Ms. Taco’s Take: Parenthood’s Adoption Storyline (Part 2)

maSo Parenthood went ahead and concluded its season and its adoption storyline. Going into this episode I, along with many viewers, were worried that this storyline would wrap up with a nice little bow on top. And, let’s be honest, it did. But, is that a bad thing? Let’s take a look at that. First let’s be honest and acknowledge the thing every Parenthood fan doesn’t want to talk about. Parenthood hasn’t been renewed yet, and while a lot of people are guessing that it will get at least one more season, there’s no guarantee that we are ever going to see these characters again. Jason Katims is familiar with shows being on the bubble all the way back to his Roswell days. I can honestly say that I would never want to be a TV writer dealing with a bubble show. You have to kind of create this balance between tying up what you can so that people will be satisfied if it’s the end and leaving enough open for the next season, if there is one. Being a person who has had a lot of her favorite shows cancelled before their prime, I can attest to the fact that it really sucks when a show is cancelled with many storylines left unresolved. If you love TV as much as I do, you know your favorite TV characters better than you know some of your friends. So imagine that your friend was in the middle of some crisis and then you never heard about them again. For me, that is the equivalent of a show ending without the writers crafting a proper final episode. Now of course, some things can be left open because again, if you love TV as much as I do, you end up imagining characters’ lives going an after a show ends anyway.

With all that being said, I think the writers did a really good job with Victor’s adoption in the season finale. Because after three seasons of Julia and Joel going through disappointment after disappointment, if this is the last season of the show, we need to be left with the idea that things are going to work out for them. And Victor. Sorry, I have to put him in there because this kid has really gotten a bad rap this season. When you spend x number of seasons with characters, and it comes time to say goodbye, you want to know they are going to be okay, reality be damned. So, I was okay with the bow the writers put on top of that storyline. I think I was even kind of wishing for it despite how much I wanted things presented in a realistic way. Because I’m a sucker for a happy ending. And because Julia is my favorite Parenthood character. And because Julia and Joel are one of my favorite current TV couples. So there it is, I liked it.

Now let’s go back to the whole Victor thing for a minute. Because I really do think he’s gotten a bad rap on this show, and I’m not just saying that because I’ve worked with kids like him and know the kind of issues they are dealing with. I’m saying that because Victor and Julia did have some good moments this season. It hasn’t been the gloom and doom that people have been making it out to be. Victor didn’t make a spectacular 180 personality change in the season finale. If anything, the writers were very careful to get across the message early on that deep down, he’s a good kid.

Two scenes in the finale stand out to me with respect to this storyline. The first is when Victor breaks the vase, or whatever it is, and he and Julia have a mini heart to heart. You can argue that it was forced and that Victor breaking the vase was simply setup for them having this conversation, and that might be true. But it allowed the two characters to give each other what they needed, mutual approval. By Victor asking Julia if she’s going to change her mind about the adoption, he acknowledged that there is at least some part of him that wants to be there, which connects back to her asking him in the previous episode if the adoption sounds good to him. And by Julia saying, “I want you to stick around”, she’s letting him know that he is wanted and she’s not going to give up on him, which was Victor’s biggest fear as portrayed so wonderfully by Xolo Mariduena. Seriously, what he did with his eyes and lips and face in general in that scene to show his fear and worry. That kid can act. I loved the simplicity of the scene. I loved that there wasn’t this big emotional hug between them. Anyway, I loved it. And, come on, we knew all along Victor wanted to be a Graham Braverman. Who doesn’t want to be a Braverman?? Seriously, if they would adopt me, I would totally go with that.

The other scene that stood out to me was when the judge finalized the adoption and mainly the moment when he tells them it is final. Erika Christensen again does an excellent job conveying something without words in that moment. There’s definitely fear in her eyes, the notion that ‘oh my god, this is it, no turning back’. And that’s the piece right there that Jason Katims leaves us with for next season, we hope. Julia isn’t completely sure that this is going to work. She’s still pretty scared. And, I hope that if when the show returns next season, they explore this aspect. Because I think this is a story worth investing in and I think it’s a story that isn’t explored enough in television and movies.

Before I close up, just want to note the really nice work Sam Jaeger did this season portraying Joel. Unfortunately, there was so much to cover already with this storyline that I didn’t get into his scenes very much. Being that Joel in general has been a background character, it was really nice to see him front and center in this storyline balancing out Julia’s fears and worries with optimism and faith. I hope the writers continues to put him front and center next season. He most certainly has earned it.

