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In a media culture hurtling by at an increasingly frantic pace, a percentage of the audience can be counted upon to seek out any such novelty.
Their curiosity satisfied, much of America will move on, letting the made-up Hennessy family and those who loved the actual man grieve privately, offscreen.
Sagal's performance is pitch-perfect as a woman who suddenly finds herself both a widow and a single mom in one fell swoop.
That's not to say that the cast and creators skimmed over the difficult topics.
There are some very real, very deep, and very touching emotional moments, especially in the first few episodes after the death of Paul Hennessy, Ritter's character.
Similarly, the underlying plot thread — in which all the characters feel guilt about their final encounters with the family’s late patriarch — was so neatly resolved (Paul, a newspaper columnist, magically addressed their concerns through a posthumously discovered column) as to feel a bit cloying.
For the most part, Sagal pulled off the most demanding aspects of the episode, even saddled with dialogue like ‘We don’t deserve this” as she questions God about the unfairness of life.