Huff: Which Lip is the Cervical Lip? (series finale)
(S02E13) Last week I said I expected this finale to be "one helluva storm." Well I was almost right. It was a storm. Just a calm one that played out very methodically with a few things that you almost half expected anyway.
We pick up right where it left off: Russell tweaking out on his couch and Huff sitting on the floor next to Pepper's lifeless body. The cops arrive and it comes as no surprise that Russell is cuffed and brought in. The guy was high as a kite and suspicions are aroused when traces of coke are seen in Pepper's nostrils.
The following scene was incredibly well laid out as it jumped back and forth to Russell being booked and sent to his cell while Craig checked into a hotel. It's a wonder these two have maintained a relationship over the years because they are complete opposites.
Russell makes bail and actually gets to work on time only to find out that his fellow partners have bought him out and they're booting him from the firm. Can you blame them? There were about ten other instances this season where this particular scene would have made sense. I felt bad for Maggie though. She seemed slightly guilty about setting Russell and Lea up. As if it somehow led to Pepper's death. What she doesn't realize is that even if she had done nothing, Russell would have probably gone home and done all that coke with Pepper anyway.
After Russell screams "F-You" at his former co-workers about five hundred times, he grabs some flowers from his desk and storms out when Maggie informs him that Kelly is having the baby. Now. Later that evening, Russell helps deliver his own baby boy. Already though, all I can think about is what happens when he's tied to Pepper's death? That has to be coming right? Knippers might not have a father for her baby for very long if Russell gets busted for possession or whatever else he could be charged with.
Meanwhile, Huff finally comes home. He and Byrd fight for a while and Byrd breaks down. He tells Huff about everything that's bugging him and you could tell he felt better about getting it all off his chest. However, Beth doesn't want Huff back home yet. She hasn't made up her mind about what she wants and she feels much more justified after speaking with her mother (nice to see Swoosie Kurtz back). Their conversation is cut short when Izzy calls. She took a call from the hospital while Byrd and Huff were upstairs and now she's there with Teddy.
What happened with Teddy you ask? The unthinkable. Well not really... because I've been wondering if it would happen ever since he met Alyssa. Teddy's voices and hallucinations finally took over and he attacked her. Strangled her. Beat her head into the pavement. He would have killed her if Max hadn't been there to tackle Teddy off her body. Then you saw Alyssa crying. Her body was limp, but she was crying and Teddy saw it. She really loved him.
So now Teddy is under the care of Dr. Markova (dumb luck that the paramedics brought him to her hospital I guess). The following scenes were some of the best of the season. First between Izzy and Lena and then when Izzy went in to see Teddy. That thirty seconds right there should be worth Emmy's for Blythe Danner and Andy Comeau. It was great stuff.
Huff finally shows up but he gives his mother and brother some space. After all, this is what he's wanted for so long anyway. Lena takes him to the roof and they chat for a minute.
Lena: "So how are you doing?"
Huff: "I have no idea..."
Neither will we now that the show has reached it's end. Regardless, a very satisfying conclusion to a spectacular drama. Gives us plenty of room to wonder what if.