My, how time flies when you get distracted by pretty people! Tonight is the season finale (gone so soon??) of my personal newest guilty pleasure, Melrose Place. The show started with a bang in the fall of 2009 but whimpered to its corner before the holidays, injured by low ratings and somewhat unfair comparisons to the original. Last month the show returned with a spring premiere that saw the departure of some newbs and the return of some oldies but goodies. And just as things are finally picking up-- and the infamous Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro) has rightly been brought to the frontburner again-- the show is on it's way out again, and perhaps this time for good.
In tonight's episode, entitled "Wilshire," Amanda (Heather Locklear) fires Ella (Katie Cassidy) from WPK. However, not one to go out without a fight, Ella searches for anything to blackmail Amanda. Unfortunately for one of the ladies, the end result is worse than she could have ever imagined.
Meanwhile, after attending a NYU reunion, Jonah (Michael Rady) asks Riley (Jessica Lucas) to reconcile. Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen) and David (Shaun Sipos) get back together but a jealous Morgan (guest star Melissa Ordway) retaliates and puts Lauren’s life in jeopardy. Drew (Nick Zano) tries to stop Michael (Thomas Calabro) from performing a dangerous surgery, but Michael sets Drew up to get caught with drugs, causing Drew to be thrown out of ULA. Finally, Sydney () makes a surprise appearance once again!
With all of that on deck, there's a little something for everyone, which should allow the show to finally find its audience-- as well as its legs. The original didn't find either until mid-season two, after all, so here's hoping The CW is as understanding.
But for now The CW hasn't officially picked up Melrose Place for a second season, so be sure to tune into "Wilshire" tonight at 9pm for what may prove to be your last glimpse of 4616 Melrose.