This week, marks the ending of an era. Kenny Powers is now lost to the ethers of time. He is lost, but he is not forgotten.
The series finale has us tying up all of the loose ends of the series. Who is Kenny Powers at his core? Is he a lovable douchebag that always has to win? Or is he a douchebag that has lost his way in life? Will he ever change his ways? With this epic series finale, we found out all the answers, saw what Kenny’s future will look like, all wrapped up in a pretty gift to the fans, with familiar faces like Lindsay Lohan.
Without ruining all of the jokes (because you have to watch this series, from beginning to finish…seriously, it is only 29 half hour episodes) Kenny mother f***ing Powers is the man we always hoped he would be. He was the manchild that finally grew up the way we wanted him to. It only took a loss of his job due to a douche network exec, a near suicide attempt of his best friend, and his wife filing for divorce and moving west. Basically: it takes a lot to change from a boy from a child. Most men do it in their early 20s or earlier, when they realize the financial stresses and reality of responsibility adult life brings. Kenny Powers was never able to do that in a mature way. He had baseball stardom and all the nice things we wish we had. But the reality is this, which Kenny finally came to accept: not all of us can have the nice things. And that’s okay.
Not all of us can have the jetskiis, the super models, the fast cars. In fact, 99.9% of us never will. And that’s okay. Be happy with what you have, strive to be a better person because at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. Sometimes it takes a murder/mugging (Batman style) a heroine addiction and a sobriety journey that takes you to Africa to realize what Kenny summarizes in his finale monologue, one that can stick with you long after the screen cuts to black:
If you ask me, the secret to success is to have a diverse portfolio. Too much of any one thing is no bueno. Of course, sometimes balancing can be hard, but all things worth having are worth fighting for.
Sometimes hard work pays off.
If a man doesn’t have a dream, well guess what? His soul begins to die.
So after you’ve accomplished your dreams, the best thing to do is to come up with new dreams. That way, as the years roll on, as they will do, you’ll always look to the future with hope.
But of course the future is sure to hold its fair share of miseries. All kinds of shitty sorrows. I find solace in the fact that from each sorrow comes a little bit of knowledge. And with knowledge is wisdom.
If you’re lucky, you get a second act in life. But sooner or later, death will come. Unannounced, old man reaper comes to claim your soul. All you can hope for is that the people you love will cherish the time they’ve spent with you.
In the end, you judge a man by how he influenced the world. You judge him by the seeds he left behind. And you judge the seeds by the harvest. Kenny Powers’ harvest remains unknown, but I’m pretty goddamned proud of my seeds.
Bravo East Bound & Down. Thank you for giving us a journey of a life time, with an unforgettable cast, and poignant, definitive ending.
But remember: if all else fails…buy a jet ski and celebrate being an American: