I finished, too, and I agree! Although this was so 10,000 miles per hour at the end there that I can’t imagine how anything else could really live up to that.
There are a few elements to the season about which I’m not sure how to feel, and I think that I need to process further. I guess there is no need to spoiler tag since the whole season is out there, but spoiler warning for the rest of my post because it references the finale.
I’m not sure how I feel about the twist that Ted was such a villain (he cheated, AND he told his mistress that his wife was dead of the disease that Jen was actually facing (so it was like wishful think) AND he turned on Jen completely after her double mastectomy AND he got into a horrible fight with her about it that led to his death). Given the level of grief that Jen showed in the first episodes, I kind of felt that it was an emotionally dishonest twist. Jen tells bird-Ted that she misses him early on, but their marriage in the last year sounds like a complete disaster, and it’s not that I don’t think Jen couldn’t still miss him and the good times, it’s just odd ... as I said, don’t really know how to feel, because all the twists were such a wild ride, and it was definitely also fun to see things play out as they did. It’s just like I felt as though I had been sold a more nuanced story of Ted being an pretty decent person who died horribly, and Judy having to face that she did something horrible to someone good, but Ted was a douche, and even the child who discovered his body was in no way scarred by the experience because she was fascinated with death already.
I kind of liked that Steve was just a minor douche (aside from being the instigator of leaving the scene of the accident), before he turned into an arch villain at the end. Like, when he and Judy would get into it, and he would grab her (like you see on lots of dramas where someone grabs someone’s arm to keep them from walking away), and Judy would say, don’t do that, I liked that he apologized immediately, that he seemed to be grieving the miscarriages, too, and that he and Judy did have good times together. But then he turned out to be a money-laundering sociopathic attempted murderer of Jen, and it kind of felt like he became all of those things just for the symmetry at the end of Judy and Jen killing each other’s significant others. Maybe it’s just that I will miss James Marsden in any future season, haha. I’ve always liked him in everything that I’ve ever seen him in and wish that he (like Applegate, actually) were an even bigger star than he is.
That detective handling Ted’s case was low key hilarious in the last couple episodes there, but I didn’t know if it was at all feasible that she was just telling Jen that Judy’s outright confession couldn’t accomplish anything. (There was all the circumstantial evidence that Nick connected, too.) Is that because the FBI wouldn’t want their money-laundering witness charged with manslaughter going into a potential trial? They feared losing Judy’s cooperation?