With a Jolt, My Mind Awakens….Chapter Fifty-Two: You Need a Sturdy Shovel if You are Stranded in a Snowglobe for 25 Years…

…or if you are stuck like Vincent Price to flypaper in one of the internet’s most profound memes/television’s most noteworthy series finales.

May 25, 1988: On this date, the final episode of the NBC medical drama, “St. Elsewhere”, concluded in startling fashion. To summarize, the entire six-season run of this bizarre, thoughtful, and cerebral production, starring William “Mr. Feeny” Daniels, Ed Begley, Jr., Howie “Don’t Touch Me” Mandel, Mark “I Can’t Believe I Did An Entire Episode of this Show In Which the Dominant Plotline was Snagging My Wang in My Pants Zipper” Harmon, and Denzel Washington, might have been the collective daydreams of an autistic child, gazing upon a snowglobe. This ending was one of the original WTFs of Primetime Debauchery, before “Lost”, “The Sopranos”, and “My Two Dads” attempted similarly shocking send-offs. I was 11 years of age at the time (mayhaps the ONLY 11-year-old interested in the program), and I wore a Cesar Romero grin on my face for a week. I may not exist. I may be a figment. The internet is loaded with explorations of every probable & possible nuance/connection/extension of this maze. I have done some mighty traveling up and down these lanes.

Geez. Good TV. Rod Serling would’ve been proud.


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