Somebody Somewhere: To Ed
May 29, 2023 9:29 AM - Season 2, Episode 7 - Subscribe

Season finale.

After reuniting with Joel at a funeral, Sam takes stock of herself and her actions - and decides to make things right with her friend. Then, everyone comes together for a celebration of love and partnership at Fred and Susan's wedding.

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posted by ellieBOA (15 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I thought this was such a beautiful finale, Joel’s speech at the wedding made me cry! And Sam singing Ave Maria was also beautiful.
posted by ellieBOA at 9:37 AM on May 29 [2 favorites]

Joel gazing at Sam during the Schubert song at the funeral was so adorable. And then his "Why'd you shave your legs?" question and her answer during their mutual apology scene was so perfectly slutty and delicious.

Brad offering Sam the front passenger seat, and Sam declining, and Brad's quick understanding of what that meant for her, and him, was another of those quick perfect moments that make this show so casually rich and real.

The wedding was gorgeous, of course, with Tricia and Sam finally saying the things we just assumed they felt when they got over their fight over Holly's cancer. And then that final scene with the shoe through the window lol. I hope we learn the weed dealer found it charming in the first episode of season 3.

Such a well-written and thoroughly enjoyable show.

(I think I'm forgetting the significance of Sam putting those two necklaces on before the wedding. She took them off before, I remember, but I forget why.)
posted by mediareport at 11:51 AM on May 29 [1 favorite]

Sam putting the necklaces back on shows she’s forgiving Holly as they were Holly’s necklaces, she took them off after learning from Trish they’d hidden Holly’s illness from her at the beginning. It might be silly to be proud of a TV show character but I’m so proud of Sam for her growth!
posted by ellieBOA at 12:06 PM on May 29 [2 favorites]

Thanks! I knew they meant something but forgot the specifics. Now the scene of Sam putting them on at the breakfast table before the wedding means so much more!
posted by mediareport at 12:15 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]

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posted by ellieBOA at 12:49 PM on May 29 [4 favorites]

lol they had an intimacy coordinator for the diarrhea phone conversation. I think that's awesome but I also can't stop laughing.
posted by mediareport at 3:41 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]

To Ed, indeed. Got me right there.
posted by Ber at 7:12 PM on May 30

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posted by ellieBOA at 11:34 AM on May 31

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posted by ellieBOA at 6:10 AM on June 1

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posted by ellieBOA at 6:16 AM on June 1

posted by ellieBOA at 1:05 PM on June 1

I laughed out loud at Sam going next door to drunkenly get some action with the neighbor. She tried to wake him up, and was going to gently rap at his window, but instead threw a rock that broke his window! omg. Sam's gonna be Sam. She's got her tender moments, but there's really nothing subtle about her.
posted by hydra77 at 12:33 PM on June 7

It was one of her sneakers but still!!
posted by ellieBOA at 2:45 AM on June 8 [1 favorite]

I loved this season. It was so perfectly low key, moving but also hilarious. I was so proud of Sam’s growth (and Tricia’s, too). Fred Rococo was perfect as he was last season, and oh my god Brad. I could not stop laughing at the aftermath of the St Louis Sushi, even though bathroom humour is not my favourite. In that interview linked above, Jeff Hiller reports friends texting to say “that scene was a lot.” It sure is.

And one thing I love about the show is its ability to just create real feeling and emotion even with small characters we don’t see for much—like Darlene the singing teacher. I was genuinely sad when Sam gets the text that she has died. She was so loving and kind to Sam, really understanding of her. And I LOVE Brad! He is just an incredibly kind, calm person, but with a good sense of humour. I’m glad that Joel has found love again with this man.

I thought the way they handled Mike Hagerty’s death was perfect. My partner said, because of they way they kept his character alive on the show, that last tribute to him in the final episode when Fred talks about really being seen by Ed, it was as though the actor was still present. It was really moving.

Ahhhh I am so glad it’s been renewed for a third season!
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 1:52 AM on August 8 [1 favorite]

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