The Unicorn season 1, episode 18 recap – “No Matter What the Future Brings” The end?

March 14, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
TV, TV Recaps
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“No Matter What the Future Brings” provides a touching finale for CBS’s sitcom, finding the right balance of comedy and emotion for a bittersweet conclusion.

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Summary

“No Matter What the Future Brings” provides a touching finale for CBS’s sitcom, finding the right balance of comedy and emotion for a bittersweet conclusion.

This recap of The Unicorn Season 1, Episode 18, “No Matter What the Future Brings”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


The Unicorn Episode 18, the first season finale, is set perhaps unsurprisingly on Jill’s birthday, which happens to fall around the time of Kai’s graduation, Forrest’s (Rob Corddry) interview at a laidback Millennial tech firm, and Grace’s (Ruby Jaw) big school dance, which she’s extraordinarily hormonal about. One of Delia’s (Michaela Watkins) former patients, now a very attractive young man, also shows up at her work, which doesn’t really amount to anything but makes for a decent distraction.

A busy day for everyone then, as all these events represent things for the cast. At Kai’s graduation, Ben (Omar Benson Miller) reminds Michelle (Maya Lynne Robinson) of how much free time she’s going to have now all the kids will be at school all day; Wade (Walton Goggins) has to deal with the prospect of his daughter growing up; Forrest has to figure out who he is and whether he’s too old to be wearing a meta beanie with a picture of another, smaller beanie on it; and everyone has to reckon with the fact they’re getting old.

When Natalie (Makenzie Moss) once again spills the beans about Grace’s dance anxieties, Wade approaches a local boy and persuades him to ask her out. She’s unsure, but the dance is a mere two hours away, so she eventually relents and everyone helps her get ready — it’s in moments like this that Wade feels Jill’s absence most acutely, but The Unicorn Episode 18 doesn’t lather on the sentimentality until later. With Kai graduated, and Grace dolled up and out on the razz, everyone sits around and considers how their kids are all growing up. Whether they like it or not, they’re old.

This realization comes easier to some than others. Wade visits Jill’s grave in “No Matter What the Future Brings”, and apologizes for missing her birthday, talking about Grace and his various failed dating attempts. It’s a touching scene and a welcome return to some of the emotion that helped define the show in its early days. Michelle decides she’s going back to college, while Delia has an existential crisis and wants to elope to Costa Rica; Forrest is able to calm her down, though, since if they’re growing old, there’s nobody else he’d rather grow old with than her. Aw!

But we can’t end things there, so The Unicorn Season 1, Episode 18 smartly tees up a second season by having Wade run into a mysterious skunk-chasing woman while exiting the cemetery. The woman is played by Natalie Zea — a fun reunion for those smart people among us who saw Justified. The season ends with Wade finally having met someone he had a real connection with; the only problem is that he doesn’t know anything about her.

We can get a sophomore season out of that, I’m sure.


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