jerking ones were when she danced with Bill Hader (who most likely was crying ManlyTears over her departure; notice how he wiped his eyes after he danced with Wiig), Jason Sudeikis (who spent the entire sketch looking like he was trying desperately to not lose his composure), and Andy Samberg (who actually picked her up and spun her around while they were dancing). The four came on the show together in 2005 and half of them were now leaving -- two weeks after Wiig's goodbye episode, Andy Samberg announced that he wouldn't be coming back to the show[[/note]] and LorneMichaels. Probably the most tearjerking and heartwarming goodbye of a popular female cast member since the "Steve Martin tribute to Gilda Radner."

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* During the 25th anniversary special, some screentime is devoted to honoring cast members that have passed on. A couple involve some good natured ribbing of the departed, of course, but there's no doubt they're honoring the departed. Appropriately, Dan Aykroyd Creator/DanAykroyd and Laraine Newman Creator/LaraineNewman do a segment about John Belushi; Steve Martin again about Gilda Radner; David Spade Creator/DavidSpade about Chris Farley; and Jon Lovitz Creator/JonLovitz (backed up by the 80s cast) about "[his] big brother, Phil Hartman."
* The Zooey Deschanel Creator/ZooeyDeschanel episode, in which a brief still of Whitney Houston Music/WhitneyHouston on a Mary Katherine Gallagher sketch was shown before commercial break in complete silence (the episode aired within minutes of Whitney Houston's death being announced on the 11PM news.).
* The Catherine Zeta-Jones Creator/CatherineZetaJones episode from season 31 had a brief still shot of Charles Rocket (with the caption: "Charles Rocket: 1949 - 2005") that appeared after Weekend Update (Rocket had committed suicide two weeks before this episode premiered). It's just nice that ''SNL'' acknowledged him, even though he was part of a cast that most -- of not all -- fans have branded the worst season ever and most people these days wouldn't know him from ''SNL'' (Charles Rocket, in his post-''SNL'' years, has been on such shows as ''Max Headroom'' ''WesternAnimation/MaxHeadroom'' and ''Normal, OH'' and had supporting roles in movies like ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' and ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', but sadly couldn't find any lasting fame, which depressed him immensely)
* When George Carlin Creator/GeorgeCarlin died in 2008, rather than rerun the season 33 episode hosted by Creator/EllenPage, the network decided to air the very first episode (which Carlin hosted) in his memory.
* After seven years on the show, Kristen Wiig got a sendoff at the end of the 2011-2012 season finale hosted by Mick Jagger Music/MickJagger in a sketch where she "graduates" from "high school" and dances with all the cast members [[note]]the most tear-jerking ones were when she danced with Bill Hader Creator/BillHader (who most likely was crying ManlyTears over her departure; notice how he wiped his eyes after he danced with Wiig), Jason Sudeikis (who spent the entire sketch looking like he was trying desperately to not lose his composure), and Andy Samberg (who actually picked her up and spun her around while they were dancing). The four came on the show together in 2005 and half of them were now leaving -- two weeks after Wiig's goodbye episode, Andy Samberg announced that he wouldn't be coming back to the show[[/note]] and LorneMichaels. Probably the most tearjerking and heartwarming goodbye of a popular female cast member since the "Steve Martin tribute to Gilda Radner."



** From that same episode, Paul [=McCartney=], the musical guest, giving a rare third musical performance of none other than his Christmas classic "Wonderful Christmastime", featuring that same choir. You can see the smiles on the kids' faces.
* A small one, from the Natalie Portman and Music/FallOutBoy episode: during most of Fall Out Boy's first musical number, the lead singer, Patrick Stump, looked totally shell-shocked and terrified of screwing up. At the end of the number, he moved away from the microphone and faced away from the audience to compose himself/hide... only for the rest of his band to go over and pat his head and hug him before the show cut to commercial.
* From the Vince Vaughn/Miguel episode, there was a pretaped sketch about a late 1970s punk rock group from Britain who became popular for their anti-establishment songs like "Cunt in a Crown," "Hey Police Man," and "Living in the Gutter"...until the lead singer (played by Fred Armisen) begins performing songs supporting Margaret Thatcher (who was Prime Minister at the time and was considered a very controversial choice, with a lot of people branding her a terrible person) and causes a strain within the group. The reason he killed his career and sold out: because he genuinely liked her (even saying Thatcher reminded her of his mom, and that he would miss her now that she was dead). He even had tea with Thatcher (played by Vanessa Bayer) when she was pushed out of office in 1991.

