May 26, 2022
On May 21, 1990, audiences tuned in to the series finale of the CBS show Newhart. They probably expected a standard final episode that wrapped up the 8-season run telling the story of Dick Louden, a Vermont innkeeper played by Bob Newhart, and the oddball cast of characters who populated the show.
This was not Bob Newhart’s first foray into the world of sitcoms. He had previously starred in another successful series, The Bob Newhart Show, which rans for 6 seasons in the 1970s.
In the second-to-last scene of the Newhart finale, Bob stands in the doorway of his inn and gets hit with a golf ball, knocking him unconscious. Then in the final scene, much to the surprise and delight of the audience, he wakes up in bed next to his wife from The Bob Newhart Show and explains that he had a strange dream about being an innkeeper.
On this episode, Kent encourages us that we can create an unexpected ending—not just in our writing—but in our own lives, as well.
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