TV Q&A: From 'Grinch' to series' finales

  • Article by: RICH HELDENFELS , Akron Beacon Journal
  • Updated: December 30, 2012 - 4:07 PM
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Taylor Momsen and Jim Carrey in "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

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Q Did the young actress who played Cindy Lou Who in the Grinch movie continue with acting?

A In the big-screen, live-action rendition of Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Jim Carrey played you know who, and Cindy Lou was played by Taylor Momsen, then 7. She continued acting after that film, most recently as Jenny Humphrey on the CW soap "Gossip Girl." But she has also worked as a model and a musician, with the band Pretty Reckless. "Music and songwriting are what I've always really wanted to do," Momsen said on the band's website. "I've been working with producers and hanging out in recording studios since I was 5."

The ending of 'House'

Q I missed the final episode of "House." Could you tell me how it ended?

A Before I tell you, note that the show's final season is on DVD and Blu-ray, so you could watch the conclusion. So before you read the next paragraph, consider this a spoiler alert.

So, you know in the final season that Gregory House, the character played by Hugh Laurie, is facing prison and that his best friend, Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), is dying. After a series of conversations between House and several other characters (some of them already dead), it appeared that he died during a building fire. At his memorial service, after several others paid tribute to House, Wilson was offering a eulogy when he received a text message saying, "Shut up, you idiot."

House had faked his death and wants to spend Wilson's last months with him. As Warren Zevon's "Keep Me in Your Heart for Awhile" plays, we see what happens to other people, including that Chase (Jesse Spencer) gets House's job, Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) finds love and motherhood -- and Foreman (Omar Epps) figures out that House is still alive. Then House and Wilson rev up their motorcycles and hit the road to Louis Prima's "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)."

The fate of 'Monk'

Q On the series "Monk," did Monk ever find out who killed his wife and why?

A Yes. And, once again, for those just catching up on the series, what follows might be a big spoiler.

In the series finale in 2009, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) found a videotape made by his wife, Trudy (Melora Hardin), before she died. In it, she said she had had an affair long ago with her law professor, Ethan Rickover (Craig T. Nelson). She became pregnant and had a child who, Trudy believed, had died the same day she was born.

Rickover, determined to hide his actions, killed the midwife and arranged several other murders, including that of Trudy, as well as trying to have Monk killed. Instead, Monk solved the case, which led to Rickover committing suicide; he then learned that Trudy's daughter was alive, and met her.

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