Kate Harrison’s time on Trophy Wife ends with tonight’s series finale (ABC, 9:30/8:30c), but as the show’s EPs tell TVLine, her journey as a wife and stepmother is only just beginning.
Below, Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern preview the full-circle finale, reflect on their own favorite moments from the season, then tease what the future might hold for the Trophy Wife universe and all who dwell within it.
TVLINE | Can you set the finale up for us? What should we prepare ourselves for?
HASKINS | The episode is really on the nose, thematically. It’s a Mother’s Day-themed episode, and it directly addresses a question that Kate’s been playing with all season: What is her role as a stepmom to these kids, and what does it mean to be a mother? She gets really excited about helping the kids create a special Mother’s Day experience, and then things go awry when Pete has to be gone all weekend because his law firm is in the midst of a huge crisis.
TVLINE | I feel like this show, especially via Warren and Bert, is about embracing what makes you different. Was that intentional on your part?
HASKINS | We wanted the characters to feel unique, but also like real characters. In the case of those two, the actors really informed their own characters. I think Warren became an exaggerated — and perhaps less bright — version of Ryan [Lee], and Bert is actually a lot like the real Albert [Tsai]. He’s very outspoken and intellectually curious.
TVLINE | I’ve seen the Scandal episode more times than I can count; do either of you have a favorite episode, or one you’re most proud of?
HALPERN | We’re proud of all of them — they all feel like your baby — but there was one that recently aired where the central story was about Warren joining the field hockey team, and I think that wound up being a favorite. The ending felt very satisfying. That moment at the end, when Warren comes out with his field hockey stick and the music starts playing, was one of those satisfying montages.
HASKINS | I also think the finale is going to be a favorite for many people. It really pulls all the characters together, especially the adult women, in a really fun way.
TVLINE | Speaking of those women, you have some incredible actresses on the show. Did you try to get them together every chance you could?
HASKINS | Oh, absolutely. Those three actresses are all so funny and they play such different characters. It’s so great and so much fun.
HALPERN | A lot of their conflicts are based on them having different perspectives and coming at things in a different way. Ultimately they have the same goal, which is to be good parents, but conflict certainly plays better and funnier and more interesting than everyone getting along.
HASKINS | Diane is the “intellectual” of the group, but they’re all intelligent women. It’s fun because when they’re nitpicking at each other, they get to be a little immature and silly, and that’s great comedy — watching grownups acting stupid.
TVLINE | Does the finale offer up a sense of closure for the characters?
HASKINS | Maybe… Maybe not…
HALPERN |There’s a sense of possibility. We wrote it thinking it would be a season finale, not a series finale, so we hope it feels like a satisfying ending. We hope that people who enjoyed the season will appreciate it as an ending, but it certainly doesn’t feel like nothing could happen after that. It doesn’t feel like the series is over.
TVLINE | “A sense of possibility”? Now you have me thinking things…
HALPERN | I swear that wasn’t even a tease or a hint. You won’t finish it thinking, “Oh my God! Who got killed?” I just think we touch on different areas, like going deeper into Pete’s work life and exploring that dynamic — how his work dictates his relationship with Kate. There’s more discussion about them and their future. We were sort of opening the door and expanding in different ways.
TVLINE | In your minds, what might the future hold for Kate and the others?
HALPERN | In Kate’s case, if Season 1 was watching her assimilation into this family, I think we’ll hopefully find her in a place where she’s more comfortable in her role as a mom. We can look at her and say, “Now what? What’s her next step?” Whether that’s something in her personal life, or something in her professional life, that’s what we were thinking for her.
TVLINE | Any closing thoughts?
HALPERN | Maybe it sounds a little corny, but we’re just so grateful for this. We’ve been so happy with the reception and the response from fans. There are a number of things — including the future of Trophy Wife — that are out of our hands. When you work on a number of different shows, you see the different types of environments, and the fact that we have everyone watching and tweeting about the show, people seem to want to come back to this job.
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