After Becker asks Chris out to dinner, she is certain that he is planning to break up with her, and plots her revenge while dropping subtle hints to Becker about her anger at what she presumes is about to happen.
Jake has inherited $25,000 from his grandmother and is unsure about how to spend it. He finally decides to buy a boat, but after Margaret talks him out of it, he decides to go back to college in Chicago. He announces his decision at the diner and says goodbye to his friends, who will miss him but are happy for him and wish him well. Jake reminds them that they can always see him the same place he has always seen them: in their minds. Hector, who has just turned down a $50,000-a-year job, is left in charge of the newsstand.
Becker's long-time patient, Mr. Gordon, has been hospitalized and his condition continues to deteriorate. Before he passes away, he tells Becker that he is happy and is okay with his passing because he's lived a good life. He has only one regret: voting for Nixon.
That night, Becker is standing outside on his balcony when Chris comes down from her apartment and demands that if he is going to break up with her to do it now, asserting that she refuses to wait and that he should just get it over with. Becker tells Chris that he had no plans to break up with her, and Chris quizzes him about his recent strange behavior. He explains that after Mr. Gordon died, he realized that, while his life is not perfect, it isn't bad either, and that for the first time he is genuinely happy. The series ends with a shot of Becker and Chris embracing on Becker's apartment balcony.