DAY 24 - MOST POWERFUL MOMENT
DONNA ASKS NAT TO WALK HER DOWN THE AISLE
DONNA: It’s just…my whole life, I’ve dreamt and thought about every detail of my wedding. And almost all of it’s happening…except for the one thing that I can’t control. And that’s my dad…walking me down the aisle. But over the years, you’ve been like a second father to me. And I just wanted to tell you…that I would be honored if you would walk me down the aisle.
NAT: That’s the nicest thing anyone has ever asked me to do. Absolutely.
I think one of the reasons this moment is so poignant for me is because it really shows the culmination of 10 seasons all at once. It reminds us of how often the gang depended on Nat and his worldly advice, how often they turned to him for parental-like guidance, and how them hanging out in his restaurant made him feel young again. Longevity - when done right - can be a show’s greatest asset. It helps us get a true feel for character development and relationship development. And I always felt that Nat and the kids were right on the money in that regard.