Unfortunatley,as my post below indicates, I will miss the last episode tonight. However I will see the repeat on one of the BBC digital channels on Thursday and in the meantime I will try and avoid finding out what happened which I suspect will be very difficult.
My own theory. Tyler is in a coma, but some bizzare psychic connection means that he also travelled in time!
But for now, I shall simply leave you with my favourite quotes from the series:
Sam Tyler: I need you to connect me to a Virgin mobile number -
Operator: Don't you start that sexy business with me, young man. I can trace this call.
Dora Keens: I want a lawyer.
Gene Hunt: I wanna hump Britt Ekland, what are we gonna do?
[To a handful of kids, staring at his car]
Gene Hunt: Anything happens to this motor, I'll come 'round your houses and stamp on all your toys. Got it? Good kids.
Gene Hunt: I think you've forgotten who you're talking to.
Sam Tyler: An overweight, over-the-hill, nicotine-stained, borderline-alcoholic homophobe with a superiority complex and an unhealthy obsession with male bonding?
Gene Hunt: You make that sound like a bad thing.
Chris Skelton: Woman in her twenties, dead.
Gene Hunt: Well I didn't think she was sunbathing, did I?!
(Gene Hunt barges into Tyler's sting operation, with a woman in tow)
Roger Trilby: Tony, who is this man?
Sam Tyler: This is... This is my friend, Gordon. Gordon Brown. And his wife... Uh...