After the accident, Robert has been comatized for a year and Holly's memory is in disarray. The Walkers have seen major changes - gone the family business and winery. What splendid scope now for more realistic, character-based plots!
Sadly this final season proves uneven. The highlights are great, sometimes very funny. Nora's radio venture works out well enough (although forgotten for long stretches), as does her rekindled romance. Kevin and Scott have worthy storylines (despite his career as a lawyer largely ignored). A major asset is artist (and underwear model) Luc - Sarah hopefully to prove worthy of him. Justin's paramedic work is only superficially touched upon, emphasis more on his being attracted by every new pretty face. Worst of all, Kitty - once so interesting and articulate - is reduced to two implausible (and rather tacky) relationships.
The main weakness, though, is that the Walker family does not seem to have evolved - it still proof that smother-mother Nora has produced clingy offspring unable to grow up. Not for them (except Tommy) quitting the nest to stand on their own two feet. Instead each day they are forever on the phone, meddling in each other's lives, betraying secrets almost at the speed of light, get-togethers inevitably disintegrating into rows. For five seasons most incomers felt swamped and have fled. Well done, Scott - a rare exception!
22 episodes. Guest stars include Beau Bridges and Richard Chamberlain. Bonuses comprise commentaries, a gag reel, an item on the scriptwriters, a feature on charismatic Gilles Marini (Luc).
Many hail the series as a celebration of family life, they recognizing in the Walkers so much of themselves. Although I am one not nearly as keen, the final sequence moved me more than expected. Perhaps the Walkers had greater impact than seemed at the time? Four stars therefore, instead of the three originally intended.