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** From that same episode, Paul [=McCartney=], Music/PaulMcCartney, the musical guest, giving a rare third musical performance of none other than his Christmas classic "Wonderful Christmastime", featuring that same choir. You can see the smiles on the kids' faces.
* A small one, from the Natalie Portman Creator/NataliePortman and Music/FallOutBoy episode: during most of Fall Out Boy's first musical number, the lead singer, Patrick Stump, looked totally shell-shocked and terrified of screwing up. At the end of the number, he moved away from the microphone and faced away from the audience to compose himself/hide... only for the rest of his band to go over and pat his head and hug him before the show cut to commercial.
* From the Vince Vaughn/Miguel Creator/VinceVaughn/Miguel episode, there was a pretaped sketch about a late 1970s punk rock group from Britain who became popular for their anti-establishment songs like "Cunt in a Crown," "Hey Police Man," and "Living in the Gutter"...until the lead singer (played by Fred Armisen) begins performing songs supporting Margaret Thatcher (who was Prime Minister at the time and was considered a very controversial choice, with a lot of people branding her a terrible person) and causes a strain within the group. The reason he killed his career and sold out: because he genuinely liked her (even saying Thatcher reminded her of his mom, and that he would miss her now that she was dead). He even had tea with Thatcher (played by Vanessa Bayer) when she was pushed out of office in 1991.



** Ben Affleck appearing as Stefon's brother, Dave [[note]](or AsHimself, it's not really made clear)[[/note]] at his wedding. If you'll recall, Bill Hader's first appearance as Stefon was in a one-shot sketch about a screenwriter named Dave who invites his weird, estranged brother Stefon to help him pitch a movie (even though Stefon interrupts it with descriptions of bizarre, homoerotic imagery), only for executives to pick Dave's movie (a family-friendly sports drama) over Stefon's alleged pitch (described as a "...half-remembered gay nightmare.") and that was the last we heard of Stefon and his brother Dave (until Stefon became a Weekend Update character). It shows that Dave actually cares for his brother, even if he's weird and there's a slight chance that they may not be blood-related.

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** Ben Affleck Creator/BenAffleck appearing as Stefon's brother, Dave [[note]](or AsHimself, it's not really made clear)[[/note]] at his wedding. If you'll recall, Bill Hader's first appearance as Stefon was in a one-shot sketch about a screenwriter named Dave who invites his weird, estranged brother Stefon to help him pitch a movie (even though Stefon interrupts it with descriptions of bizarre, homoerotic imagery), only for executives to pick Dave's movie (a family-friendly sports drama) over Stefon's alleged pitch (described as a "...half-remembered gay nightmare.") and that was the last we heard of Stefon and his brother Dave (until Stefon became a Weekend Update character). It shows that Dave actually cares for his brother, even if he's weird and there's a slight chance that they may not be blood-related.



* Ian Rubbish's[[note]]Ian Rubbish was the British punk rocker on the ''SNL'' sketch about a punk rocker who risked his career and credibility singing songs that supported UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher[[/note]] (Fred Armisen) song, ''It's A Lovely Day''. Since the Ben Affleck/Kanye West episode is the last episode featuring Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Jason Sudeikis ([[AndZoidberg also Tim Robinson]], though Robinson [[KickedUpstairs has now been hired as a show writer after a mediocre stint as a cast member]]), the song was Fred's way of thanking viewers for the 11 years on the show ("It's been all right/I've had a lovely night with you") and assuring fans out there that the cast and crew need to stay strong in the face of cast turnover and the critics and fickle fans coming after the show for "not being the same" now that he, Hader, and Sudeikis will be leaving ("If your mates are not around/And you need them when you're down/You gotta hang on/It's still a lovely day").
* Creator/SethMeyers' final Weekend Update, where he's reunited with AmyPoehler and his "husband" Stefon (the burned-out club kid played by Bill Hader), who are ready to take him to his new post-''SNL'' life. There were some funny moments (like Stefon hissing at Cecily Strong and telling him to keep her hands off his man and Andy Samberg's surprise appearance where he sings a heartfelt goodbye song, then just realizes that Creator/SethMeyers is leaving), but mostly it was a heartfelt goodbye to a long-running head writer and Weekend Update anchor.

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* Ian Rubbish's[[note]]Ian Rubbish was the British punk rocker on the ''SNL'' sketch about a punk rocker who risked his career and credibility singing songs that supported UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher[[/note]] (Fred Armisen) song, ''It's A Lovely Day''. Since the Ben Affleck/Kanye West Affleck/Music/KanyeWest episode is the last episode featuring Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Jason Sudeikis ([[AndZoidberg also Tim Robinson]], though Robinson [[KickedUpstairs has now been hired as a show writer after a mediocre stint as a cast member]]), the song was Fred's way of thanking viewers for the 11 years on the show ("It's been all right/I've had a lovely night with you") and assuring fans out there that the cast and crew need to stay strong in the face of cast turnover and the critics and fickle fans coming after the show for "not being the same" now that he, Hader, and Sudeikis will be leaving ("If your mates are not around/And you need them when you're down/You gotta hang on/It's still a lovely day").
* Creator/SethMeyers' final Weekend Update, where he's reunited with AmyPoehler Creator/AmyPoehler and his "husband" Stefon (the burned-out club kid played by Bill Hader), who are ready to take him to his new post-''SNL'' life. There were some funny moments (like Stefon hissing at Cecily Strong and telling him to keep her hands off his man and Andy Samberg's surprise appearance where he sings a heartfelt goodbye song, then just realizes that Creator/SethMeyers is leaving), but mostly it was a heartfelt goodbye to a long-running head writer and Weekend Update anchor.



