6x22 The Last One
First Aired: May. 25, 1988 on NBC
Summary: The Craigs' reconciliation faces its first test; Drs. Auschlander and Gideon struggle together to save St. Eligius when Weigert decides to get out; Novino pushes Morrison to decide between her and Joanne; Griffin places his future in God's hands; Ehrlich returns from his odyssey; and Fiscus'…
- Last show of the series.
- The final telecast was the highest-rated in the series' history, ranking #7 for the week with a 17.0/29 rating/share, and was watched by approximately 22.5 million viewers.
- SPOILER: In the infamous final scene, Auschlander asks Westphall (who is dressed as a construction worker): "How was your day up on the building?" and Westphall replies: "Well, we finally topped off the 22nd storey." This is a sly nod to the fact that the episode is number #6.22 - in other words, the season's 22nd story.
- The final scene featured one of the most unexpected plot twists in television history. The twist has since been copied at least one other MTM series, Newhart.
- Full of inside jokes, including a doctor named Brandon Falsey, a reference to Brand and Falsey, the creators of the show. There was a chase of a "one armed man" a reference to the Fugitive. During the chase, someone yells, "Move the gurney, Hal," a reference to Hal Gurnee, Dave Letterman's director. The founder of NBC "General" David Sarnoff (died in 1971) makes an appearance a character who is having trouble with his eyesight because he watches too much television.