Well there it is folks. I know it took a while for me to finally churn this out. Any thoughts on this storyline?

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Ms. Taco’s Take: Parenthood’s Adoption Storyline (Part 1)

Parenthood wrapped up its short fourth season at the end of January in what could have been, but we hope it’s not, a series finale. By that I mean that a good amount of the characters were treated to a happy ending. I’m in an interesting spot with Parenthood where I’m finished with the current season not having watched all of the previous ones. As of this writing, I’m about halfway through season 3. Back in 2010 when Parenthood first came on the scene I gave it a shot for about four weeks before deciding that I was overwhelmed by the size of its cast. My sister knows that I love a good foster care/adoption storyline (see Life Unexpected) as I’m a social worker who used to work with the foster care population, so she alerted me to the fact that Julia and Joel of Parenthood would be involved in a storyline this season about adopting a foster child. That’s all I needed to hear to jump back on the Parenthood bandwagon, and I’m definitely glad I did.

You don’t really see storylines like this presented on TV very often and when they are, they can be very hit or miss as far as how realistically they are portrayed. I try not to get caught up in whether the legal aspect and such make sense because, after all, we are dealing with a 42 minute a week television series that has a lot of ground to cover. It’s sometimes tough to make things like this work when you are dealing with a limited time frame. Not to mention the fact that in Parenthood’s case, we are dealing with a limited amount of episodes because you know it would just be ridiculous to put a little faith in Jason Katims, the guy who created a little show called Friday Night Lights you may have heard of. But I digress. My focus when watching these storylines usually is on whether the show is getting the feelings and emotions of the characters right. Hey, I’m a therapist, what can I say? So basically, my thing is, are these characters acting in ways that make sense? With respect to Parenthood’s adoption storyline, I think they’ve done an excellent job of at least portraying the emotional aspect of this situation in a realistic way.

Since I’ve decided to make my way back into the Parenthood universe, I’ve also decided to go back to the beginning and watch all the episodes I have missed (thank you Netflix!). I’m almost done with season 3, but I already know where the road leads for Julia and Joel. Julia can’t get pregnant again. They want to adopt. The baby they are promised is kept by his biological mother. They are instead paired with fully grown 9 year old boy. And, gosh these two have gone through a lot, haven’t they? Can they get a break anytime soon? I was actually thinking about the episode from season 2 where Joel tells Julia that he will never cheat on her even though he knows they are going to go through a lot as a couple. I kind of wanted to scream at the TV,” dude you have no idea”! With that said, I think as viewers, and even as someone who hasn’t actually watched all of this play out yet, you are kind of waiting for these two to get some sort of a happy ending. So I have to say that as I’ve been watching this season half of me is kind of like, can’t this kid just bond to Julia really quickly so that Julia can finally be happy. On the other hand, being someone who has seen firsthand how different it can be to take in older children versus an infant, I didn’t want the issues that go along with that to be glossed over. Parenthood has not disappointed on that front, and with that Julia continues her tremendous character development. It’s interesting to simultaneously see her so fleshed out this season while also watching season 1 where to me, she is the least developed Braverman sibling. The process for Julia has been one of letting go. Letting go of the control she so desperately needs. Letting go of her safety net. And letting go of the expectations she has for herself and for others.

From the very first episode, the show does not shy away from the tough issues that come with adopting an older child. Julia tells Joel at the end of the first episode, “I feel like I’m waiting to fall in love with our son”. It’s such a real and honest moment and I’m glad the writers allowed Julia to be that vulnerable. Julia doesn’t like to show that she’s struggling with something and it’s a testament to her growth that she admits out loud that things are not going as well or as easily as she hoped. The reality is that, Julia didn’t get the newborn baby that she wanted. You know, the kid with the clean slate. She got a 9 year old boy, with a slate that’s plenty full. So it’s not just about accepting that Victor is now her son, it’s about accepting and yes, eventually loving, everything that goes along with that. And that’s the struggle we see play out for the remainder of the season.

