A man’s soul never dies. That was the essence of call me cat‘s fourth wall-breaking winter premiere, which offered a most fitting farewell to Phil and its actor, the late Leslie Jordan, the noblest of farewells.
Country music legend Dolly Parton made a surprise appearance during Thursday’s tribute, appearing in a pre-recorded message near the end of the episode. After singing a verse from “Where the Soul Never Dies” which she recorded with Jordan for his 2021 album company is comingParton praised her dear friend.
“I know people usually talk at a memorial above someone. Well I’ll talk to you,” she began. “Because there’s that place on the other side, and I’m sure I’ll see you there, little brother. You left a lot of people here with a lot of precious, precious memories. Everyone loved you, but I doubt that many of them loved you more than me.
“I just want you to know that we all love you, we all miss you, and I bet you laugh at the fact that we’re all sad and sad. And I know that’s the last thing you would expect from us,” Parton continued. “You made us happy while you were here and we’re glad you’re at peace. I just want you to know that I will always love you. Goodbye my sweet Leslie.”
What followed was a montage of those treasured memories from Jordan’s two-and-a-half seasons call me cataccompanied by Jordan and Parton’s duet (listen below).
Jordan, 67, died in a car accident on October 24. On screen, his character Phil had recently flown to Tahiti with his friend Jalen (recurring guest star John Griffin). On Thursday’s episode, Phil’s mom will be Larlene – played by one of the greatest moms of all time (and Jordan’s former cool kids Castmate) Vicki Lawrence – shared with Phil’s friends that her son had decided to settle down in Tahiti. He and Jalen bought a bakery on the island and eventually got married in an off-screen ceremony attended by Kat, Max, Randi, Carter, Sheila, and Larlene.
After reminiscing about Phil’s Tahitian wedding, the entire cast of call me cat — composed of Mayim Bialik, Cheyenne Jackson, Kyla Pratt, Julian Gant and Swoosie Kurtz — broke the character. Griffin walked in with the chair that Jordan would use between takes before Pratt draped one of Phil’s signature blazers down his back. The ensemble fought back tears and gathered around Jordan’s chair, and Bialik said a few words.
“What we did here gave Phil a happy ending. What we’re really doing is mourning the loss of our dear friend Leslie Jordan,” she said. “He is irreplaceable. We’ll miss him dearly.” She then finished along with her co-stars, “Love, light, Leslie.”
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