King of Queens Reunion Wraps Up In Kevin Can Wait Finale — Grade It

Kevin Can Wait closed out Season 1 on Monday with an episode that doubled as a conclusion to the two-part King of Queens reunion between Leah Remini and Kevin James. (Looking for a recap of Part 1? Click here.)

The episode began with James’ current and former on-screen wives finally coming face-to-face, with Vanessa asking Donna how she ever puts up with Kevin. (“Just pretending to be his wife gives me agita.”) Kevin and Vanessa then hit the road to attend Domingo and Maritza’s art show in Boston. Upon checking in at the hotel, the bickering cops argued over who would get the bed and who would get the pullout, before Vanessa let Kevin have it for taking advantage of the minibar. (Are we sure this wasn’t just a lost episode of The King of Queens?)

Later, Vanessa snuck out to attend the art show without Kevin, purposely letting her unwanted partner sleep in so she could solve the case on her own. Unfortunately for her, housekeeping eventually woke Kevin up, who arrived at the art show threatening to blow their cover if she refused to work with him. Domingo then approached the duo, revealing to them that the art wasn’t actually stolen or counterfeit, as they had suspected. He was, however, using the event to distract from the real crime going on at a nearby warehouse: As Kevin and Vanessa would quickly discover, Domingo was smuggling narcotics across state lines.

Almost as soon as Kevin and Vanessa cracked the case, an armed Domingo approached Vanessa, revealing to her that he knew that she and Kevin were undercover cops. Kevin then attempted to swoop in from above — Paul Blart: Mall Cop style — to take out Domingo, but his efforts miserably failed. As a result, the drug smuggler tied both of them up, giving the cops ample time to work through their issues. It was then that Vanessa revealed that the reason she loathed Kevin was because he once embarrassed her on the local news following a big case. Kevin apologized, and once untied, the partners set out to take down Domingo. Within seconds, though, Domingo arrived on the scene held at gunpoint by Maritza, who would reveal herself to be a undercover FBI agent. (It doesn’t quite make sense that Kevin and Vanessa were left in the dark about her true identity this entire time, but let’s not get hung up on the details.)

After returning home, Kevin learned that Donna had gone ahead and quit her job after being passed up for a promotion at school, meaning both of them are now unemployed. Kevin insisted that he had no intention of going back on the force full-time, but the door was at least left open should the writers come to their senses decide that the show is in need of a creative overhaul as it enters Season 2.

Were you pleased with the conclusion of The King of Queens reunion? And perhaps more importantly, how are you feeling about Kevin Can Wait as a whole at the end of Season 1? Weigh in via our polls, then chime in below.

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  1. Nicholas Cullen says:

    The first season was good despite haters talking trash about the show

  2. Rena Hamm says:

    Hope to see Leah Remini in future episodes! 😀

  3. Gary KONKEL says:

    What was wrong with Leah’s mouth thoughout part two?

    • think the use to much botox.

      • Jim says:

        I think so too…but the one thing that bothers me most is that they have dyed Kevin James’ hair way too dark. It was brown on King Of Queens, not jet black. It’s distracting, and he should dial it back.

      • Lafferty says:

        It’s not botox. It’s a filler that way too many people in Hollywood, mostly women but a few men, bizarrely overdo. You’d think that they would learn from other actors who have turned themselves into fish faces. She still has her comedy chops, though.

  4. Tom says:

    I mean, it’s not the worst show ever. It’s better than a lot of stuff.

  5. TV Gord says:

    This show is better than Man With A Plan, but that’s not saying much. Both shows have distracting laugh tracks that seem to go off even when nothing funny is said or done. I agree that a creative overhaul can only help this show.

    • Jim says:

      Man With A Plan has improved since the beginning of the season. The cast is starting to click, even the kids, and the last few episodes have been much funnier. The addition of Swoosie Kurtz and Stacy Keach has helped. Taking the focus away from the school has been a plus as well.

      I think Kevin Can Wait would benefit from Kevin going back on the force, at least part time. I also think they need to expand screen time for Chale…to me, he’s the funniest part of the show. I’d like to see Kevin start a detective agency working with Chale. I think Kevin James and Erinn Hayes have good chemistry, but it would be fun to have Leah Remini in a recurring role.

      Overall, I’m happy to see that multi-camera sitcoms are still viable.

      • Lafferty says:

        You should write for this show. Your ideas are far better than anything that’s happened this season until they brought back Remini.

        • Lafferty says:

          Man with a Plan still sucks, imo. The only reason to watch it is to look at Matt LeBlanc who is aging very nicely.

  6. Evelyn Forte says:

    Leah Remini helped, their chemistry together is great! The son in law should be used more often, he’s the only other funny character in the show. There just seems to be something missing with this show. Not nearly as funny as King of Queens.

  7. Tomm Huntre says:

    I like this show but it could use some creative tweaks.

    Leah as a recurring guest star would work, say maybe a third of the episodes. Maybe create a friendship with Kevin’s wife.

  8. Lafferty says:

    I’m not a Kevin James fan but he and Leah Remini are a modern day Lucy and Ethel. I’ve eatched the show occasionally this season in an effort to break my Dancing With the Stars habit since it has gotten down to “stars” I’ve never heard of but I wouldn’t watch it otherwise. The only really funny character is their middle child and she gests about thirty seconds of air time.

  9. Tiffany says:

    Very disappointed with Kevin Can Wait. Fan of Kevin James but this sitcom is terrible. Will not be watching. I did like seeing Kevin and Leah together again.

  10. Terry says:

    Love this show and never miss it. It started a little slow, but got better each week. The finale was hilarious, especially letting the wife and ex partner team up on Kevin. The ex cop friends need to be trimmed back as they don’t offer that much. The Dutch next door neighbor was a good addition also. Can’t wait for season two.

  11. Sandra says:

    Love Kevin James and Leah Remini together. Kevin can wait is just ok. Best episodes were with Leah. Gary Valentine is also fun to watch.

  12. Ken says:

    Why can’t we just bring Leah Remni back as his wife and start new in season 2. The chemistry is undeniable

  13. Ken says:

    Let’s bring Leah Remini back as his wife and start new for season 2. They just feed off each other so well.

  14. K Gregory says:

    Nothing can make this show better! The kids are almost never in the show because they are terrible actors. You can just about guess what is going to happen next. Fat guy fall and roll or getting stuck in something. Kevin’s act has never evolved as time goes by so his act is stale. The wife is too young and doesn’t fit as an ex cop’s wife. Chale is boring, predictable, but probably the best actor on the show. Kevin should lose some weight and try to come up with something other than the fat- juvenile over indulging trash that he trying to sell As comedy here.