Julia starts off this season with the mindset, if I just show this kid that I love and trust him, it’s going to work. And at first, it does in some ways. The issues begin when Victor gets an ‘A’ on his math test. Julia is so excited; partly because she’s proud of him and partly because it’s some validation that the hard work she’s been putting in for the past few months is finally paying off. Then Victor hits her with the bombshell. He wants to show the test to his “real” mom. What a punch to the stomach that is for Julia. I mean, think about it. She’s quit her job. She’s put Victor ahead of Sydney in some ways. She’s read all the books. All to lose out to the woman who has let her son down time and again. That sucks. Plain and simple. Of course Victor is not doing this maliciously (I’m talking to you, you many Victor haters). His mom is his mom. Julia is at best an acquaintance, at worst a stranger. Of course this leads to a lot of negative interactions that don’t help with the bonding that Julia so desperately craves. When victor is told that he’s not allowed to communicate with his mom, he shuts down, becomes enraged, throws a bat at Sydney, calls the police and claims child abuse, and with all that Julia’s doubts and fears grow. Will Victor ever bond with her? Is she putting Sydney at risk? And most importantly, can she do this?

But the biggest doubt, which comes out so beautifully in a scene with Crosby, is  “….if i don’t see something that tells me that someday maybe we can have a loving relationship, then, you know, then I shouldn’t be his mom because he should be able to have that with someone”. In a sense, is she the mother that Victor needs? Is she being fair to Victor? I loved watching this all play out not only because it was juxtaposed against Joel seemingly not having any doubts but also because it shows us that all of the doubts aren’t coming from a selfish place at all. They are coming from a place of love and caring.  Before this scene, it sometimes felt like Joel was just willing to accept that Victor might take a while to bond with the family, but that Julia was wanting it to happen right away it suit her own need of feeling loved by Victor right away. Julia is stuck between a rock and a hard place because I think Erika Christensen is right. I don’t think she could forgive herself if she gives up on Victor. But I don’t think she could forgive herself is she really isn’t the right choice for him either. The conversation with Crosby, besides being one of the best interactions of the season, really puts things in perspective for Julia and gives her the push that she needs. And with that Julia let’s go. She lets go of thinking that she can completely control this situation. She lets go of the safety net that is thinking she can give Victor back. She lets go of the expectation that Victor is going to magically be fully adjusted to her home. And most importantly, she lets go of the idea that she has to be the perfect mom to Victor. I love, love, love the scene where she tells Victor that they are going to finalize his adoption and asks if that sounds good to him. It’s so true to her character and the way she has been presenting all season. She not only wants, but needs Victor’s approval. Because if he’s not okay with it, neither is she. He’s not exactly excited, but he says sure and goes about his day, which is enough for her. She’s taking the leap that Joel asked her to but not without some lingering reservations.

Before I close this out and leave my finale thoughts to the next post, can we just take a moment to acknowledge how much Erika Christensen can get across to us just with her facial expressions? I’ve loved her since Traffic. Then she took a weird detour with Swimfan. But I’m happy to see that my instinct about her was right. She’s been nothing short of excellent this season using her ability to say so much without having to say anything at all. And while we’re at it, let’s just take another moment to acknowledge Jason Katims’ uncanny ability to write married couples so wonderfully. The way Julia and Joel have supported each other over the last three seasons is textbook Jason Katims (please see Eric and Tami Taylor).

With that, I’m going to leave this very long post behind. Check back soon for my thoughts on the way this storyline was wrapped up in the finale.

The Bride is Revealed…The ‘Mother’ Remains Unseen

Well, HIMYM fans, we made it. After the question of who Barney’s bride was loomed in some of our minds for an entire year, the answer finally came, literally in the last few seconds of the finale entitled, ‘The Magician’s Code’. It is, indeed, Robin, but will they actually make it to the ‘I do’s’? And how does this revelation rate with fans? More on this later. The finale packed a lot in. A baby,the coolest middle name of all time, and the return of fan favorite Victoria, in a wedding dress no less. And aside from the ‘Robin is the bride’ reveal (saying that this is polarizing among fans is an understatement), I’d guess that most fans were satisfied with the end result.

