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Reba: The Hart Family Says Goodbye, part 1

Time to say goodbye to the cast of Reba?Though Reba is the highest rated sitcom on the new CW, the network decided to only order 13 episodes of the sixth season. It was rumored for months that the sitcom was indeed going to be cancelled but it wasn’t confirmed until just weeks ago, on January 26th. Since the 13th episode was shot months prior, upset fans wondered if there would be any acknowledgment of the series ending. Well, we now know the answer.

On Sunday, February 18, 2007, the CW broadcast the last two episodes of Reba. Both episodes were directed by Will Mackenzie, who you may incidentally remember as Carol’s husband Larry on the classic The Bob Newhart Show The Reba series finale was the 125th episode of the series and was entitled “The Kids are Alright.” Here’s what happened.

The episode opens with Van (Steve Howey) and Cheyenne (Joanna Garcia) in their new house. Pregnant Cheyenne is unpacking while Van is trying to fix the wall heater. It’s not an easy task for him, especially because he’s using a butter knife instead of a screwdriver. In typical Van fashion, he broke the screwdriver trying to get the pliers out of the garbage disposal. Cheyenne cautions him about messing with electricity when Reba (Reba McEntire) arrives at the door. Cheyenne tells her husband that he needs to apologize to her mother for saying that she had become like Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman) with her constant visits.

The two apologize to Reba when she enters and Reba accepts, mostly. Reba wants to say hello to little Elizabeth but she’s at a friend’s house. When Reba leaves for the friend’s, Van jokes that that’s exactly what Barbara Jean would do and then he gets a shock from the heater. Reba is a bit pleased. After Reba leaves, Van starts up the heater and he and Cheyenne cuddle on the coach and enjoy the heat. Unbeknownst to them, the heater catches fire and the credits roll as they notice and try to put it out.

We next see Brock (Christopher Rich) entering Reba’s living room as she’s reading the paper. He is still trying to find a way to save his marriage with BJ. He’s made reservations to take her to the hot air balloon festival she’s always wanted to attend. Reba reminds him that he’s actually the one that’s always had the fascination with hot air balloons. BJ calls them “hot air puke baskets.” Brock is frustrated and is desperate to find a way to get back together with his wife. He says that spending so much time alone has made him realize how dull and empty the world is without her. “Right now, there’s a hole where my heart should be.” “Oh, gag,” replies Reba. Brock loves his wife deeply but admits he’d like it if things went back to the way they were before her news job.

Jake (Mitch Holleman) breaks in and tells them that Van and Cheyenne’s house is burning. The parents rush over and Van answers the door. He’s in a bit of shock and doesn’t really want to let them in. When they finally enter, we see half of the wall is scorched. Luckily everybody’s okay — Elizabeth’s still at a friend’s and Cheyenne’s upstairs, though pretty upset. Van’s upset too, especially as Brock and Reba realize who’s to blame for the fire. Van and Cheyenne soon get in a big fight and in a fit of anger, Cheyenne says that she never should have bought a house with him. Reba agrees to let them stay with her for a few days. Brock mutters that he hopes Reba has fire insurance, as the young couple go upstairs.

BJ rushes in and is relieved to hear that everyone is okay. After a signal from Reba, Brock starts to tell BJ how much she means to him. But, before he can get very far, BJ tells Brock and Reba that, as a result of her sky-rocketing popularity on the news (following her recent newscast break down), she’s been offered a great new job. And is moving to Arkansas! After that, she sees herself moving to New York and taking over the CBS Evening News. She wants to practice her interviewing skills so she goes upstairs to interview Van and Cheyenne.

Brock is stunned and upset by the announcement but tells Reba that he’s truly happy for BJ. Reba tells him to go tell his wife that, so that she knows that he’s changed. He refuses, saying that he’s caused enough damage already and just wants her to be happy — even if it means he won’t be. He leaves because he claims a bit of smoke has gotten in his eyes. Find out how it all ends in part two. TV Series Finale home page

 

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Madison February 6, 2008 at 6:38 pm

What if fans started a petition to keep the show on the air? it has worked with other shows. Reba is a great show with a great cast. I hate reality TV

any suggestions?

