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Togetherness finale recap: For the Kids

This is the very last episode of this very wonderful show — let’s mourn and celebrate together

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Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet

Well, we’re here and it’s the last episode ever of Togetherness. (Sob.) The good news is that even though the creators didn’t plan for this to be the series finale (check back tomorrow for my interview with the Duplass brothers), they at least left us with what is really a pretty satisfying conclusion. The bad news is… Well, you know what the bad news is. Anyone else already missing the end of this one?

Anyway, back to the beginning of the episode: Michelle and Tina watch the big Dune show and… How to describe it? It’s really pretty bananas and seems pretty terrible. (That said, I know a bunch of dudes who would probably love it.) Tina and Michelle’s faces sort of say it all — a mixture of horror and amazement at just how intense said horror is. 

When it’s over they act like the guys did a great job! And then turn to each other to whisper furiously about what a disaster this is. Says Michelle: “They put so much work into this. How? Why?” Tina’s response is that it’s stupid-ass Dune (she phrases this more strongly), and they both wonder why they wasted so much time and lost so much sleep for the great sand caper. Michelle starts to panic as she realizes she’s screwed and this means the school will end up being Anna’s dumb Petite Village overpriced nonsense. Plus, she’s not sure how to totally crush the boys’ dumb Dune dream.

Tina is going to but chickens out, saying she has to go to the gynecologist to see how her baby making machinery is doing because tick-tock. Alex follows her out and tells her he wants to go with her. Why? He knows that the conversation that’s about to happen between Brett and Michelle will be a doozy, and what’s more, he knows that the Dune show is as awful as they do. He was doing it for Brett. Aw, Alex.

Back with Brett and Michelle, he’s optimistically asking if he can make some tweaks and she is like, dude, there’s not enough tweaks in Tweaktown to save this thing. They’re starting to fight about it when the phone rings — it’s the hospital, and little Sophie has been in an accident!

Alex is chilling in the car with Frank when he gets a desperate call from Michelle — Tina and Alex happen to be at the same hospital where Sophie has been brought into the ER, and Michelle asks Alex to go there until they can arrive.

Brett is driving like a world-class maniac. He’s swerving, he’s speeding, this electric car finally has some go! Michelle is trying to reason with him, but the dude has some real crazy road rage. He’s literally driving through trees with a maniacal gleam in his eyes when he crashes right into a barrier on the shoulder. Metaphor for something, or just really bad driving? You decide.

Meanwhile, Alex calls Tina. She’s in the stirrups, but when she hears what happened, she rushes to the ER. (A lot of personal growth for our Tina, who puts her own cares aside without a moment’s hesitation. Perhaps a natural mother, after all.) She gets there, frantic, and finds Alex waiting. Sophie fell off the monkey bars and broke both arms but is okay. She comes out — and really, what in the world is sadder than a little girl with two giant casts up her little arms? She asks where her parents are just as Brett and Michelle call and try to talk to her. But she won’t speak to them. Little girl sadness and rage! Tina covers and tells them they’ll meet them back at the house.

They’re home waiting when the gang arrives from the hospital. Sophie has a very grave look on her face, and Brett goes for the easy kid appeasement and asks if she wants some ice cream, but she turns it down, saying she’s just tired. (A true sad adult response if ever I heard one.) Michelle rises to take her to bed, but Sophie grabs Tina and says that she wants Tina to do it.

Little kids really know how to turn the knife, right? It’s a real gut punch. Who knows if this is a reaction to all the marital tension she’s subliminally absorbed or if Sophie just acting out or if Tina is just her safe place but it’s all pretty awful.

Next: The futures of the school and our heroes are on the line.