The Last Show

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (6)

  • Lou: The owner has been asking about you, about how important you are to the station.
    Ted: What did you tell them, Lou?
    Mary: He told him to watch you do the news and decide for himself.
    Ted: (in a panic) Oh, my God!

  • Sue Ann: If I am going to find another job, I'd better go out and collect some references. I wonder where the 31st Armored Division is bivouacked these days.

  • Mary: I don't have a job as of Monday.
    Phyllis: We know. Lou told us when he called. It's obviously a case of sexual discrimination.
    Mary: No, no, Phyllis, they fired the guys too.
    Phyllis: Oh, Mary, you little goose! That was just to cover their tracks!

  • Rhoda: How is good old Lars?
    Phyllis: Lars is dead, Rhoda.
    Rhoda: Same old Lars.
    Phyllis: No, I mean he really passed away.
    Rhoda: What? Oh my God, I'm so sorry, Phyllis, I didn't ... Mary, why didn't you tell me?
    Mary: I thought surely Phyllis had told you.
    Rhoda: Phyllis, why didn't you tell me?
    Phyllis: I was afraid you might want to come to the funeral.

  • Lou Grant: I treasure you people.

  • Mary: I just wanted you to know that sometimes I get concerned about being a career woman. I get to thinking my job is too important to me, and I tell myself that the people I work with are just the people I work with. And not my family. And last night, I thought, 'what is a family, anyway?' They're just people who make you feel less alone...and really loved. And that's what you've done for me. Thank you for being my family.

Notes (5)

  • This series finale was filmed on Friday, February 04, 1977.

  • Rhoda, Phyllis and Mary are together again for the first time in 3 years.

  • The song at the end was "It's a Long Way to Tipperary". (Consequently, the distance between Minneapolis, MN and Tipperary, Ireland is 3,685 miles.)

  • The original airing of this episode featured a curtain call before the closing credits. It has not been seen in syndication, nor on home video since.

  • This episode won the 1977 Emmy for Best Writing in a Comedy Series, the show's fourth in a row and fifth in seven years.