Friday, September 28, 2007

Friday Five

From the RevGals:

On Endings and Goodbyes:

1. Best ending of a movie/book/TV show
Bar none, the final scene of the final episode of Newhart was the best TV series ending I've ever seen. Bob Newhart played Dick Louden, an inn owner in Vermont, who was surrounded by a cast of lovable crazies (remember Larry, Darryl, and Darryl?). In the final episode, he gets hit in the head by a golf ball. The screen goes black.

"Then a light is turned on, and viewers see Newhart in bed, saying "Honey, you won't believe the dream I just had." Another light comes on, revealing not Dick Loudon's wife Joanna, but Bob Hartley's wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette). The bedroom is a recreation from The Bob Newhart Show, and – in a parody of a 1980s television vogue – the entire Newhart series is revealed to have been a dream in the mind of Newhart's 1970s character. Bob tells Emily that in the dream, he lived in a weird Vermont town surrounded by strange people: a snobbish maid and her alliterative husband, a dense handyman, and three eccentric woodsmen, two of whom were mute.

When he reveals that he was married to a beautiful blonde in the dream, an annoyed Emily tells Bob to go back to sleep and flicks off the light on her side of the bedroom. Reviving a technique from The Bob Newhart Show, in which one of the Hartleys incredulously flicks back on a bedside light and restarts the conversation, Emily turns her light back on and inquires, "What do you mean, 'beautiful blonde?!' Bob tells her to go back to sleep, commenting, "You should wear more sweaters," something Joanna was noted for. The scene ends to the strains of the old Bob Newhart Show theme song (although this was removed for syndicated reruns)."
--from the Newhart Wikipedia entry:

**edit: runner-up for best ending is Fever Pitch with Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore. The only reason of course being that the Red Sox win the World Series.**

2. Worst ending of a movie/book/TV show
Hmmm....I'm having a tough time coming up with a single one that I'd say was the worst...but in general, I have a great dislike for nice, neat tidy endings. Life very seldom is nice, neat, or tidy. Give me some muck, some non-resolution, some lingering pain, sadness, or uncertainty.

3. Tell about a memorable goodbye you've experienced.
When Pastor Larry Meyer from the Lutheran Student Center passed away, his funeral and memorial service was an amazing, collective goodbye. It was Larry to a T--first, the public memorial service was in a large, classic sanctuary with one long aisle running down the middle and a big ol' pipe organ to blast the congregation out of their pews. He had specifically said he didn't want (as he put it) a "preacher parade," so the procession consisted only of family and participants in the service. There was no eulogy, but there were addresses to the family and congregation, stories told of the things he loved (even with props!), from cheap beer to Volkswagens, Husker football to sauerkraut. And it all came back to his love for Christ and more importantly, Christ's love for him. There were hundreds of people there, many of them former students from campus ministry, and the reception afterwards turned into a gigantic reunion. Larry would have loved nothing better than seeing old friends reunite, share stories, laugh and cry together.

4. Is it true that "all good things must come to an end"?
Yes, it is true, all things--good, bad, indifferent--must come to an end...except for one thing. And that thing is not merely "good," it is perfect. And it is eternal. AND it is given to us, through no deserving of our own, as a gift.

5. "Everything I ever let go of has claw marks on it." --Anne Lamott Discuss.
Letting go of something means relinquishing control over it. And that's the scariest thing. Whether it's our relationships, our things, our fears, our prejudices, our let go is to say "I no longer control this. It's no longer in my hands." It takes faith and the willingness to open ourselves up to vulnerability.

Bonus: "It isn't over until the fat lady sings." I've never loved this expression. So propose an alternative: "It isn't over until ____________________"
For my fellow Red Sox fans: It isn't over until Bucky Freakin' Dent hits the home run. It isn't over until the ball goes through Bill Buckner's legs. It isn't over until Grady Little leaves Pedro in the game one inning too long.



Rev Dave said...

I was having a good day until you brought up that Red Sox thing. Why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

wow LH who knew you'd have a darker side and want unresolved endings? never woulda guessed that...

will smama said...

It isn't over until THEY WON!

I too had the Newhart ending, but appreciated the script included in yours.

Shalom said...

Yet another Newhart fan - and I had completely forgotten about the "you should wear more sweaters" comment. I nearly snorted coffee out my nose from laughing as I read that.

Your #3 reminded me of an amazing funeral I attended for a beloved seminary professor - thanks for jogging that memory.

Jan said...

Thanks for relating the ending of "Newhart." So many people were referring to it, and I couldn't remember it. That helped. Good play.

mompriest said...

OK, not a Red Sox fan. I already have to divide my attention between the Chicago Cubs and White Sox...

and those unresolved endings, no no no...I don't need neat and tidy either, but I at least like to be pointed in the direction of possiblity...

Loved that Newhart really was brilliant!

Rev Kim said...

Great play! I loved the Newhart ending, too. Thanks for the script - I had forgotten the "you should wear more sweaters" line. Classic.

Things are getting ready to get interesting in our home, 'cause Rev Dave is a diehard Red Sox fan and I'm a diehard Angels fan.

Diane said...

oh, I loved number #1, and didn't think of it. but it WAS the all time greatest ending of a TV show.

hereistand said...

#1 - What a GREAT memory!! There's no comparison between the true genius of TV shows "back then" and what passes as comedy today. Thanks for reminding me of what was truly one of the most inventive with THE most memorable ending.

("All good things - except, praise God, good and perfect gifts! - must come to an end.)


David said...

These are some great answers LH. Shows like Newhart are a rare bird at best, and when that one came to its eventual end I though to myself, "This was a classic ending to a classic show."

Now that the Tigers are out it, I'm pulling for a Bosox - Cubs series.

Rev Scott said...

See, here's the thing - being a Red Sox fan, you assume that 2004 was a dream and, really, the Curse is still in effect.

By the way, don't forget Aaron Frickin' Boone, too. Who'da thought he & Bucky Dent had the same middle name?