Mary Louise says it’s lies. She denies hurting Perry. Maybe she did, maybe she didn’t. In the end, it doesn’t matter. It’s enough. Or maybe it was totally superfluous. We don’t know how Judge Cipriani was originally going to rule. Regardless, Mary Louise does not get her do-over. The judge doesn’t want to traumatize Max and Josh any further by taking them away from their mother, and she awards Celeste full custody.
So Celeste is free — both of Perry and of Mary Louise. She triumphs while Mary Louise heads back to the Northern California hole she crawled out of. Madeline is riding high as well, renewing her vows to Ed and resolidifying a blissful beachfront life with her family. And things are looking up for Jane, who decides to give Corey another shot and winds up rediscovering sexual pleasure.
But the greatest rebirth may be Renata’s, who goes straight Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” on Gordon’s train sets when she finds out he gets to keep his man-child toys, even though she lost everything to his fraudulence. In this exhilarating scene that I can only hope is her Emmy clip, she gives feminists a new battle cry, screaming, “Maybe you should’ve shown a woman a little respect!”
And oh yeah, Bonnie didn’t drown. (Why, oh why, then, did we spend so much time on the relentless foreshadowing?) Not only did she not perish, she rose up. She made peace with her mother, she let go of the husband she has never loved, and she finally exorcised “The Lie.” The very end of the episode shows Bonnie walking into the police station accompanied by the rest of the Monterey Five in order, we assume, to confess to pushing Perry. Madeline, Celeste, Jane and Renata drop everything to be by her side in a grand display of solidarity and sisterhood.
Which in this context, admittedly is pretty funny. They’ve spent an entire season re-committing to never, ever breaking the pact, but a quick text from Bonnie saying she is trying to get this off her chest, and all the other women are like, “K!” and show up no questions asked.