Recap 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels': Is the ending really a cliffhanger?

Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed of "Gene Simmons Family Jewels"

In the midst of the season finale of "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," son Nick teases his rock star dad, saying, "You are a sitcom. Who writes you?" It’s a question that could be asked onf the entire episode, which hits every sitcom beat (and sometimes better than a lot of the actual sitcoms in prime time, but still). Gene orders a custom ring. It doesn't arrive when it's supposed to! He wants to propose at the top of a Mayan ruin but gets too winded to do it! He tries to pop the question during a biplane ride, but she can't hear him over the engine! Wacky, wacky hijinks abound!

 Watching Gene Simmons bump up against every conceivable obstacle in trying to propose to girlfriend Shannon Tweed is fun and funny, but it’s an oddly unsatisfying conclusion to a season that’s been marked by a roller coaster of emotions. As much as I want a tidy happy ending for Tweed and Simmons, I have to wonder: does an apology and a kick ass vacation really make up for almost 28 years of playing second fiddle to a rock star’s career and (let’s face it) massive ego? And do we as viewers really want this season tied up in such a pretty bow?

 Granted, it might not be such a pretty bow. We don’t get Tweed’s response, only a "to be continued…" which, if her answer is the pretty much expected "yes," feels like a cheat. It’s not that I expected Tweed’s relationship crisis to be dragged out interminably. She clearly loves Simmons, and, other than a fundamental difference of opinion about whether or not their relationship is an open one, they seem well matched. Their non-marriage has lasted a heck of a lot longer than most real marriages in Hollywood. But I’m hoping that she makes him work quite a bit harder to win her over – and a big ring, while very nice, isn’t really enough. Read More...


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