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JANICE PRUITT January 9, 2008 at 8:41 pm

THIS WAS A TIME AN ONLY TIMES ME AN HUBBY WOULD WATCH REBA WITH EACHER
WE LOVED REBA’S SICOMS ,NOW WE DON’T WATCH ANYTHING TOGETHER, AN OUR LIFE IS NOTHING WITH OUT REBA, PLEASE GET HER BACK ON THE AIR PLEASE
1/9/08 BRING HER SHOW BACK PLEASE REBA A GOOD CLEAN SHOW

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khamber January 2, 2008 at 5:35 pm

i love this i watch it every day i can’t believe its over!!!!

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Kaitlyn November 24, 2007 at 1:52 pm

Why did the CW have to go and pull something like this? I mean, some people actually enjoy having a show on television that the whole can sit down and enjoy together. I think that they should BRING REBA BACK!!!!!

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Chelsea November 6, 2007 at 5:16 pm

why did they cancel this show?!? i love this show and it should be on!!! the only time out of my day, i wanna watch this and now i cant! what is the world coming to???

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Brenda September 24, 2007 at 7:36 pm

Why would these people take Reba off the air. Reality shows stay on, but a great sitcom like Reba they remove.Grab a brain and BRING REBA BACK!!!!!!!!! One of the few shows worth watching on TV

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Kim Roy September 14, 2007 at 2:32 pm

I was so upset to hear that the network cancelled my favorite sitcom, Reba! I still watch the reruns and wish that they would reconsider! My son and I used to sit and watch it together!
BRING REBA BACK!

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cricket September 7, 2007 at 12:46 pm

I also loved the REBA show.I see reruns on LIFETIME. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the antics done by B J and VAN. I didn’t know much about REba’s singing until this show.I’m not a big country music fan.Anway,I like to hear her sing and she should have done more.I also wondered if the little girl playing REBA’S GRANDAUGHTER is realated to REBA? Thanks

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Brenda Goodvin July 22, 2007 at 4:04 pm

My family loved the show Reba. It was the only reason we watched this network. Now that Reba was cancelled there isn’t a reason to watch! Thank you for cancelling the best show you had! This reminds me of when Victoria Principal divorced her first husband because she loved him too much. They both don’t make any sense!!!

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Mary April 17, 2007 at 3:32 pm

I love watching Reba. I am sorry that they canceled the show. It was good family programming with values and principles. why do they always take this good programming off. I watch the reruns on lifetime. I hope another network picks up the show.

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kim pynduss March 27, 2007 at 8:12 am

why did they stop the show it was great to watch

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BRANDY March 3, 2007 at 7:33 am

I CAN’T BELIEVE REBA’S SHOW IS NOT ON ANYMORE.MY WHOLE FAMILY LOVED THAT SHOW.PLEASE EVERYONE BOYCOTT THE CW.THAT WAS A REAL DUMB MOVE ON THEIR PART!!!!!!!!I WILL NEVER WATCH THAT STATION AGAIN!!!!!!
REBA STILL HAS RERUNS ON LIFETIME AT 6:00PM AND 8:00PM.

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debbie February 26, 2007 at 9:00 pm

I also watched Reba every Sunday with my children. We absolutely loved watching it. I to will not be watching the CW. BRING REBA BACK!! kid’s need something to watch!!

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Jalisa Peterson February 20, 2007 at 3:30 pm

Canceling Reba was the stupidist thing this network has done. Reba was one of the few T.V. shows my entire family enjoyed viewing. Please keep us posted if another network is brillant enough to pick up the series.
Jalisa

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Tammy February 19, 2007 at 4:03 pm

CW is insane!!!! I will NOT watch their station anymore! REBA was the only reason I did watch them to begin with. I emailed them and told them so. I encourage others to boycott them as well!!!!!!!!!!

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