Mad About You

Season 7 Episode 22

The Final Frontier (2)

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 24, 1999 on NBC
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The Final Frontier (2)
A few years have passed since the previous episodes. Mabel is making her first movie and it's a biography of her family's history. We get to see what happened to Jamie, Paul and other loving characters many years into future.

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  • Simply the best TV series finale ever!

    I've pretty much seen all of the classic TV series' finales over the years, from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to "The Fugitive" to "St. Elsewhere" to "Newhart" to "The West Wing" to "M*A*S*H" to "Cheers" to "WKRP in Cincinnati" to "Seinfeld" to "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" to "Xena, Warrior Princess" to "In Plain Sight" and the "Mad About You" finale ranks, for me, as the greatest ever. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it was poignant, it was funny, it was clever, and it was a fitting send-off to a great show.moreless
  • The finale was extremely out of character for the show. The show was always lighthearted and funny, and the finale was sad and dark. It made me cry. Not a very good way to send viewers away remembering the spirit of the show.moreless

    Why would they make the finale a speed view of Paul and Jamie's future? If that idea wasn't bad enough they did it in some sort of strange retrospect from Mabel, a character that was not a major part of the show. During the last season, half of the time I wondered where Mabel was because Paul and Jamie would be on their own. I'm also bitter about the sadness that was conveyed in the finale. 'Mad About You' was always a lighthearted view of the things that Paul and Jamie were dealing with. All of the sudden, there's this finale that makes the viewer feel sad. I thought the purpose of a finale was to send the viewer away with a memory of the show. This did nothing but upset and confuse me.moreless
  • One of the best series finales ever

    This is one of the rare series finales I feel like I could watch 100 times. It is truly one of the best. If you can ignore the silly, boring subplot in which Paul and Jamie find out the aren't really married and finally, after 7 years, tie the knot for real, that is. Most series finales are expected to be an Event with some Major Moment and this finale didn't give us any Moments. It simply followed the Buchmans through their lives. Mabel grew up and Paul and Jamie grew old. Together, naturally. They had problems, just like any real couple. What else could we expect from a show that, unlike too many others, actually tried to give a realistic - sometimes ridiculous - portrayal of what marriage is really like? It is wonderful that the viewers were allowed a chance to see what's in store for their favorite characters. We are not left to wonder what will happen, when and how. Also, it saves the cast from ever having to participate in one of those God-awful reunion ratings stunts.moreless
  • I loved the Season Finale.

    I loved the Season Finale; they could not have written a better one if they tried.

    The show was always about being married and what comes after that, and yes that even includes children.

    A great season Final is suppose to take something from the beginning of the show that you thought was always correct and turn it on it's head, which this show indeed did.

    I mean think about it that was the part we always thought happened only to discover it actually didn't.

    This show did not have a sad ending and it was not out of character since they did have sad episodes along the way, it was mainly a comedy but with marriage comes the faults too and for you to feel like they were a real couple these were important character developments and situations.

    The final let us continue on with the journey with the assistance from Mabel following in her father's footsteps foretelling us the major events in their lives which included deaths, marriages, birthdays, breakups, children and especially Love.

    With this show you got the lot right from start to finish. You laughed, you cringed, you even cried. It made you feel.moreless
Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

Mabel Buchman

Guest Star

Cara DeLizia

Cara DeLizia

Teenage Mabel Buchman

Guest Star

Tim Conway

Tim Conway

Clerk / Justice of Peace

Guest Star

Suzie Plakson

Suzie Plakson

Joan Golfinos

Recurring Role

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper

Marianne Lugasso

Recurring Role

Richard Kind

Richard Kind

Mark Devanow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Jamie kisses Paul in the cinema, the following short dialogue is exactly the same as when they kissed for the first time (episode 1x11, 'Met Someone')

    • Here's how the show ended:

      Ira and Marianne:
      Ira and Marianne ended up with eight children, one from every continent and two from New Jersey.

