A good finale can leave us with bated breath, heart pounding or moved by emotion, anxious for the next episode. But a bad one can just have us groaning and rolling our eyes. Below are the moments that stood out last night, for better or worse, and all the feels they left us with.
DEJA VU: ("Fresh Off the Boat," ABC) Paula Abdul judging people singing? We never realized how much we missed her kindness until she cut Jessica (Constance Wu) from the caroling squad for her lack of Christmas spirit. Honestly, it was the right call, at the time. Thankfully, everyone came together by the end to ring in the holiday with song.
AWW: ("Fresh Off the Boat," ABC) Honey (Chelsey Crisp) surprised hubby Marvin (Ray Wise) with a Christmas sonogram. It was supposed to wait until the holiday, but his fear that she was cheating on him -- she was really just sneaking out to see "Titanic" -- forced her to let him open it early, bringing a little early holiday cheer!
SEETHING: ("Chicago Med," NBC) We applauded Sharon (S. Epatha Merkerson) standing up to the hospital board after refusing to bill $16,000 to the family of a Santa Claus who died in their waiting room. The board's response was to threaten to replace her with someone who would bill Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, exemplifying what's broken about the American medical system.
OMG: ("Lethal Weapon," Fox) For a solid hour, Riggs (Clayne Crawford) opened up to girlfriend Molly (Kristen Gutoskie) and partner Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) about how his best friend shot and killed his father to save his life. So why at the end of the hour did Riggs' father call him? Even more shocking, why did Riggs not seems surprised to hear from him?! We need deets, stats!
WTF: ("Lethal Weapon," Fox) Poor Murtaugh. First, he got shot up in his home by a group of gangsters, but he managed to take care of that problem himself. Then Riggs thought the best way to provide backup to his partner was to drive his pickup truck straight through Murtaugh's front wall! Talk about a homewrecker!
GROAN: ("Black-ish," ABC) Type 2 diabetes is no joke, but rather than take it seriously, Andre (Anthony Anderson) decided to cure it with diet. It was an absurd and over-the-top reaction, coming across as "a very special episode," even if the Rick Fox fantasy sequence was pretty entertaining. You're better than this!
CRYING: ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Fox) Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) came out to her co-workers and parents as bisexual. The former were supportive in the most beautiful way, but her parents had a little more trouble with it. Yes, it was a little cliche, but Holt (Andre Braugher) more than made up for it with his admiration and a rare hug! He's a teddy bear!
SHAKEN: ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Fox) After foiling his attempted heist, the crook who helped Holt get Jake (Andy Samberg) and Rosa out of prison came up to Holt with a dire warning. "You mess with my family, I mess with yours. You tell your husband Kevin I'll see him real soon." Yikes!
EYEROLL: ("The Mayor," ABC) They're not even trying to hide their "It's a Wonderful Life" homage. Courtney (Brandon Micheal Hall) fell asleep instantly after sitting on a bus bench in the rain? Come on. We get it's a half-hour show, but this is really stretching plausibility. Trite, cliche, overdone, just stop!
INSPIRED: ("The Mayor," ABC) Even though he's working on a tight budget in a lower-income community, Courtney learned that its his leadership and his drive to do the right thing that will inspire his constituents toward greatness. In the end, they came together to bring a little Christmas cheer to a local homeless shelter, not with money but with a little love and compassion.
TOUCHED: ("The Middle," ABC) It's a Christmas miracle! After years of hemming and hawing and flirting and doubting, Sean (Beau Wirick) finally made his move and planted a kiss on Sue (Eden Sher) after she consoled him over his mid-term grades. In its final season, it's nice to see that these two decent kids might just find happiness with one another!
VINDICATED: ("Kevin (Probably) Saves the World," ABC) Maybe Kevin (Jason Ritter) isn't crazy after all. After eight episodes, his trip to Laos finally brought him face to fetus with the first of the other 35 missing "righteous souls" --surprisingly a baby. Either that, or he's crazier than ever. If that's the case, though, we'll just go ahead and be crazy with him, because we're enjoying the whole crazy journey too much to want it to stop!