Critical reaction was very positive. Most notably, it was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.
Jordan, Danni and Ben return to help prepare a gathering for Dr. Cox's son Jack's first birthday. Turk and Carla clash over removing Turk's mole, and changing Carla's last name after they marry, while one of Ted's band members quits. Dr. Cox angrily blames J.D. for a patient's death and dismisses him, but Ben calms Dr. Cox down and talks some sense into him, and he eventually forgives J.D.
On the way to Jack's birthday party, Ben tells Dr. Cox to forgive himself for the patient's death, which he does. When J.D. arrives and breaks their reverie, Dr. Cox realizes that Ben is not there, and that they are at a funeral rather than Jack's party; the final scenes reveal that Ben is the patient who died, and that his presence had merely been a hallucination. The episode ends as a heartbroken Dr. Cox uncharacteristically allows those around to comfort him.
Brendan Fraser was supposed to appear in "My Long Goodbye" as Ben because Carla asks Dr. Cox if he had ever seen a ghost, however, Fraser couldn't appear because he was currently filming a new movie. As such, Jill Tracy from "My Lunch" appears instead.
The use of Ben as a figment of Cox's imagination parallels a future episode when Laverne is near death and appears only as a figment of Carla's imagination.
Ben had previously appeared in two Season 1 episodes: "My Occurrence" and "My Hero". It is in these two episodes that Ben was diagnosed with cancer in the first place. In the former, JD himself goes through many events with Ben after he is informed Ben is clear of cancer...which climaxes with him realising he is imagining them and that Ben still has cancer, much as Cox imagined Ben to be alive.
Sophron Marketing's Screw Up combo tool and The Screw Up Quick Kit for Extension Poles and Power Drills let users install screw hooks and Rang objects in high places without a ladder.(New Products)
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