Bridge and Tunnel season 1, episode 6 recap – the ending explained this isn't goodbye

March 1, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“The Swan Song” touchingly wraps up Bridge and Tunnel, giving everyone happy-ish endings after a season of ups and downs.

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Summary

“The Swan Song” touchingly wraps up Bridge and Tunnel, giving everyone happy-ish endings after a season of ups and downs.

This recap of Bridge and Tunnel season 1, episode 6, “The Swan Song”, contains spoilers.


Is it a bit contrived that virtually every character in Bridge and Tunnel ended up happy? Yeah, I guess so. But, as the saying goes, it’s about the journey, not the destination, and this was one worth taking, even if nobody but me seems to have watched it. And that’s a shame since this is the kind of show that doesn’t really warrant a second season; it ends, touchingly and fittingly, with the core cast undertaking the next stage of their lives, and it’s best left to the audience’s imagination how they all get on.

We might as well start with Jimmy and Jill since their on-again-off-again relationship has really been the backbone of the series. They begin happier than ever, having even got some degree of acceptance within Jimmy’s household, even if Artie is distraught at the idea that his son won’t be spending his last week with him. Jill suggests they go to her dad’s lake house for the week, and Mikey later suggests that they all go together — it looks like Bridge and Tunnel episode 6 is gearing up for a big blowout finale, but circumstances put paid to that when Bill Ford, Jimmy’s new employer, calls up to request he gets on a flight the next morning. With that news, all of Jimmy’s decision-making is suddenly accelerated, which causes some problems.

The first is with Artie, who, accidentally or otherwise, floats the idea of Jimmy staying in New York to shoot fashion, which Jimmy then suggests to Jill… and doesn’t much care for the response he gets. She cries and says she loves him, but she also says that him not pursuing his dream just to stay with her would be “delaying the inevitable”. She’s understandably scared of the idea of spending the rest of her life with the guy she has been with since she was 14, which is too small a view of the world for her to feel comfortable with. Caitlin Stasey and Sam Vartholomeos are both excellent here in selling the pure emotion of a young-adult romance breaking down, but Jimmy is resolute. He insists that when he’s back he’s coming straight for her, and she’s going to have missed him and fall straight into his arms. Who knows? Maybe he’s right.

After another prayer meeting with “the big guy”, Jimmy resigns himself to his fate. He says his goodbyes to his mother and father — Artie’s “I can do this,” is both hilarious and sweet — and finds Jill outside waiting for him. She doesn’t want any fuss, just him to say goodbye and “I love you,” but he’ll only say the latter. He doesn’t want to say goodbye, now or ever, and I like to imagine that when he returns in six months his prediction will come true.

And then there’s everyone else. Tammy calls Stacey in Bridge and Tunnel season 1, episode 6 to apologize for what happened with Mikey, even though nothing did, and for once Stacey — as predicted — takes the higher ground and gives them her blessing. Admittedly she then goes straight to Mikey and tries to talk him into bed, but she handles the rejection pretty well. The fact that this is the last we see of her is actually quite sad. Did her entire arc have to culminate with her finally realizing the world doesn’t revolve around her? She wasn’t even there for Jimmy’s final night!

So, yeah, Mikey and Tammy end up together, with the latter trying to persuade the former to pursue his artistic talents. Things even turn out okay for Pags, who continues his relationship with Juliana. She’s totally unconcerned about the fact he didn’t get into law school and finds his trying to hide it much more worrying. Pags has Lizzie to thank for that progress, and as it turns out, he might just have Lizzie to thank for his career. He gets Juliana to listen to Wildfire, Lizzie and Genie’s band, and it turns out they’re really good. He’s going to be their manager and take 10%, and Juliana will get them gigs if he can get them a record deal. The future looks bright for everyone.

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