Re: final episode...
But I'm sure some on the staff (not just the actors) objected to the episode. Most certainly the staffer who gave Quills the advance word on the episode. Quills never revealed his source, but I still think it was one of the writers.
I read somewhere (years ago) that Manny Coto himself objected. I distinctly remember an interview in which he refused to discuss TATV. He said something like: "Not getting into that, Rick and Brannon are my friends".
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