Well, I guess that’s all, my friends. We laughed, we cried, we learned about chicken bog, we maybe kinda sorta figured out who peed on Jessica’s bed. And last night’s Welcome to Myrtle Manor season finale (Season 1, Episode 10, “My Big Fat Trailer Park Wedding”) on TLC marked the end of this trailer park’s story. That is, until season two! Because it was totally renewed, y’all! I’m personally very excited that I don’t have to leave Myrtle Manor behind forever, especially after the finale left us with such a
cliffhanger. Let’s talk it out, shall we?
We start the episode with Becky breaking the news that yes, Cecil has indeed sold the trailer park. But that doesn’t mean they’re not going to put on the best, trailer-parkiest wedding possible to prove him wrong. Becky wants to be able to say, “Daddy, I told you so.” Because there’s nothing like a trailer park wedding between two people who barely know each other to convince somebody they’ve made a mistake. I think they found the perfect solution for keeping the park open when Bandit confessed, “I would take my good shoulder bone out just to save the park from being sold.” Hello! The solution is staring you in the face, Becky!
Meanwhile, Jared and his bride-to-be Chelsey are off to get their marriage license, because they are serious about this marriage, y’all. They can even cite their reasons for getting married. Jared’s is “that ass,” and Chelsey’s is “Jared’s face.” Ah, romance. Of course, even they admit, “We have no idea what we’re doing.” I can always count on this show to say exactly what I’m thinking. Unfortunately, Chelsey’s mom breaks it to her that she can’t make it to the wedding. Likely because even she doesn’t believe it’s actually happening.
Meanwhile, Jessica visits Roy and Gina for a so-not-revenge-but-maybe-just-a-little-bit-revenge makeover that’s kind of to rub in Taylor’s face but is totally just for Jessica. As you can see, it makes a whole lotta sense. Roy and Gina are simply not equipped to deal with Jessica’s flaming red hair situation, so they call their friend for back-up. The resulting haircut is absolutely gorgeous and mature. You’re looking good, Jessica! Taylor of course takes notice, and I don’t know where their relationship stands at the end of the episode. I guess we’ll just have to wait until the next urination investigation threatens to tear them apart.
Before we get to the trailer park wedding, it’s time to talk about the other will they/won’t they relationship of the series: Marvin and Anne. First there were homemade scents and flamingo prints, and this episode there was a corsage! Marvin says he loves Anne, and Anne says she’d go on a date with Marvin, so what are these two waiting for? I knew they’d be the Ross and Rachel of this show.
Okay, friends. I’m just going to come out and admit that I thought Jared and Chelsey’s wedding was really sweet. Chelsey’s family ends up coming, without explaining whether or not it was just a big trick or if they actually couldn’t come at first. Either way, her mother still manages to ask if she’s pregnant, and Jared still manages to make a fool of himself in front of Chelsey’s dad. But the good news is that Anne thinks Jared and Chelsey’s baby could “be as beautiful as young Elizabeth Taylor.” So… that’s good, I guess. I was also pretty impressed with how lovely Taylor’s piano-playing is as Chelsey walks down the aisle, and the image of the happy couple driving off into the sunset in that golf cart was just so absurdly beautiful.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Myrtle Manor is a very heartwarming show. It might be fake and it might be trashy sometimes, but it’s ultimately about community and friendship. Sure, there have been a few fights, but compared to the altercations you watch on a typical trashy reality show, Myrtle Manor‘s have been pretty tame.
The sense of community was so beautiful it even made Cecil think twice about his decision to sell the park. And he’s gonna get it back, y’all! Do I believe the park was ever sold in the first place? Personally, not at all. But it made for entertaining TV that was feel-good instead of feel-bad. And that’s pretty special, I think.