Oct. 26, 1982
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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6x22 The Last One

4.25/5 (4 votes)
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'…
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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Dr. Daniel Auschlander played by Norman Lloyd
Dr. John Gideon played by Ronny Cox
Ellen Craig played by Bonnie Bartlett
Dr. Elliot Axelrod played by Stephen Furst
Dr. Seth Griffin played by Bruce Greenwood
Luther Hawkins played by Eric Laneuville
Dr. Jacqueline Wade played by Sagan Lewis
Dr. Paulette Kiem played by France Nuyen


  • 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 first-draft script of this show was to be set in 2017, with futuristic costumes and gadgetry and old Dr. Auschlander still going via bionic implants all over his body. NBC balked at the cost of filming that show, and this script was made up just before the writers' strike of 1988 (it was filmed after the writers went on the picket lines in mid-March, with the last scene completed being a big kiss between Dr. Erlich and Nurse Papandreou).
  • 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.
  • Last show of the series.
  • 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.
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