Season 2 Episode 21


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 08, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Crews continues his search for Reese, who disappeared while working with the F.B.I. In the course of his investigation, he discovers details about a conspiracy against him.

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  • Wow, what a way to end the life, absolutely brilliant!

    This show has been my life for the past two seasons but now life is over. I was looking foward to this episodes weeks before the finale because Life is one of those shows which is completely unpredictable and will keep the audience guessing. I liked how the storyline with crews and the conspiracy built up over so many episodes particually when Reese went to work with the FBI taskforce. I always new it wasn't quite right. I was really nervious when i saw reese tied up at the beginning right from the word go i knew this was going to be great and it was. Tidwell and Crews really showed their feelings for Reese in this episode and that added to the pure passion that was put across. First of all i liked how they all came together in this partically Bobby and Seever. At the beginning in the FBI taskforce office i was wondering if that fat women was involved with Roman and the conspiracy but i must admit i was laughing when she was shot, i never liked her because she was mean to Reese.

    The dialogue between Crews and Bodna was funny, when he drove his car and kill the assassin sent to kill Bodner. After that the mini van scenes were also very funny. When Bobby got the M16 for Crews i knew something big was going to happen. The partnership between Crews and Seever was tested in this episode as well and that Mickey Raybourne thing finally made sense, i knew he wasn't dead. The end scenes; wow, they were fantastic a work of pure genius. When Crews traded himself for Reese that made me cry because i thought he was going to die. My heart was pounding all the way through the SUV scene, because i had no idea what was going to happen. As soon as Crews killed Reese i felt somewhat scared for his safety but in the end he was returned to the orange grove and reunited with his partner Reese. I guess he really does love Reese, those two would make a great couple. It was really a fantastic way to end such a great, unique wonderful show. NBC are stupid for cancelling such a great show, I really hope another network picks up life for a few more seasons however for now life is over but at least it went out with a bang it really deserves a 10/10 well done! and thanks to who ever creates life, wednesday nights at 10 i really looked foward too.

    LIFE IS OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • One of the best TV shows I have ever seen, beautiful and clever writing and brilliant acting.

    I find it hard to put the effect of this episode into words, but I thought I would try. When it ended, I just looked at my wife and all I could say was WOW! There were so many story lines, so much action packed into one episode and yet it never seemed rushed and all of it flowed beautifully.

    Crews' determination to find and free Reese and the lengths to which he goes to ensure her safety are truly acts of love, which in the end, is what this show is about.

    The Zen theme of the episode is that 1 + 1 does not equal 2, but 1 + 1 = 1 and the word for it is LOVE.

    While not all the story lines are concluded and many are. I am left with a very satisfying conclusion to a wonderful season and eagerly awaiting Season 3. Wonderfully done. :)moreless
  • This episode went for the jugular and didn't pull any punches, what a sad but great way to end such a great show.

    I am a huge fan of British shows that seem to be more direct than American shows. I have always liked that this show breaks the timid mold and doesn't fear giving you a really direct twist with making it seem excessive and predictable. I thought that the way he dealt with Roman was perfect, direct, and was sold very well. I might say to myself "yeah, you can't really do that", but they didn't rely on that so much as they did the result. I hate shows that pivot on one little unbelievable "revelation" (like the single fiber the find that links the suspect) but this show did a pretty good job making sure there weren't too many of these silly plot devices, and just relied on the actors fantastic quirky performances. Life, you will be missed.moreless
  • This episode was an exciting wrap-up to some of the show's central mysteries and plot threads. We see the supporting characters band together to aid Crews as he goes on the war path to recover Reese, who was kidnapped recurring villain Roman Nevikov.moreless

