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5 things that have to happen in the 'Looking' movie

It was a sad day for Looking fans on Wednesday, when HBO officially announced that the show will not be continuing on to a third season. To appease us (for we are a small but mighty fan base), the network has declared that the show will conclude with one more “special episode.”

On Wednesday morning, the show’s co-creator, Michael Lannan, revealed on Twitter that the Looking crew will create a movie in place of another season—though it has not yet been announced when that installment will air or when it will be set, in terms of the show’s time line. The standard length of a movie (one and a half to two hours) would encompass three or four Looking episodes.

Considering these limitations, what are the storylines, character developments, and special moments that need to make it into Looking’s very last chapter? Here are our best suggestions:

5. Doris and Malik get a scene of their own

5 Things that Have to Happen in Looking

Season two was dramatically improved by the increased presence of Doris (Lauren Weedman, who was bumped up to series regular). In season one, she was mostly there for comedic relief—the funny gal who makes a joke and then disappears off screen. But in season two, her relationship with Dom (Murray Bartlett) was given the space it deserved; Doris soared, becoming one of the show’s most vital elements.

If the Looking movie is to continue Doris’ development as a fully realized character who exists apart from Dom, she and her perfect boyfriend, Malik (Bashir Salahuddin), need to get a scene or two of their own, separate from the three boys. Their relationship has yet to be given the attention it deserves. Now that Doris and Dom are “broken up” (though still besties, of course) it’s the ideal time to dive deeper into the next phase of Doris’ life as she strikes out into uncharted territory: romantic love.

4. Dom opens his damn chicken window

5 Things that Have to Happen in Looking

Throughout Looking‘s run, Dom has struggled with his lack of financial and professional success. His insecurities hurt his relationship with Lynn (Scott Bakula), and they nearly ruined his friendship with Doris. In the second season finale, his chicken window is almost up and running. It hardly matters whether the business thrives or fails (though seeing characters down in the trenches is almost always more interesting than seeing them on top of the world).

What does matter is that Dom gets to fulfill his dream and prove to himself that he can make something on his own. And, of course, that San Francisco finally gets to taste some peri peri chicken.

3. More characters explore where they come from

5 Things that Have to Happen on Looking

Two of the best episodes Looking has ever done are “Looking for Truth” this season and “Looking for the Future” last year. In both, Patrick (Jonathon Groff) and Richie (Raúl Castillo) take a day trip to Richie’s old neighborhood and spend hours alone with each other, during which they reveal small, important details from their childhoods, share family secrets, and expose themselves in intimate ways—without ever taking off their clothes. Both these episodes (as well as the episode in which Dom and Doris return home for her father’s funeral) give the audience a huge amount of insight into these characters by showing us where they come from.

In the movie, Kevin (Russell Tovey) and Augustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) deserve the same treatment. Patrick’s family has already argued over whether Kevin can come for Christmas dinner. If he and Patrick are still together when the film takes place, why not have the whole Matheson clan fly in for the holiday? Augustín’s parents can come too.

Okay, perhaps this isn’t the most natural setup, but we’re squeezed for time, and these two characters’ backstories are the least developed.

2. Augustín finds happiness

5 Things that Have to Happen in Looking

There’s no one more divisive on Looking than Augustín. For a show with no “bad” characters, he’s managed to make a few enemies, not least among fans. But Augustín is also the person who’s experienced the most growth. He’s in a completely different place at the end of season two than he was last year. That development deserves more recognition, as does Eddie (Daniel Franzese), who’s been the driving force behind Augustín’s positive changes.

So, as much for Eddie’s sake as for Augie’s, the movie should focus on their shared happiness in one another. Because when Augustín is in a good place, he’s actually a really great friend. And Patrick will probably need one of those.

1. Patrick makes a decision

5 Things that Have to Happen in Looking

One of the ways in which Looking is most realistic is that the characters’ relationships often come down to timing. This is more true for Patrick than anyone else. He could wind up with Kevin or with Richie; neither is the wrong choice, but much of his decision (and theirs) will depend on who he best fits with at this moment in his life. Of course, if he does choose Richie, Richie will then have to make the same choice regarding Brady (Chris Perfetti) and Patrick.

The one thing we do know after the season finale is that Patty is ready to move forward, one way or the other. We’re just going to have to wait and see who he’s ready to move forward with.

How do you feel about the end of Looking, and what do you want to happen before the show wraps up for good? Let us know!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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