A GUIDE TO SEASON FINALES

'LOST'(ABC) MAY 25, 8 P.M., ET
The story so far: The islanders are building a raft so some of the cast can escape. What, they couldn't just get out of their contracts?
Rumor mill: Bloggers speculate the two-hour episode flashes back to the plane crash. It's up against the last act of "American Idol."

'RAYMOND'(CBS) MONDAY, 9 P.M., ET
The story so far: This season, Frank and Marie postponed a retirement home. After nine years, Ray Romano finally signs off.
Rumor mill: Since Brad Garrett is still in talks to star in the spinoff, expect the show to leave him with a promising story line.

'HOUSEWIVES'(ABC) SUNDAY, 9 P.M., ET
The story so far: The gardener may (or may not) have planted his seed. And Lynette frets her hubby will cheat with a co-worker.
Rumor mill: Actress Alfre Woodard moves in. And another castmate might bite the dust. By season three, will anyone be left?

'THE O.C.'(FOX) THURSDAY, 8 P.M., ET
The story so far: Caleb dies. Summer gets back with Seth. Theresa returns. Is Ryan a dad? And, look, it's George Lucas!
Rumor mill: Hey, high school's complicated--especially if you're gorgeous. All we know: there's a cliff-hanger.

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