“I really need to show Shannon more [of] what she means to me. Really step up.” – Gene Simmons to Dr. Ann Wexler in regards to winning back Shannon Tweed on the finale of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.”
Die-hard fans of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” finally got what they have been anticipating for weeks on end–the long overdue marriage proposal by Gene Simmons to girlfriend of 28 years Shannon Tweed.
Story: Gene Simmons maintains that ‘Family Jewels’ drama isn’t fake
It’s just too bad we couldn’t get an answer to go along with it.
GENE, SHANNON, AND REALITY TV
Reality television is supposed to bring out the cynical, armchair quarterback in us all. We critique, poke fun, and rarely feel like we have a vested interest in the lives of the “characters” on screen.
That’s partly what made the season finale of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” so compelling. Because in this case, the opposite is true.
Story: Will Shannon say ‘yes’ to Gene’s marriage proposal?
Yes, we watched this often uncomfortable season because of the unending drama.
We wanted to peek in on the fights and relationship strife.
But unlike similar shows, we truly were anxious to see a positive resolution. Or, at the very least, an amicable resolution–even if it ended in a mutual split.
“Gene Simmons Family Jewels” is a strange show, because it begins so light-hearted and descends into an introspective glut of despair porn. And for the finale, the same was true, as the happy-go-lucky opening spotlighted the theme for the show: surprises.
It’s revealed that Gene wants to propose Shannon (“It’s time [Shannon] made an honest man out of me”), so he heads to the No.1 place that’s certain to put a smile of a woman’s face: a jewelry store.
Gerson and Horowitz Diamonds, to be exact.
Sooner than we knew what happened, Gene whisks Shannon away on a vacation to Belize. And by episode’s end, Gene was down on one knee proposing to Shannon.
Story: Can Gene Simmons’ kids fix his relationship with Shannon Tweed?
“It’s funny, I used to watch movies where they say ‘I can’t live without you,’ but for me it’s true. Shannon, please marry me.”
And then…we got a very “Sopranos” series finale-like ending.
Instead of having Shannon Tweed give her verbal reaction (we only saw her crying) in regards to whether she’d like to officially become Shannon Simmons, A&E opted for yet another To Be Continued.
What did you think of the finale for “Gene Simmons Family Jewels?” Did you think the ending was a copout by A&E? Voice your thoughts below!
In Boston, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” aired every Tuesday on A&E.
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