The finale of Life & Beth offers a warm, quirky, and satisfying closure to a gem of a series.
This recap of Hulu’s Life & Beth season 1, episode 10, “Kiss from a Rose,” — the ending explained — contains spoilers.
Life & Beth season 1, episode 10 recap – the ending explained
Finally, things have come to a head. Beth (Amy Schumer) visits Liz at work. She apologizes for what her mom did. She is surprisingly warm, and they talk about their lives. Beth tells her how she is dating this farmer guy, and Liz laughs that that sounds like her friend Katie’s boyfriend. Beth freaks out and ends the conversation by asking if they could talk again sometime. Liz is honest and doesn’t see them being friends, but gives her advice to let everything go from the past and what her mom did to her. For Liz, she did that with her father’s mistakes.
Beth is now starting to drink less and take care of herself. She is currently receiving acupuncture to help relieve the pain from her scar tissue that is causing issues with her back. Her sister later visits Beth at the house they grew up in. Beth wants Ann to let go of all the pain and hate for her mother. Beth then tells Ann she will visit John to break up with him. When she cannot find him, she sees his beloved boat is floating aimlessly in the lake. It has become untied. Knowing how much the cruiser means to him and how afraid she is of the water since her accident, she dives in after it.
John sees her drag the boat to safety, takes off his red flannel shirt, and hands it to her. (You will notice this was Beth’s shirt on their first night together). He begins to put on Beth’s yellow cardigan and tells her that it was not his boat. That is Skyler’s, and he was put away in the barn because of the weather. Beth tells him she will dump him, but she knows how much she cares about him now when she sees the boat. They have a little talk, and they both are clearly in love. John asks for Beth to come back to his home so she can show her something. Beth asks if this is when she gets murdered. He says no.
He also adds that it comes later.
John then shows her the television she bought. All it plays is static, but it has many channels, and the volume works. When does John ask her how long they watch for? Beth then responds usually four to six hours.
Next, I thought there may have been a wedding, but they are doing another funeral again for their mother. She hires Trevor to be the DJ. Ann is allowed some closure by saying a few words about how her mother was a good one sometimes. When Beth is about to speak about her mom, John takes the microphone to tell everyone about how he is wearing a suit. He even also adds about the food being served, which sounds lovely. When Beth manages to begin to speak, she is candid about her mother, Jane. She could be funny, warm, but mean. She would get by when she placed her head in the clouds and lived in her daydreams. Beth has managed to let go of the past and accepted everything about her. The good, along with the bad.
As she continues to talk about her mom and is now getting emotional, John interrupts her by asking if she was almost done? She tells them no, this is her moment. Lavar suggests they eat while she talks to solve both problems. Kevin gets up and thinks they should put it to a vote. No, again, Beth says. Maya makes her son put her hand down. She finishes her speech by saying no one loves us as our moms do. Trevor then enhances the address by narrating (and mansplaining) what she was doing by highlighting the complex relationship between mother and daughter. (I love this guy, Trevor).
Life & Beth ends with the fiddles jamming and everyone talking. Ann leaves and introduces Beth to her new girlfriend before she goes. Ann also gives Maya a canister of edibles. I can only assume. They dance the night away, even with John, briefly. He takes pictures. The last scene, before the credits, shows an image of a young Amy Schumer around the same age as young Beth in the series.
After Beth has her birthday, she joins the over 40 leagues and plays volleyball.
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