The final season of the show was also the first season without the character of Lowell Mathers, the quirky mechanic played to perfection by Thomas Haden Church. While his absence changed some of the storylines, I really didn't miss him while watching the final season. I can see why season eight was the last season though; the storylines were limited with the same characters and the fact that Joe and Helen were now married. It seemed to have become a domestic sitcom rather than one about two brothers.
The first episode of the final season is "Porno for Pyros." Joe and Helen accidentally burn down Brian's house (a year previously Brian had accidentally burned down Joe's house). The last two episodes of the series are a two-parter called "Final Approach." The show starts out with Helen feeling depressed about how her life is going so Joe gets her interested in playing her cello again. In a side story, Joe and Brian find a suitcase of their father's which contains a ticket to a pawn shop in Boston.
After the show, many of the actors involved went on to bigger and better things. Tim Daly (Private Practice) is still on episodic television as is Tony Shaloub (Monk, now in its final season). Steven Weber had some success with movies and appeared in more than one series. Amy Yasbeck has made films and married actor John Ritter. Crystal Bernard, in addition to making some films, also launched a singing career.
Wings: The Final Season contains three DVDs with 23 episodes. The episodes originally aired during the 1996-1997 season on NBC. Running time for the complete set is eight hours and 59 minutes. There are no extras included other than previews.