Episode 11, “And the Life after Death” took season three for a sentimental turn when Caroline Channing learns that the nanny who raised her, passed away. Caroline and Max head to Philadelphia to attend the funeral where Caroline expects to be greeted as part of the family.
When Caroline and Max arrive at the funeral, Max is focused on getting Philly cheesesteaks, but Caroline is more focused on trying not to cry when she meets the family. However, she’s in for a shock because no one in the family recognizes who she is. While this may have surprised Caroline, the audience was probably not as shocked since she spent the first part of the episode glossing on about how her nanny was the only mother figure in her life and while the sentiment was sweet, it came off a bit spoiled. I was actually surprised the family didn’t mention that Caroline’s nanny spent most of her days and holidays with Caroline instead of with them. Alas, that was not the direction the show decided to go. Apparently, the custom is to give money to the family after viewing the body, but the girls only had a Ziploc of change. The girls only make the funeral more awkward when Max accidentally makes it rain coins on the dead body. Caroline’s nanny’s sister remarks upset, “It’s a coffin, not a wishing well!”
Max tries to rectify the situation by convincing Caroline’s nanny’s sister to go up to Caroline and pretend like she knows who she is. The sister is not pleased with this and tells the girls to leave. Caroline is already out the door at this point because she’s heartbroken that the most important woman in her life supposedly felt nothing for her. Just when Caroline has lost hope, a woman comes out calling Caroline “Chicken”, apparently Caroline’s childhood nickname. The woman can relate to Caroline because she too was neglected by the family even though she was Caroline’s nanny’s roommate and lover.
Part of “And the Life after Death” was sweet and provided a look into Caroline’s past, back when she was raised by her nanny after Caroline’s mother left her family. At the funeral though, Caroline is more focused on who knows who she is than on the fact that all the people there are suffering from a loss. Really, she could have at least realized at the end that her nanny’s death isn’t about Caroline’s childhood memories. The intention was probably to make the audience feel sympathetic for Caroline, but she comes off as a bit of a brat. Her attitude is in character, but she’s not eliciting sympathy so much as reminding everyone how privileged her childhood was.
Michelle is a story enthusiast. It’s the best way to describe her obsessions at least. She loves any type of story including those in books, movies, television shows, gossip, history and really anything with a beginning, middle and end. The exception is probably scary stories but even then she tends to read about the plot on Wikipedia. She hates spoilers and her biggest pet peeve is when people ruin any detail of a series she hasn’t seen yet. Even if she’s three seasons behind and show no sign of catching up. Other things she likes to do when she’s not consuming stories include dancing (on stage or in her car), sending pictures of her painted nails to friends, enjoying the Great Lake State and watching her mother cook Indian food while pretending to understand the process.