The Last Man on Earth Fall Finale Recap: Did [Spoiler] Really Just Do That?!

Warning: The following recap contains massive friggin’ spoilers from the Last Man on Earth fall finale. Proceed with the utmost caution. 

The Last Man on Earth ended 2016 with a bang.

At the close of “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” a wounded Gail, convinced no one would ever find her in that godforsaken elevator, loaded her gun with the intent of putting an end to her days-long misery. Meanwhile, Todd realized he could no longer protect Melissa, who wasn’t only a danger to herself, but to all of her fellow survivors. Let’s recap:

lmoe_ep309_sc17_0097_hires2A TALE OF TWO GAILS | In an effort to get Carol’s mind off of Gail, Tandy surprised Carol with a belated honeymoon, recreating the camp site where they first met. While there, the two of them went fishing in a nearby lake, where Tandy used the likes of a mink coat and a Rembrandt painting to make up for the lack of fish, which presumably went extinct due to the virus. Miraculously, however, Carol caught a single fish and named it Gail, in honor of her pseudo-adoptive mom.

Later that night, after a quick rendezvous featuring truly dirty thread count talk, Tandy and Carol exited their camper to find Gail had jumped out of her bucket. Seemingly dead, Carol eulogized the fish, which defied all odds by living longer than nearly every other organism on Earth. Moments later, Gail’s tail began flopping in the water; the fish was still alive after all!

Unfortunately, the other Gail wasn’t so lucky. After a failed attempt to use the Roomba to get a note to the gang, Gail grabbed her gun and began shooting at random. Regrettably, one of the shots ricochetted and wounded her upper leg, leaving her for dead. Certain that she’d never be saved, Gail grabbed a bullet and reloaded her revolver. The episode closed on an exterior shot of the abandoned office complex where she was stranded, and the sound of a gunshot, insinuating that she had taken her own life.

A CLEAR AND VERY PRESENT DANGER | Melissa, still not “right in the noggin,” proved difficult for Todd to look after upon her return. She managed to sneak up to the roof, where she stood on the ledge and joked about jumping. Out of options, Todd took Erica’s advice and relocated his ex to a room that locks from the outside, where she could be monitored via a two-way mirror and kept out of harm’s way.

STICK THE LANDING | After weeks of trying to master the flight simulator, Lewis finally taught himself how to properly land a plane. Seeing if he’s successfully able to fly to Tokyo and track down Mark (assuming that he’s still alive) should make for an interesting arc once Season 3 resumes in 2017.

Did Todd do right by Melissa? Is Gail really dead?! Grade the Last Man fall finale via the poll, then drop a comment below.

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11 Comments
  1. Scott says:

    The final scene shook me

  2. canukchick says:

    The gun flash was on a higher floor. I thought Gail was on the main floor?

  3. Michael says:

    This is not a comedy.

  4. Juan says:

    I really hope the ending was a fake out because if not that is going to be really sad ending to Gail. This midseason finale was sad.

  5. Mike says:

    Shows got incredibly stupid this season. Not sure why I’m still watching.

  6. rebecca says:

    Gail will survive, just like the fish did.

    • Panda says:

      I was thinking the same thing! Sort of like a metaphor or something! That’s what I’m hoping for at least. It was a real bummer episode ;-;

  7. Keith Marran says:

    I don’t know about this show anymore. I’m getting tired of the “Isn’t Tandy annoying” jokes. They dragged out Gail’s fate way too long (3 episodes since she got stuck and still no resolution). Melissa going crazy was interesting at first but now she’s gone so crazy that it just doesn’t ring true.

    It feels like they’re making this all up as they go.

  8. Jim says:

    I’m finally throwing in the towel on this show. Will Forte just isn’t very funny. Like most of his SNL characters, Tandy is funny for about 5 minutes and then just super-annoying. The rest of the characters have become uninteresting…..it’s like they have no idea what to do with these characters.