The speed makes Chen nervous, so she pleads with him to slow down. "There, everybody happy now?" Pratt asks, slowing to a safer speed. Suddenly, we see headlights and hear squealing tires, and Chen's eyes widen. "Greg," she breathes. Pratt turns and sees the guy pointing a gun at them. He fires. "He's shooting at us!" Chen screams. Ha ha ha. This is the worst scene. The shooter follows them as they dodge traffic and try to escape, his Buick jealously tracking the Chrysler as if afraid the latter were threatening Buick's cherished position as the least relevant automaker in the world. Chen brightly offers up the suggestion that they try harder to lose the shooter. Thank you, Dr. Chen. You are such an intellectual bright spot. The gun goes off three more times, and Chen lets out an off-camera yelp.
This is where I just started laughing, and laughing, and laughing. Because why the HELL would you have a cliffhanger that revolves around an unlikable character, a character who was once nice but has become a cold bitch and is generally irrelevant, and a day player? Live, die, whatever -- pass the ice cream. It was a bit like on The O.C., when Marissa started chugging booze and it was suppoed to be all dramatic and sad, and yet I found yawning and idly hoping she'd drink herself into a coma before the next season started. This will teach me to ask for a cliffhanger. God, this one didn't even really involve an existing story thread. It was just like, "Let's be as literal as we can about going out with a bang." Awful. Kind of canceled out some of the things that went right this season, which for me was basically Abby's move toward self-confidence and the introduction of Neela. Sam? Boring and largely unlikable. Luka? Hot but dull. Lester? Nice but dim. Malarkey? Malarkey. Weaver? Bitchy. Romano? Dead. Susan? Knocked up and knocked out of relevance. Carter? Puffy and smug. So although it couldn't have reached the pits of shitcrapitude that least season did, I think the bad outweighed the good. Again. But at least it got a bit better -- hopefully Season 11 will, too.
Thanks to everyone for all the support this year. Have a wonderful, safe summer.