Possibly the most dramatic season ever of Netflix’s loveliest southern soap opera Sweet Magnolias is now available. The beloved series’ third season takes the central trio outside of their comfort zone and presents them with fresh difficulties that could be too much for them to handle.
Of course, if you’re reading this, you’ve already binge-watched Season 3,so you already know how things turn out. Either that, or you don’t care about spoilers and like to be aware of the resolution long before it occurs. In either case, you’ve arrived at the ideal location. We’ll try to unpack as much of what happened at the conclusion of Sweet Magnolias Season 3 as we can. Or if you want to dig a little bit deeper, then you can also read the Sweet Magnolias season 3 complete review here.
What happens in one before the last episode of Sweet Magnolias season 3
In the latest season of Sweet Magnolias, Ronnie and Dana Sue are forced to cancel their vow renewal party after he gives Kathy (Wynn Everett) a sizable sum of money so she can leave town, but Maddie and Helen offer to organize a scaled-down affair on a tight budget. Given Erik’s difficult relationships with Helen and Dana Sue, they decide not to invite him or ask him to prepare the cake after having a quick chat. As Maddie and Helen start to organize things, they encounter eagerness from the community to assist at a discounted cost or even for free if an offer is extended. Thus, in defiance of Dana Sue’s wish for a modest gathering, the guest list for the renewal starts to grow.
After her altercation with Bill (Chris Klein), Noreen (Jamie Lynn Spears) is shaken up in the meantime. When she asks Helen for guidance about formalizing their child support arrangement, she quickly learns that doing so would provide Bill more time with their child. Later, while waiting for the other Sweet Magnolias to come, Jeremy (Chase Anderson) arrives at the spa for a meeting and brings a gift along with him. He also starts heavily flirting with Noreen. Meanwhile, Ty, Annie, Kyle (Logan Allen), Sophie (Gabriella Garcia), Willow (Lana Jean Turner), Lily (Artemis), and CeCe (Harlan Drum) are collaborating to renovate the neighbourhood playground. They are scouring the community for the necessary permissions and materials.
Erik faces the wrath of karma in the latest season of The Sweet Magnolias
While the Season 3 finale on Netflix opens with Dana Sue meeting Erik, the penultimate episode ends with Helen debating whether to reach out to him. She is prepared to ask him to bake her cake after trying a variety of cakes for her vow renewal and extends an invitation to both the vow renewal and returning to Sullivan’s. Erik, feeling deceived by Dana Sue after unintentionally working for her foe Kathy, rejects her on all points. Before he admits to what transpired with Kathy, she apologizes for being a horrible friend and boss.
Erik offers to leave her life because he feels unworthy of her friendship, and she begs him to see that he is choosing for her what is and is not forgiven. Dana Sue decides to temporarily distance herself from Erik and her shattered heart in the hopes that he may repent of his actions and alter his mind.
Erik shows up at Sullivan’s the following day with a proposal. He recommends a tower of cupcakes in various flavours after agreeing to help with the vow renewal. Though she suddenly expresses disinterest, Dana Sue compliments him. Erik agrees to this and starts to go, but Dana Sue says she has one condition: Erik must go back to Sullivan’s and build this lovely cupcake tower.
Even though losing his new position as sous chef, Isaac is happy to have Erik back. Dana Sue, however, insists that everyone will be given new titles and that Isaac won’t be demoted. Nearly everyone, however, Bailey (Sean Benum) isn’t that fortunate.
Can we call season 3 of Sweet Magnolias a happy ending?
Despite initially having a small guest list, almost every Serenity resident attends the celebration of Dana Sue and Ronnie’s vow renewal. Paula, Peggy, and Paster June (Tracy Bonner) all bring their new partners. Bex is in Jeremy’s arms, indicating that their relationship is developing into something more. Ronnie and Dana Sue renew their commitment to one another during the brief ceremony, showing the characters’ development from their first appearance. Paul and Maddie then have another heart-to-heart while Isaac and Erik start to reconnect.
While holding hands and talking about Annie’s recent breakup, Kyle approaches to discuss what happened with Bill and Kathy. After considerable thought, Isaac finally seems ready to admit that Bill is his biological father and tells Noreen they need to talk. But Noreen insists that she also has to speak with him about something. What might that be? The Sweet Magnolias watch and reflect on how they were when they were the kids’ age while Lily confides to her new best friends Annie and CeCe, that she fears her parents may divorce. They then console her. They gaze out at the crowd enjoying themselves at the party, and talk about how important their friendship is and how much they mean to each other. The single ladies line up when Dana Sue is ready to throw the bouquet, but Helen makes the fortunate grab.
Erik looks at her, locking eyes with her, and starts to approach but is stopped, probably because of his new girlfriend (who is noticeably absent). The episode ends with a final kiss between Maddie and Cal. Although it has a joyful conclusion, it isn’t complete.
Sweet Magnolias season 3 is now streaming on Netflix.