She's a living legend, as far as I'm concerned, and she was joined by some of the great recent female cast members of the show. They brought back skits like Delicious Dish and Sally O'Malley. And, praise Jesus, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on Weekend Update. And Whitney. Houston. (Yes, AM, I got your text. Loved it!)
To top it all off, Jay-Z turned it out with a medley of some of his greatest hits, followed by a surprisingly sweet rendition of "Forever Young," dedicated to Betty White herself. I was a little disappointed that Beyonce did not make a surprise appearance, but there were plenty of those to go around.
This is how the show needs to be done. Please, Lorne Michaels, take notes if you haven't already.
And here's a sketch that didn't make it to the broadcast. Shhh....it's Debbie Downer. I laughed until I (almost) cried.