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Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga Shine in the 'Saturday Night Live' Season Finale

by Joel Keller, posted May 22nd 2011 12:00PM
Last night, 'Saturday Night Live' aired its 36th season finale, and the writers and producers saved one of the best episodes of the season for last.

Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga on the season 36 finale of 'Saturday Night Live'
The presence of perennial favorite host Justin Timberlake gave the writers license to bring back characters that are very familiar to regular 'SNL' watchers. It's the ultimate sign that Timberlake is quickly becoming this generation's version of 'SNL' hosting stalwarts Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

But added to the mix was the presence of Lady Gaga, who not only performed two songs, but did a fine job in a number of sketches, as well. Do we have a new recurring host in the making?

After the jump, we'll give you a selection of videos from last night's finale. In the comments, give us your thoughts on how JT and Gaga did on the show.In the monologue, Timberlake insisted that, because he wasn't the musical guest, that he wasn't going to sing. How did he do it? The best way he knows how: with a song.

Of course, with JT as the host, you know what the Digital Short is going to be: a sequel to the sequel to 'Di*k In A Box'. After the beauty of 2009's 'Motherlover' -- Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson return as the mothers/lovers of JT's and Andy Samberg's boy band singers -- the boys get into it with Lady Gaga for the song '3-Way (The Golden Rule)'.

Gaga was in four sketches total, including helping with JT's signature character, the obnoxious mall ad mascot. I bet, though, that the cork hat, grape-laden dress, and huge wine glasses that she wore/carried for the sketch came from her own wardrobe and not made by the 'SNL' folks. In another sketch, the two stars play themselves in a celebrity version of 'What's That Name?' While Timberlake can't remember the names of women he slept with or former 'N Sync band mate Chris Kirkpatrick, Gaga remembers every detail about people she's met after concerts. Her reaction during the Kirkpatrick part -- she knows who it is! -- is priceless.

Bradley Cooper made a surprise visit to 'Weekend Update' to "Get in the Cage' with Nicholas Cage (Samberg) to talk about 'The Hangover: Part 2'.

No Timberlake episode would be complete, of course, without having him be the recalcitrant Robin Gibb to Jimmy Fallon's surprisingly high-strung Barry Gibb on 'The Barry Gibb Talk Show':

Finally, here's Lady Gaga performing her hit 'Born This Way', complete with fake baby bump and stylized birthing imagery:

Tell us: What did you think of the season finale of 'SNL?' Do you think Timberlake and Gaga did a good job?

'Saturday Night Live' airs Saturdays at 11:30PM ET on NBC.

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