Before they can move him to recovery, Charlie abruptly, almost casually, flatlines. Oh god. Cruz starts compressions, but oh. Man. It’s too late. Charlie is dead. And Cruz just crumbles. He won’t look at Jackie. He won’t even let her say Charlie’s name. Jackie leaves them alone, and that’s the last we see of them.
Oh my god.
Jackie has to switch gears fast, and so do I, because it’s hard to shift from OH DEAR GOD to CUTE BAYBEEE! in under ten seconds, but the finale waits for no one. Before I can even close my dropped-open mouth, she’s up in maternity, where Coop and O’Hara are grinning over an absolutely sweet little dude.
” You made it,” O’Hara says. “Yeah,” Jackie answers. “I fucking made it.”
But Charlie didn’t. And really, neither did Cruz.
And the camera pans up to God, painting his version of The Vitruvian Man on the roof. Still? Of course still, he’s nuts.
Damn, what an ending. I officially feel bad for every time I snarked on poor Charlie, and I even feel bad for calling Cruz out when he acted like a dick. His face, when he saw Charlie being wheeled in…well, it stole the episode. And to think that the two actors are father and son in real life…can you imagine seeing your kid that way, even if you knew it was fake? There had to be some real emotion in there somewhere. That was a rough one, but so totally worth it. What a great season.
What did you guys think? Are you just shellshocked? Are you on my Coop/O’Hara bandwagon of one? Did your heart break for Cruz, or had he gone too far for sympathy? Thank you so much, every single one of you who followed this show with me. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, and I hope the recaps enhanced it just right. I’m recapping Hell’s Kitchen now, so if you want to check that out, feel free. You guys are awesome. BC out.
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