Saturday Night Live paid tribute to former cast member Jan Hooks, who died last week at age 57, on Saturday's episode, with a gut-punching clip of her and former scene partner Phil Hartman in their "Love Is a Dream" short film.
Bill Hader returned to Studio 8H to host the show, and he wasn't the only familiar face who came back. He and his big-screen Skeleton Twins co-starKristen Wiig introduced the Hartman/Hooks sketch, and also teamed up for his opening monologue and a Hollywood Game Night parody sketch. Hader also resurrected his popular characters Stefon and newscaster Herb Welch.
Unsurprisingly, with Hader and Wiig back, SNL was the strongest it's been in weeks.
Check out some of the best segments from Saturday's episode below:
"Love Is a Dream":
Watch this short film with Jan Hooks and Phil Hartman and try not to cry.
Opening Monologue: During his run on SNL, Hader never sang on the show — and there's a good reason why. Not even help from Wiig and Harvey Fierstein can help him.
Herb Welch: While this isn't the funniest Herb Welch sketch SNL has ever done, it's nice to see Hader's curmudgeonly newscaster back on the air. This time, he's interviewing high school students about a virginity rally.
Hollywood Game Night: In this spoof of the NBC celebrity game show, come for Kate McKinnon as Jane Lynch, stay for Cecily Strong as Sofia Vergara, Beck Bennett as Nick Offerman and Kristen Wiig as Kathie Lee Gifford (!).
39 Cents: For anyone doubting the need for SNL to have a diverse cast — it's so they can do skits like this one, featuring Hader as an aid worker who's trying to raise 39 cents a day to help starving people in an African village. Their question: why not more?
Weekend Update: Stefon: Stefon is back! And, in addition to tips for people visiting New York, he's got an exciting piece of news to share!