Truly a stellar episode: From Ed waxing philosphical about his seemingly cold heart towards killing sloth,to Mustang's plan to deceive and attack Pride,to Izumi's recognition of Al finally becoming a man. The progression of this series towards its final episode is making one the best all time anime series i've ever seen. The character development is so strong that even a few words between Mustang and Hawkeye after he flirts with the nurse shows how deeply she cares for him,and how oblivious he is of it.
The episode kept well in line with its title,as well,as we get to see many goodbyes: Al & Ed finally put their mother's death to rest,Izumi says good bye to her student,embracing him somewhat as an equal,Mustang possibly ending his career,as well as the metaphorical goodbye in Shou Tucker losing the last bit of his sanity. The end credits,however, provide the most bittersweet of them all; an old photograph of Mustang's group relaxing,panned left to right,ending with Maes Hughes beating Havoc et al in a card game.