Let’s start with the easily likable stuff. Marshall and Lily have now gone from cutest couple status to cutest parents status (sorry Chris and Reagan). Are things going to have to change with this new addition? Yes. The show is clearly laying the groundwork for this. When Ted comes to Marshall and Lily for advice on a minor problem, they reiterate several times that they are still there for him, but for the major stuff (“8 or higher, bro”). And when Ted comes to them with the ‘Victoria’s in a wedding dress situation’, clearly a major event, they rush down, baby in tow and down some shots, only to look down in horror as Robin snaps a photo and points out that Baby Marvin’s first outing was in a bar. Bays and Thomas smartly address right away the question on all of our minds. McLaren’s is a huge part of the group’s dynamic. What happens when you throw a baby into the mix? A recent interview hints that they are already tackling this question, and I have faith that they will tackle it successfully. And speaking of Baby Marvin, his middle name is, wait for it. No, that’s it. That’s his middle name. Waitforit. It truly is the coolest middle name of all time and a reminder that while many things will and have changed, some things will always remain the same.

Speaking of some things never changing, Ted and Robin ended the season friends once again, as they should be. I think Craig Thomas is right when he says there’s nothing like the birth of a baby to bring friends together (by the way, loved all the scenes in Lily and Marshall’s apartment, Robin, as always, ready to get her hands dirty and Ted, as always trying to see where he can fit in to the whole thing). Ted and Robin’s discussuon after the birth of Marvin Waitforit Erickson (nope, I will never tire of saying that name) reminded me how these two can have such candid discussions, despite (or maybe in spite of?) all their history, and how much I miss their friendship even when it’s lacking for a short amount of time. Ted’s joke to Robin (“I love you”) allowed Victoria’s testament to Ted in ‘Ducky Tie’ to come full circle. Ted has dealt with his feelings for Robin and moved on, and now so can we. His friendship with Robin in tact, he’s ready to move forward in his journey to find the ‘Mother’.

But, wait for it (no, not Marvin Waitforit Erickson, hee hee), Victoria’s back. And she’s in a wedding dress. And she’s game for ditching her fiance for Ted. And Ted’s game too. And, what??? It’s fun to see Ashley Williams again, and, let’s face it aside from Robin, Victoria is the only one of Ted’s relationships that fans could really get behind. Let’s face something else. The only reason Ted left Victoria was to begin a relationship with Robin. Now that the final nail has been put in that coffin, it makes sense that Ted would explore this option again. I also like that while Victoria pushed Ted to explore his feelings for Robin at the beginning of the season, now Robin is pushing Ted to explore his feelings for Victoria at the end of the season. It’s nice that both characters are acknowledging the importance of the other in Ted’s world. Ted and Victoria aren’t going to work out. We know this. We’ve been told this several times as we’ve stubbornly fought against it. We know Ted meets the ‘Mother’ at Barney’s (and Robin’s?) wedding. So here we are. Ted Mosby is at the final hurdle. The final question that remains in his way. Victoria was right. Robin is a bigger part of Ted’s world than he realized. And Robin is right. So far, Victoria’s the only one who made sense. The Robin question has been put to rest, and now Ted is on a journey to answer the Victoria question. But we already know the answer. Because Ted is at the wedding. And it’s begun to rain. And the ‘Mother’ is going to show up, yellow umbrella in hand. And can you tell that I’m really excited for this wedding to happen, whenever that may be?

Speaking of that wedding. So Barney and Robin get married. Or so it would appear. Bays and Thomas are tricksters, and Bays has given a slightly different interview regarding the end game for them, but I’m gonna go along believing that Barney and Robin get married (that’s what I want to happen, afterall) despite Ted saying that it was “a wedding day that went horribly wrong”. Look, Barney and Robin’s relationship is the biggest divider among fans, so a lot of people aren’t jumping for joy at that final scene. But those of us who love Barney and Robin so much have loved them since the season one episode, ‘Zip, Zip, Zip’, when Robin joined Barney for a drink and cigar, suited up and all, and later for a game of laser tag. Did the writers plan this that far back, or did they see sparks of chemistry after that episode played out? I’m not sure, but for me the hints are there that far back. Obviously, we have a lot of red tape to get through to even get to the wedding since Barney is now engaged to Quinn. The scene where Robin finds out about the engagement and Barney jokes that “it’s the last chance to run away together” was painful and sad to watch. I’m sure Robin really thinks that she is happy for Barney, and I’m interested to see how this all plays out next season. Knowing this show, it’s gonna be quite an interesting ride as we head to the potential series finale next May.

RE-BLOG: Ms. Taco is Still Clueless About the Other Bride on ‘Mother’

With HIMYM indeed following through and revealing Barney’s bride last night on the season finale, I thought I’d re-post my blog about “Disaster Averted” from earlier in the season in prep for my upcoming blog on “The Magician’s Code”. Enjoy!

