Schitt’s Creek end with a statement of love.
In the final series, during a ceremony led by Moira, with Alexis, Johnny, and the whole city watching, Patrick and David finally swear an oath: a cappella Mariah Carey from Patrick and sincerity (followed by jokes in flashing)) from David.
An outpouring of love is not limited to the groom. Throughout the last series, the characters continue to find ways to show each other how much they care – in the arms, “I will miss you, last-minute battles, and even, in one instance, a very big sign.
It was truly a happy-cry celebration we were hoping for from the sweetest program on television, to its peculiar touch – like Moira headdress, which is an equal part of Daenerys Targaryen and Pope Benedict XVI.
That’s also far from the first day Schitt’s, when the series seems to be positioned as a satire of one-hundredths who don’t understand and small towns that don’t know anything, and lead a family that can barely stand each other or backward where they land. Like most great final series, Schitt’s The ending invites us not only to think about the future of characters, but to look back at the path they have traveled.
Alexis, a princess who can barely force herself to tell her mother how much she wants it graduation in Season 3, give Moira “I love you” at the end of the season. Moira, an old mother went out of his way to avoid lunch with his daughter, holding her back. David, who in the pilot episode tries to take the bed for fear of bullies (encouraging funny Alexis “You killed first! “), told Alexis how much he respected him when he prepared to drive her to the altar.
Schitt’s Creek have never tried to hide how difficult the journey was.
“Precious Love,” sung by Jazzagals at a wedding, was called back to the finals of Season 2, when Roses dance together at Mutt’s party, temporarily “Only the Best” evoke the right moment that Patrick and David’s relationship changed from a sweet love relationship to a serious love relationship. (And Mariah Carey’s number, of course, is a reference to David’s number well documented love singer.)
At the altar, David opened himself to Patrick in front of their friends and family, which seemed unimaginable to David who had had to panic with Ted only to muster up the courage to tell Patrick he loved her back.
“That’s not an easy road for me,” he said to Patrick here, and we know it’s true because Schitt’s Creek have never tried to hide how difficult the journey was. From that fragile first episode, the program took time to cut each member of the Rose family (plus Stevie), to break their defenses little by little, to coax the softness underneath.
It was looking for small wins, like Alexis’s personal smile when David told him in Season 3 that he was always worried about him when he was roaming around the world, and celebrating spectacular, such as Stevie’s emotional performance from Cabaret in the finals of Season 5.
It never forgets who Roses are – they are snarky and extraordinary and live to make fun of each other – but by the time David and Alexis hoard Johnny for the Moira Rose Garden in Season 3, their teasing has changed from cutting to loving.
To be honest, “Happy Ending” is not the best ending Schitt’s Creek ever give us. (Admittedly, it was a very high blade.) The plot stepped on water through a series of unimportant accidents, and the characters whose plot lines had been completed, such as Stevie, could not do much. There is a feeling that we are just waiting for a big event that we already know is coming.
But they feel like a minor quibble when the whole episode graciously encompasses everything we like about this series: his extraordinary heart, his sly comedy, his unique aesthetics, and above all, his deep passion for the eccentric cast of characters.
“Happy Ending” really finished the morning after David and Patrick’s wedding, when Moira and Johnny moved from the motel. On his way out of town, Johnny noticed that Roland had painted on the city’s name board with an illustration of the Rose family, as a present away.
This was one last nod in the early days of the show, when Johnny and Roland debated what the sign was accidentally obscene. At that time, Roland and the city council refused to revise the sign, eagerly at the idea of the newcomer to tell them what to do. However, after six seasons at Schitt’s Creek, Roses are no longer outside the city, but are the heart of everything the city is fighting for.
Johnny and Moira might head to California, Alexis to New York, and David and Patrick to their new home across town. Even Stevie moved, from the motel reception to the street to set up a new motel.
But Schitt’s Creek will always be there, ready to welcome us back when we are ready to re-visit, or want to invite latecomer fans to his warm embrace, gladly conveying some humor and grace and empathy for anyone who needs it. When Johnny sees that sign, we first see that art has changed, but then the slogan hasn’t: Still “Where everybody fits.”