SNL's Alec Baldwin Season Finale: 5 Best Scenes

[Betty White & Co. were a hard act to follow, but Alec Baldwin (tying Steve Martin last night for a record 15th time hosting) was, as always, a genial host, and the episode had its moments.]

Some highlights...

Cold Open: "A Message From the People Who Ruined Our Ocean." BP, Transocean, and Halliburton outline some of their proposals for cleaning up the mess. ("Dolphins with mops... It may not work, but rest assured—Halliburton will make a profit...."):



With a little help from his Greek friend Costas (Alex Baldwin), elderly sex guru Grady Wilson (Kenan Thompson) returns to demonstrate yet more bizarre lovemaking tips:



Sally Field (Abby Elliott) introduces Preniva—the drug to help women's fragile bones withstand such strenuous activities as spritzing plants, wearing bangs, and arranging magazines:



Perpetually unprepared songsters Garth and Kat (Fred Armisen and Kristin Wiig) drop by Weekend Update to attempt a preview of their summer concert series:



The fastest way to cook dinner: Alec Baldwin and Kristin Wiig demonstrate the Timecrowave—the ingenious new microwave with time-traveling capabilities (at only slight risk to the space-time continuum):



Also: the monologue—Baldwin celebrates his hosting record and invites Steve Martin for a special appearance by satellite feed.

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After college she took what was intended to be a temporary summer position securing electronic rights to articles from The Atlantic's archive for use online. Intrigued by The Atlantic's rich history and the creative possibilities in helping to launch a digital edition of the magazine on the Web, she soon joined The Atlantic full time. As the site's former executive editor, she was involved in everything from contributing reviews, author interviews, and illustrations, to hosting message boards and producing a digital edition of The Atlantic for the Web.

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