Madmen star Jon Hamm returned to host SNL for the second time in two seasons, accompanied by musical guest Michael Bublé. Sketch highlights include a spot for the new Jon Hamm/Michael Bublé restaurant chain, Will Forte as a professional closet organizer and a Digital Short featuring a shirtless Hamm as that saxophone-playing guy from The Lost Boys.
Former SNL head writer-turned-30 Rock star Tina Fey returned to host the show for the second time with musical guest Justin Bieber (who himself appeared in two sketches). The big story of the episode was Fey dusting off her impression of half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin. New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and comedian Steve Martin made guest appearances.
Gabourey Sidibe, Academy Award-nominated star of Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time, with musical guest MGMT. The episode was only so-so, but Sidibe's excitement about hosting was palpable and infectious. Comedian and SNL writer John Mulaney performed his first extended on-camera bit during "Weekend Update."
88-year old Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live after the show's producers caved to the pressures of a massive campaign on Facebook to have the actress appear on the show. It was a huge success, with White being really funny and the show scoring big in the ratings. Several former female cast members, including Molly Shannon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch also returned for the night, recreating a number of their famous characters.
Saturday Night Live closed out its 35th season by bringing back frequent guest host Alec Baldwin, who tied Steve Martin's record for most guest-host appearances at 15. For a season finale, there wasn't much remarkable about the show, but Baldwin always brings his A-game.