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Your problems don't end when people stop watching you on TV.
To me, the great message of this episode was when Jason said (in her mind) "Alicia, you don't know yourself at all, do you?" (Or words to that effect.) She obviously understands, on some level, that self-examination is the first step towards happiness, but instead has another glass of wine.
Alicia, by the end, was becoming hard to root for. This is not something that viewers of a long-running series will easily accept. But not all change is growth, and it's a courageous TV series that is willing to invest seven years in a lead character who demonstrates this. Alicia ended the series as a different person, and it was absorbing to follow those changes. That new Alicia, however, was arguably less "good" than she was at the start. More calculating, more self-centered, more indifferent to the damage she can do.
Amazing that this was a network TV show at all.
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