If you haven’t watched the second season of “The Comeback,” we suggest you stop right here and do so right now. Somehow just as underrated (and underwatched) as the season that came before it nearly a decade earlier, it was an absolute highlight of the 2014-15 television season. In fact, I’d go so far as to consider its (series?) finale “Valerie Gets What She Really Wants” the best episode of any series this season. While that’s in large part due to Michael Patrick King’s abnormally fantastic directing and Lisa Kudrow’s give-her-a-fucking-Emmy performance as Valerie Cherish, the episode’s heart belongs to Mickey Deane.
Played by Robert Michael Morris, Mickey has been Valerie’s hairdresser since the late 1980s, and also — whether she always admits it or not — her best friend. He spent most of the series’ first season in the background, a closeted old school queen content at hiding behind his “famous” friend and employer as she desperately sought out any piece of the spotlight she could muster. But in the second season, Mickey became a little more determined to be heard — and “The Comeback” gave actor Morris a lot more to work with. After coming out at the end of the first season, Mickey is dealt a serious blow as we sink into the second: He has cancer. Valerie semi-sorta tries her best to step outside of herself to give Mickey the attention his diagnosis deserves, but it isn’t until the season’s final few minutes that she realizes just how much Mickey means to her, making us all tear up as we realize the same.
Whether or not “The Comeback” ever gets a third season, we’ll always love you, Mickey Deane.
Someone made a “best of” clip of Valerie and Mickey for our enjoyment: