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"The Starter Wife" Recap: "Hour Six"

"The Starter Wife" Recap: "Hour Six"

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.

More thoughts, so

  • 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?


bcarlo118 bcarlo118 10 years
What is the name of the song Molly was singing on hour 6 while in the car driving??
patsmom patsmom 10 years
TiKiBoo TiKiBoo 10 years
seriously Team Lou!
nikkipez nikkipez 10 years
sticking with the middle school theme...sam sucks!
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
i was definitely on lous team.
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
"kenny" [debra messings characters ex husband] was on an episode of will and grace. his character was will's "boyfriend" that over-complimented him all the time and will was just using him b/c he was in love with his dog [literally]. it was on last night at 1:30a on the cw.
rb24 rb24 10 years
I really liked the show. But was not happy with her choice of Sam. Yuck
TiKiBoo TiKiBoo 10 years
ooops time to check my iTunes
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
i didnt like sam either...his voice and his stern look turned me off too...i dunno maybe it is something about the actor himself. i should read the book...someday.
juiceejuice juiceejuice 10 years
i don't like sam. i don't see why she would pick him.
patsmom patsmom 10 years
The funniest part was the couple of Viagra that Kenny wanted Molly 2 help him,and she took the picture. I went through the exact same thing w. My 1st pregnancy so I was crying at the can I shriek now. But I agree you don't just change. Go back to the red shorts Sam. Lou was always there for her she should have stayed with him
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 10 years
I have to say I was a litte disappointed in her choice actually. But, other than that I think it was a great end to all the storylines.
Lucky-in-Love Lucky-in-Love 10 years
I never really liked Sam (the character or the actor, for that matter), but I could see Molly would have been the same type of wife for Lou that she was for Kenny. I thought she should have ended up without any romantic relationship. Are there still rumors about this becoming a series?
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 10 years
I never read the book, so I don't know how Molly's personality really goes with her decision. If she wants to be a glam girl on her own then I guess picking Sam was better than Lou. She would have had to commit to Lou to get the benefits. He would want her as a life partner or wife, and she seems to just want to have fun at the end (and Sam's good for some fun...). My favorite part was Kenny's...problem that he called Molly to help with. I couldn't stop laughing.
khy8w khy8w 10 years
Sam was so dull. I wish she would have chosen Lou or stayed alone. Eh, oh well.
tchan01 tchan01 10 years
Haha, yea I'm pretty sure it was only 6 months, and I believe that's what they said when they were talking. Because I believe Rodney said something about Sam and the job and his new apartment. I loved the middle school scene, I thought it was funny :-) Great end overall...not crazy that she went to Sam, but o well.
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