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The Thing About Pam Finale Recap and Ending Explained

‘The Thing About Pam,’ a crime-drama series that actually covers all facets of truth, is a retelling of Pam Hupp’s claimed evil plots in the aftermath of her close friend Betsy Faria’s death. In other words, this NBC original investigates everything from her contradictions to her efforts to portray herself as innocent, from her lies to her being at the center of a few different but intertwined cases. So, if you want to catch up on the events shown in the season finale and understand how it ends, we’ve got you covered. IMPORTANT SPOILERS AHEAD!

Recap of the Finale of The Thing About Pam

The final episode (episode 6) of ‘The Thing About Pam,’ titled ‘She’s a Killer,’ follows up precisely where the previous edition left off to illustrate how desperation may drive people to extremes. Pam Hupp, after all, has sworn to “get rid of” those who stand in her way in order to shift unfavorable public, media, and legal attention away from herself. The show really begins with a look at her preparation for the same, revealing not just her premeditated aim but also her somewhat macabre infatuation with crime-based publications.

Pam acts as ‘Dateline’ producer Cathy Singer once her family has left the house and everything else is in order, knowing that it will allow her to approach strangers while also hurting the latter’s reputation. She then gathers the final few missing things before driving around town, hoping to entice an unsuspecting person into her home with a $1,000 offer to record a 911 call for the NBC show. Carol McAfee (also known as Carol Alford) is the first person she encounters, and she gets into the van despite having a strong suspicion that something is wrong.

That’s why Carol ignores Pam’s orders not to carry any possessions and takes both her phone and a knife for safety while indirectly extracting information before inventing an excuse to persuade her to turn around. She actually outdoes Pam since she contacts the authorities as soon as she returns home alone to inform them of the bizarre encounter in full detail. Pam, on the other hand, picks up Louis Gumpenberger, who has mental and physical impairments, manipulates him into her home, and contacts 911 before claiming self-defense and opening fire.

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Pam’s objective becomes evident when she brings up Russell “Russ” Faria, portraying him as a nasty guy who paid Louis to abduct her for the insurance money his late wife Betsy left in her name. Pam even inserts $900 and a handwritten letter in his pocket for this purpose, only to have it backfire because the former is eventually tracked back to the banknotes in her possession via the sequence numbers. Furthermore, the personnel in charge do an excellent job of guarding the crime scene, and once they learn who she is, they adhere strictly to the legal process.

It quickly becomes evident that Russ was not in town at the time of the crime, and nothing connects him to Louis or the note retrieved from his remains, thereby clearing him. Pam is captured for the latter’s homicide, after which she appears to attempt suicide by stabbing herself in the neck and wrists with the tip of a pen. Pam first pled not guilty, but in further court processes, she enters an Alford guilty plea rather than face a jury trial. Pam Hupp, in brief, maintains her innocence despite being convicted and condemned to life in jail.

The Finale of The Thing About Pam: What Happens to Everyone Involved in Pam’s Case?

Pam Hupp has been able to maintain her innocence for years thanks to the Alford plea, which is a criminal plea in which a defendant does not acknowledge guilt but just agrees that the evidence the prosecution has will most likely result in their conviction. However, as the documentary uncovers, things altered slightly in July 2021 when the jailbird (who was serving time for first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with Louis’ killing) was also charged with Betsy Faria’s homicide. As a result, as of this writing, she is awaiting trial while already imprisoned in a state facility.

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Russ Faria, Betsy’s ex-husband, has found love again with Carol McAfee, whom he proposed to in October 2021 after at least three years together. Betsy’s two daughters, while no longer in contact with Russ, have their own happy little family to look after these days. Even Russ’ defense attorneys, Joel Schwartz and Nate Swanson, appear to have a happy ending, as they continue to be successful in their field in Missouri.

On the other hand, former District Attorney Leah Askey has not only faced criticism for how she handled the Faria case, but she is now the target of a prosecutorial misconduct probe. Having said that, she rejects any wrongdoing and maintains that she has no regrets about her prior conduct. Pam’s spouse Mark Hupp filed for divorce in September 2020, calling their marriage “irretrievably ruined,” and he has since remarried.

The Thing About Pam Finale Recap and Ending Explained
The Thing About Pam Finale Recap and Ending Explained
The Thing About Pam Finale Recap and Ending Explained

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