Romantics are not a class of people I usually find myself aligned with, yet Schitt’s Creek has seen fit to erode my no-nonsense emotional mentality time and time again to make me wish I was one of these well-wishing people, and never more so than with this series finale.
The wedding we dreamed about all season long starts with the Rose family gathering around David’s bed while he is sleeping and startle him awake, much to his annoyance. Sadly, it only gets worse as Alexis informs David that the major storm last night has basically destroyed his outdoor wedding venue on the day of his wedding. Of course, the family is ready to spring into action to save the day.
Moira has appointed herself the new officiant and Johnny, along with Patrick and Stevie, hold a meeting with the other townspeople to find a suitable last-minute venue. At last, they settle on town hall, since it is basically the only option. Luckily, after Patrick accidentally arranged for David to get a “special” massage,the groomzilla is so relaxed that the change in venue doesn’t even faze him, he just wants to marry Patrick today.
Across town, Moira and Alexis prepare for their respective roles in the wedding and realize that this is the last time the family will be all together and living in the motel like they have done for the last three years, always able to see each other all the time. Alexis is particularly emotional after remembering how little they used to be together before Schitt’s Creek, they once went an entire year without seeing each other, and she’s afraid that they’ll go back to living like that. It’s a moment of reflection that applies to every member of the Rose family, Alexis says she’s almost glad they lost all their money because it led to them living together in this little motel, getting to know each other better, and finally being there for each other. It’s what this whole zany upside-down sitcom is about and I’m glad someone mentioned it before it all ended.
Meanwhile at the makeshift venue, despite being a last-minute plan, everything looks picture perfect. The Jazzagals are singing Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best,” the song that both Patrick and David sang to each other at one point. Patrick’s Best Man is his Dad, Johnny walks Stevie down the aisle, and Moira’s wearing an outfit that can only be described as ‘Madonna as the Pope.’ For a wedding that was supposed to be ruined all the most important details are present.
Finally, Alexis joins David to walk him down the aisle. She also accidentally wore a wedding dress to do this, which was clearly not a great idea but came out of a desire to make sure everything was the best for her brother on his wedding day. David chooses to let it go and with an exchange of compliments and ‘I love you’ they make it to the altar at last.
Now we get to the tear-jerker, the vows. Moira is so overcome with emotion in her officiant speech chances are you will start crying before David and Patrick even get started. The vows themselves are what you expect, for a sitcom wedding they seem so honest and loving, a summarization cannot do them justice just know that you will probably be remembering lines from them for the foreseeable future. The love between David and Patrick has been so expertly done the vows really do show credit to the healthy and strong relationship they have established.
The episode ends in the morning after the wedding as Johnny and Moira prepare to leave for California. Patrick, David, Stevie, and Alexis are lined up in front of the motel for the big goodbye. There’s a parade of hugs, ‘ I love you,’ and promises to host each other soon, and just as they are driving out of the town limits Johnny asks to stop to look at Roland’s parting gift. It seems that Roland has taken the overtly suggestive town sign that Johnny detested in the first season and replaced the figures with images of him, Moira, David, and Alexis. And with that last laugh, we reach the end of our journey with the Rose family in Schitt’s Creek.
No, there’s no flash-forward sequence to assure us that these characters end up well. That Moira’s series takes off, that Johnny’s new franchise does well, or if Alexis ever gets back together with Ted, and while it’s sad it really doesn’t matter.
We’ve watched the Rose family struggle against all obstacles for six seasons, including all of the ones they had with each other. When they had money and could live a jet-setting lifestyle they barely spent time together, they were practically strangers, but now it doesn’t matter what the future holds because we as fans can rest assured knowing that now they will be there for each other, across state lines and different careers the Rose family, and all their friends from this wonderful little town that gave them so much, are bonded together and have a new take on life. They really know what matters most of all is the people you love.
Alas, I’m not ready to be enlisted into the cult of romantics just yet, it just seems very emotionally taxing, so I’m going to wrap it up by saying that we need to appreciate that this was a legitimately hilarious and emotionally thoughtful series that never declined in quality or compromised its message and that gave us six wonderful seasons of entertainment. That doesn’t happen often with television shows but all the work that has gone into this series has paid off and makes it a timeless show people will definitely be re-watching for years to come.