The Catastrophe season 3 finale pays tribute to late actress Carrie Fisher who played Rob’s mom on the Amazon Original series.
Late last year beloved actress Carrie Fisher passed away and left behind a legacy that her fans are remembering her as an inspiration, role model and a hero. She was most famous for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies but her last role came in Catastrophe where the third season finale paid tribute to the departed Princess.
Spoilers from season 3 of Catastrophe are below, so be warned if you haven’t seen the finale.
Fisher only appears in the season 3 finale but it the most on-screen time she may have had in any of the previous episodes you can watch on Amazon Prime Video. She plays Mia, the mother to Rob Norris (Rob Delaney), and while very well-meaning can come across as overbearing and drive Rob and her daughter-in-law Sharon (Sharon Horgan) a little crazy.
In the season 3 finale, Sharon is dealing with the sudden death of her father and it’s Mia who took it upon herself to be the emotional support that Sharon’s mom Carol (Frances Tomelty) needed after the loss of her husband. She offered to stay with her after the funeral and help her through the stages of grief.
Later in the episode, she’s in another important scene when Rob admits to his mom that the recovering alcoholic has started drinking again. She’s irate and tells Rob he’s just like his father. She tells the horror story behind the reason for her jaw clicking. She tells Rob it’s because his father broke her jaw when he was drunk and cautions Rob that he’ll do the same to Sharon. It was that type of tough love that Rob needed to hear. Considering Fisher’s past struggles with addiction, the viewer could tell she was speaking from a position of authority on the subject. For a comedy, it had serious overtones that only Fisher could carry out.
I’ll miss her on Catastrophe, just like countless people across the world will miss her in Catastrophe and the remaining Star Wars movies. But we will miss more than just the actress who helped mold and shape lives for the last 40 years, we’ll miss the person she was.
We’ll never forget the way she made us think and feel.
At the end of the season 3 finale, the series paid tribute to Fisher with her picture and the caption “For Carrie” underneath. It was an emotional moment, even if we could brace for it. We miss her, but on May the 4th, the unofficial Star Wars day, we remember her for everything she was and rejoice knowing we got to spend so much time with her. We just wish we had more time.