Wasn't awful; wasn't great. Pretty typical of the last few seasons. I'd still love to know what Maples' original plans were for the show, and where he ultimately hoped to wind things up. I think it would have been a very different result. After season 2 Mary never really seemed to progress as a character, and the show stagnated as a result.
I totally agree. I had stopped watching last year but when I heard it was ending started back to see how they would end it. There were some good moments and ideas like having Mary resolve her issues with her father. That was the major problem for her character so we are led to believe she will now be free to grow and develop and maybe learn to trust someone again. For a character like Mary - that is as good as it would ever get.
The bad was having Brandy return and be pregnant but not name the father. What was the point of that? Ditto with Jinx - they didn't really clear anything up for that character, so not even sure why she came back. Maybe it was supposed to be funny that they were holding a fake wake for Mary's Dad even though he had no friends? Just unneccesarily sad and actually the kind of writing that doomed this series.
At one point they (M&M) seemed to be heading toward romantic love, but it had turned to partner or brother/sister love lately, so this ending went along with the way things have been lately.
Maybe if they had resolved Mary's relationship with her father after season 2 and allowed Mary to grow as a character they would still be churning out entertaining episodes.