Judging Amy: My Name Is Amy Gray
by Bob Sassone, posted May 3rd 2005 11:02PM
You can tell that the makers of Judging Amy are being a little cautious, naming this episode "My Name Is Amy Gray." Sure, it's a line that Amy gives in the episode, but it also acts as a final touch in case the series is not picked up for next season, sort of a "come full circle" gesture. The episode could have easily been called "Changes" or "Ms. Gray Goes To Washington," or maybe "Amy Is Fed Up And Wants To Start A New Life, So If This Is The Last Episode It Will End With A Change, And If It's Not, Then Next Year Will Be Different." You know right off the bat that something is wrong with Amy because she's walking alone in the pouring rain. No one walks alone in the pouring rain on TV or in the movies unless they are depressed and contemplative or confused. Amy is quitting her job and wants to find something else to do with her life. Donna rounds up a bunch of kids that Amy has helped, to convince her to stay, but Amy quits anyway, but not before helping one last kid (though we never do find out what happened to him). Meanwhile, Ignacio proposes to Maxine, who wants to adopt a 9 year old girl she saved. All in all, a fairly solid episode to end on (and I do think the show is ending). An especially nice touch: having Amy call someone she wished was in D.C. with her, and we all assume it was her mom because they just had a confrontation, but it's actually Bruce, who shows up at the last minute in to be with her! I really thought they were going to just dump the Bruce character for some reason, so that was a great surprise.