Why did they think it'd work here?
Granted I can see here that it hasn't worked for some people, but given that this is only part ONE of the season finale we don't even know how this story plays out this season, let alone what might happen next. It seems a little cart before the horse to be declaring it a failure already.
I loved part one. I thought it was hilarious. I saw the Lucy being alive thing coming as soon as the show started and something huge and shocking was promised to happen. I have no problem with it. Maybe it's because I've spent a good chunk of my life watching soaps, but back from the dead stuff doesn't shock me. I don't think this show should abandon logic completely and be able to get away with anything, but this is not a show that I come to for or expect strict adherence to the logic of the real world. Given the nature of My Name is Earl
and Raising Hope
and how wacky the legal system is there I can actually see an explanation that really doesn't require that much of a leap to explain why Lucy's still alive. Now if she actually isn't in jail that will require a bit more of a leap, but I'm not going to jump to any conclusions until all is explained. Lucy was only in one episode, in any significant way, and I had no real problems with here, other than her being a psycho. Jimmy and Lucy having gotten married and no one bringing that up is odd, but they did think she was dead.
I hate Nancy Grace and her performance was a little too wooden for the most part here, but there were some funny parts with her. I thought the Maw Maw cooking in her foot massager was gross, but other than that all of the sight gags worked for me. I always find it so off-putting and unnatural in newsmagazines and the like, when they film people doing those weird mundane establishing shots where they people pretend they're not being filmed. I loved those moments on the show with Frank watching the camera and Sabrina not knowing how to act naturally. Loved Burt and the sunglasses with the lenses removed so he could appear smart. I loved all of the cast pictures from when they were younger. Loved Virginia's middle name being Slim and why. I don't really buy them letting Hope watch the program, but it's not something that kept me from enjoying the show.