Christina Applegate

Judy ( dellini) is about to have a whole set of tracks to cover up.

spoiler alert for Dead To Me. Do not read unless ’ve seen the full son.

From the very episode, ’s Dead to Me is one twist after the , a sbing web of s and deceit that has on the edge of r t, begging for more.

The show, which premie Friday, ends on one such note: the shocking of (James den) at the hands of Jen (Christina legate) that inevitably brings Judy ( dellini) back into her .

In the finale’s final , visits Jen’s late at night, a bottle of in hand. He’s pissed off that Judy emptied his account, thus putting a h on his illegal and the offer in which Jen was so invested.

By , Jen ks that Judy was driving the that hit and killed her husband, but doesn’t k was in the , too. He’s shocked to len that Jen is in the k and imtely spins it to his , ing , pretending that he wanted to come and Judy didn’t when in reality it was the opposite. 

Luckily, Jen has a pretty fine-tuned bullshit detector at this point, as well as a seething distrust for men after lening about her husband’s affr and witnessing how treated Judy.

“Don’t turn this into some blame-the-man thing,” says when she demands to k why he didn’t go back to Todd. “That’s bullshit.” 

Yeah, but it’s not n that simple, and ’s w ’s epert cherization comes to . Throughout the , is not a tetbook or nightme – but he’s still unequivocy abusive and manipulative. He surrounds Judy in a false sense of so he can continue a comfortable of ( notwithstanding), coercing her to continue the cover up even as her con screams in .

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R.I.P. to this volent snack

Judy is also a deeply fed cher, but with some semblance of an emotional compass. It was fucked up for her to befriend Jen, and she k that. It was also wrong to about the hit-and-run, and she k that, too. Judy feels her so deeply, so overwhelmingly, that while this conversation is hening she’s away, wracked with guilty sobs at the site of Todd’s and stepping in front of a because she thinks she deserves it.

At Jen’s , den plays teetering magnificently between unhinged denial and soned manipulation. On one hand, he’s trying to Jen to his the way he always did with Judy. On the , he’s brnwashing himself, ively trying to convince everyone present that Judy is the person and the one to blame because she was in the ’s t. 

What hens net is critical, and we don’t see it. The last from ’s mouth on- e a demand to k w Judy is; the net we see him, he’s facedown in Jen’s pool. The alone is a shocking twist, but on top of that, it’s a bul to the back. wasn’t at Jen when she shot him (indeed, the show points out that you don’t even know who shot him). Was he away? Did someone else follow to Jen’s and pull a shoot-and-run?

’s is an apt unifier for the two after Jen kicked Judy out of her and t her, in no ambiguous terms, that the only way she can en is to “dise off the fucking .” They’re connected in a way that lends itself to covering up yet an (possibly) accidental – a perverse tit-for-tat that could to these ing normal lives if they succeed.

We won’t get any answers at the , but Dead to Me‘s shp writing and constant escalation mean that if is a son 2, e more complications in store. And even with an , we’ll still be laughing through our tes.

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