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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

"Saturday Night Live" alum Tina Fey made a brief return for the show's season premier to portray Republican vice presidential Sarah Palin.

The general consensus for the opening sketch, as seen in Tom Shales column for The Washington Post was positive. As Shale put it, Fey "killed" in her portray of Palin. Her impression was "dead-on" and was aided in the fact that Fey and Palin share a strong resemblance.

According to Executive producer Lorne Michaels, Fey wasn't even sure she would be able to make Saturday's taping, due to scheduling conflicts with the taping of her own television show, "30 Rock". "She came by Friday night and we rehearsed," Michaels said of Fey.

According to Scott Conroy's Blog for CBS News', Sarah Palin's spokesperson, Tracey Schmitt, said that real Sarah Palin had a good laugh along with the press corps in the back of the plane and millions of Americans at home.

“She thought it was quite funny, particularly because she once dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween,? Schmitt said.