The station's new owner, Frank Coleman, has been on a firing spree of late. When it comes to the 6 o'clock news, Lou tells him to watch the show for himself to make his own evaluation of specifically Ted. Ted believes that this directive marks the end of his stay at WJM, and begs that if he does get fired, the others will show solidarity and quit. But Ted still does whatever he feels he needs to to keep his job. Coleman, true to form, does make some drastic changes, with pink slip(s) handed out. Some unexpected competition occurs the result of Coleman's decision. But through it all, all the newsroom staff, but especially Mary, are most sad to see the break-up of what Mary considers her family.
Did You Know?
The eight main characters of the show (Mary, Lou, Murray, Ted, Rhoda, Phyllis, Sue Ann and Georgette) never all appeared in the same episode, until this series finale. Even in this episode, the characters never all appeared in the same scene - although the actors portraying these characters do appear together at the very end of the episode, for a curtain call. See more
I treasure you people.
When this episode originally aired on March 19, 1977, the closing credits featured a special "curtain call" ending by the regular cast members. Subsequent repeat airings showed a regular set of closing credits. See more
Referenced in St. Elsewhere: The Last One