The season finale of Party Down follows the catering crew as they work a high-school theater production’s opening night and the after-party that follows. The episode explores the concept of Hollywood dreams but grounds it in a very human level. The Party Down crew is forced to revise, shift, downgrade, or let go of old dreams, as they cater the event and encounter various challenges along the way.
What Really Happens In Season Finale Of Party Down?
The episode features hilarious moments of mistaken identities, secret affairs, and a drunken Roman, and is reminiscent of the show’s previous episode, where the catering crew worked at the opening night of a regional theater production. However, this time, the crew is catering a party for actors and creatives who are overtly enthusiastic about their craft, which even Roman learns to appreciate by the end of the night.
The episode highlights the importance of rolling with the punches and being adaptable, as the Party Down crew encounters various challenges while catering the high-school theater production’s after-party. Sackson finds himself getting a lot of traffic on his escalator face-plant video and decides to change course. Meanwhile, Kyle realizes that the role he nabbed is not what he expected, and Roman laments the loss of his one great idea after Smydgyn tanks faster than Quibi.
The episode also features a realistic portrayal of a high-school theater cast party, complete with intimate, booze-fueled moments and a sing-along led by an overly confident dude with a guitar and a halfway decent voice.
The first attempt at a party in the school’s courtyard is thwarted by the stern vice-principal, Mr. Mittman, who confronts Evie and Henry, telling them that having food on school property without a permit is worse than serving alcohol without a permit. Later, the food-service union proves to be even more brutal when it comes to other companies stepping on their turf.
Ron was aware of the risks with the food-service union but decided to take the job anyway because it was for Henry’s high-school theater production. While the ‘derv biz is going pretty well for him, there’s confusion with Constance and her financial adviser, Gary, and Ron’s lawyer, Gene Sleeves, who sounds like a completely incompetent version of Saul Goodman. Gene filled out some forms incorrectly, and now it’s unclear who owns the business.
The season finale of Party Down brings viewers back to the familiar territory of catering for theater people. The episode is full of mistaken identities, secret affairs, and a drunken Roman. It’s the only episode in which the gang caters to people who are passionate about their craft, and it’s hilarious to see their initial skepticism turn into optimism for the power of play-pretend.
The episode revolves around Hollywood dreams, but it’s grounded in a very human level. After Henry’s high school theater production goes off without a hitch, the kids find themselves at an after-party in the school’s courtyard.
Throughout the event, we check in with the Party Down crew and find that all the creatives have learned to roll with the punches in relation to revising, shifting, downgrading, or letting go of old dreams. It’s a fitting theme to end the season on, as we anxiously await news about future episodes of the show.
Cast parties like the one depicted in the episode are designed for people to sneak away and have intimate, booze-fueled moments with each other. In this case, that confident dude with a guitar and a halfway decent voice is the vice-principal, Mr. Mittman.
The first attempt at a party in the courtyard is thwarted almost immediately by Mittman, who confronts Evie and Henry, telling them that having food on school property without a permit is even worse than serving alcohol without a permit. Later, we find out that the food-service union is brutal when it comes to other companies stepping on their turf.
Ron was aware of the risks with the food-service union but decided to take the job anyway because it’s Henry! The catering business is going pretty well for him, but there’s a bit of confusion with Constance and her financial adviser, Gary.
Ron’s lawyer, Gene Sleeves, filled out some forms incorrectly, and now it’s unclear who owns the business. The mystery of who technically owns Party Down is never resolved, but there’s a suspicion that Constance’s business manager may be screwing her over.
Constance doesn’t get a lot of screen time in this episode, but Jane Lynch is unhinged and hilarious even from behind an iPad screen. She’s chatting with Ron from an ayahuasca retreat, and she continually denies having any business acumen at all. She’s not sure who owns the business either, and she’s about to see the face of God in her hotel room, so she has to go.
Lydia also shows up briefly in the episode to viciously neg her way through Kyle’s Lost Boys deal before disappearing to have drinks at Red Lobster with Ted Fine. The episode ends with the kids moving the party to the library, against the rules, but when have any Party Down employees ever played by the rules?
Henry enlists Ron’s help, and despite Ron’s initial reluctance to go back in, he gives in immediately when he finds out this could be Henry’s last hurrah. He’s genuinely excited for Henry when he shares the news about getting the role of “administrator” Colonel Balorian in Evie’s Star Saga, but Henry is less excited.
The Party Down finale explores the theme of giving up on dreams and the fluidity of those dreams. As the unsanctioned party comes to an end, Henry faces a choice between a stable but unfulfilling job and pursuing a path that stokes his creative fires. Lucy loses her chance to audition for a restaurant, but Roman advises her to persevere and find a new idea.
Meanwhile, Casey, who has everything she ever wanted, is miserable and plans to quit her hit show. The chemistry between Henry and Casey is still electric, but she must leave before they can explore their feelings.
The finale leaves the audience wondering about the next chapter of their lives and hoping for a fourth season. Ultimately, Party Down reminds us that our dreams are not fixed points, and it is never too late to pursue what truly makes us happy.
Where To Watch Party Down Season 3?
The third season of “Party Down” premieres Friday, Feb. 24.
Fresh episodes of “Party Down” Season 3 will run on Starz on the linear channel every Friday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, but they will also be available on the Starz app at midnight every Friday, allowing you to watch the episodes early.
Starz is available as an add-on bundle on Sling TV. Starz subscriptions are also available on the Roku Channel and Amazon Prime Video, and you can check them out for 7 days for free.
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