"That Was Then, This Is
Now: The Finale" - October 17
From thousands of auditions to 32 hopefuls to 8
finalists to one family. Welcome to what we like to call
in the business... the home stretch. Which means, of
course, we get the Idol-style fillerrific finale show.
Todd Newton is on the
red carpet watching the starts file in two by two, first
the Keiths David Petruzzi and Leland Grant. Then the
Dannys, Spencer Tuskowski and Keaton Savage. Then the
Lauries, Alexis Mero and Emily Stone. And finally, the
Shirleys, Suzanne Sole and Mary Kay Twargowski. Okay,
out of the red carpet... and into the pressure cooker.
Before we get into final
results, some stats... nearly 1 million votes were cast.
Not that bad for basic cable, really. Original cast
members not seen presenting this show: four, five if you
count Chris Partridge #2. We'll see three of them
tonight. Recall elections: according to Danny,
zero. The votes are in and the result is final.
And speaking of Danny,
he's here to announce his successor, as we have Spencer
and Keaton... in a lucha libre fight? That'd be
interesting to see... Throw in a fire ring and I'm SO
there. Both Keaton and Spencer now have matching
faux-hawks in their recap clip. Spencer's back to tips
as he and Keaton take the stage one more time for "Shop
Around". But who did the audience buy as Danny
Partridge? There can only be one...
"Spencer... It's my duty
to tell you, Spencer... THAT YOU ARE THE NEXT DANNY
Okay, I'm 0 or 1, but at
least America got a taste of the faux-hawk. And
Spencer's thought? "Oh my God. I think I peed my pants.
Keaton's the best man in the world, and it sucks to see
him go." Right up there with Fantasia's "I broke my
shoe!" but otherwise, touching.
But now, Spencer needs
someone to look over his shoulder, a focal point, if you
will. It's time for either Alexis or Emily to take up
the reigns of Laurie Partridge in... well, it's just a
plain ol' catfight. Alexis' main weakness was her
acting. Emily says that Alexis' voice more than makes up
for it. They take the stage for "We Belong". But does
the role of Laurie belong to Alexis or Emily? Emily or
"Alexis... Alexis, I'm
sorry to say that it's time to say goodbye to you."
Emily Stone, believe it, you are the new Laurie
Partridge! She keeps babbling on about how great Alexis
is, as is wont to do with a person in her position.
So we're halfway down,
and two castmates to go, but first, call it a family
reunion of sorts. Remember our co-hosts Shirley, Danny,
and David? Well, they're about to reunite with former
castmates Brian "Chris #2" Forster - he's still short -
and Suzanne "Tracey" Crough. Now in the beginning I had
a bit of an issue about not having a new Chris or a new
Tracey. Well, Brian and Suzanne come to the rescue as
they announce the already-been-cast duo of Anthony
Skillman and Hannah Lee Dworkin as Chris and Tracey. And
of course it wouldn't be the cast without the original
Reuben Kincaid, Dave Madden. I liked him best on
"Laugh-in" myself. We get the montage of him being put
through veritable hell by Danny.
So does Dave have a new
actor up his sleeve? As my cohort in crime Gordon would
say, "Uhh..... no." All we get is the hint of "a popular
actor." Other than that, Dave says you'll have to wait
until the show premieres to find out.
Shirley is up next
with... Shirley! Time to pass the mic (and the mop) to
Mary Kay or Suzanne... Correction: THIS is the catfight.
Suzanne thinks Mary Kay is sweet. Mary Kay thinks
Suzanne is funny. Both profess to be... bad ass
mothers... Both take the stage for "Son of a Preacher
Man", and both get into character. But who did America
choose to take the reigns as, with due respect to Kelly
Packard who played bass for "California Dreams" before
making it big, the first lady of sitcom rock'n'roll?
"Suzanne... Suzanne, if
you would, I'd like you to look straight into that
camera... and thank all of those VH1 viewers for making
you the new Shirley Partridge!" And all she can do at
the moment... is laugh. And hug the original Shirley, of
course. She is overwhelmed as she gives props to Mary
And now, it's on Todd
and David, the Keith that can never be replaced, to name
the next Keith Partridge. Ladies and gentlemen, it's the
main event... llllllllLLLLLET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE! Heh,
just had to throw that in. Leland doesn't think that
David is much of a competitor. David... also thinks he's
not that much of a competitor. One more time for Leland
and David as they sing "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing".
Both are good at lead singer, but who WILL be lead
"David Petruzzi... I'm
sorry, David, you're going home." Ladies and gentlemen,
it's all about Leland! Very emotional, Leland just...
cries. To recap, it's Leland Grant on lead vocals and
guitars as Keith, Emily Stone on keys and guitars as
Laurie, Spencer Tuskowski on bass as Danny, Suzanne Sole
on keys as Shirley, Anthony Skillman on drums as Chris,
and Hannah Lee Dworkin on the tambourine as Tracey. All
six take the stage to perform the first original single,
"Love Can Start a Revolution". We'd post the video here,
but the RIAA would have our hides. Frickin' townies. The
original cast join the new cast for a string of original
PF hits to close us out. But can the new cast pick up
where they left off? We'll find out soon enough. Show
drops in November. Keep an eye out for it.
Can I go home to watch
Best Week Ever now? You got the clacky thing (*clapboard
drops*)? Aaaaand CUT!