St. Elsewhere: Season 6, Episode 22

The Last One (25 May 1988)

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Third-year surgeons end their residencies; Auschlander tries to keep the hospital open; Griffin places his trust in God; Ehrlich comes back from a soul-searching safari; Ellen is offered a job in Cleveland.

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Third-year surgeons end their residencies; Auschlander tries to keep the hospital open; Griffin places his trust in God; Ehrlich comes back from a soul-searching safari; Ellen is offered a job in Cleveland.

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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. See more »

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2 June 2010 | by (KC) – See all my reviews

In the penultimate scene, the autistic child stands at the window and turns. While one fully expects a "gripping" "Hollywood" conclusion by having the son speak for the first time, instead, we are given something REAL about which to think. "St. Elsewhere" always demanded more from its viewers than average television and it did not disappoint in its final moments. That the entire series was a fiction of an autistic child's imagination took nothing away from the message of the series. Rather, it enhanced it by adding an element of medical realism for which the show always strived.

No one knows exactly how an autistic child might "think". The writers left us that to ponder... the television series itself was secondary.


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