Just watched the finale and lots of thoughts.
No one here has commented that Elena confessed to arson. The fire dept knows it was arson and even with Elena being their friend, they can't ignore that. They won't get an insurance payout for torching her own house, so now they're out hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Elena will have to go to jail, again, no one mentioned that. Izzy is gone and Lexie is off to Yale, so Bill and the boys will have to live in their rental. Lucky it's vacant but still has a bit of furniture.
I think Elena was a decent mother to the first three kids. She just resented Izzy because she was unplanned and Izzy felt that unwantedness all her life. I know lots of women who had unplanned pregnancies, which derailed big plans for careers and finances as well a second lesser plans for travel and lifestyle. Yet, they didn't treat the surprise kid so terribly. Elena wouldn't have had a big time journalism career even if Izzy hadn't been born; she still had three small kids.
We never found out Tripp's real name. Izzy commented that her Mom used nicknames for all her sibs, but refused to say Izzy. Moody was Michael and Lexie was Alexandra. Tripp?
Lots of commentary about what the show had to say about motherhood, but I guess the message about fathers is that they are irrelevant. Mia lied to and about Pearl's father. May Ling's father wasn't even an issue, who was he, where was he? Mirabelle's custody issue was only argued through the lens of the mothers. Bill was unhelpful when the kids were young but seemed supportive as they got older, but Izzy was only focused on her mother's opinions. Elena and Mia's mother's opinions affected them but their fathers were also irrelevant. Even Lexie's abortion didn't account for telling the father, which she doesn't have to do but it reinforces my "father's are irrelevant" point.
Finally, regarding an adopted child's culture. How far does this go? If you adopt a white child, should that child's heritage be explored, or is it assumed that white people dont have cultural heritages? There's a huge difference between having a background from Scotland or Holland or Russia or Australia? If a Canadian adopts an American baby, do they have to learn American culture, and what would that be exactly?