Monday, February 11, 2019

"The Last One"

Description: A plane crashes into the hospital. The Craigs' reconciliation faces a major test when Ellen is offered a job in Cleveland. Auschlander and Gideon work together to save St. Eligius when Weigert decides to pull out. Novino pushes Morrison to decide between her and Joanne. Griffin places his future in God's hands. Ehrlich returns from his odyssey. Fiscus's last ER patient is an opera singer with laryngitis. The hospital is revealed to be a figment of Tommy Westphall's imagination.

Originally aired May 25, 1988.


William Daniels as Dr. Mark Craig
Norman Lloyd as Dr. Daniel Auschlander
Ronny Cox as Dr. John Gideon

Also Starring (in alphabetical order)
Bonnie Bartlett as Ellen Craig
Ed Begley, Jr. as Dr. Victor Ehrlich
Stephen Furst as Dr. Elliott Axelrod
Bruce Greenwood as Dr. Seth Griffin
Eric Laneuville as Luther Hawkins
Sagan Lewis as Dr. Jacqueline Wade
Howie Mandel as Dr. Wayne Fiscus
David Morse as Dr. Jack Morrison
France Nuyen as Dr. Paulette Kiem
Cindy Pickett as Dr. Carol Novino
Christina Pickles as Nurse Helen Rosenthal
Jennifer Savidge as Nurse Lucy Papandrao
Denzel Washington as Dr. Philip Chandler

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  1. Anyone know the name of the opera that Westphall listens to in Auschlander's office, just prior to the snowglobe scene? It's replaced with some awful new age piano music in the streaming version on Hulu. I understand the concept of music rights and how difficult they are to get for TV shows in syndication or on DVD/streaming. But seems to me that this bit of classical could have either been found in the public domain. Really takes away from the power of the scene, IMO.

    1. Hi Jim, the opera is Puccini's La Rondine; the name of the aria is 'Chi il bel sogno di Doretta' ('Doretta's beautiful dream'). I'm not an opera buff but I played it to a friend who is and he identified it instantly!

    2. Thank you so much! I was looking everywhere for the source!

  2. In the end credits the child actors (presumably twins) who play Pete Morrison are identified as Christopher and Joseph Michael. As far as I'm aware this is the only episode in which they're given on-screen credit.

  3. Thank you phil!


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