* From 2014's Seth Rogen episode, the "Monster Friends" short. In the same vein of being strange, but very sweet and human as "Sad Mouse" (from the BrunoMars episode) and the "Seth Rescues Stefon" segment from the Ben Affleck/Kanye West episode, this short centers on two monsters who are friends, despite being bullied by humans. One of the monsters decides to get plastic surgery to look human and promises his friend that he'll always be there for him even though he looks different. The next day, the first monster returns to the bar and finds that his friend isn't there and goes around New York City looking for him (there are some funny moments, like the Asian girl shouting, "Holy shit!" when she sees the monster, the monster complaining about the movie ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', the monster scaring off little kids, and the monster appearing on ''The Today Show'') until he finds his friend at the pier (who turns out to be guest star James Franco).

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* From 2014's Seth Rogen Creator/SethRogen episode, the "Monster Friends" short. In the same vein of being strange, but very sweet and human as "Sad Mouse" (from the BrunoMars Music/BrunoMars episode) and the "Seth Rescues Stefon" segment from the Ben Affleck/Kanye West episode, this short centers on two monsters who are friends, despite being bullied by humans. One of the monsters decides to get plastic surgery to look human and promises his friend that he'll always be there for him even though he looks different. The next day, the first monster returns to the bar and finds that his friend isn't there and goes around New York City looking for him (there are some funny moments, like the Asian girl shouting, "Holy shit!" when she sees the monster, the monster complaining about the movie ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', the monster scaring off little kids, and the monster appearing on ''The Today Show'') until he finds his friend at the pier (who turns out to be guest star James Franco).Creator/JamesFranco).



* In the Reese Witherspoon episodes, the mothers of every current cast member (save Taran Killam, Jon Rudnitsky, and Leslie Jones) appear during the monologue and show adorable home movie footage of the comedians when they were kids (except for Kenan Thompson, which was just a clip from the movie ''The Mighty Ducks'', as Thompson has been working in TV and movies since he was a child[[note]]as anyone who remembers him from ''Kenan and Kel'' and ''All That'' will attest[[/note]]). Continuing the trend, Colin Jost and Michael Che each read a joke from their respective mothers in Weekend Update (even though a picture of Michael Che's mother was replaced with a still of Diana Ross from the 1970s since Che's mom took too long at the salon to get a photo done and was aiming for that look).

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* In the Reese Witherspoon Creator/ReeseWitherspoon episodes, the mothers of every current cast member (save Taran Killam, Jon Rudnitsky, and Leslie Jones) appear during the monologue and show adorable home movie footage of the comedians when they were kids (except for Kenan Thompson, which was just a clip from the movie ''The Mighty Ducks'', as Thompson has been working in TV and movies since he was a child[[note]]as anyone who remembers him from ''Kenan and Kel'' and ''All That'' will attest[[/note]]). Continuing the trend, Colin Jost and Michael Che each read a joke from their respective mothers in Weekend Update (even though a picture of Michael Che's mother was replaced with a still of Diana Ross from the 1970s since Che's mom took too long at the salon to get a photo done and was aiming for that look).



* Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, the cast & surprise guests Maya Rudolph & Paul [=McCartney=] close the Christmas episode of 2015 by joining Bruce Springsteen onstage for a rousing rendition of 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town'.

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* Tina Fey, Creator/TinaFey, Amy Poehler, the cast & surprise guests Maya Rudolph & Paul [=McCartney=] close the Christmas episode of 2015 by joining Bruce Springsteen Music/BruceSpringsteen onstage for a rousing rendition of 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town'.



* The Saturday after Music/{{Prince}} passed away, instead of rerunning the Peter Dinklage episode from early April (though it did end up airing the week after this), NBC created a tribute clip show episode called ''Good Night Sweet Prince'', hosted by Creator/JimmyFallon (who looked and sounded like he was about to cry at any moment when he was telling stories about what it was like to meet Prince) and highlighting Prince's performances on the show, including his first from the infamous season six episode hosted by Charlene Tilton[[note]]the one that ended with Charles Rocket saying "I wanna know who the fuck did it" after getting shot during the "Swingers Bathe a Dog" sketch and caused NBC to terminate Jean Doumanian and most of her cast[[/note]], his performance on ''SNL'''s 15th anniversary in 1989, Prince's return to the show after 21[[note]]or 25 if you don't count the 1989 appearance[[/note]] years in 2006, never-before-seen footage of his performance at the 40th anniversary afterparty, and three installments of the recurring sketch "The Prince Show" (with Fred Armisen as Prince).

