So "The Starter Wife" came to a close last night with some lovely glimpses of the new, independent, don't-need-a-man Molly. Well, until the end, that is, when she had to go and ruin it all for me. Sigh. Other than Molly's big choice, though, I thought this episode was a good end to the miniseries, showing how far everyone had come since Molly got kicked to the curb. Here were a few of my favorite moments:
- Sometimes "The Starter Wife" has won me over by doing something cheesy, then acknowledging that it was cheesy. Case in point: The episode starts with a really overblown dream referencing Titanic, as Sam slips under the water and Lou throws Molly a life preserver that she can't quite reach. Then Molly wakes up, and her voiceover says, "Well, that's not very hard to analyze."
- But then there are the moments that are just a little too much, like Molly telling Sam that if he doesn't want to "catch up," it's a shame his life isn't one worth saving. Wow, Molly, way to throw his terrible line back in his face. I'm sure that hurt.
- How funny was the scene where Molly ordered Kenny to leave the house? Debra Messing was absolutely towering over a very tiny-looking Peter Jacobson.
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- I loved how one of the first ways new, independent Molly expressed herself was by telling one of the country club ladies to bite her. I didn't realize that becoming an independent woman also required using the language of a middle schooler, but whatever.
- Molly asks Lou if her new, big locker at the country club is the one all the girlfriends get. Lou replies: "It's the one the wives get." Oh, that's so much better.
- Shoshanna generally did little for me over the course of this show, but she did give me one great new expression last night: "totally geezed."
- I guess we're supposed to believe that Sam just cleaned up and got a job in about 30 seconds ... but it's also not that much less believable than everything else about Sam's character.
- My favorite part of the Lou/Sam fight: "I have never worn a dress." "I have never worn red shorts 365 days a year!"
- Just for a brief second, when Molly left the guys on the beach, I thought she was going to go back to Kenny. Luckily for all of us, she just went back to Joan's house to make up.
- I love that the teeny closet was what shattered Molly's dreams of moving back to her old apartment building. A glam girl can only sacrifice so much.
- Today's Pond's experience: Molly staring at the "42 and Savvier" billboard after telling Kenny she was taking her name back and insisting that they split the divorce settlement money down the middle. At least she didn't talk to herself in the mirror again.
- The official episode description said the flash-forward at the end was a year in the future, but it must have only been six months, right? Otherwise, Cricket would have had her baby and Joan presumably would have had more than six months sober. Also, I totally teared up during that scene, even though I saw it coming.
- So I was floating along, all happily loving Molly and her children's book career and her independent life, and then she has to go and ruin it for me by picking Sam. Literally picking him, too, just declaring that she was ready for a relationship. Sure, they looked happy at the end, but I would have thought the "new Molly" would have wanted to fall in love, not just decide that she might as well be with this guy for lack of any other.
And, well, that's our show. Were you satisfied with the ending — or as peeved at Molly as I was? What were your favorite moments?