How will "Will & Grace" be remembered?
For its preponderance of guest stars? (My favorite was Matt Damon.)
For predicating its show on a relationship between a gay man and a straight woman?
For having the straight women kiss more women than gay men kissed gay men?
For its parts (snappy one liners) being better than its whole?
For its constant barrage of incredibly current pop-culture references? (An episode from November already seems dated by May.)
Only time will tell. "Will & Grace" signs off with a two-hour extravaganza beginning with a retrospective at 8 p.m. ET and the one hour finale at 9 p.m. on NBC. I remain concerned that the show is trying to wrap far too much up as the series ends (I'm with Will. Do we really want Grace back with the cheating Leo?) and that some of the characters will be pushed over the edge of reason (Karen is teetering as I write this). Although they do seem to be addressing the central problem of the show -- Will and Grace both need to move on with their lives.
We'll have to talk about it next week. After you've watched the finale, let me know what you think.
Inside Joke/ Most Popular Quotes of the Week
"C.W.?" Duncan to Clarence Weidman on "Veronica Mars." "It's a done deal." Clarence responded about assassinating Aaron Echolls
Why did we all love this quote? Because we sure as heck hope it's a done deal that "Veronica Mars" goes to the brand spanking new CW. We'll find out this week.
Quotes of the Week
"I got a better chance of hooking up with Jessica Alba than these guys do of infiltrating sea lift." Agent DiNozzo on "NCIS." Doug and Steve were the first to submit this very popular quote. Why did we love that quote? Michael Weatherly was once engaged to Jessica Alba.
"I started an 'I Hate Cox' chatroom. It hasn't worked out the way I planned. It's me, two interns and 14,000 lesbians" Elliott to Dr. Cox on "Scrubs." Thanks to Jason for the quote.
"It's like Steve is America, and you're 'Arrested Development.' It's not that you're bad. It's just that he's not interested in you." Francine to Stan on 'American Dad,' about their son, Steve. Thanks to Matt for the quote.
"I will not reveal the plot of the movie." Bart Simpson's chalkboard gag on "The Simpsons." Thanks to Damian for the quote.
"I had no idea you were such a good liar. If I wasn't so horrified by the fact that I married you, I might actually be impressed." Martha Logan to the President on "24." Thanks to Ron for the quote.
"I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore." Meredith to Derek on "Grey's Anatomy." Thanks to Scott for the quote.
"It's for charity and I consider myself a great philanderer." Michael on "The Office."
"It might be a little weird though. I don't believe any of the other guests killed anyone," Logan to his father on "Veronica Mars."
"When are you going to stop playing house with this woman?" Vince to Will on "Will & Grace."
Moment of the Week
"I'm in love with you. I'm really sorry if that's hard for you to hear, but I needed you to hear it." Jim to Pam on the season finale of "The Office."
Okay, how awesome was this moment? First of all it solidified the show as the perfect fusion of the absolutely hilarious (witness Michael's "love triangle") with an ongoing, incredibly believable storyline. (Raise your hand if you thought Jim was going to tell Pam he was transferring.) There hasn't been a comedy able to pull that off so brilliantly since "Friends." And that kiss at the end coupled with Pam telling her mom "Yeah, I think I am?" Even my TiVo was like, "Um we're going to need to see that again."
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Because this was driving far too many readers "batty," I can tell you that Nia Long, who played Irv's daughter on "Everwood," was Sherry in "Big Momma's House," Andrea on "Judging Amy" and Officer Sasha Monroe on "Third Watch."
Kate recognized Muse Watson, the dear and sure looks departed Westmoreland on "Prison Break," as the agent investigating the death of Gibbs' wife and daughter on "NCIS."
Heather was the first to recognize Melora Hardin, Jan on "The Office," was the woman Richard and Emily were trying to set Christopher up with on "Gilmore Girls." And Geneva gets all this week's bonus points for remembering that Melora and Edward Herrmann co-starred in the 1979 Disney movie "The North Avenue Irregulars." And did you know that she also plays Monk's deceased wife Trudy on "Monk"?
Matt recognized Xander Berkeley as the multibillionaire who offered the fantastic job to CJ on "The West Wing." Berkeley was George Mason on "24" and Sheriff Rory Atwater on "CSI."
John Cho was Marshall, the surgical intern who fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a family on "Grey's Anatomy." He certainly gave everyone their cathartic moment of the week. Cho was Teddy on "Kitchen Confidential," Harold in "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," and Chau in "Off Centre."
