Mad About You

Season 7 Episode 22

The Final Frontier (2)

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 24, 1999 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Janeane Garofalo (Mabel) has the last line on the show ever. It was about Paul and Jamie: "And these two, if you'll pardon the expression, lived happily ever after."

    • This isn't only the final episode. Is the third try of one. Danny Jacobson & Paul Reiser wanted to end the show on season 4, and then on season 6, but at the end, they choose 7 seasons, because NBC wanted to keep the show as long as possible. Both Resier & Hunt got 1 million dollars for each episode of season 7, and they said that they agreed only if season 7 will be the final.

    • Helen Hunt won an Emmy for her best performance in this final episode for best comedy actress.

    • As you can see, the final episode has the name of the original Mad About You theme song.

    • As Mabel stated, Murray died when Mabel was 6 years old.

    • The last episode of 'Mad About You' was filmed on Thursday, March 11, 1999 at The Culver Studios in Culver City, California.

    • The series finale home video includes the song "You Give Me Love" performed by Faith Hill.

    • This is the final one-hour episode.

  • Allusions

    • 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).

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