Cut to Mark and Rachel at the lakefront and Mark telling Rachel, "This was your grandfather's favorite spot." "It's beautiful," Rachel enthuses. Mark folds his umbrella and tells her he has to go to San Diego next week to bury Holling's ashes next to Ruth, and he invites Rachel to come. "Sure," she says, happy that he's including her as a fellow grown-up, "I'd like that." Don Henley shuts up for a minute so Rachel can ask her father, "You miss him, huh?" and Mark looks out onto the lake and says, "Yeah. I do." Me too. Mark goes on, "It's kinda funny," and when Rachel asks why, he confides that he and Holling "didn't like each other much for a very long time," and Rachel makes a "the hell?" face and asks, "How come?" Mark says he can't remember now, adding, "Probably mostly my fault." He says he has something for Rachel and presents her with the pearl box: "These were your grandmother's . . . do you like them?" Rachel says, "They're beautiful," and Mark puts them around her neck and fastens the clasp, and he admires his daughter: "You -- you look lovely." "Thank you," Rachel smiles. "Promise me you won't grow up too fast, okay?" Mark says, tears lurking in his voice. Rachel, a bit puzzled, nods, "Okay." They put their arms around each other's back and look out on the lake.
Don's singing again, and Carol pulls her rental car into a driveway as Don wails, "But I kept on believing this day would come," and she gets out, and Doug's house is huge -- I mean, a three-car garage? Note to self: move to Seattle. ["That's what I said, too! Kim was like, 'Dude, he is a doctor,' but still, that is one big-ass house -- and right on the water, too. Go Doug. Because, uh, the size of his real estate really is the point of this scene, not." -- Wing Chun] Carol walks to the front door and knocks, and she looks around as she waits for him to answer, and Don says that this love is like nothing he's ever known, like, good for you, Don, and also, we get it. Cut to Carol in the backyard, folding her pleather coat around her; the camera pans around her smiling face and behind her, and we see a pier, and on the pier a Doug-shaped figure leaning into a motorboat, and Carol comes down the yard towards the pier and the figure freezes and straightens up, and as we get a bit closer we see that it is in fact Doug "Famous Original" Ross. ["Kim yells, 'Look out for that tidal wave, Doug! Nooooooooooo!' And I giggle." -- Wing Chun] He stuffs his hands in his pockets and walks towards her; she stops and smiles apprehensively, and he comes right up to her and stops and smiles, and he looks like he's trying not to cry, and then he nods in that "okay, let's do this" way he always used to have and asks, "Where're the girls?" "They're with my mom." Flip to a shot from behind Doug; he's standing much closer to her now, and she's looking into his eyes, but she looks away to take in her surroundings and remarks, "It's beautiful here," and then looks back into his face, and we cut back to over her shoulder as he bites his lip and tries not to grin, and she looks down and smiles, kind of embarrassed, as Don sings, "Take my hand," and Doug takes her face in his hands and at long last they kiss -- woo hoo! -- and then they both laugh happily, and we cut to a long shot of them holding each other tightly, and as we fade out, Doug hoists her off the ground, and Don croons us into the end credits, and so endeth Carol. My congratulations to Julianna Margulies for doing a wonderful job with this character for so long, and for realizing that the time had come to put her to rest. Adios, amiga. See you in syndication.