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* The Saturday after Music/{{Prince}} passed away, instead of rerunning the Peter Dinklage Creator/PeterDinklage episode from early April (though it did end up airing the week after this), NBC created a tribute clip show episode called ''Good Night Sweet Prince'', hosted by Creator/JimmyFallon (who looked and sounded like he was about to cry at any moment when he was telling stories about what it was like to meet Prince) and highlighting Prince's performances on the show, including his first from the infamous season six episode hosted by Charlene Tilton[[note]]the one that ended with Charles Rocket saying "I wanna know who the fuck did it" after getting shot during the "Swingers Bathe a Dog" sketch and caused NBC to terminate Jean Doumanian and most of her cast[[/note]], his performance on ''SNL'''s 15th anniversary in 1989, Prince's return to the show after 21[[note]]or 25 if you don't count the 1989 appearance[[/note]] years in 2006, never-before-seen footage of his performance at the 40th anniversary afterparty, and three installments of the recurring sketch "The Prince Show" (with Fred Armisen as Prince).



* The Season 42 opening managed to include a tribute to Creator/GeneWilder, which had Hillary Clinton limping to the presidential debate on a cane while coughing, [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory then she drops the cane and does a somersault]].

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* The Season 42 opening managed to include a tribute to Creator/GeneWilder, which had Hillary Clinton UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton limping to the presidential debate on a cane while coughing, [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory then she drops the cane and does a somersault]].



* The show re-running the episode Bill Paxton hosted in wake of his death.
* Louis C.K.'s tribute to Don Rickles at the end of the episode from two days after his death.

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* The show re-running the episode Bill Paxton Creator/BillPaxton hosted in wake of his death.
* Louis C.K.'s Creator/LouisCK's tribute to Don Rickles Creator/DonRickles at the end of the episode from two days after his death.



* There's something so goofy and heartwarming about the SWAT Recon sketch that involved a SWAT team (played by Kenan Thompson and observing a target (played by Bobby Moynihan) only to be charmed and enthralled by the silliness going on next door which involves two men (played by Mikey Day and host Chris Pine) having a cotton candy dance party followed by a backpack fashion show and then bouncing on some exercise balls while a tall woman (played by Leslie Jones) in a zoot suit eating a huge gummy bear. The display ends up charming the target as well and it ends with one of the SWAT guys going over to dance and the other one going to join them. It's just a nice wholesome little sketch of silliness.
* Steve Martin appearing out of nowhere at the end of Melissa [=McCarthy's=] fifth hosted episode to welcome her to the five-timers' club.

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* There's something so goofy and heartwarming about the SWAT Recon sketch that involved a SWAT team (played by Kenan Thompson and observing a target (played by Bobby Moynihan) only to be charmed and enthralled by the silliness going on next door which involves two men (played by Mikey Day and host Chris Pine) Creator/ChrisPine) having a cotton candy dance party followed by a backpack fashion show and then bouncing on some exercise balls while a tall woman (played by Leslie Jones) in a zoot suit eating a huge gummy bear. The display ends up charming the target as well and it ends with one of the SWAT guys going over to dance and the other one going to join them. It's just a nice wholesome little sketch of silliness.
* Steve Martin Creator/SteveMartin appearing out of nowhere at the end of Melissa [=McCarthy's=] Creator/MelissaMcCarthy's fifth hosted episode to welcome her to the five-timers' club.
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* The show extends a rare olive branch by being rather sympathetic to Kellyanne Conway, about a week after that ''Film/FatalAttraction'' thing they did.
-->'''Michael Che''': You know when you lose your luggage at the airport and you end up yelling at this woman who ends up spending her lunch hour crying over a Lean Cuisine? Well that woman is Kellyanne Conway. [...] Can you imagine being customer service to ''Donald Trump?''
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* The Creator/EmilyBlunt episode has a sketch about a super-long stretch limo at a drivethru, leading to an OverlyLongGag when the limo advances slowly so the occupants behind every window of the vehicle can order. The payoff comes when the owner of the vehicle is revealed to be Music/BrunoMars, who lets the beleaguered drivethru worker join them in their party.
-->'''Pete Davison''': I can't, I'm working now...\\
'''Bruno Mars''': Didn't stop your friend!\\
(Melissa Villasenor pops into view from inside the limo; the scene ends with Pete climbing through the window to join them)
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