Leading the list of returnees was Larry, who is so well played by Tim Matheson. There was also Congressman Kelly, who remembered Madeline very well. And finally, of course, we had Brennan, the closest thing Michael has to a true arch nemesis.
The first hour was spent with Michael dealing with Larry and Brennan. A decent episode overall, it felt like filler. As if Matt Nix needed 18 episodes and ran just a tad short on stories.
There was only one significant development: Larry killed Brennan. I don’t think anyone will miss him. While mildly amusing, he was really a one-trick pony, always giving off the air that he was six steps ahead of everyone else.Meanwhile, I love Matheson as Larry. He really is one version of what Michael could become, a “future-self” for Michael to use as a guide.
The last conversation between Michael and Larry - where the former points out that he would gladly die for the right reason, while there was nothing on earth Larry would die for - was very powerful.
Speaking of powerful, the second hour of this finale completely made up for the thin first. My wife actually looked over at me during a commercial and said “If they kill someone off, I am done with this show.” While the threat was silly, it prove how tense the situation had become. We knew Michael and Fiona were going to be okay, but we had no idea on Jesse.
The most moving line was Fiona choosing the phrase “I belong out there with him, for better or worse.”
When her and Michael are in the cabana, you could see how much they care for each other and love each other. I am very interested to see where that goes next season.
Thank goodness everyone survived, but I'm appropriately aghast at the cliff-hanger ending with Michael in DC, apparently back as a spy. Between that truncated reunion and heart-stopping developments, such as Vaughn hitting Madeline in the back of the head, we were treated to an exciting hour. Bravo, Mr. Nix, bravo. Way to end the season.
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