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for May 15 to 21
If, like me, your TiVo/DVR cut off the final moments of the series finale of "7th Heaven," The WB repeats the hour Monday at 8 p.m. The hour was classic Camden in all their utter ridiculousness. My favorite moment came with Barry Watson's reaction to the fact that all the Camdens were expecting twins. It's strange that they seem to have left the door open that Sandie's baby could be Simon's (perhaps they were all still hoping for the spin-off that never was) and I really don't understand why Martin couldn't stop by (so Ruthie could show how she was so over him). But my biggest confession of the week is that I'm going to miss the show. And even I'm a little shocked by that realization.
Was that not the most cockamamie escape plan you've ever seen? I kept waiting for Michael to be like you must do three somersaults and say the word "preposterous" before going out the window. But the boys are on the run with Warden Pope hot on their trail in the first season finale of "Prison Break" (8 p.m. on FOX, Ch. 25). Personally, I think the first thing Michael has to do is get rid of that tattoo. It's a little identifying do''t you think?
The season finale of "How I Met You Mother" (Monday, CBS, 8:30 p.m.) finds Ted making one last effort to win Robin back. Alexis Denisof returns as Robin's smarmy co-host and Amy Acker (who has been causing all sorts of trouble on "Alias" this season) pops up as one of Barney's many ex-girlfriends. I still like the show but the series can't hang its hat on the Robin/Ted romance. There's simply not enough there. And I don't know about you, but I can't get past the fact that we know that ultimately those two don't end up together. You'll recall in the pilot, future Ted tells his children "That's how I met your Aunt Robin." And as a viewer I don't feel enough pull to want them together. They're no Ross and Rachel or Jim and Pam for that matter. But what really does work on the show is the Marshall and Lily romance. And the finale gives Alyson Hannigan a real chance to shine. Any fan of "Buffy" knows how brilliant she can be in the dramatic moments and she doesn't disappoint.
Okay, I need to make something very clear to the folks over at "Everwood" (Monday, WB, 9 p.m.). Rumors have been circulating forever that a character will die before the season ends. Now if you try to kill off Bright -- one of TV's best characters -- you will incur my wrath. And, as previously entered into evidence, Hell hath no fury like a TV Gal scorned. While I'm awaiting the season finale of "Everwood" with a cautious trepidation, I wanted to make sure you knew about the fans swap happening between "Veronica Mars" and "Everwood." Fans of each show are vowing to support the other, check out www.watchveronicamars.net/fanswap/.
So the season finale of "Gilmore Girls" was as distressing as we thought it would be. The final look on Lorelai's face was perfect, but I just couldn't believe that Lorelai would do this in the first place. As so many of you have pointed out, the big Lorelai/Luke fight showcased everything that was wrong with this storyline. It simply isn't believable that the Luke we know and love wouldn't be able to figure out a way to have both Lorelai and his daughter in his life. That after pining for Lorelai all these years, he would actually let her go so easily. It leaves me more concerned than ever about season six. For happier times, tune in for a repeat of the season premiere (Tuesday, WB, 8 p.m.) when Luke said "yes."
Isn't it funny how so many life-changing events happen during May sweeps? On the season finale of "Scrubs" (Tuesday, NBC, 9:30 p.m.) someone finds out she's pregnant while the hospital staff decide on a name for Turk and Carla's baby. Now click your heels three times and repeat after me, "There will be a sixth season of "Scrubs." There will be a sixth season of "Scrubs."
"That '70s Show" says goodbye Thursday at 8 p.m. on FOX. The finale is sweet, poignant and makes you feel good that all the characters will be just fine well into the 80's and beyond. Characters return (some rather awkwardly, it's like Ashton Kutcher forgot how to play Michael) and the montage of episodes past are hilarious. And like "90210," new characters are jettisoned in favor of the original gang of six. The real tragedy is that Topher Grace never received an Emmy nomination for his spot-on performance.
"Charmed" says good-bye to its witchy ways in its series finale Sunday at 8 p.m. on the WB. Once Shannen was gone, I kind of lost interest. But I know that many of you are sad to see the show go.
"Desperate Housewives" says goodbye to its wildly uneven second season Sunday at 9 p.m. on ABC. Flashback episodes show us how all the ladies came to live on Wisteria Lane while we finally learn about Tom's big secret. The Lynette/Tom relationship remains the best thing about the show. Let's hope they don't ruin that too.
That's all for today. I'll be back next week with thoughts on the series finale of "Alias" and "The West Wing" and the season finales of "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," "24" and "American Idol." Have a question, seen a familiar face, have an inside scoop or want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at email@example.com.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times