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I don't know how much advance word the cast and crew got, but this series finale, unlike the one for Mom, felt like a series finale. Several characters moved on to new positions, one burned-out public defender went to go find herself (and decided Puerto Rico was the place to look), one couple got engaged, and the lead character, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lola Carmichael, rekindled the fire in her belly to run for a full term. '
Judge Carmichael was waffling, disillusioned by the kind of politicking and fundraising necessary, defensive about the attacks on her record in the news media, overwhelmed with being a new mother whose FBI agent husband couldn't swing a transfer out of the D.C. headquarters, and not wanting the fight against an unwanted political enemy -- a businessman and candidate for mayor, the kind of rich, arrogant, elite, upper crust bastard Columbo frequently contended with, whose bratty son was on trial for murder in Judge Carmichael's court.
After the son got convicted and Judge Carmichael sentenced him, our businessman held a press conference declaring he would use all his resources to ensure she loses the election. And I've always wondered about judges running for re-election (or in this case, election; she was appointed, and then is running for a term in her own right): How does a judge campaign? It's not like they can say "I give out longer sentences than the next judge," or "No criminal gets off on a technicality in MY courtroom!"
Anyway, Judge Carmichael was feeling glum about all of these things, and it didn't help that her FBI agent husband says he's got an pending undercover assignment that would take him to Ohio for at least three months. But before the end of the episode, he says he not only turned it down, he resigned. The FBI counter-offered with a leave of absence, so he pledged to be a stay-at-home dad while she ran for election.
Buoyed by that support, the loving couple cemented their love with a joyous second wedding, held on a pier in Los Angeles Harbor, attended by most of their friends (except for the one who was finding herself in Puerto Rico and another who joined in via Zoom). It seemed like a party for the cast and crew and viewers as much as it was for the characters.
I'll miss this show.