St. Elsewhere (1982–1988)
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The Last One 

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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25 May 1988 (USA)  »

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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). See more »

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The end of a fine series
11 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"I survived St Elsewhere" was emblazoned on the baseball cap worn by David Morse's character as this episode and series wrapped up.

I wish I can get my hands on the cap. St Elsewhere was a thoughtful and controversial series that explored a wide range of issues within a public hospital.

The ending is a classic, with Dr Westphall's son playing a key role as he stars into a snow globe, the implication being the whole series was the figment of his vivid imagination.

St Elsewhere lives on and it's great to see this ending standing out as one of the best endings ever for a TV series.


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