I've heard a lot of people complain about this episode, but this has never been a show that has relied on shocking moments just to have shocking moments. Like life sometimes those things happen and serve as perfect bookends, but sometimes things just happen and you have to keep going on.
The last scene was well shot and I even felt for Pete a little when he was visiting Beth(?) in the hospital.
I liked this season. I hope it doesn't take another 18 months to get more.
After all the big events of the previous two weeks, I'm not sure there was anything major left in the tank. It's like on The Wire, when the major climax usually happened in the second-to-last episode of a season and the finale was used for reflection and wrapping up loose ends.
Alexis Bledel is just not up to serious roles. She was fine on Gilmore Girls but when it comes to holding her own on this show, man, it's all Kartheiser can do to carry her through a scene.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
The wild card performance night, as I understand it, consists of a field of contestants, picked by the judges (and producers, of course), that didn't make it into the Top 9. Allegedly, the field could be made up of both Top 36ers and non-Top 36ers.