Last night Feud: Bette & Joan finished out their ninth episode with a finalé that was as satisfying as it was sad.
Spoiler alert! A cancer-stricken Crawford (played to the hilt by Jessica Lange) wakes to hear the voices of her recently dead Hollywood cohort Hedda Hopper (played by Judy Davis) and studio head Jack Warner (played by Stanley Tucci) as the two cackle and reminisce over drinks in Joan’s living room.
When talking about stardom, Crawford says,
“I spent my whole life creating Joan Crawford for others –I don’t know who I am when I’m by myself.”
Heavy. After some laughs they are joined by Davis (played by Susan Sarandon). Davis asks Crawford mocking the fact that she was a recluse in her final months,
“Nice apartment. You get out much? Theater? Guggenheim?”
Crawford looks Davis and later says
“Why am I so happy to see you?”
The two then play a card game called ‘Regrets.’
“If you draw a pip card you say sorry for something that you feel you did. If you draw a face card, you say something that you wish you had done.”
After drawing a card, Crawford looks at Davis and says with tears in her eyes,
“I’m sorry I wasn’t more generous with you.”
Davis draws a face card and says,
“I wish… I wish I’d been a friend to you.”
Earlier in the episode, Davis tries to reach out to Crawford after learning she had cancer, going so far as to call, but did not have the guts to speak to her when she picked up the phone.
Crawford stopped her chemotherapy, following the principles of Christian Science a few months before her death. Later, Davis is at home in Connecticut and gets a call,
“Joan Crawford died this morning, do you have any comment?”
“My mother always said, don’t say anything, if you don’t have anything good to say. Joan Crawford is dead. Good.”
It all ends on the first day on the set of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Emmy nominations for Best Actress for both (& Supporting for Mamacita, Jackie Hoffman!) A win for Lange, if you ask me.
(via Daily Mail)