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'Looking' Back RECAP: Episode 18, 'Looking For Home' - FINALE SPOILERS

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Low ratings (and cranky commenters) be damned. I sure hope this show comes back for a third season. It’s no secret that Looking isn’t the most tightly paced drama on television, but, two seasons deep, that should no longer be a surprise. What it’s got going for it though is its cinematic feel, layered performances, and stories of some (not all) gay men that we don’t often see on television.

Having seen the entire second season and how it so brilliantly mirrored last season’s narrative arc, I think a third round of episodes — even a shortened order — could provide some necessary closure. Last season we got to glimpse Patrick’s attempt at a relationship with Richie. This season he played house with Kevin. We need one more to put the triangle to rest.

Even if you’re over Patrick’s romantic troubles, I’m just not ready to say goodbye to Doris (Lauren Weedman) and Eddie (Daniel Franzese). Please, Emmy voters, pay attention to these two star-making performances. Their characters added so much to the series, and buoyed the sort of navel-gazing narcissism that can, at times, plague the central trio.

Let’s dig into tonight’s finale, AFTER THE JUMP

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'Looking' Back RECAP: Episode 17, 'Looking For Sanctuary' - SPOILERS

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While "Looking For Sanctuary" wasn’t without its narrative weaknesses, tonight’s episode was fairly strong thematically. Drama — like Stooges, little pigs and celebrity deaths — comes in threes. Take Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Kevin (Russell Tovey) and Richie (Raúl Castillo). Or Patrick, Kevin and Jon (Joe Williamson). Or Patrick, his mother (Julia Duffy) and sister. Or Patrick’s mother, his father and her doctor friend. Or Dom (Murray Bartlett) and Doris (Lauren Weedman) and Malik (Bashir Salahuddin). Or Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Eddie (Daniel Franzese) and Frank (OT Fagbenle). It seemed everywhere you turned, there was conflict. And when you turned again, there was more.

But it wasn’t just the dynamics of the drama that echoed across tonight’s stories.

There was a common enemy as well, and that’s time. Let's chat more about it, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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What To Watch This Week On TV: An 'Idol' Visits 'Empire'; Getting 'Slap' Happy

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— It’s going to be like that old Maxell commercial when the powerful pipes of Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige come storming onto a new episode of Empire Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern on Fox. Read about Empire star Jussie Smollett's coming out here.

Looking at more chicken, wigged-out flight attendants and more on TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'Looking' Back RECAP: Episode 16, 'Looking For Glory' - SPOILERS

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The back half of this season has really been rewarding viewers who have stuck with this show and invested in the characters. We're only one episode into the next phase of Kevin (Russell Tovey) and Patrick (Jonathan Groff)'s relationship, and already there's been plenty of developments. Without the excitement and drama of the affair, how will their romance take shape?

Let's chat a little about what went down tonight,  AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'Looking' Back: Episode 15, 'Looking For A Plot' - RECAP

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For an episode titled “Looking For A Plot,” this may have been one of the most eventful episodes of the series yet. While the ‘plot’ in the title refers to a burial plot and not the narrative arc, it still felt like a response to some audience members who keep throwing the word 'boring.' Tonight was an example of what this show is capable of at its best.

On top of some of the larger developments that happened throughout the episode, tonight was also a showcase of the immensely talented Lauren Weedman as Doris. She’s been the acerbic comic relief, but thanks to her relationship with Malik (Bashir Salahuddin), she’s becoming a more fleshed out character. In “Looking For A Plot,” Doris became a richly textured character, and Weedman’s masterful performance lent depth to Doris as she laughed, cried and danced her heart out to “Walking On Sunshine.”

 Let's dish on the trip to Modesto, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'Looking' Back: Episode 14, 'Looking For Gordon Freeman'

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It's often easy to forget that Looking is technically considered a comedy, but tonight's episode, "Looking For Gordon Freeman," seemed to have more laughs than usual. Sure, there were the usual zingers from Daniel Franzese's Eddie ("You know a party's really awesome when everyone starts talking about AIDS,") and Doris (Lauren Weedman), but there were a few other laugh-out-lines from the rest of the cast, too (like when Murray Bartlett's Dom responded "Isn't that just for porn?" when asked about Tumblr). Then again, maybe everything Dom says is just funnier in a Sia He-Man wig.

Of course, all those small moments are nothing compared to the big, cringe-worthy tirade Patrick (Jonathan Groff) unleashed on a party stuffed with all the primary players.

Let's discuss the fallout and everything that led up to it, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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