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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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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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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