    This episode was an exciting wrap-up to some of the show's central mysteries and plot threads. I have been a loyal viewer of Life since its debut, but I've had to resign myself to the fact that its poor second season ratings and NBC's cutbacks on scripted shows to accommodate 5 nights of Leno mean that Life is unlikely to return next season. Watching this episode, I felt like the writers were being realistic about their chances and tried to give the audience some resolution. We see the supporting characters Tidwell, Seever and Stark band together to aid Crews as he goes on the war path to recover Reese, who was kidnapped by recurring villain Roman Nevikov and some corrupt FBI agents. *Spoilers* In the episode's opening moments, the show revived the framing device of documentary-style interviews, little seen since the first season, to give the feeling of continuity. It was telling that Roman killed the interviewer, seeming to signal that this was the story's end. It was great to see Charlie unleashed as he hasn't been since the first season finale. The sequence where he rescued FBI Agent Bodner by crashing into the garage with his car was unexpected (thought Bodner was dead for sure) and then next minute they were eating burgers and watching DVD's in Bodner's wife's minivan, while on the run. Life has always been particularly good at out-of-blue action sequences and has developed its own brand of quirky, straight-faced humor. Some of the answers and plotline resolutions in this episode did feel a little rushed or underdeveloped to me. I'm not sure if Rayborn's motivations and role in Charlie's fate added up completely. It seems a bit random that Rayborn handpicked Charlie years before to be the successor to his empire or crime syndicate (or whatever), but I was glad for the revelation that Charlie's friend wasn't really corrupt. Also Rayborn faking his own death and hiding out was a good twist, but I'm not sure what he was going to do as a janitor at the homeless shelter if he hadn't stockpiled any money on the side and wasn't actually dying. I like Roman's motivations for going after Charlie - as a rival to the throne - because it showed his petulance. I don't necessarily think the writers would have connected the dots exactly this way if they'd had a little more time, but I can hardly fault them and am grateful for the sense of closure. The episode's ending was particularly striking, in which Charlie sacrifices himself to get Reese back. With only a few minutes left in the episode, I really did worry that the writer's might take closure a little too far and kill Charlie off. But as ever, in bad situations, Charlie comes out on top, neatly killing Roman with some of his prison survival skills. Ultimately the ending seemed to signify Charlie himself finding closure and maybe attaining the zen state he's been searching for. The final shot of Charlie staring up at the sun mirrored the first shot with Charlie in the pilot.

    Should the show miraculously survive, there are still some plot holes to fill: Who are the other 3 members of cop cabal Rayborn and Jack Reese were involved in? What exactly happened to Reese, Sr. come to that (did Roman kill him)? The wrap-up montage showed the unfinished conspiracy wall, so there's definitely a bit more there, but it's kind of moot since we know the "why" behind the conspiracy. Ted got a nice little wrap-up, going to Spain to find Olivia, but there are still a number of peripheral characters we haven't seen in a while: Rachel, Jennifer, Constance... But most forums seem to right off Life as a dead-show-walking, so I'm happy the writer's gave us what they did, and I suppose I can always live in hope.moreless
  • I want the show back but i don't see how it could

    I love this show. I love the unusual cases, the character relationships, and of course how 'it's al connected'. This episode kills me, not because i hate it, because i love it. I love this episode so much i think this is the way the show should end. Roman is dead, Charlie pretty much found out what was going on and why he went to jail, and Ted went off to find Olivia. I know there are a few things that haven't been tied up but i can't really imagine what could happen next. The main group lied to help someone who killed someone who controlled a hell of a lot of people. Things don't look to good for them legally.moreless
Adam Arkin

Adam Arkin

Ted Earley

Donal Logue

Donal Logue

Captain Kevin Tidwell (Season 2-)

Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis

Charlie Crews

Sarah Shahi

Sarah Shahi

Dani Reese

Brent Sexton

Brent Sexton

Bobby Stark

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Charlie kills Roman Nevikov near the end of the episode Nevikov is sat to Charlies left, on the drivers side. In the shot after he is killed, where his guys are about to torch the van, Nevikov is now sat on the other side of the vehicle.

    • In episode 2, season 1, throughout the episode, the husband of the murder victim/initial suspect in the crime has a head wound on his right temple. At 35 min and 05 seconds into the episode, the head wound briefly changes location to the left temple, then switches back in the next scene.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Agent Bodner: They put you away for killing that guy you had that bar with. You did twelve years hard time, and you got fifty million dollars. Now you're eating burgers in the back of a minivan on the run from half the cops in LA. You've made some interesting career choices.
      Charlie Crews: I am where I am.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Jedna a jedna (One and One)

    • Music in this episode:
      "A New Beginning" by 26
      "Kiss the Sky" by Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra feat. Nino Moschella
      "Zachem Ya" by T.A.T.U.
      "Afterlight" by Clayhill
      "King Ring" by Seryoga
      "More Than Alive" by Hayden

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: April 29, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Finland: August 10, 2009 on MTV3
      United Kingdom: October 21, 2009 on ITV3
      Czech Republic: May 4, 2010 on Prima
      Slovakia: September 2, 2010 on JOJ