In the second season finale ("Four Weddings and a Funeral Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral" S1E21), the group comes together to celebrate their friend Derrick's (Stephen Guarino) marriage to his boyfriend Eric (Nate Smith), seen for the first time in this episode. This is actually the third wedding in the show's run so far. The first was in the series opener when Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) left Dave (Zachary Knighton) at the altar. The second wedding episode was for an old friend of the group, Shershow (T.J. Miller) which also guest-starred Derrick, pretending to be Penny's (Casey Wilson) fiancé.
At the start of "Four Weddings and a Funeral..." Penny is really excited for the wedding, finally having a real date, but when her boyfriend brakes up with her, she starts to feel depressed about her life as the "Year or Penny" comes to an anti-climactic end. She isn't the only one feeling bad though, as Jane (Eliza Coupe) finds out that she is the only member of the group that was not asked to be a member of the wedding party.
While the rest of the group is all exited for their friend's big day, Max (Adam Pally) soon learns that Derrick wants him to reunite with his former Madonna cover band, "Mandonna," and perform at the reception. Max is hesitant, but after yet another odd but enlightening pep talk from Alex, Max decides to don his tight pants and get back on stage with his former band-mates.
In the midst of all of the wedding excitement in "Four Weddings and a Funeral..." Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) gets fired and is having a hard time breaking it to Jane, who finally gets to be in the wedding after a groomsman mysteriously comes down with food poisoning. Calling her the "Black Widow," or "Black Wid's," Jane denies any fault, but is all too eager to get in and help out when Eric reveals that he can't afford as much as Derrick wants, enlisting her help to make everything as perfect as it can be for Derrick.
When Dave and Penny sneak away for a minute, Penny thinks they share a moment, which alludes to an earlier episode this season where Penny's psychiatrist thinks she has some undeveloped feelings for him. When she starts to explore what this means, she goes to talk to Alex, only to find the two of them in what appears to be a rekindling of their relationship.
To Penny's luck, even though Derrick seats her at the Skype table, she is still able to meet someone at the wedding, and Chris (Brian Austin Green), who is home with a broken leg, may turn out to be the love interest Penny's been waiting for.
"Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)" was so packed with various events that it seemed to fly by. Contrary to the majority of episodes, which involve scheming and shenanigans, this week's finale was very nice and heart-warming. It tied everything up nicely and planted plenty of seeds for the next season in the fall. Stephen Guarino was hilarious as always, and it was nice to see the finale center around his character after all of his guest appearances over the last two years. It also brings things full circle on Dave and Alex's relationship, giving us plenty to look forward to for next season.
As far as finales go, it accomplished everything it was meant to do. We, as an audience, are left feeling happy for our characters, and longing for more as we see them off onto the next chapter in life. It seems that this season, Happy Endings lived up to its name.
I give this week's season finale of Happy Endings a 5 outta 5.
"Five minutes is plenty of time for the Black Widow," Penny Hartz - "Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)" S1E21 - Finale