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'Saving Grace' season premiere: Heaven-sent?

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Image Credit: Erik Heinila/TNT I like shows with surprising settings, where religion isn’t a punchline, and friendships seem organic and normal. I like shows about bad behavior. I like shows with a sense of humor. I like shows about women. Unsurprisingly, I like Saving Grace, even if last night’s season premiere was a bit too on-the-nose. As far as setting up the final run, though, “Let’s Talk” set a very clear tone: It’s showdown time.

Grace’s literal fall (from a building) made her an OKC superstar — an “angel cop” and miracle-worker people suddenly sought out for her prayers. It’s an uncomfortable role for our gritty heroine; usually, her crises of faith or supernatural experiences aren’t matters of public record.

Which is sort of how she found herself in a church, shouting. I like West Wing‘s “Two Cathedrals” as much as anyone on earth possibly could. But the reason that moment worked so well for President Bartlet was that we’d never really seen him struggle with faith — flipping out and cursing God was a full-on refutation of a core part of his personhood. For Grace, it’s not like that. We’ve seen her struggle and swear and vow various things, so the impact of a “I’m in church being naughty” moment was diluted at best.

Any Jessica Walters is good Jessica Walters, and the rest of the episode came together well (aah! murder dog!). As swan songs go, I think we’re in for a treat. What did you think, PopWatchers? Are you looking forward to Saving Grace‘s last hurrah?