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'…
Main Characters in this Episode
- 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.
- Last show of the series.
- 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.
- The final telecast was the highest-rated episode in the series' history, finishing #2 for the week in the Nielsen ratings.
- LOGO GIMMICK: In the end credits of the final show, the MTM kitty is shown in a hospital bed having the plug pulled on itself. The MTM kitty in actuality had died the same the series ended.