Well, here we are – the very last episode of HOOTEN AND THE LADY.
I’m going to miss this show. It’s a nice bit of escapism, but its self-awareness of its own absurdities is also what makes it fun to watch. I’ve really come to love Alex, and her partnership with Hooten is what really makes the show work. When you can put two characters down in almost any situation and have it be entertaining just by them interacting, you know you’ve done something right.
That being said – perhaps I’m too used to American season finales, where EVERYTHING IS ON THE LINE, EVERYONE IS GOING TO DIE, EVERYTHING YOU LOVE ABOUT THIS SHOW IS ENDING OH MY GOD. In comparison, this finale felt slow-paced. I found myself wondering if the writers forgot that this was the last episode of the season! Then again, it could just be the difference between British and American shows.
It’s too bad that so much time was wasted in the first fifteen minutes or so when Hooten refuses to work together with Alex to find the treasure. The charm of the show is based in their partnership, the way they work off of each other as characters. The beginning of this episode spent far too long with them apart. As funny as it was to compare Hooten’s chaotic methods to the organized approach of Alex’s tour guide Julian, it’s the last episode of the season – we want to spend as much time as we can with the characters that we love. Pushing them apart made no sense, and was an especially poor choice for a season finale.
They do eventually find the treasure, though, and it’s good to see their rivalry disappear with the delight of finding said treasure. Then of course they’re surrounded, kidnapped, thrown in a life raft and left to die on the open ocean.
Did I mention Alex is supposed to get married the next day?
Yes, Alex is running away again – though I can’t say I blame her, seeing how her mother is going all bridezilla without actually being the bride. Poor Edward is left to deal with Lady Lindo-Parker on his own, and you can see him wondering what in the world he’s gotten himself into.
I have to applaud this show for not giving in to stereotypes. Though he’s not fleshed out as much in the show’s writing, Edward is a sympathetic character, not the jerk fiance or jealous boyfriend. As a matter of fact, he shows up to save Alex and Hooten – and so the two most important men in Alex’s life finally meet.
Again, to the show’s credit, it’s a short scene, with no animosity between Hooten and Edward. Edward’s just happy to have Alex back and safe, and Hooten has bigger fish to fry – mainly setting off a Molotov cocktail in the bar of the man who stole the treasure from him. Because that’s just how Hooten rolls.
Back at the hotel, Edward reveals to Alex that he’s brought the wedding to her – he’s set up a ceremony on the beach at sunset with a local vicar, and brought her wedding dress, so they can get married and she can actually enjoy her wedding. Of course, that still leaves the same question – will Alex make it to her wedding in time while she’s off treasure hunting with Hooten? Because, of course, now they have to get the treasure back.
This whole last treasure hunt, which, for their last one, I kind of wish it was more epic (although who knows, maybe they used up their whole budget for explosions for the season), is entertaining nonetheless. I laughed out loud at Hooten’s attempt at a diversion:
Alex: “What kind of diversion?”
Hooten: “You’re not going to like it.”
Alex: “Just tell me-”
Then he pushes her in the ocean, and I think right there is another scene that just encapsulates their relationship.
But my favorite part of the whole episode is, after escaping their captors with the treasure, Alex and Hooten show up on the beach where Edward is waiting for her (and has been waiting for a very, very long time). And Alex, who has faced down kidnappers, gang members, crime lords, tribesmen, a vengeful psychopath, a whole list of holy terrors in the past few weeks, breaks down because she’s afraid to get married. And Hooten reassures her, in one of the few times he has been truly, sincerely kind to her. And it was lovely to see that.
Alex gets married, while Hooten drinks a – could it be? – Captain Morgan and tosses the bottle in the sea. And what is Hooten’s wedding gift that the show’s been teasing for awhile? Captain Morgan’s treasure.
The episode ends on an epilogue, where Hooten has made his way to Vietnam to hunt down a golden Buddha statue. And who should be with him but Alex, on her honeymoon, figuring their way out of a trap while Edward thinks she’s out shopping for a hat. If nothing else, this marriage is going to be very interesting!
Though we won’t get to see them again, it’s good to know the adventures of Alex and Hooten will continue in their own fictional universe, anyway. I think it’s too much to hope that Netflix or Hulu will pick up the series, but I’m glad to have seen this show. It’s been a lot of fun, and I hope there will be other shows like it!
Season 1, Episode 8 (S01E08)
Hooten and the Lady airs Mondays at 9PM on The CW
Cailin is a screenwriter and an aspiring TV writer. When not writing, she’s busy convincing random passersby that Firefly was the best show ever, converting her co-workers into Whovians, and waiting for the next season of Sherlock.
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