During the first commercial break, I flipped over to another channel to check a final score, and the cable box first froze up and then went totally bonkers and started flashing and turned off, so I had to go to another TV for the next segment. Then it came back on, but I thought it was funny that it was trying to protect me from the episode!
What was with the scene where Take 3 is sitting in the theater alone and then they cut to "72 hours earlier"? Was that supposed to be them dealing with the aftermath of the shooting and Davis's kidnapping? Did they forget that they were supposed to go back to that at some point? Maybe it was just so no one would worry that those three wouldn't survive or something.
I thought it was obvious that Lil Dini was lying when he said Take 3 had won the ASA, so the whole thing made me roll my eyes. I'm glad they actually won, even though the explanation was kind of lame.
As disgusting as Ruby's murder and everything that followed was, I think I was most nauseated about the possibility of Xander being alive. I think Karin Gist is still the showrunner, and she was a producer on One Tree Hill, so I guess that's why we got stuck with Chad Michael Murray. Maybe she thinks he's so great she would make him a regular. I just wonder why they would mention Xander being alive (great job not checking to make sure he was dead, CASSIE) if he isn't. It wouldn't make much sense to kill Cassie and bring him back (not that it makes sense to bring him back anyway), but it also seemed like Cassie getting the "I love you" from Carlotta was going to be the kiss of death. I hope that Xander doesn't somehow become Mateo's replacement as "boss of the season" if the show is renewed. That would be hideous. And where was Maurice? If Cassie dies, was there even a point to that romance when Carlotta didn't even care?
I don't think they would let anything happen to Derek because a lot of people would get really upset. They'll probably have the gang decide that they've done enough to get revenge and just stop, because that's plausible. If Alex does leave Derek over Olivia, it would probably just be temporary to make the fans worry some more. Bringing her back is almost as unnecessary as Xander, and very indicative of the OTH influence, as they always had crazy people showing up again when no one asked for it. I thought she was in some kind of hospital and just sneaked out in the elevator.
Angel looked more alive than Cassie at the end of the episode, but I don't know if that was intentional. But Evan Ross wasn't even in the opening credits, so Simone would probably be a very young widow. (It's hard to figure out how to phrase things when the show might be cancelled.) I don't know if they intend to remember the broken condom or not, unless they would have a baby to make fans of the couple less sad.
I don't like that they gave Bobby cancer. He could have just missed the hearing because he was stuck in traffic, or they could have said nothing like they do so often on this show. He shouldn't have to be dying to want to have a relationship with his son, and why can't they let Miss Bruce be happy? I loved it when Olivia acted out at the reception and you could hear Bruce saying something about how she knew the event would be ratchet. That and the dancing scenes were fun, but it's hard to enjoy when you know everybody's gonna get shot at soon.
Jackson is just knocked out, isn't he? If that's the case, they should show how Noah's mom managed to do that, though she is pretty scary!
It's kind of funny that Cotton can kill a guy and not only is it not a plot point in the season finale, but isn't even mentioned except for the oblique reference Cotton could take from Star talking about doing what's necessary to protect a child. But hey, even though Cotton was probably only in the episode for 60 seconds, I don't think she got shot or is in danger of being dead in a finale for a change, so that's a bonus! (I just thought of when I used to time all the air time that the character Matt got on one season of Melrose Place, but I think he got more plots than Cotton does.)
I also thought it was funny that at the end of Empire, they were all, "Don't worry! This show is coming back next season!" and after Star it's like...."Anyhow...Beat Shazam starts again soon!" I guess we will know by Monday.