I realize that I am neglecting some other shows as I write my second blog post on How I Met Your Mother, but after the lackluster and anticlimactic “The Slutty Pumpkin Returns”, I felt that that way the show bounced back in “Disaster Averted” warranted some attention, not to mention the awesome final scene that may or may not hint at what’s to come. Also, I’m just a little bit obsessed with this show right now.

“Disaster Averted” is classic HIMYM in the way that it bounces back and forth between the present and the not so distance past that we originally weren’t privy to. I’d put this episode right up there with “Ducky Tie” as one of the best of the season. Considering that the show is set in NYC, it was a nice touch to take a look at the gang the night that Hurricane Irene hit. It was also nice to see each of the characters act true to form in their reactions with Ted going all boy scout (complete with purple boots, perhaps a wink at the red boots we saw him wearing earlier in the series?), Robin making the Canada comparison, Barney seeing an opportunity to party, and Lily and Marshall going with the flow.

My favorite moments came at the end of the episode, the first of which was seeing the group rejoice in their conquering of Irene. This scene took me back to the final scene of “The Leap”, still my favorite scene of the entire series so far. For me the show’s strength is in the relationships between the characters, and scenes like this accentuate how tight knit a group they really are.

Of course the Barney/Robin moments at the end were the real payoff, despite their stirring some mixed feelings. Being a supporter of Barney and Robin as a couple, Bobin, if you will, more than the kiss at the end, Barney’s assertion to Robin that “when I let a day go by without talking to you, um, that day’s just no good” really meant something because it reminded us of the genuine care that these two have for each other.

But on to the kiss! What does it all mean? For weeks now, Victoria’s judgment that “that doesn’t work” and Future Ted’s confirmation that “it didn’t work, we just didn’t realize it yet” has left me wondering what will come of the Ted/Robin/Barney triangle/friendship. Being that Future Ted has mentioned “Aunt Robin” and “Uncle Barney” to his kids, we have it on good authority that Ted remains friends with them. Does it not working meant that Barney and Robin will eventually work as a couple as opposed to just friends? Is Robin the bride who wants to speak to Ted at Barney’s wedding? Of course them both currently being in relationships does complicate things a bit.

I realize that I, like the show itself, have strayed a bit from questioning who the mother is to questioning who Barney’s bride is, which I know has been frustrating to many fans. But I, like Future Ted, would argue that this is all part of the story, especially considering that we now know that Ted meets the mother at Barney’s wedding. And, as I mentioned in a previous post, this show has really become an ensemble where each of the characters’ stories are just as important as Ted’s. In any event, it’s still fairly early in the season, so I expect to show to drag this out a bit in order to lead us into the finale. However, recent news indicates that some light may be shed on this whole scenario pretty soon. I will definitely be tuning in to find out! Or, knowing this show, to not find out!

The End of the Line Comes for ‘Ringer’

With the expected news of Ringer’s cancellation finally being made official, I thought I’d take a gander at where the show went wrong (and what things it should have capitalized more).

Ringer had buzz written all over it from the very beginning. It had an interesting premise sure to keep viewers glued to the TV week after week. It was airing on the CW, a network that focuses on bringing in the younger demographic. And, above all, it starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, someone who many had been hoping would return to TV since Buffy left the airwaves in 2003. Alas, aside from it’s promising pilot, Ringer never really lived up to the hype that it set out to fulfill.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I liked Ringer. I liked it so much that it is one of the only shows this season that I am completely caught up on. Despite that fact, I can’t deny that almost every week, there was at least one moment in the show that had me rolling my eyes and wishing that Sarah Michelle Gellar had chosen a smarter vehicle to make her much anticipated return. And maybe that’s the whole part of me liking this show. I am a Buffy devotee, and like most Buffy devotees, I love Sarah Michelle Gellar and have a hard time admitting when she is making a bad choice, performing poorly, or not living up to her potential. I wanted so badly for her to succeed in this new endeavor. I wanted this to be the second coming of Buffy. It wasn’t.

