Episode 7 of Somebody Somewhere begins with Sam working in Trish’s shop, cheerfully interacting with customers. Trish is still torn up over what’s happened with Rick but doesn’t want to talk about it. She does, however, praise Sam for a job well done.
Out of all the bridges burned or mended this season, Trish and Sam are finally back on the same page.
Trish isn’t the only one who doesn’t want to talk; Joel is stuck in a rut and going through the motions following what’s happened. Sam shows up later on and deciding they should find him a new church.
So off they go, visiting one establishment where Joel gets a feel for the place. Despite it seemingly being perfect, Joel admits after the sermon that he’s not a churchgoer anymore and he’s turned away from this.
Sam shows up to see Rick at the motel, intending to pick something up for Trish. Rick has taken to choir practice now too, and despite his pleasant words, Sam cannot forgive that he screwed Charity. She calls him an idiot and leaves.
Sam shows up at Tricia’s shop soon after, where hostility ensues between the pair. Sam is left to watch helplessly, before Joel shows and directs traffic. He recites lines from the Bible and tells the pair to patch up their differences or be done with it.
Meanwhile, Ed heads off to visit Mary-Jo at the care-home. After a private meeting, seemingly about finances, Mary-Jo decides to discharge herself but heads home with a list of meetings to attend. It seems she’s serious about kicking her alcohol addiction and in doing so, makes sure she’s not a financial burden to Ed.
Intending to inspire Joel, Sam eventually sings in the barn for everyone before heading off on a road trip. It’s a really joyous occasion, given Sam has found a bunch of relatable characters to share her wins and losses with. However, when she heads home again and lies down on her bed, Sam reflects on the journey she’s taken and begins crying. She rolls over, as the episode comes to a close.
The Episode Review
Somebody Somewhere bows out its final episode with a somewhat open conclusion, one that leaves many questions over where our characters will end up going forward. It’s clear that Sam is still carrying a fair amount of trauma with her, which is typified by that final shot.
However, there’s a good job done here airing out Sam and Joel’s issues, with the pair helping one another to cope with their problems. For that alone, the show has done a decent job but the ending doesn’t really feel like a finale of sorts, in fact there could easily be several more episodes tacked on the end of this.
Either way though, the moral of the story is that time does heal wounds but sometimes it takes longer than you think. Those who look the most cheerful on the outside could be carrying a fair amount of trauma and baggage with them.
This is ultimately the message of this slice of life drama, which rounds out its 7 episode run with a reflective and thought provoking final chapter.