For those wondering which former “SNL” characters Kristen Wiig would resurrect in her return to the show as host, the answer is “almost all of them.”
Fans of Shanna may have been kicking the ground in disappointment, but terrible singers Garth and Kat, the manically enthusiastic Target Lady, the Californians (which endured for about seven epic minutes and included an appearance from Maya Rudolph, who inexplicably made out with Jonah Hill in the monologue), "The Lawrence Welk Show," even Gilly all made appearances. On Twitter, the return of Wiig seemed to be met with a mix of responses from those who rejoiced the return of her famous characters and those who felt that 11½ months (the time since Wiig was last on the show) was not quite enough time for a fond look back at the various characters.
The episode wasn’t all recurring characters, however. Two of the new sketches were unexpectedly gory: one featured an acupuncture session that turns very, very sanguinary (as in, pockets of skin filling up with blood and then exploding.)