That was just 60 straight minutes of "awwww," wasn't it? Really lovely, and I don't say that just because Sandy's daughter and mine share a middle name.
Happy endings for everyone! Ryan and Kirsten move back to Berkeley, where of course Sandy becomes the professor that all the kids love. Seth and Summer find a way for her to save the world and yet remain a couple. Julie pulls the Kelly Taylor Memorial "I Choose Me" Maneuver on her wedding day and turns it to her advantage by turning Frank and Gordon into Team Julie. (I can just picture her spending the rest of her life stringing both guys along, acting like she's going to pick just one of them very soon, and both of them recognizing what she's doing and not caring, because she's awesome enough for two men.) Ryan and Taylor stay together (I think), Ryan becomes the guy designing the building instead of the guy working construction, and maybe finds a way to pay forward what Sandy did for him oh so many years ago. Pancakes reproduces! (Loved Summer telling Ryan not to use the cage for cage fights.) And, presumably, the Magical Homos (second cousin to the Magical Negro) got a ton of money for selling a beautiful Bay Area Craftsman house.
I've run out of nice things to say about this season, and Josh and I spent a lot of time already rehashing the past in our interview, so I'll just focus on some smaller details:
- Does the fact that he named her Sophie mean that The Nana has passed on, or that that's yet another Jewish tradition Sandy doesn't bother with?
- If there's John from GEORGE and Paul from GEORGE, then where's Ringo? Or, since Josh is a known "Seinfeld" fan, is the whole thing a "The Summer of George" reference?
- What does Seth do with himself while Summer's off playing eco-heroine? Is he back to making comic books? Did he join the noblest profession of all and become a critic?
- If "The Valley" got a five-year renewal, I have to assume that it doesn't air opposite "Briefcase or No Briefcase" -- or "Sexy Doctor Drama" or "Police Scientists: Las Vegas." And if real-life Jake broke up with real-life April, does this mean they're destined to get married on the show?
- Loved the dozen Bullits, all geographically-named. Had he and Julie stayed together, would the poor kid have been named Newport?
- Is it just me, or does it look like they have Adam Brody playing both the Seth and Ryan parts in his new movie?
- In an hour filled with awesome, touching moments, my favorite may have been Julie telling Summer that "the world deserves to know you." And while I never liked Marissa, I'm glad she was included in both the present and the flashbacks; wouldn't have been right, otherwise.
- I thought Ben McKenzie looked way old back in the pilot, but compared to now he was practically a fetus.
- Ryan in a yarmulke is always genius, and makes me once again lament the decision to skip over showing his bar mitzvah in its entirety.