This episode was solid, I’ll give my verdict on this episode as a finale at the end of my review.
It was obvious that Kane and Eve were going to survive the car accident, when the writers killed Nicola off, they promoted it heavily. No promotion equals no death. It was also obvious that Abi would be the one to rescue them. I liked Abi being forced into performing surgery on Eve, with her behaviour over the last few episodes, it was nice for the focus on her to shift on her skills as a doctor.
I appreciated the Rodney being spiked by anti-histamines subplot connected to the Kane and Eve subplot. Having Mark and Kane rescue him was a good choice as out of the four of them, as much as they are doormats, they are the nicest ones, not to mention Kane is forced to take responsibility for his spiking actions. They almost got away with it until Justin decided to tell him the truth, I’m all for having a conscience, but I just felt the choice was unnecessary and plain stupid.
I personally hated the choice of Rodney being awarded custody of Angie, Family Law specifically in relation to children, is all about putting their best interests first. How is awarding full custody to a man that Angie doesn’t know, purely because of his biological connection instead of to the man who raised her and is the only father she has ever known, in her best interests? It was obvious this choice was to create more drama to the inevitable outcome. The boys’ reaction to Angie leaving, specifically Zac’s, was heartbreaking. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Riley Webb has a bright future ahead of him. The revelation of Zac trying to fulfill a promise to his mother to look after Angie was heartbreaking, even Lewis teared up! Rodney’s change of heart was inevitable, but the change coming from his reaction to Zac’s reaction was realistic and well done. Hopefully this will be permanently be the last we see of Rodney.
Meanwhile, Abi and Gemma making up was also inevitable, however I did appreciate it that they managed to do it themselves rather than through the coaxing by the main men. With situations like this, it’s better for the friends to work it out for themselves. While it was quick, to fit into the finale, it was subtle and well done. I also liked Gemma revealing her doubts about the pregnancy to Abi and Abi trying to help resolve it, as well as Abi encouraging Gemma to finish her medical degree studies. This is clearly opening the door to a plot in the next season, or at least I hope so.
I thoroughly enjoyed Lewis gatecrashing the uni class, I’m glad the writers decided to have him not attend uni, it wouldn’t suit him. I loved their decision to have his skills from his years in construction and raising children be used to help him get a job as a woodwork teacher, which is perfect for him.
Kane and Alex’s wedding was beautiful, it’s a shame that this wouldn’t be available for them in the real world, but since House Husbands is fiction and most Australians are in favour of same-sex marriage, I’ll give that fact a pass. Unlike Ryan and Phoebe’s wedding in the last season finale, this wedding was thought out and well done.
Overall this finale was solid but predictable and not many plots were set up for the next season, which makes me think that at the time, the writers’ weren’t sure of the show’s future. Overall the season was again too melodramatic and I hope that Rodney and Rachel are gone for good, however it was an improvement from the last season. One major criticism I’ve had throughout the season is Lucy’s absence and lack of explanation for it. The absence of Ryan, Phoebe and Ned were explained and they were only minor characters, I think it’s outrageous and disrespectful to not explain the absence of a crucial character who has been with the show since the beginning. Hopefully the writers will make the effort to explain her absence if she doesn’t return.
I’m looking forward to the next season, I’m hoping they go back to their roots rather than remaining melodramatic.