My early front-runner for this May's lamest season-finale is last Sunday's ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" episode. It was a mess.
From the opening moment that matriarch Nora Walker (Sally Field) took a trip to Mexico to find her estranged and damaged son Tommy (Balthazar Getty), the finale was overloaded with silliness at the expense of drama.
How silly? At one intentionally humorous point, the verbose Walkers were told to stay silent while visiting Tommy at the spiritual hideout where he was living to deal with his irresponsible past behavior. The Walkers silent? What a concept.
There wasn't much of a cliffhanger, unless you're invested in whether Kitty (Calista Flockhart) and her political husband Robert (Rob Lowe) repair their fractured marriage. That plot line was clumsily handled, with Kitty getting an epiphany that changed her angry behavior and had her running off to stop Robert from leaving via a helicopter. When Robert couldn't hear her calls because of the helicopter noise, Kitty went back to address other Walker family problems instead of calling or texting Robert on his cell phone to explain her incredibly fast marital flip flop.
In the other big marital moment, Justin (Dave Annable) and Rebecca (Emily VanCamp), who a year ago thought they might be brother and sister, have decided to marry despite the skepticism of Rebecca's mom, Holly (Patricia Wettig).
A year ago, Justin and Rebecca's romance seemed kind of freaky because of the family plot line. Amazingly, the writers answered that criticism by seemingly planning to marry them off to the absolute joy of the Walker family.
Even though it was nice to see the Walkers end the season with some happiness, overall the episode was so weak and disjointed that you fear that the program may have trouble sustaining another season.
What did you think of the finale? And what are you some of your early choices as best and worst season finales?
-- Alan Pergament