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One more warning before I begin: SPOILER ALERT AHEAD! Let the writing
begin! This has to be the worst series finale I have EVER watched!
Grant it, the show was never great to begin with, it was still
interesting enough to watch. After seeing the series finale I feel the
show should have either been canceled after the 3rd season or the show
should have continued on for another season or two, maybe even three.
The final season started with the introduction of 2 new characters as
series regulars Ethan (Grant Harvey) and Kathy (Cierra Ramirez).
Characters whose stories closely resembled Ben and Amy's in the first
season of the show. George (Mark Derwin), Anne (Molly Ringwold) and
Ashley (India Eisley) were taken off as series regulars and appeared as
guest stars only. A very beautiful and sexy girl, Clementine (Marielle
Jaffe), from Ricky's past appeared in several episodes. There was also
the addition of a 15 year old reformed hooker taken in by Leo (Ben's
The finale was absolutely horrible. It was one of those final episodes where there wasn't any closure for the characters or their story lines, the audience wasn't given any definite answers to crucial questions, and so many plots were introduced in the final season that the show actually had enough material to continue for several seasons. What makes this finale even worse is that the writers and creator, Brenda Hampton, had plenty of time to write a decent ending to the series given that they were notified during their season 5 hiatus that the final 12 episodes of the season would be the final episodes of the series because the show was not going to be renewed.
Here's what happened in the finale: Jack and Grace break up (you never actually see them say it's over), Adrian who was least deserving of a happy ending actually gets a happy ending when she gets back together with her boyfriend after breaking up in a previous episode, Ethan and Kathy don't appear in this episode, India Eisley is credited as a guest star even though she only appears in a flashback, about half of the episode is comprised of flashbacks, making the episode even worse, Henry and Alice get back together, Ben is going to live in New York and attend the same school as Amy, Ricky finally hears the truth (the fans don't see Amy admitting anything, only Ricky's reaction to the news) and learns that Amy doesn't want to marry him and is going off to New York, leaving Ricky and John (Ricky and Amy's son) behind in California. During Ricky's emotional outburst at Amy, he asks her if she still loves Ben to which Amy looks away and never answers, and Ricky points out that he gave Amy several opportunities to back out of the wedding only to hear Amy lie to him and assure him that she really did love him and absolutely wanted to marry him. I have always hated the character of Amy and this added to the hatred. Amy was always an immature child who blamed others for her problems and never took responsibility for her actions. 3 years (as far as the show goes) and a child later, Amy has not matured once and her selfishness only grew with every single episode that aired. As for Ricky and Amy's break up, the emotional scene went on for about a minute or two and was actually an interesting performance by Darren Kagasoff, but things took an odd turn when Ricky suddenly goes from crying, being angry and saying he hates Amy to quickly saying he didn't hate her and they would always be friends. The next scene is Amy with her parents downstairs in front of the butcher shop and Amy having doubts about leaving, leaving, then coming back to the shop, expressing her reservations, leaving, coming back again, and then finally leaving. The final scene is Ricky and John sitting on a couch as Ricky reads him a story and says "And she lived happily ever after" before the camera pans back and then fades to black.
Being a fan of this show and watching this show was an absolute waste of time. To go through 120 episodes only to watch the 121st be this terrible was such a disappointment. The whole premise of this show was that the story lines surrounding these characters were almost a fairy tale and corny at the same time. Yet, in the final episode, the writer and creator of the show decides to introduce reality to the lives of the characters the fans grew to enjoy watching. Instead of keeping the fairy tale going, Brenda gave the fans an episode of reality. Hampton decided to pop the fairy tale bubble of the show on the last episode and served up a plate trash. Imagine watching a science fiction show that takes place on an alien planet and the final episode of that show then takes place on planet earth during western times. That's what the ending of this series feels like. From the start of the final episode, there was an odd vibe that fans were about to see an episode that was not going to be pleasant. I will never watch anything Brenda Hampton has anything to do with.
Why couldn't Ashley appear one last time? Did Amy actually love Ben or not? Did Ricky still have feelings for Clementine or did he simply say he didn't because he wanted to do the right thing and marry Amy? Not that I care much for high school ceremonies because they're meaningless, but why did this episode not have one? It's not a good thing when you have this many questions after a series finale. In the end my biggest regret was watching this show from the beginning. What a tremendous let down.
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