      Mark and Fran:
      Mark and Fran invited an adventuresome Swedish couple into their marriage, and they've never been happier.

      Marvin became an international wrestling champion fighting under the persona "Angry Tina."

      Debbie and Joan:
      Debbie and Joan got married in Hawaii after it finally became legal for keeps. Debbie's husband still thinks it's a phase and he phones on the first of every month, saying, "Come on."

      Dr. Sheila Kleinman became Mabel's therapist. She thinks she's very good.

      Burt and Sylvia:
      My grandmother moved to Boca Raton, Florida but it didn't take, so then she moved into my parents building, but two floors down, as not to intrude.

      Lisa is exactly the same.

      Nat and Murray:
      Nat Ostertag became the host of the longest running local cable TV show, "Hey D'ere, Ho D'ere, It's Your Dog D'ere."

      Hal and Maggie:
      Hal and Maggie Conway were found to be spies and were deported back to England. Nobody there likes them either.

      Ursula Buffet, as you know, became governor of New York.

      She's fine.

      Paul and Jamie:
      And these two, if you'll pardon the expression, lived happily ever after.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Job: (To Paul and Jamie at the wedding) Okay, well, uh, you have the ring, the witness is asleep in the crib, dog's lost interest, so I guess we could move right along. By the power invested in me, I now pronounce you man and wife. And, we got seven seconds left, so you can kiss each other squarely on the mouth.

    • Mabel: (voice over) Yes, it was not my best film. I see that now. But it was what I would call a hugely successful screening. To me, there is no greater act of courage than being the one who kisses first. And bearing that in mind, I ask all of you who are not my mother to turn around for a second. Mom, I love you. Okay everybody, you can turn back around. I said at the beginning that I blame my parents. And I do. I blame them for making me crazy, I blame them for being so difficult... but most of all, I blame then for making it impossible for me to dismiss the idea that love can actually work out.

    • Mabel: (voice over) My therapist said that the reason I clashed with my mother so much is that we're so very much alike. That statement alone upped me from two sessions to three sessions a week.

    • Mabel: Here's something. Our dog Murray died when I was six. So naturally, my parents told me about it when I was twelve.

    • Fran: I don't understand! You can send a monkey to Pluto, you can't make a high heeled sandal that doesn't lacerate my calf.

    • Fran: So, the manager blames it on my feet. Yeah, that's the problem. The shoes that you made are fine. My feet that god made are clearly defective.

    • Paul: Mabel, sweetheart; Boys and girls are different. They're not so different that they're… totally different. They're the same, in that they're… they're both different.

    • Jamie: ...Honey?
      Paul: Hm?
      Jamie: You didn't so much get that second vasectomy, did you?
      Paul: Wh...
      Jamie: Because I am remarkably pregnant.
      Paul: No I did not. (pauses) But
      I've done so many other things that you did ask me to.

    • Jamie: Your grandmother thought of "Mabel." You know, it's an acronym.
      Mabel: A what?
      Jamie: The letters M-A-B-E-L stand for "Mothers Always Bring Extra Love."
      Mabel: Well, "Sonya"'s and acronym, too.
      Jamie: It is? For what?
      Mabel: "Some Other Name, You A..."

    • Mabel: I ask this question objectively, in earnest, and without bias: Who do you think was responsible for my parents' break-up? The one who ran away from the alter and changed her mind three times about whether or not her partner should have painful private surgery? Or the other guy?

    • (Paul trying to tell Mabel about her grandfather's death) Paul: Sweetheart, last night, your grandfather, unexpectedly and in his sleep, ... (little pause) ...moved to Florida.

  • NOTES (8)


    • Episode Title: "The Final Frontier"
      The show's finale title is a reference to the show's theme song titled "The Final Frontier," sung by Andrew Gold (seasons 1-5) & Anita Baker (seasons 6-7).