'Secret Diary of a Call Girl' series finale: Is she Belle or Hannah?

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For four seasons, British import "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" has shown off the glamorous side of high class prostitution, including lots of money, clothes and sex.

But as the series approached its long-planned end-date, it was clear that Hannah/Belle ( Billie Piper) could not actually have it all. So they chose the finale as the first time to show how sad of a life it can really be.

Despite promising he could handle it, Ben ( Iddo Goldberg) proved no different from the men who came before him. He gave Hannah the ultimatum of choosing between profession and being with him.

She spends most of the last episode considering the different paths. Clips from past encounters, a particularly eccentric party -- complete with a Scary Spice cameo -- for the newly sprung Stephanie ( Cherie Lunghi) and the persistent cop Harry ( Paul Nicholls) all seem to push her in different directions, but it's a naked run-in with a childhood schoolmate that settles her mind. Hookin' is who she is.

Hannah goes to meet Ben, as Belle, to tell him that she'll never be able to change or make him happy, letting him go in one of the most depressing, tear-soaked break-ups I've ever seen on TV.

And that's it.

She walks off, still sobbing, but assured in her decision, leaving behind the only person in her life who she ever really let in. It's tough to watch, but it is a fitting way to send off the character. She was never going to be someone's wife, with a 9-to-5 job. And pretending that she could ever be fulfilled by that would ultimately have been more depressing.

Not leaving us on a total sour note, the show did include a pretty fantastic blooper reel during the closing credits, reminding us that none of this was actually real -- and that filming sex scenes is totally awkward.

We'll miss you Belle. And you, too, Hannah.
Photo/Video credit: Showtime
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