AVClub: SNL invited an alum back to host the season finale, with Fred Armisen (and a few surprise others) helping close out season 41. It’s probably partly a practical consideration—I get worn out after 21 episodes just staying up to write these reviews. These people must be burnt, and having someone in the house who knows how things work and who’s presumably easy to work with must be a blessing. (The same was said about why SNL pal Buck Henry used to get called on to host the last shows of the original cast’s seasons—Henry was a pro, plus he reportedly had no compunctions about doing sketches that previous hosts wouldn’t come anywhere near.) At any rate, having Armisen close out the season here paid off beautifully. Perhaps surprisingly so.