Killer Women (ABC) Series Finale 2014 Review “Daughter of the Alamo”

Killer Women Season 1 Episode 6 Daughter of the Alamo (1)

Before we discuss last night’s de facto series finale, I wanted to note that, yes, ABC skipped two episodes. Rather than continue in sequence and save the final two episodes for a random Saturday night, they simply skipped them altogether creating a situation where viewers were surely wondering if they had developed amnesia. At least, I know that’s how I felt when the weekly recap included scenes of Billy possibly being tortured (how did he explain that one to Becca?) and Molly revealing to her family the senator beat her. The part where Dan broke up with Molly didn’t merit a clip, so that scene was left entirely up to our imaginations to fill in the gaping hole.

If I sound frustrated, it’s because I am. Perhaps, the network felt it would be preferable for those who stuck with Killer Women to see the finale rather than to be left wondering how the series would end, but given the cliffhanger ending, I don’t see how it offered much more in the way of closure to skip ahead. ABC originally promoted Killer Women with the tagline, “Eight Weeks, Eight Killers,” but upon viewing, it became clear the series was intended to be ongoing. Given the rise of the limited series’ popularity, as viewers we are caught between the networks’ desire to embrace short-run series and their own hesitance to let go of the idea that every series needs to run for at least 10 seasons. The latter option is more lucrative, which is why we end up with series like Killer Women and TNT’s recently cancelled Mob City ending on cliffhangers just in case a limited order is bumped up to a multi-season deal. This half-measure means when we do invest our time in a short-run series, the possibility of an annoying open end is high unless the network carves in stone that the series is a one and done.

All that being said, “Daughter of the Alamo” offered resolution to one major plotline: Molly revealed her husband was an abuser, and after Dan dug up the names of two of the Senator’s old girlfriends, he agreed to sign the divorce papers. The real victory was in Molly being able to reveal to her family the pain she has been in all these years. The Senator not only hurt her physically, but psychologically, leaving her unable to fully open up to anyone because of her feelings of shame. There was triumph in seeing her take the stand and publicly reveal what a monster her husband is, and to finally be set free.

In its short run, Killer Women consistently tackled issues of gender expectations with care. It wasn’t groundbreaking, but in between the shoot-outs and the hokey lines (see everything that came out of the old school ranger Colt’s mouth in “Daughter of the Alamo”), there was depth in the emotional beats of the story. With a bit of fine-tuning, I feel like Killer Women could have been a decent pinch-hitter for ABC. The romance between Molly and Dan was richly drawn, Molly’s family life was a sweet counterpart to the darker parts of the story and with Billy becoming involved with the DEA in order to clear his name, the series had set up worthy new obstacles for a season two that will never be.

The final case involved a woman played by Erin Karpluk of Being Erica fame killing a man in order to preserve her perfect, happy life and to keep the past from destroying it. She mostly took back seat to Molly and Colt, a retired ranger who is what we southerners call a “good ole boy,” which is a pseudo nice way of saying they’re kind of racist and misogynistic, but so old no one knows what to do about it aside from privately apologize for their behavior in public and explain that their faculties are slipping. Seeing Molly run point with a member of the old guard and eventually winning him over was a decent goodbye to this world, given how much flack she has taken for being a woman and a ranger.

All of the other plots were left hanging though. I am assuming Dan broke up with Molly post the Billy incident, so that he could use Billy as a CI without lying to Molly and her family. The Billy situation only became more dire by the end of this week’s episode when his continued involvement with the cartel in order to clear his name resulted in Lulu getting kidnapped. As to what happens next, we will never know. Still, despite the frustration and the bumpy run, I enjoyed what I got to see of Killer Women, and I have very much enjoyed discussing it each week. Feel free to rage away about the cliffhanger and episode skipping in the comments. I will meet you there.

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  • Sissy

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought she had suddenly lost my mind. I really enjoyed this show, hate to see it go.

    • Sabienna B.

      Me too, Sissy. It had a lot of potential to grow.

  • brenda

    I really liked this show it sucks that we cant get enough closure please come back !! all good actors :{

  • ptjackson

    Yeah, I figured they skipped episodes when I saw stuff in the “previously on” part that was not at all familiar. I guess there is no hope now of getting the last two episodes during the summer burn?

    What bugged me the most was Molly breaking up with Dan. He is the best thing in her life, and I’m going to imagine them getting back together once she gets over the trauma from her marriage.

    This is a good show, and I am constantly annoyed at programming execs that cancel shows prematurely. Not that they care…… Sigh.

    • Sabienna B.

      Maybe ABC will at least put them online. If they can burn off the entire run of Zero Hour, they should give us the two missing episodes of Killer Women.

      I’m with you on Dan and Molly– I think Billy said Dan broke up with her, but I may have misheard. Either way I’m joining you in imagining their crime-fighting happily ever after.

      • ptjackson

        Not only Zero Hour, but also 666 Park Avenue! I think what another commenter wrote is true – ABC deserves a bad reputation for this kind of stuff, as bad as Fox!

