Rob Lowe ended up dy­ing in that car crash. Tragic. But at least he died pretty.

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DO YOU need a minute to get your emo­tions un­der con­trol? Or has that ship sailed for you and Brothers & Sis­ters? I re­mem­ber Rob Lowe’s first death scene, the one in the carpark. He’d just fin­ished talk­ing at a rally, po­lit­i­cal ca­reer couldn’t have been rosier, he’s on his way back to the Es­calade — or maybe that’s a de­tail I just made up for our ben­e­fit — it prob­a­bly wasn’t an Es­calade, even if he was a Repub­li­can. I seem to re­call he was even start­ing to look sweaty and that bad colour at the rally, and again, I could eas­ily just be em­bel­lish­ing this story.

But he was def­i­nitely start­ing to strug­gle to walk and when he clutched his chest, or his arm, and keeled over. We thought it was all over, then. The show, I mean. Be­cause once Rob Lowe left Brothers & Sis­ters, it was good­night Irene.

I’m sure Sally Field thought ev­ery­one was watch­ing it to see her, but they weren’t.

The rat­ings fell to the ground quicker than Rob Lowe hav­ing a heart at­tack.

But he lived, weak as a kit­ten, and so was the show. (Try putting Rob Lowe out the front of a movie though and see what hap­pens. It’ll die too. Funny old para­dox.)

He and Kitty had prob­lems, she slept with an­other bloke I think, or sat next to one on a park bench, and Rob Lowe ended up dy­ing, for good this time, in that car crash. Tragic. But at least he died pretty.

And now here’s Kitty get­ting off with a 27-year-old named Seth. She and her sis­ter Sarah al­ways have younger guys on this show. This re­in­forces their at­trac­tive­ness, and there­fore their au­di­ence’s at­trac­tive­ness, and it makes them — ev­ery­one — feel bet­ter about them­selves.

Mon­day night, for the last ever episode, Sarah — Rachel Grif­fiths — is mar­ry­ing the French su­per­model/artist lover she met in her dream se­quence. When I write it like that, on pa­per, and read it, it sounds like the most ridicu­lous thing ever.

This show, hats off, al­ways man­aged to turn noth­ing into some­thing. Noth­ing ever re­ally hap­pened on this show. It’s not set in a hos­pi­tal or a law firm, they’ve got noth­ing to rely on but an in­su­lar fam­ily and Sally Field’s long-dead hus­band who had a se­cret other life.

On the last show, for in­stance, there’s a sit­u­a­tion with the wed­ding cake. It doesn’t show up, emer­gency cup cakes have to be pulled out of nowhere. Some­one wants some­one else to come to the wed­ding but Sarah doesn’t want him to come, so Kitty and Kevin, who is also the wed­ding plan­ner, sing a song from their child­hood, which makes her laugh and re­lent.

Sarah also has to de­cide on her ‘‘ some­thing old’’ part of that an­cient wed­ding equa­tion.

‘‘ Maybe I could be my own some­thing old,’’ she says to her mother and sis­ter and Kevin as they look through a box of cos­tume jew­ellery.

As Sarah’s young daugh­ter pads her bra I thought, yep, I know where you got that pad­ding from girly — the script.

I hoped for one brief mo­ment there was go­ing to be some un­savoury Aus­tralian in­ci­dent, be­cause on the DVD Chan­nel 7 sent out it’s got writ­ten ‘‘ Walker Down The Isle’’. And I thought, yes, very clever, very tit­il­lat­ing.

Um, no. They just couldn’t spell aisle.

Last ever: Pa­tri­cia Wet­tig, Ron Rifkin, Dave Annable and Sally Field in

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