This episode is just as much about Celia as it is Walter; more so, in fact.
Rafe is more than her latest place holder, though, instead presented as a somewhat tragic romance. Their goodbye at the end of the episode was built on only a few scenes, but it was effective nonetheless.
In a nice change of pace, Walter and Jim are left to provide most of the laughs here without a whole lot of soul searching. Not to mention: Patrick Stewart doing his best ring announcer voice is quite possibly the best comedic moment of the series so far.
Another highlight for Walter was the absolutely bizarre interview segment that put his misunderstanding of the circumcision process on national television in one of the most awkward and hilarious interviews of the century. Willson's boyhood home crooning ''Lida Rose, I'm home again, Rose,'' from one of the many memorable tunes in the composer's smash Broadway musical ''The Music Man,'' a tribute to small-town virtues that immortalized Iowans' reputation as stubborn, but neighborly.
Willson's widow, Rosemary, wiped away tears as the quartet, leaning against a vintage automobile, tipped their straw hats. She blew them two kisses and whispered, ''Thank you so much.
The entire community became involved in planning the funeral, according to Richard Erickson, the funeral director. Willson died last Friday at the age of 82, apparently of a heart ailment, in Santa Monica, Calif. Willson, his third wife, was at his side when he died.
Erickson said, ''he wanted to go to his home. The last time he was here, in fact, he told Rosemary, 'Let's walk down to the old homestead.
This afternoon, a white funeral coach carried his body past there on one last tour of Mason City that ended at Elmwood Cemetery. Eulogy for a 'Common' Man. A number of mourners were in period costume, including actors portraying Professor Hill, the man who brought music to River City in the stage musical, the librarian he wooed, and the lisping boy Winthrop in his knickerbockers.
More than people, from as far away as California, Texas and Florida, jammed the funeral home. At the service, the Rev.