        • Erica B

          I totally agree …ABC is constantly cancelling decent shows or those with potential yet persist in airing or replaying mediocre crap.

        • m619

          zero hour is available online

  • Nutmeg3

    I really liked this show and found the web of relationships between the characters well-drawn and involving. It had elements of “Longmire,” another show I like a lot, and I feel if it had been on a smaller channel it might have been given more time to build. And I’m pretty ticked not to at least be able to access the two missing episodes on line. ABC could win a lot of goodwill if they’d remedy that. And yeah, I thought maybe I’d lost my mind when they showed the breakup and I had no memory of it whatsoever.

    • Sabienna B.

      It had such a unique mix of genres thanks to its telenovela influences that I think it had a hard time catching on with a wide audience. But I agree, on a niche channel — maybe something like Robert Rodriguez’s new channel — it could have flourished.

      Hopefully, ABC will at the very least post the missing episodes online. It seems silly to just sit on them, especially since the network has consistently burned off its cancelled series in recent years.

  • Navar

    There is a missing Episode?
    I saw Killer Women Episode 5.1 In and Out. 2/11/14 & the next week Episode 6.1 Daughter of the Alamo. 2/18/14. I don’t understand? In Episode 5.1 In and
    Out. The rangers brothers gets arrested for stolen cattle! Then in Episode 6.1 Daughter of the Alamo. 2/18/14 you see at the beginning it says “Previously the the rangers brother was working with the DEA in a Sting? & her boyfriend said he broke up with her?” Now Episode 5.1 In and Out. 2/11/14 & Episode 6.1 Daughter of the Alamo. 2/18/14. Are back to back? How can you show Episode Daughter of the Alamo. 2/18/14. You are missing an Episode? You skipped one? The one where the rangers brother is working with the DEA in a Sting? & her boyfriend said he broke up with her?”

    • Sabienna B.

      ABC skipped two episodes and aired the finale early to make room for Mind Games premiere next week.

      • Navar

        *Do you work for ABC & do you know if & when they will show the missing episodes?*

  • meshel73

    what makes you say that they skipped 2 episodes? According to the live tweeting along with the episode from Tricia Helfer and Michael Trucco yesterday, they said episode 6 was skipped. ABC aired episode 7 instead of 6.

    • meshel73

      never mind. I get it. They skipped episode 6 and because last nights episode was the series finale, it means they’re also skipping episode 8.

      • Sabienna B.

        That’s right, the network cute the series short by two episodes to make room for Mind Games next week, sadly.

  • Sharon

    I was sure I lost my mind. In fact I went to On Demand to see if I missed an episode. Why not just show all the episodes???

    • Kell JW

      That’s exactly what I did too. Super annoying. What a bummer it was canceled.

    • Sabienna B.

      I’ll keep an eye out for any news about the missing episodes. Hopefully, ABC will at least put them online.

  • Bobby

    So glad I read this. I didn’t know how I missed so much. But I’m pissed it’s been cancelled. I loved this show. ABC sucks for not giving this show a chance. At the very least they owed us the episodes they skipped.

    • Sabienna B.

      I was enjoying it quite a bit. This is definitely one of the few cancellations I’ve actually been annoyed by in recent years.

  • Chebbie

    It’s true, I thought I had lost my mind. I’m extremely disappointed that the show has been cancelled. The cast was wonderful, the story lines well written and there was a lot of room for growth. Every year I become more annoyed with the networks as they introduce wonderful shows, get us hooked and then cancel only to leave us with worn out, tired material with no imagination or originality.

    • Sabienna B.

      Hear, hear! This cancellation stung because the series had so much story left to tell.

    • Erica

      AGREE…AGREE…AGREE!!! Disappointing and frustrating. This show had so much potential and just like that it is done. Left a void indeed!!! So disappointed with ABC!!!

  • Vicki

    This show was very good….it beat the heck out of all the vampire, magic, witch type shows that seem to have sprung up. I will miss it…and like you, I thought I’d not had the dvr set correctly or something!

    • Sabienna B.

      I’m going to miss it too. I’m hoping we will get to see the missing episodes online eventually– although that won’t make up for not having another season to look forward to watching.

  • brandi

    the cast was great!!!! please come back

  • Dee

    Good cast good show….sorry it was taken off….maybe if they had tried better time slot!

  • Michele

    I am very bummed they canceled the show!!!

  • Marcy

    ABC did the same thing to “Witches of Eastwick”. They skipped an episode and aired the next one and then canceled the show. Apparently, ABC ahs picked up even more bad habits.

    • Sabienna B.

      I forgot about that! You are absolutely right though, and that’s another show I was disappointed to see cancelled so soon.

  • Amy

    Couldn’t wait to see what happen next after the brother got arrested – Sooo disappointed that they canceled the series

  • Sheila

    I also liked Killer Women and couldn’t figure out what I missed. It had potential and could have been one of the good ones. Wished ABC gave it a chance and for goodness sakes it was competing against the Olympics these last 2 weeks!!!! Was looking forward to seeing what would happen….good characters, good story… my kids would say “major fail” ABC!!!

    • Sabienna B.

      I wish they had at the very least let the series run its course. Skipping two episodes after billing it as an eight episode run was disappointing, to say the least.

  • Nan

    I’m so disappointed! I wanted to see what happened with the kidnapping. I really liked this series. My best to the cast.

  • Christy Lynn Jeans

    Makes me so mad. I give up on tv shows. Cause all the good ones never get to stay I hope it can make it to some cable/satilight channel. So sick of “local” tv. Thanks ABC another reason I really don’t watch your shows. Uggggg

  • Terry

    Killer Women was a great show and all of the actors really melded together and rose above a lot of the schmaltzy lines. It’s very disappointing that it is cancelled. If only Tricia Helfer was a vampire ranger it might have stayed on. Hahaha

    • Sabienna B.

      I think you’re onto something there, Terry. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a vampire ranger series in the works right now.

  • Larry

    Really? Which ever exec at ABC made the call on the treatment of the ending of this series should be fired. This was such a bad call. Not only did they skip over several episodes, making you doubt your sanity — but leaving the series finale with the pre-teen daughter of one of the main characters kidnapped by a drug kingpin? If you haven’t seen the last episode, skip it. You’ll find no closure. You’ll just end up frustrated and distrustful of future shows offered by ABC.

    Many other networks are trending toward good closure on network cancellations, offering loyal viewers the respect that we deserve. I think that in the future, as new season lineups come out to tempt our attention — we should veer toward those networks and support their shows. ABC — with changes in the industry — viewers have a lot more options these days. You should pay attention.

    • Sabienna B.

      Well said, Larry.

  • lytestar

    Queen Bee (6) and Demons (7) are the 2 episodes skipped. ABC should wonder why NBC and CBS has more ratings. For this crap that they do. They could have shown these missing episodes on Saturdays come on!!

    • Sabienna B.

      Exactly, at least burn them off so viewers can see them. Saturday is no man’s land anyway, so they really had nothing to lose.

  • Former server and good Tipper

    Sadly, I will have to watch another new series take the place of this one. I rather enjoyed Killer Women and am sad to see it go. I played episodes 5 and 4 again and again, and then one more time on OnDemand; just to be sure I didn’t miss anything. I too, saw the “Previously on Killer Women” clips, and wondered if I was losing my mind and somehow missed some of the most crucial plot points in the series!
    I hope ABC changes their mind about this series; It would be a favorite as a precursor to Scandal, which FINALLY returns next week!! So bummed 🙁

  • brumbyrun

    ABC really has some VERY stupid execs – FINALLY found a series other than Castle to make me want to even look at ABC listings. Someone tell their Advertising dept to get with the program and really look at who is spending the money and what ‘they’ are watching – As it is, ABC is skimping on money for Castle now – sets, story lines, exercise program for its main star. Guess CBS clients are going to get my attention and my $$$$s. Good bye ABC – good luck – you’re going to need it!

  • Adam

    I just watched Killer Women in a semi-marathon today. If I had know before starting it that the would just skip episodes willy nilly with no respect for plot then I would not have started to watching it in the first place. The show is good and I would probably watch it if there is another season but I am pretty pissed that my time has been wasted!

  • kelly b

    I assumed my DVR fell asleep in it’s duties and missed an episode or to so I went looking for the “lost” show that would explain some things only to find it’s been cancelled? Already? I feel like it wasn’t given a fair shake…. going to miss this one

  • buckeyebubba

    Idiots are in charge of TV programming. It takes a little time to build an audience but it seems that little morons with ADHD who live in
    mom’s basement make these decisions. Bunch of flaming rectum holes.

  • Toni

    makes no sense…they get rid of good shows like this and keep making more boring reality shows. So sick of it!

    • Nancy

      I just went to watch Killer Women on demand and realized it wasn’t on last night. Then I found out it has been cancelled. I’m so disappointed. I agree with other’s comments, and admit I didn’t catch on right away because of the title. But after seeing one show I was hooked and went back and caught up on all the episodes! ABC is the loser!!

  • Terri

    Another fabulous show put in the wrong time slot & not ever given a chance! This is why I seldom even watch a new show, because everytime I do, I get the rug pulled out from under me. Air a brillant show, get people hooked, then skip 2 entire episodes, and end with a cliff hanger… Really! There is so much crap out there, the same thing over & over, reality show this, reality show that. This show was good, with good writing, good actors, good story line. Take my word for it, it would have made it… we are not all 20 yr olds air heads. In fact, I don’t even think 20 yr olds watch TV, so when is the Hollywood crowd going to start catering to us who do???

  • Terri

    Another fabulous show put in the wrong time slot & not ever given a chance! This is why I seldom even watch a new show, because everytime I do, I get the rug pulled out from under me. Air a brillant show, get people hooked, then skip 2 entire episodes, and end with a cliff hanger… Really! There is so much crap out there, the same thing over & over, reality show this, reality show that. This show was good, with good writing, good actors, good story line. Take my word for it, it would have made it… we are not all 20 yr old air heads. In fact, I don’t even think 20 yr olds watch TV, so when is the Hollywood crowd going to start catering to us who do???