TNT's "Men of a Certain Age," the best show on the network and possibly basic cable as a whole, finished its second season recently with the episode "Hold Your Finish." The episode capped off the six episode second half of the season, which TNT foolishly aired a full six months apart. How are viewers supposed to remember the first half of the season when it was a half a year ago? In the season two finale we see our three characters Joe (Ray Romano), Owen (Andre Braugher) and Terry (Scott Bakula) all at big moments in their lives, after struggling for much of the first two seasons. The time has finally come for Joe to attempt to qualify for the senior golf tour, which has been his life dream for some time now. Owen is finally getting comfortable in the role of boss man at Thoreau Chevrolet. Terry has finally and unbelievably found a woman he loves and is ready to settle down and embark on his new passion of directing. All common life things, but all riveting in the hands of these three fabulous actors. Romano, Braugher and Bakula all deserve Emmy nominations for their roles, and while that's highly unlikely, there could be one or two. Braugher was nominated last year for season one. The best storyline of the episode was probably a tie between Joe's and Owen's … sorry Terry. Joe had given up on his golf dream in previous episodes of the show, but quickly rekindled it in time for the finale's qualifying tournament in which his son, Albert, is to be his caddie. Joe gets off to a great start in the tournament birdying the first hole, but on the second tee box is penalized two strokes when Albert realizes that he forgot to take a club out of the bag and Joe had too many clubs. This leads to Joe struggling, but eventually picking up steam. On the final hole though, he misses a short putt that would've gotten him into the top five, which he needed to qualify. Luckily, when he's in the clubhouse it begins to rain heavily and some of the golfers ahead of him, but still on the course, fall back, placing Joe into the top five.
Owen's storyline is him finally getting comfortable in his role as the boss of his dad's Chevrolet dealership after a season filled with hardships. Just as Owen finds his rhythm his father, played by Richard Gant, tells him that he's going to sell the dealership to their biggest competitor. Terry's storyline, which is the weakest of the three but still not weak at all, is about him quitting his job at Owen's dealership to follow his newfound gift and passion of directing, after he helped direct a set of commercials for the dealership. None of these storylines sound life Earth shakers, I know, but you'd have to watch the magic onscreen that exudes from Romano, Braugher and Bakula, all finely gifted at this craft called acting, to truly get and appreciate it. I have a fond spot in my heart for show's that are able to convey what is real life and this show is one of the best I've ever seen and one of the best show's all around on TV.