Blogging From The Beacon.

Thoughts on the week of June 22-26.

Bill and Lizzie’s wedding was the focus early in the week. Since they didn’t seem to be planning much of anything, their relatives decided to dive in and take over. They pounced on them while they were still in bed and scarcely dressed, stuffed them with cake and a slightly drunken Alex painted Lizzie so she wound up looking like Madonna from the 80s. The comic relief part of the show didn’t last long, however, and things for the Spauldings began to take a slightly more sinister tone. James and Alan spent a day bonding, playing basketball, chess and drinking. That bit of deja vu soon gave way to one of a different kind.

Phillip flew out to see Ed Bauer in California. He soon discovered that he has a terminal illness, having contracted a lung infection while he was doing his Thoreau thing in the woods. It’s a typical soap opera story, which is important, since this obviously has symbolic importance for the show as a whole. Ed gave him about three months to live, which is how long the show has left on the air. So, from now on, I’m expecting there to be little cryptic remarks about what it means for the show to die and everyone channeling their grief at its demise into this story. What this means, more specifically, for Phillip in the arc of his character still isn’t clear. But they didn’t let things get too gloomy. He bumped in Rick when he was out West and lied about why he was there. They bantered and badgered each other, Rick insisting that they talk about his marriage to Beth. Rick even called Beth and Mel to tell them that he didn’t expect them to act as hostess for the barbecue. Beth actually heard Rick on the phone with Mel after he’d called her. The women looked at each other and exclaimed, “What were we thinking?” It was nice. It was also nice to see Ed, Rick and Phillip together again. Even if they were just standing around, not talking about anything terribly specific, you could still feel the weight of their history.