Shows like Ringer are a very difficult animal for TV creators to deal with. So, you have this really cool pilot that you want to get on the air, and a TV pilot itself is a very weird animal to deal with. It’s basically a presentation with the TV creator screaming, “please put my show on the air!”. So, there might be some added bells and whistles. There might be promises made that may or may not be able to be fulfilled. There might be some white lies. So, then miraculously in the sea of hundreds of TV pilots, yours is fished out. Now, the TV creator is screaming, “oh crap, I have to actually make this work for a season”. But wait a second, it may not be for a while season. Your pilot’s only ordered for 13 episodes initially and you don’t even know if you are going to get the other 9 ordered. I’m saying all this to point out that as much as I love TV and think it would be really awesome to create a TV show, there’s no way that I’d ever want these people’s jobs. You are trying to plan out a story, you’re not really sure how much time you have to do that in, you don’t know if your story is gonna be appealing, you might have to tweak things along the way. It sucks, plain and simple. And even shows that are are really successful at pulling this off (Lost) can fumble along the way (Sawyer and Kate in the cages anyone?). I say all this to say, that I think the creators, directors, writers, and producers of Ringer had a really good idea and that somewhere along the way, they lost their footing. They weren’t quite sure how to navigate all the mysteries they were laying out. They maybe were a little bit too ambitious. They had too many moments where someone said, “hey, I know, let’s throw this in!”. I mean, the whole storyline with Juliette’s teacher being roped in with Catherine’s scheme to get Andrew’s money. I love a Jason Dohring appearance as much as the next person, but it just didn’t work. Did the showrunners have the season planned out all along? I’m not sure. A lot of Ringer felt clunky, disjointed, and convenient. For me, this was the biggest problem with the show, followed closely by…

The characters just weren’t all that easy to invest in. I have to say that by the end of the season, the only character I truly felt connected to was Bridget. I have to say that I think the writers did a terrible job with Siobhan’s character. At the end of the day, there was nothing really redeeming about her and when I’m presented with a character like that, it’s very frustrating. Truly good characters are gray, not black and white. And while I think the writer’s tried to create some sense of pity for Siobhan when showing that her son had died partly due to Bridget’s actions, it really didn’t work, at least not for me. I didn’t feel bad for her, and I really wanted to, because that was the only way I would actually care about that character. Instead, I saw her as being vindictive and heartless. Speaking of heartless, let’s talk about Henry. He finds out his wife dies and then goes on to continue the affair he’d been having with her best friend? Again, nothing redeeming about this character, which was especially frustrating with him being played by Kristoffer Polaha, an actor who I really love and who created such a multidimensional character on Life Unexpected. I’m all for characters making bad choices, because let’s face it, people make bad choices, but it’s taking it to a whole other level when you are dealing with a character who you can’t stand to look at week after week. That leads me to the characters that had no effect on me whatsoever: Malcolm, Detective Machado, and Catherine. I don’t know, they just didn’t do it for me, and if they show had gone weeks without showing any one of them, I’m not sure I would have noticed.

Now, I know I’m sounding harsh, but like I said earlier, I did like this show. And I think it did have some things going for it. Like I said earlier, a Buffy devotee can’t say enough about Sarah Michelle Gellar. Heck, it’s a big part of the reason many of us watched in the first place. And I don’t think she disappointed here. I’d actually say that more than anything, the writing didn’t challenge her enough with respect to playing two different characters. And again, I think the real shortcoming here was the character of Siobhan. I kept waiting for the character to piece together, but she never really did. And again, I don’t blame Gellar for that, I blame the writers for not fleshing Siobhan out enough. I guess I just needed more about why she did the things she did. The reasons they gave just weren’t enough for me.

The biggest thing the show had going for it in my opinion was the relationships Bridget was able to build with Andrew and Juliette, maybe because in my opinion, Bridget is the most fleshed out character of the series and the character who, despite having deceived so many people, you are rooting for. Without the dynamics she infuses, Andrew and Juliette are merely caricatures. But when they are all together, you never once doubt that although it’s based on a lie, the relationships they have are real on some level. Unfortunately, for me the Bridget’s reveal came a little too late in the season, so late that there was no opportunity to show the audience even a glimmer of hope that these relationships could be salvaged. Now, I didn’t expect the relationships to be all squared away by the end of this season, but waiting that long, now we are left with the relationships in complete disarray and the show is now over. I understand that the writer’s were probably going to make this the foundation for the second season, but doing it this way, the audience is left without any hope that Bridget can regain the new life she has built for herself.

Wow, this post has gone on for incredibly long. If you are still with me, I’ll close with, RIP Ringer. I’ll miss you. Sort of.