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Q: What happened in the end? ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: What happened in the end?
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television
Asked by: floyd_pepper-ga
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Posted: 23 Dec 2002 04:24 PST
Expires: 22 Jan 2003 04:24 PST
Question ID: 132670
This question refers to a series I used to watch, and unfortunately
couldn't see the last episodes. It is a drama series and I am almost
sure it is based on a book (if so, I would like to know which book,
but that's not my main question).

The series happens in San Francisco (the name of the series has also
San Francisco in its name, something like San Francisco's Stories).
The main character is a young woman named Mary-Anne (or perhaps
Marianne or less likely something like Mary-Beth), who arrives from
somewhere in the Midwest to the 70s in SF. She meets all kinds of
interesting people, each of which has a small subplot. It is a very
gay-friendly series.

I have seen the whole first season, in which each of her neighbors in
the house in SF is involved in the plot, and one of them is found to
be a pedophile. My questions are on the end of the second season,
which I saw only the beginning of.

I must say that while writing these subplots and plots I am interested
in, I realised that the show seems very trashy. It isn't. It is
wonderful both in script and acting.

In the second series: 
A. Mary-Anne and her gay friend get on a cruise. They meet this guy,
fall in love with him. He suffers from amnesia and she convinces him
to get back to SF and try to revive his memory (so what happens at the
end? why did he lost his memory? what does he try to forget?)
B. A friend of Mary-Anne is in personal crisis, and she
experimentalizes with drugs, cults, etc. What happens to her?
C. Another friend, of friend B, is a model. Everyone thinks she's
black, but she's actually white and takes medicines that would make
her look Black
D. Another sub-charcter belongs to the rich elite. Her husband ignores
her and experimentalizes in dark-rooms. She is raped by the
grocery-delivery guy, who happens to be Asian and is in a problem -
she doesn't tell anyone she was raped at her own house and doesn't
know what to do. What happened to her and her baby?

These are only few stories in this series. Do you know what happened
at the end of this series? How these and other plots were solved?

I know it sounds stupid, especially since I can't remember the actual
name of the series, but this has been bugging me for about a year now,
since I stopped watching TV.

Request for Question Clarification by markj-ga on 23 Dec 2002 07:13 PST
floyd-pepper --

I can give you a plot synopsis of the series, as well as links to
sites where you can purchase a DVD or VHS tape of it or the book(s) on
which it was based.  I have not found answers to your specific
questions in on-line plot summaries, probably because the situations
were not resolved in the series or, more likely, because they would be
"spoilers" for those interested in the books or the videos.  I will
keep looking, however.

Also, there is a lot of interesting background material available
on-line about the author and other aspects of the television
productions (there was a third series of episodes as well).

If you consider the information and leads I have found to be a
complete response to your question, I will post them as an answer.


Clarification of Question by floyd_pepper-ga on 23 Dec 2002 07:37 PST
Thank you, but I prefer an answer about the end of the series. (of the
second season, so I learn).

If I'll decide to modify my question, I will let you know. 

Merry Xmas

Request for Question Clarification by markj-ga on 23 Dec 2002 10:20 PST
floyd_pepper --

Thanks for your quick response.  In deciding whether to modify your
question or accept "leads" as an answer, you might want to consider
that the paperback book that is the basis for the second television
series (which is the one you are interested in) can be purchased
on-line for $2.95 (used) and $11.20 (new).  It may also be available
at your local library.

In the meantime, other researchers should feel free to provide the
specific plot details that I have been unable to find.

Subject: Re: What happened in the end?
Answered By: chromedome-ga on 28 Dec 2002 07:07 PST
Good Morning, Floyd_pepper!

I can understand your burning desire to know how this "all turned
out" wife and I saw these series in installments with a few gay
friends, and she was on pins and needles for a week in between.

The shows you're referring to are the "Tales of the City" miniseries,
broadcast respectively on PBS in 1993, and Showtime in 1999 and 2001. 
They were based on the columns/novels by Armistead Maupin.

So...I'll address your immediate question first, and then "back-fill"
a little.  For a complete synopsis of the second series, click this
link on author Armistead Maupin's site:

Scroll down until you see the "synopsis" link.  

You may wish to spend some time browsing the "Tales of the City"
section of the site in its entirety, as contains a large and varied
selection of "Talesiana":

If you were previously unaware of its existence, you may be especially
interested in the material on the third series, "Further Tales of the

The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) lists cast and crew credits for all
three series on the following links:

Tales of the city

More Tales of the City

Further Tales of the City

And, now that you've come this far, you'll probably want to revisit 28
Barbary by renting the series.  The full set is now available for
rental at Blockbuster (and presumably other locations):,7286,VID-V+++122989,00.html

Search Strategy

Knowing the title, of course, helps immensely...:)

My first step was to look on IMDB.  Then to Google, using the terms

"Tales of the City" synopsis episode

And the rest, as they say, is history.  Enjoy!

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