ljenkins782 March 6 Share March 6 On 2/28/2023 at 7:43 PM, Egg McMuffin said: That season 2 finale is raw and ugly. I find it difficult to watch. Shelley Long is a marvel. It’s fun to rewatch the series just to see how she delivers a line or to see the expressions on her face. When Diane offers her condolences to Sam on Coach’s passing in the season 4 premiere, she’s smiling as she remembers him, but her eyes are so sad. Or in the season 5 finale when Sam is basically breaking up with her as she goes off to write her book, and she looks so dismayed as he outlines the reasons they may not wind up together. Long is one of the finest actresses I’ve seen on TV. I've been watching reruns on Pluto TV and I do have a renewed respect for Shelley's performance. It's such an outlandish character and her commitment to it is what makes it work. I find the Sam and Diane stuff to be the least interesting aspect of her character. I actually find the doomed Frasier/Diane relationship more interesting. And the Carla/Diane dynamic is always funny. RE: the drama on set, I'd also heard that Nick Colasanto was the grounding force and also Shelley's only ally so it's not surprising she chose to leave after his death. But like others have said, I don't think they could have sustained another 6 years of tug of war between Sam and Diane so her leaving wasn't the worst thing. In terms of favorite gags or recurring characters, Carla's ex-husband Nick is one of my favorites. His pronunciation of Loh-rett-ah makes me laugh every single time. 1 Link to comment
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